ESL Writing: Fluency + Accuracy
For speaking and writing, there are two main ways to evaluate it: fluency and accuracy. Fluency is how fast you are able to do it. Accuracy is how good your grammar and vocabulary are. It’s more complicated than that, but that’s the simple explanation! Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this article.
Don’t Forget Fluency Practice
Most English writing classes and textbooks focus on accuracy. It’s much easier for a book, or teacher to point out grammar and vocabulary errors than to teach you to write quickly. However, it’s important to work on both. The good news is that you can easily do it yourself! Here’s how I helped my students with fluency when I taught in South Korean universities.
Here’s How to Practice
Get a notebook. Use it only for this, and not for other English writing practice. Each day (or whatever time interval you decide-twice a week, or 10x a month, etc.), give yourself a topic. For example, “My family,” or, “Plans for the weekend,” or, “Hopes for the future,” or, “My favourite book.”
Then write about that topic for 5 minutes (or 10 minutes once you get used to it). Put away your cell-phone and dictionary. The goal is to write quickly. Use only grammar and vocabulary that you know. If you don’t know how to spell something, just guess. It doesn’t matter. Focus on writing quickly!
The Most Important Thing…
This is the most important thing- your pen should NEVER stop moving. If you can’t think of anything, write this sentence, “I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to write. I don’t…” After two or three times, you’ll think of something else! Make sure your pen does not stop moving! Write quickly. Grammar and vocabulary don’t matter for this activity.
Keep Track of your Progress
Over time, you’ll notice that the amount you write increases! You can make a simple chart to keep track of this. Count the number of lines you write after each session and mark it on your paper. Remember that the goal is to write more quickly, not to write accurately. You can work on grammar, vocabulary and structure at other times.
More ESL Writing Tips
If you want to improve your ESL writing skills, you’ll need to check out this book on Amazon: 71 Ways to Practice English Writing: Tips for ESL/EFL Learner. This tip about writing fluently is from that book and there are 70 more tips just like it. The English writing tips range from study skills and habits, to formal writing, to informal writing where the goal is to just have fun while using English. Emails, essays, organizing your ideas, job applications. It’s all there!
The book is practical, easy to read, well-organized and we’re sure that it’ll help you improve your English writing skills. 71 Ways to Practice English writing is for beginners, intermediate, as well as advanced students. Everyone can improve their ESL writing with consistent practice! Are you ready to improve your skills?
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