WRITING WORKSHOP

5 EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

WRITING WORKSHOP

Many people struggle with writing in English and it can seem like a real challenge to improve. Don't worry, though. We're are trying to show you some simple steps that you can take to improve your written English and impress people with your writing!

EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY

To express yourself clearly, you need a good active vocabulary. That's not only being able to recognise lots of words - it means actually being able to use them correctly. Do this by learning new words with example sentences, not just word lists.

Tip: When you learn a new word, try to learn all the forms of that word and the prepositions that are usually used with it. (For example, rather than just the word 'dependent', make a note of: to depend on, to be dependent on, a dependant...).

MASTER ENGLISH SPELLING

You must know to spell those words correctly. Incorrect spelling changes the meaning of your sentence. For example, 'bare' means naked and 'bear' is a wild animal. Additionally, incorrect spelling makes it difficult for the reader to understand what you've written.

Tip: Practise your spelling using flash cards and test yourself whenever you have some spare time.

READ REGULARLY

People often say that they learn to write best by reading. Reading in English is useful in many ways. It is a great way to get an idea of the different styles of writing and see how to use words appropriately.

Tip: Choose books or articles with topics that interest you. Learning shouldn't be boring. Read each text several times to make sure you understand how to use new words and expressions in the text.

IMPROVE YOUR GRAMMAR

Grammar is very important because it improves the quality of your writing. Always use the appropriate tense and remember to use punctuation. Punctuation is a great way to make your writing clear and fluent.

Tip: Always proof-read your writing twice. The first time, look for general mistakes and the sencond time look for mistakes with the particular grammar point your are studying at the moment.

JUST DO IT!

Writing can be daunting. However, the best way to improve is get a pen and paper or sit in front of your computer and actually write. Be prepared to write several versions of each text because even for professional writers, the first draft is never perfect. Remember, practise makes perfect, so now is the best time to sit down and get started!