For some people who are taking the IELTS exam, the report writing section is the most difficult, for others the easiest. It all comes down to how well you can understand graphs and numbers and what they tell you about the overall trend explored in the graph. To do this you need to understand the […]
I love using Cram.com to practice vocabulary with my students.
First of all, I’m a big fan of teaching vocabulary chunks so when I’m teaching a course, I make it a point to teach certain groups of vocabulary together and to explore how to teach them to my students so they actually stick. For me recycling is the key so lately I’ve been using Cram.com in class and for out-of-class practice for my students. You can create digital flashcards in groups and on the page you can even share your flashcards so others can…
You have 4 essays to write and look up at the clock to see half the time is gone and you’ve only written half of 1. What do you do now?! We share the secrets to ensuring this never happens to you again – as well as what to do if it does, anyway.
Everyone who’s studied English knows “She sells seashells“. It’s the simple yet challenging tongue twister that practises that difference between the “sh” sound and the “s” sound. In the attached Power Point, I’ve created a short activity for this classic. Use it before a speaking activity, as a warmer or filler, or just to get […]
Word family activities introduce students to predictable word patterns. I often use rhyming activities with my emergent readers to develop pertinent decoding skills. Learning these “chunks” of words make pronouncing and decoding complex words significantly easier. Every week, I introduce a new word family to my kindergarteners. During the activity, I have the students make a […]
The winds of change are beginning to blow, and they are pushing my ship Eastward. Long have I bemoaned the atrocious realities of freelance writing, but living in Montreal means that I’m stuck doing it since it’s impossible to find a job out here without perfect bilingual fluency. I’ve stuck with it about as long […]
As a senior English teacher I have the distinction of being the last of a long acquaintance with school literature for my students. Many, if not most students, come in with a surly attitude about English. My goal is to get that frown turned upside down. While I don’t resort to extremes, I have been […]
We are constantly looking for new ways to engage our students. I have found that Socrative, which is an online platform, has really helped me create amazing activities that allow my students to participate in real time. It offers me so many options that I can tailor-make activities based on what I want and need […]
In our latest article, I’ll tell you how to improve your IELTS writing score by using parallelism. What is Parallelism? Parallel means two things (lines, objects, etc) running next to each other, having the same space between them at all points. For example, look at the word “parallel” itself – the two ls in […]
The revision process is about confirming that your essay works on the highest level. It’s about stepping back to consider whether you have enough material, or too much. It can involve rearranging paragraphs, adding paragraphs, or cutting paragraphs altogether.
Revisions take time and effort, but can turn a weak essay into a solid one and a solid essay into an excellent one.
What Successful Revisions Do
Aim to strengthen and clarify your arguments.Sometimes, the thesis you come up with originally isn’t the best you can do. A good essay may evolve during the process of writing a first draft. There’s nothing wrong with that. The key is to be open to that growth process and make the most of it. If the aim of your essay has shifted since you started writing, simply write down your new thesis and read through your essay to see how – and if – your first draft material works. Remove anything that is now extraneous and adjust what remains.
Make sure your essay is solidly structured.Take a fresh look at the overarching shape of the argument you have developed during the course of your essay. Examine each paragraph and its goals to ensure that each of them helps your essay to build towards a logical conclusion. Did you write them in the order that they occurred to you, or that you found the research that supports them? That might not be the best order in which to present them, and now is the time to rearrange them so that each one builds from the previous one and leads to the next one.
Word processors make it easy to cut and paste your paragraphs into a new order, but if you do rearrange them, make sure to then reread the whole thing and double-check your transitions so that everything still makes…
Source: How to revise an essay.