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First Lessons for Academic English Classes

First Lessons for Academic English Classes

How to start English for Academic Purposes classes in a pleasant and useful way. Needs analysis as with most other classes, I like to start EAP courses with a……
Instapaper: English Academic Writing

12 Common Errors in Academic English – and how to fix them!

What’s academic writing? If you’re in school or university, you must know the difference between general English and academic English. Watch this important lesson to avoid the most common mistakes students make in academic writing. In your own language, the difference between these two modes of writing might not be that great, but in English, there are a lot of differences depending on the context. So even if you know your grammar and write a correct sentence, you might still be wrong because the structure or tone was not appropriate for an academic setting! Watch this video and learn how to write academic English correctly and get higher grades in an academic environment.

Improve Your English Writing Skills

Ways to Improve Your English Writing Skills

Whether you’re a professional writer, working in the journalism industry, or simply want to improve your English writing skills, there are a number of things you can do to develop more effective written communication skills. Written communication is important in any profession, and indeed all forms of interaction with other people, whether it be written letters, emails, or text messages (yes, text messages can contain proper grammar!). Here’s a quick list of things you can do to improve your writing.

READ more – Many people may not realise that in order to keep up good writing skills, it’s important to also read regularly. Reading any kind of published material, from newspaper articles, to magazines and books, will help expand your vocabulary, your ability to build sentences, proofread, and use grammar and punctuation more effectively. Of course, there are many genres, all with their own conventions, but by seeing the standards of professional published work, writers can adapt the techniques to their own writing style.

Take a writing course – many educational institutions around Australia offer writing courses for people of all skill levels and professions. You can undertake on-campus short courses, such as editing and proof reading, or there is also a huge range of online courses available, which are often tailored to different disciplines, such as online ESL training or self development such as the Academic Writing Skills Series.

Practise – The most important thing is to practise your skills by conducting your writing exercises regularly.

These can be as simple as writing draft articles on topics that interest you, or more abstract exercises which are intended to get your creativity flowing. Check online writer’s communities for helpful writing exercises you can do for yourself. You’ll be surprised at the kinds of things many writers suggest – from writing about a random word in the dictionary for ten minutes straight, to making flowcharts and graphs out of all of your sentences.

Always make sure that any English writing skills courses and personal exercises that you do are relevant to your particular field of work or personal interests. By using this list a starting point, you’ll soon have English writing skills that would put any ESL instructor to shame.

Understanding Essay Structure

Understanding Essay Structure

Now that you have understood academic essay writing organisation, let’s look at understanding essay structure for English academic writing.

An English academic essay will have a minimum of three paragraphs, and as with any paragraph, there are three parts to an academic essay:

  • The Introductory Paragraph
  • The Body Paragraphs
  • The concluding Paragraph

Understanding Essay Structure: .Academic Essay Writing Structure

The Introductory Paragraph

An academic essay introduction should attract the readers interest, and it should say what they are going to read. It is one of the most important paragraphs in your essay writing. It has a few general statements, and the last sentence in the introduction is usually the thesis statement, but not always.

Writing an academic essay introductory paragraph is similar to meeting somebody for the first time. It’s like saying hello to someone to make sure you leave a good impression with the person you meet. Similarly, an English essay writing introduction must leave a good impression and attract the readers interest.

The introductory paragraph should be short (but at least 50 words), and it has three functions:

  1. It briefly introduces the subject.
  2. It clearly states your position on the topic.
  3. It provides at least three main ideas.

There are few ways to write an academic essay introduction. These are the most common types of introductions in academic essay writing are:

  1. General statement introduction.
  2. Question introduction.
  3. Quotation introduction.

We will only look the general introduction. This type of introduction is the most commonly used way to start academic essay writing when learning English essay writing.

A general introduction has a few general statements providing the reader with the background of the topic. The first general statement introduces the subject of the essay. The following general statements should lead the reader gradually to the thesis statement. That means each general statement becomes more specific and more focused on the topic. The last sentence in a general introduction is the thesis statement. Remember to state your specific topic and controlling idea.

What is a thesis statement and what does it do?

The thesis statement is what defines the topic and controlling idea of your essay writing. In a thesis statement you name the topic and state the controlling idea. The controlling idea specifies the scope of the essay. It says what you are writing about. It restricts your essay to specific ideas on the theme of your subject.

The thesis statement has three purposes:

  1. It states the specific topic of the essay.
  2. It can list the main ideas of your topic.
  3. It can tell the reader the pattern of organization used.

The Body Paragraphs

Body paragraphs consist of one or more connected paragraphs which discuss the main ideas in more detail. They also include references to your examples, being either fact, real life examples, or reported detail from your research.

In the previous paragraph, I said, “… connected paragraphs…” This is where transition between paragraphs is essential to make sure the essay flows smoothly.

Transitions Between Paragraphs

Transitions between paragraphs of your essay play a very important role. As I stated earlier, sentence transition signals connect the ideas within a paragraph. Paragraph transition signals tell you if the main idea of the next paragraph continues with same line of thinking as the previous paragraph, or if the next paragraph changes to an opposite line of thinking.

The advantage of using prepositions as paragraph transition signals is you can repeat the topic of the previous paragraph, whilst naming the topic of the next paragraph. By using this method of transition, you can link your body paragraphs as a logical, connected, and coherent essay.

For example: In addition to creating connected sentences, transition signals connect paragraphs.”

Supporting Evidence For the Body of Your Essay

A few ways to develop supporting detail for your academic essay writing is to use examples, quotations, and facts like statistics. These are very powerful ways to show your reader convincingly how you support your topic, opinion, or research.

Giving examples can be done by using words like for example, for instance, such as, or like. When using statistics you may quote information from magazines, books, newspapers, interviews, or the internet. If using quotes, make sure you follow the rules for reported speech.

Finally, a note on plagiarism. If you look up the word plagiarism on the internet or in a dictionary, it gives a very descriptive definition. All of this simply put means, if you plagiarise, you steal other people’s words, images, or ideas. When writing academically, it is OK to use other people’s work, but you must give credit to the source of the information. This is called citation.

The Concluding Paragraph

In academic essay writing, the concluding paragraph is the last paragraph, and it has three functions.

  1. It says the essay is finished.
  2. It helps the reader to remember your main ideas.
  3. It leaves the reader with your last thought about the subject.

Concluding paragraphs in English academic writing are similar to paragraph conclusions. They summarize or restate the main ideas of the essay. Note one difference is that you can use more than one sentence to write your conclusion in an essay. Also, sometimes writers leave a final thought to give readers something to think about when they have finished reading. This helps readers to remember what you have written, and it gets them to think more deeply about your ideas on the subject.

You can learn more about understanding essay structure by following the link below. It will take you my Amazon author page where you can buy one of my books in the series academic writing skills for International ESL Students.

Academic Essay Writing Skills: What is Essay Organization?

Academic Essay Writing Skills: What is Essay Organization?

Academic Essay Writing Skills: What is Essay Organization?Is essay organization more difficult than paragraph organization? Well not really. It’s a little more time-consuming, however, the time spent writing reflects the effort, and the effort reflects on the final product. So, What’s the difference between an academic essay and a paragraph?

A paragraph is a group of sentences discussing similar or related ideas of a topic. In academic writing, there are three parts to any paragraph. There is the topic sentence, the body, and the concluding sentence. You can read more about these concepts at our website, Academic Writing Skills.

An essay is a connected group of paragraphs. It is longer. One important thing to note is not only are they longer, but you must also plan them with much more care. The more planning with essay academic writing; The better the result; The better the result; The better your grade. Let’s face it. That’s what you’re after, isn’t it? A better grade!

Essays, the same as paragraphs, must have unity and coherence. With out following these two rules, your academic writing will not be logical and well presented. It may actually be difficult to read, and your message may not be understood by your reader or professor.

What is Unity?

Unity is a term used to describe in my words, “one idea – one paragraph”. That means that all of your supporting sentences in a paragraph within an essay discuss only ideas directly related to the main idea. Remember, when writing academic English, it is not acceptable to deviate from the main topic of a paragraph.

What is Coherence?

Academic essay writing should follow the rule of coherence. Coherent academic writing runs like water, smoothly, from start to finish. Any reader can easily follow the ideas being presented in the paragraphs because they are logically connected, and each sentence leads naturally to the next. To achieve coherence follow these guidelines.

  • Use consistent nouns and pronouns in your academic essay. Don’t mix them!
  • Use transition signals to show the relationship between sentence detail within your paragraphs.
  • Maintain logical order within your academic essay by using transition signals that show the relationship between your paragraphs within an essay.
  • Vary your sentence openings.
  • Use parallel structure.

To successfully organize your academic English writing you must follow these academic essay writing guidelines. Watch this video to learn more about my book “Practical Academic Essay Writing“.

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Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills

Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills

An International ESL Students Essay Writing Skills Handbook

To The ESL Student,

practical academic essay writing skillsI have successfully taught academic writing to ESL students for over 5 years now, and I feel well qualified to provide the following reference material as an electronic essay writing handbook on academic essay skills.

The great thing about this academic handbook is that International ESL students around the world can carry it anywhere they go by using their android, apple, or e-reader devices like Kindle and Nook. What a great resource to have when you need it!

Let’s look at what Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills will do for you.

Clearly, you have a strong desire to increase or improve your academic knowledge and English academic writing skills, or learn how to write a better academic English essay. I am sure finding answers to your questions or achieving your goals are high on your list of expectations.

So what will you get from from this academic guide? Apply the learning from Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills and you will:

  • Improve your basic academic essay writing knowledge and skills.
  • Look much more adept and professional in your academic essays.
  • Show your classmates how easy essay academic writing really is.
  • Impress your professor at university or your regular English class instructor.
  • Boost your self-confidence in academic English essay writing.

Moreover, your grades will Improve!

Let’s face it. That’s what you want, isn’t it? That’s why you bought the book. You bought it to provide the answers to your questions.

APPLY the learning and get the results you want! It’s all up to you once you have finished reading this book. Writing an academic essay is not all that difficult, however it does take more time. If you follow the academic essay writing tips in my guide you will be assured of success.

I do wish anyone using this academic essay writing guide the best of luck in improving their English essay skills. However, In saying that, it’s not up to luck so much as dedication , hard work, and a personal interest in improving your English academic essay writing skills.

APPLY your newly learned knowledge about our academic essay writing structure with practical essay writing skills, and you can write you way to a BA.


Academic Essay Writing for ESL Students

Academic Essay Writing for ESL Students

Academic Essay Writing SkillsAcademic essay writing for ESL students is an essential academic writing task at universities, colleges, and other tertiary educational institutions. Writing academic essays is a part of the assessment requirements of many courses at university, college, or even high school.

An essay refers to a short piece of information where you give your view regarding a particular topic. Essay academic writing is meant to be informative and clear for your readers. Essay academic writing needs great skills and substantial knowledge on certain topics which you have researched.

There are various styles of academic essays, and proficiency in academic essay writing is difficult to attain. Academic essay writing is usually a tedious and time consuming process which provides a challenge to most ESL students. Students must be determined because academic essay skills are one of the most important aspects of your university education. Basically, essay skills alone determine the grades and final result of your degree.

Academic essay writing isn’t a simple task, and as a student it is important for you to have the necessary skills so you get the best possible results for your essays.

Memorizing the academic essay writing process without understanding it is not the best way to study, nor is it good enough for university. When students understand academic essay writing skills, they are more likely to remember the material. Students who study for understanding read and think more critically, recognize difficult concepts, and can demonstrate how to explain the concepts and their relationships.

Reviews of the basic grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph development are essential for most students, but they should also practice different kinds of academic essay writing for university entrance. Support your essay by referring to examples and not uninformative information. You are not creating some random essay. It has a purpose, and it will get a grade.

Essay academic writing prepares ESL students for their future. They allow you to take on more challenging projects requiring analytic skills. When you enter the real world you will be able to take more complex challenges. Academic essay writing helps you solve problems. It allows you to see problems in different dimensions.

Our “Practical Academic Essay Writing Skills” ebook shows the process for academic essay writing, and hopefully this handbook will help to solve some of your English skills problems. You need to draw on the main points from the handbook that are of interest to you and which need improving.

Remote academic tuition provided the “AWS Student Academy” helps ESL students to develop and acquire academic essay and research skills crucial a successful university career. Our tutor provides the most readable tutoring in the areas that you specify. The comprehensive information and professional advice on academic paragraph structure provides practical strategies.

Writing an academic essay isn’t a skill that everyone has. There are some students who just manage to write essays to get them in to the next level without proper feedback from their English instructors. Academic essay writing needs practice. The more an ESL student practices academic essay writing, the more effective and creative their ideas will become. Students who poses a talent do not find it a difficult task, but students who find it difficult to learn and to practice essay writing will not be as successful at university. Having a firm understanding of the basics of essay writing skills is a necessary step towards your BA. Write you way to BA with “Academic Writing for ESL Students“.

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