Advanced Level Writing in English
This guide to text organization for English learners provides in detail information on how to effectively organize your texts to help get your point across to your audience.
He Said She Said
It's common to use 'he said she said' in reported speech, but it can become boring after time. This resource focuses on providing vocal verbs and adverbs to improve writing skills and substitute 'he said she said'.
The Practiced Business Writer - An ESL / EFL Handbook - Review
About.com guide review of The Practiced Business Writer - An ESL EFL Handbook by Veronica G. Sardegna and Joanne M. Slutsky published by Briefings Media Group
Business Writing Resources
Business English writing resources for English learners include standard business letter formating and examples, common business documents and essential job application cover letter and resume examples.
Parallelism - Parallel Structure
Parallel structure explained in easy English for intermediate level English learners such as ESL and EFL classes.
Learn English on Twitter
Introduction to a new English writing practice service using Twitter provided by Kenneth Beare.
Emphatic Expressions - Strong Collocations
A guide to strong collocating emphatic expressions used in formal written and spoken English for English learners and ESL classes.
A guide to basic paragraph construction for use in English as a second language classes focusing on the main components of standard paragraphs.
Dictionary Review - Babylon - translation @ a click
Review of Babylon Translation @ a Click Dictionary by the guide to English as a 2nd Language at about.com. This review focuses on the strength of Babylon for ESL learners.
Adjusting a Claim
Example business letter for a claim adjustment letter.
Basic Business Letters
A guide to the basics of writing business letters including common salutations, requests and an example letter. By your About.com ESL guide.
Basic Essay Writing Style - Young Learner's Writing
First in a series of four lessons is designed to help students become familiar with writing an essay in English. The first lesson is designed to give students an overview of basic essay writing style. The final three lessons focus on developing skills that are used when analyzing texts as the basis of their essays.
Business English Reference
Top business English books for English as special purposes learners and teachers. These books can help you improve your English for specific business situations.
These sentence connectors are used to make comparisons between ideas in an elegant manner. The use of these connectors will add sophistication to your writing style.
Complex Sentence Writing
Combine simple sentences to make complex sentence to practice your writing skills.
Creative Writing - Modifying Words and Phrases
There are a number of words and phrases that can help express your opinion. These words and phrases are common in creative writing, writing reports, and other types of writing intended to persuade.
Developing a Character Analysis - Young Learner's Writing
Once students have decided what they need to write about, they often have a hard time actually developing the material to include in the essay. For this reason, this interview format exercise develops ideas about various characters which can later be used to help them write an essay.
Discourse Markers - Linking Your Ideas in English
Some words and phrases help to develop ideas and relate them to one another. These kinds of words and phrases are often called discourse markers. Note that most of these discourse markers are formal and used when speaking in a formal context or when presenting complicated information in writing.
Getting Ideas Organized - Young Learner's Writing
This final lesson in this series helps students put their observations into written form by asking them to fill out a questionnaire. Students can then take these replies and incorporate them into their final essay.
How to Translate a Text Quickly in to English
Use the power of the Internet to translate either text OR an entire Internet page quickly from English into your native language, or vice versa.
How to Write a Business Email
Examples and discussion of how to write a business email and other important company documents.
How to Write a Business Memo
Examples and discussion of how to write a business memo and other important company documents.
How to Write a Business Report
Examples and discussion of how to write a business report and other important company documents.
How to Write a Resume
Writing a Resume - curriculum vitae or CV - in English can be quite different than in your native tongue. This "how to" helps you develop a standard English resume.
How to Write an Essay
A simple essay follows the same basic structure for most essay writing.
Introduction to Poetic Devices
Understanding poetry in any language is challenging, here is basic introduction to poetic devices used in poetry written in English (as well as other languages).
Making a Claim
Example business letter for a claim letter.
Making a Sale - Sales Letter
Example business letter for placing an order at a company.
Making an Enquiry
Example guide to the basics of writing a letter of enquiry.
More Sentence Transformation Exercises
Change the structure of the sentence, but keep the meaning in this sentence transformation exercise. This exercise is great practice for advanced level English exams.
Narrative Paragraph Writing II
Narrative paragraphs are often used to describe our routines. Read this example narrative paragraph, notice how words like 'sometimes, often, etc.' are used to say often something happens.
Narrative Paragraphs I
Narrative paragraphs are often used to describe what a person does over a period of time. Use these exercises to help you improve your narrative paragraph writing skills.
Placing an Order
Example business letter for placing an order at a company.
Providing Additional Information
Once you have mastered the basics of correct usage in written English, you will want to express yourself in increasingly complex ways. These sentence connectors help you provide additional information.
Providing Space for Opposition
The use of these sentence connectors will add sophistication to your writing style when trying to show opposing points of view.
Relative Clause Use
Relative clauses provide extra information. This information can either define something (defining clause), or provide unnecessary, but interesting, added information (non-defining clause).
Replying to an Enquiry
Example guide to the basics of responding to a letter of enquiry.
Sentence Transformation Exercises
The ability to rewrite sentences so that they have the same meaning as the original is often required for many English ESL EFL Exams such as Cambridge's First Certificate, CAE and Proficiency. This skill can also help you prepare for the TOEFL examination (Test of English as a Foreign Language). There are five of these exercises in this series.
Sentence Transformation Exercises
Sentence transformation exercises are used to check your understanding of related forms. In this exercise, you are asked to change a sentence using a specific word. Answers are provided on the second page.
Setting Conditions - Connecting Sentences
Sentence connectors are used to express relationships between ideas and to combine sentences. The use of these connectors will add sophistication to your writing style. These sentence connectors provide the menas to show conditions.
Showing Cause and Effect
These sentence connectors help you express relationships between ideas that show cause and effect.
Use Your Dictionary
Get the most out of your dictionary by understanding how to use it well. You can use your dictionary to find words, for meanings, for pronunciation, to check spellings, to understand explanations, to check spelling variations and more.
Using Themes to Relate to a Story - Young Learner's Writing
Students now have a better understanding of the various characters in the short story or book. Students can now deepen their understanding of the work at hand by analyzing the most important themes of the book and how the character would relate to those themes based on their previous work.
Writing a Cover Letter
The cover letter should always be included when sending your resume or CV for a possible job interview. This letter of application serves the purpose or introducing you and asking for an interview. Here is an outline to writing a successful cover letter.
Writing Your Resume
Writing a successful resume depends on many factors. Here is a simple guide to the basics of writing a good resume including an example resume.
Types of Business Letters
Different types of business letters are important for English learners who are interested in English for business purposes. These example letters provided important phrases, structure and an example letter.
Advanced level English learners working on business English should know the basics of business plan writing. This introduction provides a look at the overall process, while focusing on building key business plan vocabulary.
Uses of That
Learn to use one of the most common words in English - that - to introduce relative clauses, as the subject of a sentence, or as a compliment. Also learn when dropping that is allowed.