practice and improve writing in english

8 Ways to Practice and Improve Writing in English

A lot of English learners don’t realize the importance of writing in English. If you are one of these learners, you might think that you don’t need to practice writing because you only want to use English while traveling or informally with friends, for example. Many students believe that they can ignore writing if their goal is speaking. However, the truth is that writing can (and does!) help improve your overall English fluency.

When you write you have time to think about what you want to say. While writing, you are able to think, erase, make changes, etc… You have the ability to edit what you are going to say. You obviously cannot do this when you speak. Therefore, writing is an excellent way to identify the mistakes you make even when focusing and editing your English. By practicing and improving writing in English, you can you learn how to avoid these mistakes.

In today’s lesson you’re going to learn:

  • how to practice and improve writing in English with 8 tasks
  • general tips for writing
  • about resources and websites to use

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8 Ways to Practice and Improve Writing in English


1 – You need to be writing more in your daily life. So, the first task is going to be utilizing information that is already available for you.

Creativity Tuesday: Using Images to Improve Writing Skills

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Use this link of the Creativity Tuesday to start writing.  These lessons have prompt questions or things to think about using pictures. Therefore, use the pictures to inspire yourself and start writing more.

Make sure to write even if no one is going to correct it.


2 – Study TOEFL writing tips for general writing

Improve your TOEFL Writing Score: Tips for the Independent Essay

(click the title above [in yellow] to read the full lesson)

Are you studying for an academic English test? Then, you definitely need to practice for a more formal writing. However, if you don’t plan on taking any English test right now, these tips can help your general English writing.

Remember that even though this lesson is for the TOEFL exam, you can apply these tips to other academic essays and writing tasks, too!


3 – If you want to get your writing edited and reviewed, here are some tools that can help you out.

iTalki: find a tutor to review your writing.

Lang-8: get your text reviewed for free by reviewing other text from your native language. This is a group work, a community of multiple language users from around the world.

Grammarly.  This tool finds your mistakes and edits for you. It has more resources than the regular Microsoft editor.


4 – Start a diary or a journey.

This is a great way to practice expressing yourself. Try and white every day, focusing on different things on different days. For example, on Thursdays, you can write about how you are feeling, on Fridays, about what you going to do on the weekend (future tense), and so on.


5 – You may notice that these past lessons were part of the October learning plan. This year, we are reviewing all the posts because they are great resources for you to improve your English fluency.

Speak Confident English: Avoid these Common Email Mistakes

(click the title above [in yellow] to read the full lesson)

Connect with Anne-Marie from Speak Confident English today. One of her lessons was part of my October learning plan and it can surely help you with your writing skills, especially in a business setting. Read the lesson above and learn common mistakes you might be doing when writing emails.


6 – We are in a technology era. So, you are probably typing right now. Practice your writing in English by improving your typing skills.

Improve your Typing Skills

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This is going to help you in work settings, academic settings, and in general English use!


7 – Do more real English writing.

When was the last time you wrote something real and something meaningful for somebody else? Write someone a letter. Or maybe you want to write a review for one of your favorite restaurants, your favorite English website, a hotel, or a movie…

Connect with more real English by writing something real and meaningful.


8 – Connect with my Podcast

English across the Pond

(click the title above [in yellow] to check the podcast)

This is an online radio show that can also help with your writing in English. Check out the podcast’s newest episode (there are new episodes every Friday), take two minutes of the conversation, play it and write what you hear. You can also use an episode and summarize what you just listened to in order to practice writing.

Finally, you can become a Ponder, an English Across the Pond member, and receive a study plan, some practice exercises, and the podcast transcripts every week! Click here to get more information.


So, follow these 8 tips to practice and improve writing in English, and you’ll be on your way to more advanced fluency.

You can also use the comment box below to start practicing.

(This lesson was adapted from the previous post here.)

Until next time,

Happy Studying! ♥

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