Writing Assignments For Esl Students

In this article, we will outline some interesting ESL writing activities that are suitable for interactive work in a classroom or while teaching ESL online.

Most of your students should be familiar with Twitter and tweets, so it can be a good starting point for an ESL writing exercise.

Despite – Worksheet to practice using these transitions, which have nearly opposite meanings Regardless of – Introduction to this commonly used transition, with several sample sentences Regardless of / No matter – Review worksheet to practice using these transitions correctly, including an explanation of “embedded questions”.

Instead of / Rather than – Handout explaining how to use these phrases, with sample sentences Instead of / Rather than – Review – Worksheet to practice using “instead of” and “rather than” correctly Instead – Worksheet reviewing different ways to use the word “instead” in a sentence Would rather – Handout explaining how to use “would rather”, with sample sentences Would rather – Review – Worksheet to practice using “would rather” correctly Prefer – Worksheet to practice using “prefer” correctly Regardless / Regardless of / No matter – Examples and practice sentences Gradually / Eventually / Sooner or later / At some point / In the end / …end up…

Sample Essay: “My Hobby” – Introductory sample essay that students can reference later when writing their own essays Sentence Pattern: Start/stop verb ing – Practice adding “ing” to verbs after “start/stop/quit/begin” Grammar: Past Tense – Simple introduction to past tense verbs Error Correction Worksheet – Correct the errors in this sample “My Hobby” essay Assignment: “My Hobby” – Use the grammar and sentence patterns from Unit 1 to write an essay titled “My Hobby” Sample Essay: “A Funny Story” – Introductory sample essay that students can reference later when writing their own essays Past Tense Error Correction Worksheet – Review of past tense; rewrite the paragraph and correct the past tense errors Indention and Quotations – Teaches students to indent new paragraphs and use quotation marks correctly Indentions and Quotations: Error Correction Worksheet – Identify and correct the mistakes in the paragraph Writing Assignment: “A Funny Story” – Students use the grammar and sentence patterns from Unit 2 to write an essay titled “A Funny Story” Sample Essay: “My Favorite Place” – Introductory sample essay that students can reference later when writing their own essays Sentence Pattern: Although / Even though – Introduction to “although” and “even though”, with sample sentences and practice exercises Sentence Pattern: not…at all – Introduction to the sentence pattern “(not)…at all”, with sample sentences and practice exercises Error Correction Worksheet – Identify and correct the mistakes in the paragraph Writing Assignment: “My Favorite Place” – Students use the grammar and sentence patterns from Unit 3 to write an essay titled “My Favorite Place” Topic Sentences (Introduction) – Introduction to topic sentences and their function in a formal paragraph Introduction to Similes and Metaphors – Using similes and metaphors to write interesting topic sentences Similes and Metaphors Review – Practice describing people and things using similes and metaphors Topic Sentences (Review) – Practice writing topic sentences The Body of a Paragraph (Introduction) – Introduction to the body of a paragraph and the information that should be contained therein The Body of a Paragraph (Review) – Practice thinking of information to use in the body of a paragraph Concluding Sentences (Introduction) – Introduction to concluding sentences and their function in a paragraph Concluding Sentences (Review) – Practice writing concluding sentences Sentence Fragments and Complete Sentences – Introduction to sentence fragments and a review exercise to practice identifying them Run-on Sentences – Worksheet to practice correcting run-on sentences Comma Splices and Conjunctions – Worksheet to practice using conjunctions correctly to fix comma splices Commas and Conjunctions (“and”) – Explanation of how to correctly use commas with the conjunction “and” Semi-colons – Introduction to this often baffling piece of punctuation, with a review exercise Listing Things in Order – Practice listing items or events in order using words like “First”, “Next”, “After that”, “Finally”, etc.

In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / …as well – Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences In addition / Additionally / Moreover / Furthermore / Plus / …as well – Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so – Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences However / Nevertheless / Still / Despite that / Nonetheless / Even so– Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason – Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences Therefore / Consequently / As a result / Thus / For this Reason – Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these transitions Review of these Transitions and Connectors – Review worksheet to practice using all of the transition words above Although / Even though – Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with several sample sentences and review exercises Though – Introduction to “though” and it’s various uses in a sentence Despite / In spite of – Introduction to these commonly used transitions, with sample sentences Despite / In spite of – Review worksheet to practice writing sentences with these words Despite vs.

Advertisements and commercials are a great example of creative writing, so they can be used as writing activities for ESL students.

Give your learners some sample ads as well as typical expressions that are used in advertising, and then ask the learners to create their own ads.

By the way, recently Twitter has exceeded the number of characters per post from 140 to 280, but still you can stick to the old 140-character format and maintain the conciseness.

Emails are the main source of communication between people around the world, and that’s why email writing is a key to effective communication.

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