Write Better in English ✍️ Teacher's Tips!

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Well hey there! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish.

In this lesson I've got some very practical tips

to help you improve your English writing skills

so stay tuned!

Before go anywhere in this lesson, let's just all agree

that the skill of writing in English is an incredibly

valuable one to have at any level.

With our words we can persuade people, we can

convince people and we can entertain people.

Being able to write well, it really is a superpower,

whether you're writing in your native language

or in English or in any other language

but as your English teacher,

I'm going to focus on your your English writing skills

today but you can apply the tips

that I teach in this lesson to any language

that you're learning

and even your own native language.

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Your English writing skills are obviously important

if you're sitting an exam.

Are you studying English for an exam like IELTS

or TOEFL?

They have written sections in their exam, right?

So writing skills are important for exams but let's look

further than that right now.

Being able to write well in English is a skill

that can really make you stand out

when you're looking for a job.

Your writing is the first thing that your future employer

sees about you when you submit your resume, right?

And you write a cover letter,

your well-written professional emails that you

send it in will display the English skills

that your employer is looking for.

For those of you who plan to study abroad,

maybe you have to write your application in English.

Many scholarships or competitions that you might

want to enter will ask you to write a creative essay

when you apply or at least

answer some open-ended questions in English.

I mean do any of these things sound like

something you're dealing with at the moment?

Which one is something that makes you worry

about your English writing skills?

And even if none of these things specifically apply

to you, practising your writing skills is a surefire way

to improve your English level.

So I hope that you're ready for a mini writing workshop

today because that's what we're going to do right now.

I've got some tips to help you improve your writing

and the first one is to start small.

Now you don't need to write a novel

every time you practise.

This needs to be something that you can achieve

every day.

So keep things simple and start small.

Why? Because I want you to bring your English

writing practice into your day every day.

Now if that sounds daunting or boring,

well, I bet you actually do it more than you think already.

Between the text messages that you write to friends

or emails that you send to colleagues at work

or comments that you write on Instagram.

You probably spend more time writing in English

each day than you realise.

And yes all of these things do actually count

as forms of writing.

Writing doesn't mean that you sit down and write

ten pages or even one page.

So I'm saying that your English writing practice

can mean all sorts of different things.

You could write a Facebook post every day in English.

Set yourself a challenge or at the end of a work day,

just hang around for an extra ten minutes

to translate one of the emails that you've

written that day into English.

Whether you actually send it to anyone or not,

it doesn't really matter.

You're probably already writing WhatsApp messages

in English to your friends, right?

Or if you're not, maybe you should.

But I also want to introduce the idea of a

daily journal to you because this can be

a really fantastic way to get daily practice.

Just write down what you're grateful for

or something new that you learned that day

or even just write about what you did,

report about what you did.

No one else ever has to read it ever.

It's not about publishing this text, it's just for you.

Don't underestimate the power of writing a few short

sentences every day. It's an excellent habit to get into.

Tip number two.

Accuracy is important.

Now in some areas of English like listening or speaking,

you can get away with a little less accuracy

but writing is not really like this.

And I think that's one of the most daunting things

about writing.

Once you put your words on paper,

it's recorded in history.

Everyone can see what you've done, right?

Especially if you post it on social media.

It's where everyone can judge you because

your mistakes are very visible

so your grammar choice and your word choices

are really important.

Now finding someone to review what you've written

and show you how you can improve it

is obviously really helpful.

And that can be part of your learning experience.

It's not just about removing the errors but it's about

you learning how to correct your work

and understand the mistakes that you've made

so you don't do it again.

So if you can, taking an online course or working

with a writing expert or a teacher

would be a really awesome step,

if you can possibly do it.

I've shared a few links to some of my favourite courses

and teachers that I know in the description below

this video so if you're looking for some expert help,

I would suggest you start down there.

But if that's not an option for you, then you must

take the time to review your own writing.

Question the grammar and the word choices

that you've made.

And do some research to try and confirm the choices

that you've made. This lesson right here is a useful one

to help you check for the ten most common mistakes

that English learners make.

It's going to give you some useful tools to help you

make corrections in your own writing.

Tip number three.

Read.

Why would I tell you to read in a video about

becoming a better writer?

Because reading is one of the best ways

to get used to different writing structures and formats

that you can then use in your own writing.

So pay attention to other writers.

What kind of tone do they use in their language?

How do they structure their writing?

Notice the vocabulary that they've chosen.

Is it quite formal or is it informal in that type of writing?

You could even practise imitating your favourite

writers or bloggers. Careful, I said imitate not copy.

You need to use your own words and ideas, right?

But there is nothing stopping you from writing

your own material while using another piece of writing

as a structural guide to help you.

Reading can definitely help you to improve your writing.

So when you get a chance, then I want you to check out

this video here that's specifically about

how to improve your reading skills.

Tip number four and one of my favourite tips of all time

is learn to pre-write.

Now I'm going to admit something openly

here on Youtube.

I pre-write all of my birthday cards and my post cards.

It's true. This is the type of person that I am.

Does anyone else do that? Surely it's not just me, right?

I do this because I want to make sure that I've got

enough room on the card

for everything that I want to say.

And I want to think carefully about the words that I use

so that my message is clear. Might be a little bit

over the top, a little of a perfectionist

but that's me.

This is a good habit to get into when you're starting

your own daily writing practice.

It's one of the best things about writing.

You get time to think about what you want to say

and plan it out.

And this preparation is what's going to help you improve

the quality of your writing overall.

The skill is especially important to develop

if you are taking a test that has a writing section

so if you need to write anything long like an essay

or a report or something like that,

this is a super skill to develop.

And there's lots of different ways that you can plan.

You might complete an outline.

Or if that feels a little rigid, then maybe a mind map

or a web, vocabulary web.

Maybe you just want to write down a list of important

vocabulary words or thoughts

that you'd like to include.

And no matter what you do, just spend a few minutes

thinking and planning about that

before you jump into writing.

Your writing will be more organised,

you won't forget to say something important

and even better, you won't have as much editing

to do later on.

So it's a good idea.

Number five.

Think in the language that you're writing in.

So if you're writing in English, think and plan in English,

not in your native language.

There are so many grammar structures and words

that don't translate well from one language to another.

So for example in Spanish, verbs don't change

whether the sentence is a question or a statement.

But those sentence structures

are very different in English

so if you're thinking in your own language first,

then trying to translate, you're much more likely

to end up making mistakes or errors.

So try to switch your brain over.

Think of each word or phrase that you want to write

in English.

This part is not easy, right?

It takes practise but the more you practise,

the more you do it, the easier it will become

so it's really good training for you.

Make mistakes.

And be cool with it. If you get caught up trying to write

perfectly on your first try,

you're really not going to get very far. Plus mistakes

are some of the best ways to learn and improve

in the future.

Now the beauty of writing is that

it's not set in stone.

It's not like when you say something out loud

and everyone hears you

and you can't take that sentence back, right?

Take advantage of the fact that you can write it,

you can read it again,

check it, erase it, edit it and rewrite it.

Now if you aren't sure of the exact

phrasing or grammar rule, investigate!

There are so many options to help you correct

your mistakes.

Obviously, you can ask a teacher or a native speaker.

If you can.

You could also ask a friend to read your writing

and give you some advice

but if you're on your own or you're feeling a little shy

or a little nervous about sharing your writing,

then use Grammarly or a tool like it.

Now I use Grammarly all the time, I use it

for everything that I write online.

It's a really fantastic tool that's going to help you

see the errors that you're making

and give you suggestions to improve it.

So I'm talking about spelling errors

but also grammatical errors as well,

which is why this tool is so useful for you.

If you want to try it out, see what it's like,

you can check it out for free using the link

in the description below.

Of course, computers aren't always right,

but they do offer you some great tools for practising

when you're doing it on your own, right?

So don't be afraid of making mistakes,

the more mistakes that you make the more

opportunities you have to improve your writing.

This is the mindset that you've got to get into.

And this brings us to our final tip of the day:

to find a writing partner. Now this may be my last tip

but it's my favourite tip.

If you don't do anything,

if you haven't listened to anything that I've said so far,

pay attention to this one

because finding a writing partner is probably the best

thing that you can do to improve your writing skills.

A writing partner isn't a teacher.

And they're not just a friend who reads

your writing for you.

Your writing partner should be someone who is also

trying to improve their writing.

Someone who you can share with and rely on.

Now it's really simple.

You both agree to each write something.

You can decide on a specific topic or a specific length

or just leave it open

but choose a date to finish the writing.

Then exchange.

Notice what you like about each other's writing

and make sure you share that

but then also help each other to find

and correct mistakes.

Now there's multiple reasons

why this is a good habit to get into.

Having a writing partner is going to keep you on track,

it's going to force you to stick to a schedule,

you'll be more likely to follow

through with your writing practice if you know

that someone is there waiting for you

to swap and exchange right?

Now working with someone else,

who's at a similar level as you are can also seem

a little less scary

to take risks and make mistakes in your writing.

They're not going to judge you for making mistakes

because they've probably made mistakes in their own

writing too and the purpose is to find them

and help each other.

And finally, correcting someone else's work or at least

trying to correct it

is an insanely good way to practise your own

English skills. right? Just think about it.

You've got to read their writing and then think about

are those grammar rules correct?

Maybe you have to research to find out if that

collocation works or not.

Teaching someone what you know yourself

is a really good way to help you improve.

So you could do this with a friend

who's at a similar level to you.

You could also use the comments under this video

to try and find a writing partner.

And for something a little different, there are loads

of pen pal exchanges online where you could

write to someone who's actually learning

your own native language so then you can

share and exchange your writing and get them

to correct it for you.

So I've left a couple of links in the description as well

if you're interested in checking out some of those

options to find a writing partner.

So for your first writing task, your first writing

homework task, I want you to tell me in the comments,

which tip was most useful for you and how are you

going to put it into practice this week?

That's what I love to do here on my Youtube channel,

get you excited about practising English

because with practise comes confidence

and with confidence comes fluency.

So make sure you subscribe to my channel

if you haven't already just there.

I make new English lessons every week about grammar,

pronunciation, language skills

and a little motivation to keep you feeling good

about your English and all of the progress

that you're making.

So remember, with writing, start small.

And what are you waiting for?

I'll see you in the next lesson!

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