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EP 65: How to Write an English Essay

Have you ever looked at your empty Word document and wonder how to even begin to write an English essay?

Writing an English essay can be a big project for anyone. Essay writing is generally dreaded amongst students. It can be even more difficult if English is not your primary language. On Episode 65 of the Homework Help Show we give you 8 tips on how to write an English essay and discuss a template you might use to help you structure your essay.

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Cath Anne: [00:01:44] Writing in English I say it can be a big challenge for anyone. It is usually a dreaded activity amongst any students. However if English is not your primary language this task can become even more difficult. Today on this show we are giving you eight tips to help you to write your English essays. Let’s jump in.

Cath Anne: [00:02:18] OK so tip number one. The first tip I wanted to give you guys today is to write your English essay in English.

Cath Anne: [00:02:27] Now it might be tempting to write in your primary language and then translate it and you might think it might be easier. However this is not the case. When you write in English you will have the opportunity to learn more of the language because you are writing in full sentences. As well, if you choose to write in your primary language and then translate to English it might not make sense. Take the opportunity to write your essay in English and then have someone read it over. Writing in English will give you the opportunity to learn more of the language and give you a chance to practice your writing skills.

Cath Anne: [00:03:13] Tip number two. Brainstorm. For those of you who are not familiar with the term and brainstorm. Brainstorm means to think about all of the ideas you have about a certain topic and then write them down. So for example international immigration if you are going to do a brainstorm about international immigration take out a piece of paper and a pen and write down all of the ideas that come to mind about international immigration. So for example: language, visa, family, opportunity, culture, migration, change, policy activities.

Cath Anne: [00:04:05] These are all topics to do with international immigration. The idea with a brainstorm is to literally take out a piece of paper and write all of your ideas in English not in your primary language.

Cath Anne: [00:04:24] Doing a brainstorm in English will give you the opportunity to practice thinking in English and will improve your English writing skills. When you start writing your essay think of a topic that interests you. You also want to consider a topic that will interest your audience. Now your audience for an English essay might be your ESL professor or perhaps a university or college professor. Keep this in mind as you are writing your essay.

Cath Anne: [00:05:00] Tip number three. Write an outline. Once you have finished your brainstorm begin to write an outline for your English essay before you write an essay. It is important to organize your thoughts and your ideas. Especially when English is not your primary language. Doing an outline can help you to learn new words and help you to organize the thoughts and ideas that you have in your head. A basic outline for an English essay will include five paragraphs. First you will have the introduction. Then you will have three body paragraphs. And finally the conclusion. Use this five paragraph structure to organize your ideas before you begin writing.

Cath Anne: [00:05:52] Tip number four. Once you have completed your brainstorm and your outline, have a native English speaker read over your work. Now you may be timid to show your work into someone who speaks English. However it will help. I promise you. Find someone that you trust who can speak English to look over the work that you have done. When you show your work to a native English speaker they can guide you through the process of writing your essay and helping you to form the sentences and flow that you’re looking for in your essay. If you don’t know of anyone that can speak English here at Homework Help Global this is something we can definitely help with. Jump into the description box below and connect with us on social media or send us a quick email and let us know how we can help.

Cath Anne: [00:06:49] Tip number five. Write an introduction. Your introduction will tell the reader what you are going to write about and what they can expect in your essay. For example perhaps you would like to write an essay about the benefits of living abroad. In your introduction you’ll want to include a thesis statement. A thesis statement is the argument you are going to be making about a specific topic. For example the thesis statement for this essay might be living abroad is beneficial because it provides an opportunity to explore different cultures, broaden your horizonsb and learn a new language.

Cath Anne: [00:07:34] As you can see here there are two parts to this thesis statement. Number one we are arguing that living abroad is a beneficial. And number two we are providing three reasons why living abroad is beneficial. The three reasons given in your thesis statement will make up the three body paragraphs of your English essay.

Cath Anne: [00:07:59] Tip Number Six. Use the three reasons you have defined in your thesis statement to write your three body paragraphs. So for example in this essay we will have three different paragraphs. Number one living abroad provides the opportunity to explore different cultures. Number two living abroad provides the opportunity to broaden your horizons and number three living abroad allows you to learn a new language.

Cath Anne: [00:08:37] Once you have these three points you’ll want to do some research about how to back up what you are saying. This information will form the content of your essay. Tip number seven. Once you have completed the introduction and your three body paragraphs it is time for the conclusion that conclusion provides a summary of everything you have said through your English essay. Do not introduce any new topics in your conclusion. You are simply just summarizing all of the information that you have written throughout your essay.

Cath Anne: [00:09:17] Tip number 8. Congratulations you’ve completed your English essay and you’re one step closer to becoming fluent in speaking and writing English. You’ve worked towards a goal and you’ve achieved it. You should give yourself a pat on the back and say congratulations. Once you have completed writing your essay again ask a native English speaker to read over your work. They can give you some tips on how to increase the flow and ease of your essay and make it sound more like it was written by a fluent English speaker. And. If you do need any help with writing an English essay make sure to connect with us here at Homework Help Global.

Cath Anne: [00:10:02] We offer many services from editing to ghost writing that can just make learning English a little bit easier. OK guys that’s it for me this week. I hope this episode was of benefit. As always we love to hear from you. So make sure to jump into the comments below and let us know if any of these tips have been helpful. Do you have any questions about how to write an English essay or do you have any suggestions for other people who are struggling with writing in English. Share those in the comments below as well. Comment or message us on social media. All of our info is linked and listed in the description box below. If you like this video give it a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel and make sure not to miss out on any of our upcoming content for the fall semester.

Cath Anne: [00:10:56] Thanks so much for joining me. Talk soon and take care.