Mat Wright

Writing helps language learning. Writing develops accuracy and helps you to develop new grammar and vocabulary.

Strategies for Learning – Use the “P7” Approach!

  1. PLAN: For long pieces, plan your writing before you begin
  2. PARAGRAPHS: Understand how to use paragraphs in English
  3. PURPOSE: Be clear on the purpose for writing
  4. PEOPLE: Remember who will read your piece
  5. POLITENESS: Use the appropriate style and tone
  6. PHRASES: Keep a record of useful expressions and phrases and use them
  7. PARAPHRASE: Practise and learn how to write an idea in different ways

Ideas for Practising

  • Create a group on social media with your classmates – write to each other
  • Get tips from a website, for example: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/writing
  • Start a blog or micro blog (Like Twitter ©) in English
  • Make lists in English for example, your shopping list, things to do, etc.
  • Keep a journal – online or in a notebook – in English and write in it regularly
  • Are you artistic? Write a story or poem in English
  • Find an easy audio recording. Listen and write (a dictation!). Check your answers
  • Record yourself reading a short text out loud and then use it as a dictation

Notice – Look, Listen, Analyse

  • Look at different types of writing – articles, stories, letters, etc.
  • Analyse the characteristics of the different writing styles. Concentrate on paragraphs, special expressions, introductions, conclusions and more.

English Everyday!

  • Use the ideas above and do some writing everyday.