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The author, Stephen E. Dew (1957), is a veteran of 33 years in the Telecommunication Industry from Australia. He obtained an Associate Diploma in Engineering in 1997 and achieved several units towards a Graduate Certificate in Management by 2004. Having relocated back to Perth, after 5 Yeas in Melbourne writing strategic papers for his business unit, he settle in Bedford, Perth and began writing as hobby. In 2008, he left the Telecommunications sector and traveled SE Asia. He finally settled in Cambodia, where he obtained TESOL qualifications in 2010 and a Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Applied Management in 2011. He taught English Academic Writing to Khmer ESL students at a well renowned university in Phnom Penh for over 5 years, and finally moved back to Perth, Western Australia. He now he works for Edith Cowan University marking PELA English papers. Stephen is married and enjoys time with family, teaching, and writing, which are three of his passions. For more information about the author and his books visit Amazon Author Central

The Writing Process Step 5: Write Your Final Copy

The Writing Process Step 5

There are many ways instructors teach the writing process, but as you can see, its not all that difficult if you follow the 5 step essay writing process.

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Articles in English

Articles in English

For students who do not use articles in their mother tongue it is incredibly difficult to learn how to use articles in English correctly. Indeed, it is very difficult to teach them to use articles at all. This problem manifests itself in their academic writing, so I spend a lot of time teaching definite and indefinite articles in English.

In this article, I will explain the use of articles in English.

The basic rule of articles in English is that you should use an article in front of each noun. If you speak about something for the first time you should use the indefinite article A/AN. The article AN is used if the words starts with the letters A, I, O or E. If the word starts with U or H you have to pronounce the word. If the pronunciation does not start with /j/ or /h/ then the article AN is used again.

Articles in English

If we speak about the same thing again we use the article THE and it does not matter whether the thing is countable or uncountable.

Articles in English

Look at these examples above and complete the the sentences with the correct articles. You will find the answers under the reveal tab.

Articles in English quiz

____ Sun was shining brightly when Jane arrived at station. She got off and she went to ____ information desk and asked: “Could you tell, where ____ nearest pizzeria is?”

“It is not far from here. Go out of station, turn left and it is about 400 meters on _____ left.”

“Thank you,” said Jane and she started walking.

She quickly found ____ pizzeria and she went inside. There were very few people. There was ____ waiter and ____ man sitting in ____ corner. It was David Bourn. He was eating ____ slice of pizza, but when he saw Jane he stopped.

She came to him.

“Have you got ____ diamond?” he asked.

“Yes,” she smiled. She put her hand into ____ pocket and she took out ____ gun.

“Sorry, David. ____ Game is over. I am ____ policewoman and you are arrested.

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Hints to Improve parallel structure

Hints to Improve parallel structure

Improve Parallel structure, and assist in the comprehension of the reader. Parallel structure provides a flow to an essay which is easy to follow. When a writer uses transition signals, parallel structure, and a logical order, the reader can clearly follow what the writer intends to share or to prove. The combination of these three things we call coherence.

Watch the video from Simon, review the following slides, and then take the quiz to improve parallel structure.

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Note: To improve parallel structure

  1. Repeat key words throughout an essay to help the reader keep focused on the topic.
  2. Use the same grammatical structures for phrases within lists, for example, noun endings.
  3. Transition signals within and between paragraphs can also assist writing parallel structure.

Quiz: improve parallel structure

1. When I was young, I loved to play in the rain, skip down the street, and _____ against the wind.
2. I still enjoy playing in the rain, skipping down the street, and _____ against the wind.
3. Mealea danced a dance and then _____ a song that took my breath away.
4. Mealea said she wanted to dance a dance and _____ a song that would take my breath away.
5. The children spent the afternoon playing party games, watching comedy DVD’s, and _____ birthday cake.
6. If you want to learn how to play games, watch DVD’s, or _____ cake, spend an afternoon with my children’s day their friends.
7. To make the best ham sandwich, begin by toasting two pieces of wholemeal bread and _____ a sweet onion.
8. I spread my time between my writing and my _____.
9. Giving is better than _____.
10. It is better to give than _____ _____.
11. People can hurt others not only by their actions but also by their _____.
12. My favourite hobbies include sleeping, eating, and _____ _____.
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Answers: improve parallel structure.

Answers can vary. Typical answers have been provided.

Writing English Sentences: Using have basics and articles

Writing English Sentences: Using have basics and articles

using have basicsUsing have basics and articles is the fifth article in the series Writing English Sentences. It deals specifically with the basics of sentence patterns for the verb “have”.

Verb have

  1. Have and has can both be used to show possession and are important in making the ‘perfect tenses’.
  2. Had is the past tense of both ‘has’ and ‘have’.
  3. Using adjectives before the object is common place.


Have is used with pronouns and plural nouns.

For example:
I have a fantastic English tutor.
You have food on your mouth.
We have diner at 8.
Teachers have an easy  job.


Has is used with the third person singular.

For example:
He has a wonderful smile.
She has a new dress.
The dish washer has a leak.
It has a hole near the top.


I have = I’ve
you have = you’ve
we have = we’ve
they have = They’ve
he has = he’s
it has = it’s

Negative contractions

has not = hasn’t
have not = haven’t
had not = hadn’t

Have and has in questions

Have you been to Cambodia?
Has John gone home yet?
Who has my book?
Has anyone seen my iPad?

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Using articles “a” or “an”

  • Use an a or an in front of singular nouns even if there is an adjective in front of the noun.
  • Do not use an a or an in front of plural nouns. Plural noun tip is look for nouns ending in -s;
  • If the noun is not singular or plural (usually un-count nouns), then do not use an a or an in front of the noun.

Using have basics and articles exercise

Use have or has to make these sentences true.

  1. She ___ a lot of work.
  2. They ___ a busy night tonight.
  3. Cambodia ___ a very interesting history.
  4. They___ drunk all the wine!
  5. The teachers ___ to leave at 7:30.
  6. Now that she’s older, she ___ to help her father.
  7. The girls ___ been here all day.
  8. Others ___ no say in the matter.
  9. ___ you got a minute?
  10. ___ it stopped blowing, yet?

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  1. To read the first article follow the link to Writing English Sentences: What is a Sentence?
  2. To read the second article follow the link to Writing English Parts of Speech.
  3. To read the third article follow the link to Writing English Sentences: Verb be.
  4. To read the fourth article follow the link to Writing English Essays: Stative verbs.

Develop clarity in your writing

Develop clarity in your writing

The best way to develop clarity in your writing is to PLAN. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of planning your work and organising your thoughts, so you won’t wander off from the main intention of your essay. I would recommend applying the fact-finding concept that many professionals, from authors to business planners, use to create some form of direction in their work.

develop clarity in your writing

So the first question you need to ask yourself when planning is “What do you want to convey to your audience?” Sit yourself down with a hot cup of tea and write yourself an outline. Imagine building a house on a pile of sand that’s bound to dissolve anytime. That house will probably only last a couple of hours. To build a sturdy house, you need a good foundation. That’s what a plan really is. It is the foundation of your essay or article.

Your outline does not have to be long. It could be a few bullet points that state exactly what issue or problem you would like to address and how your essay can provide a solution to that problem. The outline is especially important because it will help your essay grow, paragraph by paragraph, and keep you from wandering off topic.

Of course, choosing or formulating the exact title of your work will serve exactly the same purpose. Let’s take the example of a title which is, “The 5  Step Essay Writing Process“. The writer will have to refer to the controlling idea of the topic each time he or is about to start on a new paragraph to make sure that he is on the right track. Thus, he will stay focused and achieve the wanted results.

AWS ESL Student Academy was established to help second language learners to develop and improve academic English writing skills. As an ESL student, you must be able to produce consistent results at university. We recognize that to improve academic English writing skills, ESL students need good quality resource materials that are easy to follow. The author’s books have proven this to a score of second language learners.

Building Your Essay Writing Capability

Building Your Essay Writing Capability

Building your essay writing capability really comes down to one thing. What I mean is you can attend every class, study as much as you need, and try to learn a gambit of English grammar to be a successful writer for university and beyond. However, the main thing to remember is ” Practise, Practise, Practise.” Without practise we will not succeed.
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It is accurate to say that something you do more of and over and over, you are likely to master it. Similarly, academic essay writing is also something that calls for work and practice prior to a flawless draft surprising your professor. Some students who are gifted can write extended essays with out much trouble due to their innate capability. However, some students require to work incredibly hard to make their English academic writing acceptable.

Anyone can come up with high quality essay depending the efforts they put in. You can to! There is no magic stick that can make your English essays an overnight success.

Below are some valuable guidelines on building your essay writing capabilities, so you stand out. Think about them!

Create, Write and Create

  • write more,  and I mean much more. The much more you practice writing the better you will become. Initially, it will be tough, but with sincere dedication, you can make it without any doubt.
  • Make a habit of writing anything on a everyday basis. You can create articles about how you spend your time.
    What do you do on a daily basis?
    What is it that interests you?
    Write about your passions, likes and dislikes. For example, if you have passion for sports, write bout it. If you are into pets, write about the types of pets and your favorite pets. If you like gardening write about hydroponics.
  • Reading aids a lot when it comes to writing essays. The more you read the more ideas you will get, and you will be able to write essays with a lot more authority. Reading also provides you a lot of alternative topics.

Practise building your writing capability with these principal ideas.

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by Stephen E. Dew
TESOL Instructor and
Author Academic Writing Skills Series

ESL Homework Writing Assignment Ideas

ESL Homework Writing Assignment Ideas

An ESL homework writing assignment is frequent  in academic settings. Tutors and instructors use homework writing assignments to asses the student’s understanding in class and from class and develop a certain expertise among them. Here are some tips to proceed.

When you are faced with an ESL homework writing assignment, the very first issue you must do is follow the homework instructions. Study the directions carefully in order to understand what is required of you. When you have understood the question, you should have a good idea on how to proceed.

Most homework writing assignments require students to answer questions of what they have learnt in class, write an essay, or respond to a particular way or situation.

When writing your ESL homework writing assignment, you are also expected to write academically. Homework papers are as essential as other academic papers, and as a result, formal language must be used.

Numerous errors will decrease the quality of you homework paper. Thus, you should guarantee that there are no grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors in your writing. It is also the expectation of your tutor that homework writing must reflect  your reasoning and not replicate another author’s ideas as this is plagiarism. Plagiarism is not acceptable when writing your homework and might attract critical penalties when found.

In addition, finishing off your ESL homework writing assignment may possibly  require you to conduct some kind of study. You must make sure that your homework questions have been effectively analyzed and presented in your paper through research.

At the AWS ESL Student Academy we have numerous courses for you to develop your academic English writing capabilities. We have a great free course on Summary writing which is another useful way to get the results for your ESL homework writing assignments.

For more information, please visit our website or Facebook page, AWS Student Academy.

by Stephen E. Dew
TESOL Wiring Instructor and
Author Academic Writing Skills

Writing English Sentences: Stative Verbs

Writing English Sentences: Stative Verbs

Stative verbs is the fourth article in the series Writing English Essays.

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs define describe a condition or situation that exists. They do not show any actions, and are followed by adjectives.

For example:
He appears angry. (Angry is a condition, and it is followed by an adjective.)
He doesn’t look happy. )Happy is a condition, and it is an adjective.)

 Here is a table of some commonly used stative verbs.

stative verbs

There is / There are

There is / There are shows that something exists like a thing or an idea. we usually give more information by adding a prepositional phrase of location (place) or adverb to the sentence. The subject of the sentence with there is / there are follows the verb.

For example;
There is a new teacher at our school.
There are some children in the park.

The usage of there is / there are is quite easy to understand. In this post there is a mind map, a worksheet and two games to help you or your students.

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Writing English Sentences: Stative verbs exercise.

Add the correct verb – be for these there is / there are sentences.

  1. Near my house, there _____ a playground.
  2. There _____ some children in the playground.
  3. There _____ a small boy on the swing.
  4. There _____ some noisy girls on the slide.
  5. On the playground seat, there _____ two mothers.
  6. In the tree, there _____ a magpie.
  7. There _____ any fathers in the playground.
  8. There _____ a security guard by the entrance of the playground.
  9. There _____ coffee shop in the playground.

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  1. To read the first article follow the link to Writing English Essays: What is a Sentence?
  2. To read the second article follow the link to Writing English Essays: Parts of Speech.
  3. To read the third article follow the link to Writing English Essays: Verb be.