Persuasive Essays

essay_examIn order to help you write good persuasive essays, it is helpful to read other persuasive essays written by other authors in order to recognize specific essay writing styles.  Essay writing for academics is written in a very specific and well-organized way.  The standard essay for most academic tests that are common in the United States (TOEFL, GED, GRE) use the five paragraph style: an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.  Each essay must have a clear thesis statement, transitional statements, supporting and/or contrasting ideas, and each body paragraph should be written in a parallel manner.  Take a look at the following persuasive essays written by ESL students just like you and see if you can recognize these typical essay traits and decide if they were successful or not.

English Reading Room

good-books1Have you read a good book lately?  What about an interesting magazine article?  Or maybe you just have time to catch up on the daily news.  No matter how much time you have to spend, you need to make a habit of reading something every single day if you want to improve your English skills.  This website has links to full-length books, online magazines, and different newspapers from around the world.  You will be amazed at how quickly your understanding of English improves once you start reading a little bit of English every day.

English Proverbs and Sayings

proverbHere you will find an alphabetical list of famous and not-so-famous proverbs and sayings that you may hear in everyday conversations with English speakers.  Each proverb or saying is listed next to an explanation of its meaning, so you can quickly and easily learn what people are really talking about!  Try out a new one each day and soon you’ll be impressing your friends with your advanced use of common proverbs and sayings.

Improve Your English Reading Skills

free2readYou may not realize it, but one of the most effective things you can do to improve your understanding of the English language is to read, read, read!  News stories are particularly helpful for ESL students because they are short, smart, interesting, and to the point.  This website offers a variety of topical news stories to choose from along with outlines and worksheets, which would be particularly helpful for TOEFL students.

ESL Study Tips and Motivation

In order to learn English quickly and correctly, you have to commit yourself fully to the process of learning a new language.  Fully immersing yourself into the English-speaking world is the best way to learn English quickly, but many people are not able to do this easily.  However, making English-speaking friends, watching English television shows, listening to English radio stations, and reading English newspapers will definitely help.  Try spending at least one hour per day only using English.  Start with watching a popular English language TV show or speaking with an English-speaking friend.  Then increase this time by 15 minutes every week.  This will be difficult at first, but it really is the best way to learn a new language.  Before you know it you’ll find yourself thinking in English and every day it will get easier and easier to communicate in your new language!