Nowadays it is very trendy to focus primarily on communicative skills and neglecting writing as a method of learning an English language. Though it is essential to make yourself understood in speech, writing as such is at least as important as the ability to speak.
The more written exercises you solve, the more you’ll be able to see correspondences of English, not to mention the fact that nowadays written English is one of the main tools of workplace communication (e.g. emails or chat) sometimes even if you’re sitting next to the person you work with. If you are looking for formal and informal email phrases you can start using right now, you should definitely check this list.
It is quite embarrassing to make spelling or other type of mistakes on your own language so it would be the same in your official emails wouldn’t it?
So what to do to improve your English writing skills?
1. It might sound a bit childish but don’t forget to take notes during classes and do all your homework! People seem to have forgotten to write down what the teacher says and the lack of time results in lack of homework. It is very demanding to study something while at the same time you’re working, but learning a language always requires a lot of effort.
Online graduate programs in education provide a great way to help balance your study and work time, all the while you are enhancing your language skills.
2. Translate! Translating tasks are not very popular nowadays, though can be useful for those you enjoy it.
3. Start correspondence with your foreign friends. Provided this lasts long enough, it has and always will be a useful way of improving your English written language.
6. Improve your English writing skills by blogging. Check out this post: 7 Real Ways Blogging Can Make You A Better Teacher And Learner.
Can you add any writing exercises that you enjoy? Where and when do you use written English?
Author: Gyöngyvér Pénzes