Why Write? We all need to write to share our ideas. Writing is creative and enjoyable. We enjoy:
Writing letters to friends
Sending e-mail messages
We also use critical thinking skills when writing and re-writing
Step One:look at the advice sheet Deciding what writing skills you want to improve (W2) & find out what your writing needs are. Then look at Tips for learning writing independently (W7)
Step Two: decide what area to focus on and look at the advice sheet for that area.
Those advice sheets are:
Writing academic essays (W3)
Writing business correspondence (W4)
Writing reports (W5)
Writing resumes and cover letters for job applications (W6)
Step Three: make a plan so that you can check your progress (see advice sheet (W7) for help with your planning.
Hints for Better Writing Read as much as you can before writing. This will give you ideas. You need a lot of time for writing and re-writing. Write often. Use diaries, learning journals, letters and e-mails to friends to improve your writing.
Deciding what writing skills you want to improve
Academic Writing Course (Intermediate - advanced)
General information about academic writing with examples.
Writing, Setting and Marking Essays (advanced)
Very good on planning and structure of essays
- written with university courses in mind.
Essay writing for English tests (intermediate to advanced)
Workplace English Office File (G1) - elementary level
Located in the English for Special Purposes section, it covers memos, facsimiles and business letters.
Work in Progress (G21) - elementary level
Located in the English for Special Purposes section, it covers general office skills.
Business Objectives (G12) - intermediate level
Located in the English for Special Purposes section. Very useful writing tasks in units 2, 8, 9 and 14.
Panorama (A21) - advanced level
Covers the skills necessary for academic writing of reports and essays. Located in the English section of the Learning Support Centre.
International Business Topics (Business) - advanced level. This book covers the writing of letters, reports, telexes and press releases. It is also very useful for improving business vocabulary and reading skills. Located in the English for Special Purposes section.
Business Correspondence (Business) - intermediate level. An introduction to business writing. It covers letters, facsimiles and memos. Located in the English for Special Purposes section.
Business Reports in English (Business) - intermediate to upper- intermediate level. Covers report reading and writing. Located in the English for Special Purposes section.
Some useful writing materials on the Web:http://lc.ust.hk/~learn/e_write.html