Writing practice is an important step in improving your general English skills, especially your speaking skills. Speaking and writing are connected, therefore if you want to improve your speaking skills you should also practice writing.
Grammar exercises are a good form of writing practice! But, grammar exercises are often boring. A more interesting way to practice your writing skills is by journaling! You can use a real journal, paper, or just use your computer!
How to Journal
- Set a time limit. If you are a beginner, 5 minutes is plenty! If you are intermediate or more advanced you can write for 10-15 minutes. Set a timer!!! Trust me, set a timer.
- Choose a topic! Choosing a topic can help you stay more focused. Also, it can help you think of what to write. If you are a beginner or if you don’t want to use a topic, write about what you did during the day or at work.
- Stop the time! If while writing you can not think of the correct vocabulary word or the correct grammar stop your timer and use the internet or any resource to find the answer. This is a great way to discover new vocabulary words and grammar.
Here are some great journaling topics that anyone of any level can use!
- Describe your best friend/brother/sister/mom/dad
- Describe your hometown
- Describe your strangest dream
- What would you do if you won a million dollars?
- What would you do if you won free airline tickets to any place in the world? Where would you go?
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- What’s your favorite movie or song? Why?
- What is your dream job?
- What’s your typical day like?
- What do you like to eat during the day? Is it healthy?
Check backs soon for more journaling topics!