* “Hocam, I can’t write! I don’t know anything about this!”
* “Hocam, I can’t write about it even in Turkish!”
* “Hocam, I can’t write! I can’t think of anything about this!”
You might have uttered one of these sentences or heard others saying them! I remember a lot of students complaining about writing and speaking by giving the very same reasons above. This is how I respond to such complaints: ” How much time and effort do you put in reading? ”
Studies show that there is a positive correlation between L2 reading and writing. This means that the more you read, the more input you have. The message here is obvious: Read!
- Borrow a book from the library and read it.
- Bookmark your favorite websites and visit them everyday to read something
- Search about popular themes like climate change, vlogs, robots etc to learn more about them.
- Read in English so that you can recall information in English when you want to write or speak about it.
- Come and take different reading texts from Etkinlik Odası (A007) 🙂
And make reading a habit! Otherwise, you will have difficulty in elaborating ideas in writing and speaking.
To give you an idea the typical strengths and weaknesses of essays written by our students, we have picked six sample essays among the ones that our students previously wrote in one of the writing exams. The members of the Materials Development Unit in our school worked on them and listed the strengths and weaknesses of these samples.
Take a piece of paper and brainstorm on the following topics:
- Which one is better in today’s world: Being a man or a woman?
- University students should have a part-time job.
Now, look at your notes and make an outline of your essay. Or write a complete essay! This is even better.
Then, compare your essay with the samples given here. Any similarities? Differences? What makes your essay better or worse than others? Reflect on it. This will help you better organize your writing.
Check them out! Ask us if you have any questions!