Writing Essay Esl Students
Their college life is impossible to imagine without paper work, and that is why it is very important for them to know how to write an essay, an assignment, a dissertation, a composition, etc. So, your task as a teacher is to tell them how to write an essay write and be able to express their thoughts clearly. How to do that? What aspects to pay attention to in order your students could become the best essay writers?
Here you are welcome to find some tips concerning the most important essay aspects to tell your students about. Step by step, you will make it much easier for them to understand the principles of essay writing and their importance for their future practice.
It is obvious, that the very first thing your students should think of before writing an essay is its topic. Remember, that an essay is not only about writing skills, but it demonstrates the ability of your students to research as well. So, you task is to teach them to research. That is why try to reject the chosen topics if they are too easy for a student, and you see that it will not take much time to write such a essay.
An essay is not an essay without any research. Explain your students, that it is always better for them to choose a topic they understand well and have an opportunity to make a research on. Good research capability is important for every student to get, that is why do not forget practicing different research tactics with them: tell in details about the methods they can use to find all the information needed, how to use this info wisely, and what are the best ways to distinguish the important facts.
Informative and well-styles essays are impossible to write without a purpose. An essay can not be just a piece of writing about general things everybody knows and understands perfectly. So, teach your students that they should not be in a hurry to write their essays at once they've chosen the topic. Make them decide upon the purpose of an essay.
When a student perfectly understands what he writes an essay for, it will be much easier for him to draw the outline and start writing.
The process of teaching is impossible without examples. For your students to understand what a good piece of writing actually is, just give them some examples of excellent essays. It may be an essay of your former student for example. When they see a sample, your students will have an idea what a good essay should look like.
Use samples to tell students about each element their essays should include. They will perfectly understand what the good introduction is, what an informative body of an essay should look like, and how to make an appropriate conclusion. Moreover, your students will also have an opportunity to see how sentences are built, and what grammar constructions are used in an essay.
The last thing to do before starting to write an essay is to make its outline. Choose some topic and make a list of points your students would need to mention if they wrote an essay on it. Such a technique will give them a better understanding of what and essay is, and how it should be written.
Make sure that all students perfectly understand the fact they should follow an essay outline, because it will be much easier for them to write this piece of paper. Make it clear to them that every point of the outline should start from a new paragraph. Moreover, the smaller these paragraphs are – the more attractive an essay will look for its readers. It is not very comfortable to read very long paragraphs, as it will be more difficult to get the point in such a way. Eventually, it will be easier for students themselves to compose shorter paragraphs of an essay.
Finally, it is time to start writing an essay. And here comes its most important part that is called an introduction. As a rule, students find it very difficult to write this part of their essay, as they do not know how to start a piece of writing in order to attract readers' attention and tell them shortly about what this essay is about.
It is clear, that an essay will not be good without a proper and attractive beginning, so, your task is to explain this moment to your students. Tell them, that no one will continue reading their essays if they do not make it eye-catchy and clear for a potential reader. Moreover, an essay introduction should be intriguing a bit.
Depending on the topic of an essay, students can start it with a story from their personal experience. This is a good way to grab an attention. Discuss this option with your students, listen to their suggestions. Discussions will help them learn the material better.
We have already mentioned the outline of an essay, that will help your students write the body of their essay right. Now it is high time for a conclusion, which is not less important than an introduction by the way. It is a real art to finish your writing in a way your reader would feel good and satisfied with everything he has read.
Tell your students how to conclude their essays appropriately. Explain, that it is not good to abrupt a piece of writing. And do not forget to mention, that a conclusion of their essay should contain a summary if all points they discussed in the body!
To summarize everything mentioned above, we can say that the importance of essay writing skills should not be underestimated. Such skills will help students express their thoughts clearly and write really good and even professional essays and other kinds of paper work during their further study at colleges or universities. Be sure, they will thank you for teaching such a necessary information to them.
This is a guest article by Alex Strike. Alex is a copywriter of Essay-All-Stars.com website and a passionate reader of Stephen King's books.
ESL Writing Exercise - Topic Sentences (Introduction) - Introduction to topic sentences and their function in a formal paragraph
ESL Writing Exercise - Introduction to Similes and Metaphors - Using similes and metaphors to write interesting topic sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - Similes and Metaphors Review - Practice describing people and things using similes and metaphors
ESL Writing Exercise - Topic Sentences (Review) - Practice writing topic sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - The Body of a Paragraph (Introduction) - Introduction to the body of a paragraph and the information that should be contained therein
ESL Writing Exercise - The Body of a Paragraph (Review) - Practice thinking of information to use in the body of a paragraph
ESL Writing Exercise - Concluding Sentences (Introduction) - Introduction to concluding sentences and their function in a paragraph
ESL Writing Exercise - Concluding Sentences (Review) - Practice writing concluding sentences
Punctuation and Conjunctions
ESL Writing Exercise - Sentence Fragments and Complete Sentences - Introduction to sentence fragments and a review exercise to practice identifying them
ESL Writing Exercise - Run-on Sentences - Worksheet to practice correcting run-on sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - Comma Splices and Conjunctions - Worksheet to practice using conjunctions correctly to fix comma splices
ESL Writing Exercise - Commas and Conjunctions ("and") - Explanation of how to correctly use commas with the conjunction "and"
ESL Writing Exercise - Semi-colons - Introduction to this often baffling piece of punctuation, with a review exercise
Transitions and Connectors
ESL Writing Exericse - In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / ...as well- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / ...as well- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions
ESL Writing Exercise - However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions
ESL Writnig Exercise - Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason - Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions
ESL Writing Exercise - Review of these Transitions and Connectors - Review worksheet to practice using all of the transition words above
More Transitions and Connectors
ESL Writing Exercise - Although / Even though- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences and review exercises
ESL Writing Exercise - Though- Introduction to "though" and it's various uses in a sentence
ESL Writing Exercise - Despite / In spite of- Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with sample sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - Despite / In spite of- Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these words
ESL Writing Exercise - Despite vs. Although- Explanation of how to use these similar transition words, with several sample sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - Despite vs. Although- Review worksheet to practice using "despite" and "although" correctly
ESL Writing Exercise - Because vs. Because of- Explanation of how to use these similar transition words correctly, with several sample sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - Because of vs. Despite- Worksheet to practice using these transitions, which have nearly opposite meanings
ESL Writing Exercise - Regardless of- Introduction to this commonly used transition, with several sample sentences
ESL Writing Exercise - Regardless of / No matter- Review worksheet to practice using these transitions correctly, including an explanation of "embedded questions".