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How ESL Students Can Improve Their Written English

Many ESL students are already well-versed in basic grammar. Some of these students are from good universities and some are established professionals. In fact, many have memorized the grammar rules, but the problem is that they find it difficult to compose a clear sentence. I make it a point that before I leave my students, they are able to make a good sentence. "Grammar cannot, at all times be perfect even for native speakers," but I tell them that to let them try. They are then motivated to practice more. At least two or three times a week (as a homework), I let them write five or ten sentences. On the next day, the student reads his/her homework and explains to me/ the class about it. We have detailed facts and an exciting conversation. I edit/check the homework a day before or after the class. After the corrections, he writes his sentences again for review. That is how I teach them how to write. Online, we email each other, so at least they could see and really practice …



How To Write An Intro Paragraph For An Essay

There are many ways how to write an intro paragraph for an essay, as you want to emphasize in your work. But first, you have to establish your purpose in writing and make up a thesis statement. Narrow down your subject in specifics. Your first paragraph could introduce your topic or cite that the essay is worth reading, and that the writer is interesting and human. You can start your intro paragraph using the following approaches. Start with an anecdote. Readers want interesting examples and stories which they could relate to. They need to know each one's different tales that could shed them light and zeal. My boyfriend for one week was an android. All he had to text me were the same phrases in exclamation marks, "Love you! Miss you!" I sent back the same messages. So that was how some programs were made, after human responses. Start by description. You can describe people, places and events, among others. My boyfriend's eyes gleamed like two moons at night. His lip…

Tips for Article Writing - How To Write A Movie Review Article

If you want to write a movie review you have to be well-informed and updated. You must be interested in the movie you want to talk about. It is like telling a story and giving your opinion on what is good or bad about it. Here are tips in writing a movie review. Details should be highly selected. They must be concise and unified. You have to be keen in choosing the details you could expound to make readers decide whether to like or not like the movie. You can skip what the audience already knows. The plot or the idea can be discussed, but do not give away the ending. Also, you can write about the cast of characters, the setting or the performance. Indicate the name of the director, scriptwriter and the producer, among others. Respond to readers' interests and the reasons why they read the review. Know that readers seek for information, evaluation and interpretation. Give positive and negative comments. Online you can verify sample reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb (Internet Movie …

Common Rules of the English Language

Keep it simple! Know how to use the metaphors properly, as needed in your creative nonfiction. Be exact. Delete unnecessary words! You will not be taught how to write your sentences and your thoughts, but you will be required to follow the basic grammar rules, revise, or read Strunk's "Elements of Style." Language is always thriving. It has, in all ways, demands a precise thought interpreted by a striking combination of words. You have to make one beautiful sentence. You have to make it look real in fiction or concretize it in poetry. Calm or arouse, and communicate! To make one good sentence, check the following. 1 A singular subject gets a singular verb (SS=SV).
Marco runs. 2 A plural subject gets a plural verb (PS=PV).
Marco and Marca run. 3 End a statement with a period.
Peter reads Moby Dick. 4 End a question with a question mark.
Would you like some cake? 5 Use a with words that begin with a consonant and use an with words that begin with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u). Note…

Article Appeal

After sex appeal, it can be article appeal!

To sell an article in this new age of technology, work out on article appeal.

Newspapers, magazines and ezines will like that.

First, work on the title.

A dull caption will never get attention, but should be changed to a crisply informative subject. It will never attract eyes that can scan fast.

If the article title is vague some readers will leave the topic out.People are interested with various subjects that will entertain and inform. Assume that readers are not dummies. Every reader needs update and fresh ideas. They will take topics that are fresh and full.

Work on human touch and let the manner of texts be easy and natural leading to more thoughts and benefits.


1. When writing for a newspaper, attack the real interest of the subject at once.
2. The opening like the title must show that the article has something to offer the reader.
3. The middle paragraphs must support the lead paragraph with exact information.
4. Omit pretentiou…

Tips For Writing Notes While Writing Creatively

When I write fiction or nonfiction, I make sure I use my notes on my journals and those texts I have marked on books.

It is true that you can never be a good writer if you have not read widely.

In writing, you cannot spark inspiration if you are not passionate in your work. You would write dull as when you wake at dawn with no urges and kiss without fire. Yet, if your muses are up all the time as good work habits, your work will stand the test of time and tide.

Here are some tips.

Mark your books. This is a way of interacting with the writer and the texts, especially while writing creatively. (See articles online "On Marking Books")

Rewrite forceful statements and relate them spontaneously with your own thoughts.

Reread your old notes or journal entries. Get those that could suit the topic.

Explore new words. Writers are word lovers. They make their own (informal) definition of words.

Consult the dictionary and Thesaurus.

Sleep with your notes. Focus on a topic of your inte…

How To Begin Your Essay

"The essays are attempts," as the essayist Michel E. De Montaigne describes. They're expressions of thoughts and feelings from the writer's discontent. Like fiction, the essay has a plot, which is the beginning, middle, and end.

"All that's begun well ends well," says a proverb, so here are ways to begin an essay.

1. By definition

A word or phrase can be defined. An idea can be defined. A dictionary could be used for the denotative meaning, or a writer's informal definition would be useful for fresh and original ideas. Basically, to define something is to answer the question "What?"

2. By an anecdote

Short, lively stories and/or sketches invite those who are curious about life. Some of these anecdotes are noted from the Bible, literature books or success stories. Just be careful and make sure, the anecdotes are not so familiar with the readers and must relate to the content and idea of your essay.

3. By a striking statement or quote

Your …

Cyberspace is for Everyone!

The World Wide Web is a gift of technology to the people in the 21st century.

It deems numerous benefits for the people and the cyber community. As a means of communication, it works like the speed of light.

As made up of science it could not be the property of any government, but of those who own its tangible domains and documents, and of course, the author and his assigns (as in the basic copyright laws and the fundamental laws).

The internet is a virtual society. It is egalitarian (Wikipedia). It can serve as schools to out of school youth, a library to busy students, workers and professionals, an update and news to the global community across oceans.

It volunteers in the "I Share Community" free books, creative basic and experienced tips, free games, free movies, free knowledge, free mass celebrations, free consultation from experts and free ads; around the world! Everyone can easily afford and get access online saving time, money and effort in just one click.

Yes, the …

Winter Poems in Japanese


By rose flores - martinez

Translated in Japanese by christjohn flores - abecia A Teacher's Prayer
Dear Lord,

Help me to care for my students just like a good parent or friend. Help me to show that learning is fun and responsible. Make me a good example to inspire their dreams.

Make me strong in faith, so I could teach them strength.

Most of all, let me show them love and kindness
that they may learn of wisdom
as they become bright lights in the road they walk.

rosalinda flores martinez