Writing skills

30 Kickass Ways to Start an Essay

    Because well-begun is half done. 30-sentences-to-start-an-essayDownload The purpose of the first sentence in your essay is to make your reader want to read your next sentence. In truth, every sentence you write has the same purpose: to keep them reading to the end.   So, you have to start off strong. Your first sentence has

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Easy Essay Outliner

Just fill out a form to create your outline. What could be easier?  Are Essay Outlines Difficult for You? Not any more. We have broken down essay outlining into a series of easy steps. All you have to do is answer a few questions, make a few choices, and the Virtual Writing Tutor builds your

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Pen Pals

Do you have a pen pal? Have you ever had a pen pal? Probably not. Writing to a pen pal used to be a popular hobby, but it has fallen out of favour these days as people spend more and more time on social media websites. Perhaps, you don’t even know what a pen pal

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How to Create a Field-Related Glossary

In your B-Block college ESL course, you are required to use English words related to your program or field-of-study in your writing and speaking. In order to do that, you must spend some time finding specialized terminology in English to assist you in explaining field related concepts to an audience of non-experts. There are few

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5 Easy Blog Posts for Your ESL Writing Class

There is a new way to market products to consumers and get the attention of potential employers. It is called content marketing. The way it works is this: you publish articles (content) on a blog, and people looking for information using a search engine will find you and learn to like, trust and respect you

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5 Great Reasons ESL Students Should Blog

There are over 150 million blogs on the internet today. Why so many? People read blogs and rely on them for information. Reading blogs is great, but why should ESL students start blogs? It is a good question. Here are 5 great reasons for ESL students to create a blog in English. 1. Improve your

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Introducing Yourself Online and in Person

First impressions have a lasting impact. It is critical therefore to be equipped with the know-how to create the right impression on people you meet online or in person for the first time. This article focuses on how to achieve this when introducing yourself to a room full of people or to a pen pal

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Logical Fallacies

A well-constructed argument avoids logical fallacies, flaws in the reasoning that will render the argument invalid. Following are some of the most common logical fallacies. 11 Logical Fallacies Explained Oversimplification. The tendency to provide simple solutions to complex problems. “The reason we have low unemployment today is the threat of war in Central America and

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