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Writing can be hard, even for me a native English speaker and ESL teacher. But once ESL students become comfortable with writing in English, it is important to introduce some common structures in English writing.

 

 

 Traditionally in English, an essay states the main idea in the first paragraph and each paragraph that follows supports the main idea. While this rigid structure is not always followed, students should understand that normally they should structure their writing in that manner. 

ESL teachers, especially native English speakers, may not consider teaching essay organization, but some cultures value other essay structures. There is a great video clip about a nonnative English speaker, Pablo Zapata, and his problems with the very direct manner of English essay writing.

Some students may have a hard time transitioning to this style of writing, but once their language is intelligible, it is a necessity. English readers have certain expectations about how writing should be organized, especially in academics.  As teachers, we should give our students the skills to meet readers' expectations.

09:46 AM Feb 14 2017

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Hi Mitchelk, i hope you are great. I'm from Iran and i wonder if it is ok with you to help me with my English whenever your time lets you.? I'll really appreciate it if you allocate even a very short time for this.

Best regards,

Morteza

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I want talk winth the somebofy people!

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i`m here because I want to improve my english ..

I hope I find people who can help me with that

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magk
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 very important topic, thank you on View  this topic 

12:48 AM Jun 15 2012

garypan1123
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Hi Mitchell,my name is Gary,hope to make friend with you and improve my English in writing and speaking.

Wow ,english is too difficult to English, I would like be a good speaker on English.thanks.

02:08 AM Mar 04 2012

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hi ! mitchelk, I am a Chinese student . My English is not very well ,I want to be your fanse

honest fans,foreverCool

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I'm here to improve my English and meet some foreign friends.

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Email: manikhalid@yahoo.com

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foz12

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I'm looking forward to improve my writing(beside ESL), which I need when I write a minutes of meeting or reports in English. Thank you.

02:03 AM Sep 13 2011

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Hello Ms. Mitchelk,

We all need your teaching here and hope that you will return soon!

05:00 PM Jul 16 2011

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I want to learn English too. I'm happy teach :$

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