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    The best way to learn writing in English?

    Hello everyone

    I'm first year student of English philology in Poland. Lately I failed my final exam of practical knowledge of English. Although I passed grammar, i wasn't enough good in writing part (which consit of writing an essay, narrative or description and all of them must have more or less 250 words, so it's not so long). I have to prepare for a second term exam in september and I wonder, how could I learn to write well in English during holidays. Of course the best is to practice, but I am not willing to pay someone every time he (or she) will check my essay or something. Have you any idea how to practice writing yourself? Maybe you know any useful books you can recommend me?

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    Re: The best way to learn writing in English?

    n.a.t.

    You may want to check out the other sections of this forum, like "Editing & Writing Topics" where you can submit little eassys and articles.
    Another way would be to find someone to be your "penfriend".

    P.S.: The post editor doesn't work correctly for me...
    Last edited by Michael84; 22-Jun-2011 at 12:56. Reason: typo

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    Re: The best way to learn writing in English?

    Olafek, take a closer look on the criteria for the essay evaluation and check where you scored least, so you can focus on improving that part.

    I imagine you're graded for composition, i.e. introductory, body and conclusion paragraphs, topics sentences, clear thesis (if a given form requires it), logical structuring of ideas, appropriate transitions etc., grammatical corectness, style, use of complex structures and more.

    Once you've determined where the problem lies, it will be much easier to work on it and find proper exercises.

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    Re: The best way to learn writing in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by olafek View Post
    Hello everyone

    I'm first year student of English philology in Poland. Lately I failed my final exam of practical knowledge of English. Although I passed grammar, i wasn't enough good in writing part (which consit of writing an essay, narrative or description and all of them must have more or less 250 words, so it's not so long). I have to prepare for a second term exam in september and I wonder, how could I learn to write well in English during holidays. Of course the best is to practice, but I am not willing to pay someone every time he (or she) will check my essay or something. Have you any idea how to practice writing yourself? Maybe you know any useful books you can recommend me?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Olafek:

    (1) Some people say that the best way to learn how to write better is

    TO READ MORE.

    (a) The more you read "good" writing, the more you may (no guarantee)

    start to imitate what you read.

    (2) Read everything -- fiction and non-fiction. Don't forget that you

    can read (for free!!!) great American and British newspapers online.

    Notice how the newspaper reporter started and ended the story. Pay

    attention to the vocabulary and grammar.

    (3) Do NOT be discouraged. Little by little, your writing will improve.

    If you have time, read some books written by Winston Churchill. You

    know that he was the leader of the United Kingdom during World War II.

    His books, in the opinion of many people, represent the best English

    writing possible. I hear that when he was in secondary school, he failed

    his English composition class. He had to repeat the class until he learned

    it well!!!

    (4) As the other posters told you: Practice makes perfect. Write! Write!

    Write! ALSO Read! Read! Read! In fact, also Listen! Listen! Listen!

    Writing is not a separate compartment. It reflects your total language

    input.


    James

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