- Have a hard time writing in English?
- Struggle to understand emails?
- Find it hard to ask questions to your instructor?
- Struggle to keep up with your writing assignments?
Whichever category you are in, writing will always be part of your life.
For students who are studying English in Melbourne, you won’t just need to be able to speak the language – you will also have to know how to write confidently.
Our English courses in Melbourne will teach how to improve your reading and writing in English. For writing tasks to be not as a burden however, you may need to take extra steps to improve your writing.
So, what can you do to improve your English writing?
6 ways to improve your English writing skills
1) Read, read and read!
Reading and writing go hand in hand. The more you read, the better your writing will be!
Reading is one of the easiest ways you can improve your writing.
When you read from the news, web, and books that interest you, you can:
- Expand your vocabulary
- Understand different writing styles
- Learn how words are used and expressed
- Learn proper spelling
The best part about reading is that you aren’t on a time limit. When you talk, you only have a couple of seconds to understand what was said.
When reading however, you can go at your own pace, allowing you to absorb what you’re learning.
Starting is simple – just find a website or book that you are already familiar with,, only in English instead of your native language.
Since you already know the content, you can focus on the words and improve your writing skills!
2) Actively expand your vocabulary
How good is your vocabulary?
A good vocabulary is key when it comes to reading. If you ever encounter a new word you’ve never read before, you’ll want to:
- Write it down
- Check the spelling
- Look up the meaning
- Practice using it in a sentence
And as much as possible, try to include it in your English writing!
By increasing your vocabulary, you will be improving your writing as well – now you will have more words to draw on when writing.
3) Write using a computer
Obviously, it’s important that you know how to spell without relying on autocorrect to finish the job for you.
However, that doesn’t mean that electronic methods don’t have a place!
When using a word processor, be sure to use extra features. For example, many versions of Microsoft Word include a thesaurus, allowing you to look up alternative words that mean the same thing.
Make a habit of this, and over time, you will naturally learn proper spelling, and expand your vocabulary, as you discover new words to say the same thing.
4) Improve your English grammar
A lot of people focus on vocab and spelling when studying English.
While these two things are important for your writing, they aren’t the only things you will need to watch out for.
Grammar is crucial. Even if all the words are correct, the wrong grammar can lead to the meaning of your writing getting lost completely!
Do you find it challenging to write simply because you don’t know the right verbs and tenses to use? Then it’s time to improve your English grammar.
Mastery of grammar rules is crucial in writing; that’s why you need to start learning the basics of:
- Using punctuation
- Applying the right verb tense
- Subject-verb agreement
- Adjectives vs. adverbs
- Capitalisation of words
Our English courses in Melbourne will teach you proper English grammar. To improve your writing even further however, take some time out to study English grammar on your own.
In particular, try to focus on learning mnemonics and other grammar shortcuts – they can help a lot!
5) Start by writing an outline
Struggling with words and grammar is just one problem many of our students encounter when writing in English.
Another challenge you will face when writing is trying to think of what you are going to write.
It can be hard if the subject isn’t familiar to you – it can be even harder if you are writing it in a language you’re still learning!
To make things easier, we suggest starting by organising your ideas and creating an outline for what you’re going to write.
An outline will also help you structure your writing and help you generate ideas for content.
Most importantly, it will allow you to put 100% of your focus on getting your spelling, grammar and vocabulary right, instead of splitting your attention!
6) Make use of our out-of-class resources
Here at Academia, we want to see our students succeed when they study English in Melbourne. To help with that, we offer a range of out-of-class resources to help you practice and improve.
Our online learning platform lets you ask your instructors (and even fellow students) any questions whenever you’re stuck.
We also offer a variety of clubs and activities that allow you to improve your spoken AND written English, such as our Writing Extra – a club dedicated to writing skills.
As part of Writing Extra, you’ll learn how to:
- Plan, draft and edit
- Structure your writing
- Practice your skills
Improve your English writing when you enrol in our English courses in Melbourne
Everyone has a different level of English fluency, as well as a different reason for studying English in Melbourne.
Academia understands that – that’s why we offer a variety of different English courses in Melbourne to help you achieve your goal, whatever it may be.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all of our English classes have been transitioned online to protect your health.
Our experienced English teachers will be streaming English lessons online where you can ask questions and work on activities that will improve your written English.
Each of our online classes are just like our physical classes – namely, we ensure that there’s an exceptional teacher-student ratio, allowing you to enjoy more one-on-one attention from your instructors.
General English (GE)
Learn the basics of English – with a focus on everyday English including pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, this course is perfect for students who want to improvise their English.
With classes for beginners and advanced learners alike, we’ve got just the class you need to improve your writing.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Academia offers English for Academic Purposes that prepares you to Australian institutions and universities.
From academic writing to making presentations in class, you’ll learn everything you need to succeed at uni when you enrol in this course.
English for IELTS Preparation
Prepare for the IELTS test and achieve your target score through Academia’s English for IELTS preparation.
This course improves your English writing and speaking skills. You will also learn IELTS test-taking techniques that help you become familiar with the questions found in IELTS tests.
English courses continue with our online classes!
Have time to spare during the lockdown? There’s never been a better time to improve your writing.
Each of these tips are pretty simple, and you can start while you’re stuck at home.
Want to take things further? Enrol in our online English classes to make the most of your time while you’re at home.
Want to know more about Academia’s courses? Reach out to us today!