Writing Tips & Tricks:

Number- 01. Find a penfriend and write letters to him or her. Penfriends can be relative or someone you’ve never met in another country or simply a classmate you keep in touch with by letter as well as see in class. Use e-mail as a quick way to keep in touch.

Number- 02. Keep a diary of your thoughts and ideas. Write down how you are feeling and what is on your mind at the moment. Write freely and don’t worry about making mistakes. You need to balance accuracy and fluency in your written work as well as in your spoken English. You can use these personal reflections and ideas in more structured writing (eg essays) later on.

Number- 03. Also write down what you have been doing to practise English. Note anything that strikes you about how you learn. You can look back through these notes to see what helped you and what didn’t. The better you understand how you learn, the more effectively you can plan your learning.

Number- 04. Brainstorm ideas when deciding what to write. This means putting every idea you have on to paper in note form. Once you have a lot of ideas, you can sort out the good from the not so good, but initially it is useful just to get as wide a variety of ideas as possible.

Number- 05. When preparing to write a letter or an essay, don’t forget that you need to plan first. What points do you think you need to make? What order should you put them in for the best effect? Thinking about these things before you start: then you can concentrate more on getting the grammar and vocabulary correct when you are writing.

Number- 06. Keep your own writing file of authentic examples of different text types (business and personal letters you receive, postcards, advertisements and instructions, etc). When you have to write something similar, you can then copy ideas for layout, organization and content from a real example.

Number- 07. When you have a piece of writing checked by a teacher, make a note of the mistakes you have made. We all have particular, “personal” errors we frequently make. Write up a checklist of these mistakes so that you can go through your next piece of writing before you hand it in to make sure you haven’t made the same mistakes again. For example: good at (not in), occasion (not ocassion)

Number- 08. Record yourself reading a short text aloud and then use this later as a dictation ie write down what you hear.

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