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ESL WRITING STRATEGIES

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Heidi Wagner Nottberg

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Transcript of ESL WRITING STRATEGIES

Read Instructions Carefully
Make sure that you have read the instructions and that you understand what is asked of you.
Plan Your Writing
Make a mind map
Vary Your Vocabulary
When you encounter the same word over and over again in a paragraph, you start to lose interest,
right? Word variation can really spice up your writing. Consider the following paragraph
Last Saturday, my mom announced that she was taking me shopping. According to her, my ratty old clothes were an embarrassment. I pointed out that I wasn’t embarrassed. She said that she was. I remarked that I didn’t see why what I wear should embarrass her; she told me she was not going to discuss it and to put my shoes on, we were leaving. So I moaned that I didn’t feel well. My mom replied that I looked healthy enough to her. Then I protested that I had a lot of homework. My mom said, “We’re leaving.” And off we went, to my least favorite place on Earth: the mall.
ESL WRITING STRATEGIES
What does a text on your aimed level look like?
Find useful words, phrases and sentences.
Address the reader
Find specific examples to make your point (unless you write a short story).
Last Saturday, my mom announced that she was taking me shopping. According to her, my
ratty old clothes were an embarrassment. I pointed out that I wasn’t embarrassed. She said
that she was. I remarked that I didn’t see why what I wear should embarrass her; she told me
she was not going to discuss it and to put my shoes on, we were leaving. So I moaned that I
didn’t feel well. My mom replied that I looked healthy enough to her. Then I protested that
I had a lot of homework. My mom said, “We’re leaving.” And off we went, to my least favorite
place on Earth: the mall.
Try to improve the paragraph
get……..obtain, acquire…
try……..attempt, endeavor, strive…
make….create, compose, develop…
find……discover, locate, uncover….
take……obtain, receive, procure…..
do………perform, accomplish, achieve
put……..place, situate, deposit
give…….offer, present, furnish
idea…….thought, concept, inspiration
Vary Sentence Structure
Vary the rhythm by alternating short and long sentences.
The Winslow family visited Canada and Alaska last summer to find some native American art. In Anchorage stores they found some excellent examples of soapstone carvings. But they couldn't find a dealer selling any of the woven wall hangings they wanted. They were very disappointed when they left Anchorage empty-handed.

The Winslow family visited Canada and Alaska last summer to find some native American art, such as soapstone carvings and wall hangings. Anchorage stores had many soapstone items available. Still, they were disappointed to learn that wall hangings, which they had especially wanted, were difficult to find. Sadly, they left empty-handed.
Many really good blues guitarists have all had the last name King. They have been named Freddie King and Albert King and B.B. King. The name King must make a bluesman a really good bluesman. The bluesmen named King have all been very talented and good guitar players. The claim that a name can make a guitarist good may not be that far-fetched.
What makes a good bluesman? Maybe, just maybe, it's all in a stately name. B.B. King. Freddie King. Albert King. It's no coincidence that they're the royalty of their genre. When their fingers dance like court jesters, their guitars gleam like scepters, and their voices bellow like regal trumpets, they seem almost like nobility. Hearing their music is like walking into the throne room. They really are kings.

Vary Sentence openings
If too many sentences start with the same word, especially The, It, This, or I, the text can grow tedious for readers, so changing opening words and phrases can be refreshing.

The biggest coincidence that day happened when David and I ended up sitting next to each other at the Super Bowl.
Possible Revisions:

Coincidentally, David and I ended up sitting right next to each other at the Super Bowl.

In an amazing coincidence, David and I ended up sitting next to each other at the Super Bowl.

Sitting next to David at the Super Bowl was a tremendous coincidence.
Use Connectives
Use connectives in and between sentences
Experienced writers use these
special connecting words or phrases to bridge gaps.
http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/literacy/vocabulary/word-lists/connectives/#.U2EKb61_v-U
Check
Grammar
Spelling
Punctuation
Paragraphs
Last Saturday, my mom said she was taking me shopping. She said my ratty old clothes were an
embarrassment. I said that I wasn’t embarrassed. She said that she was. I said I didn’t see why
what I wear should embarrass her, but she said she was not going to discuss it and to put my
shoes on, we were leaving. I said that I didn’t feel well. My mom said I looked healthy enough to
her. Then I said I had a lot of homework. My mom said, “We’re leaving.” And off we went, to my
least favorite place on Earth: the mall.
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