an ESOL learner writing a college assignment

Do you want to study at college or university? Do you want to know how to write assignments better? This activity will help develop your assignment writing skills.   

Here is an example of a typical essay question.

Your local council would like to know how to improve your local area.

Analyse the situation where you live, thinking about the following factors.
• Safety
• Leisure facilities
• Local shops and businesses
Remember to justify the points that you make.


Task 1 - assignment question words

This next exercise helps you to understand typical words in assignment questions.

Task 2 - parts of an essay

When you write an essay, you should include the following sections:

Introduction - General information about the topic
Main Body - Specific details about the topic being studied
Conclusion - Your Evaluation – give your opinion
The student who wrote the sample essay and the sentences in these activities chose Enfield Island Village Estate as the local area to analyse. 
Remember that they had to write about safety, leisure facilities and shops.

Task 3 - sentence linking

When writing a paragraph, it is common to start sentences with something that is mentioned in the previous one; this will make your writing flow well.

Task 4 - topic sentences

When writing an essay it is usual to start each paragraph with a topic sentence, which gives a short summary of what the paragraph will be about.

Task 5 - conjunctions

To be able to write a good text, you need to be able to link your ideas together. Use the activity here to practice joining your ideas. 

Task 6 - your turn

Now, it’s your turn:

Write your own answer to this question:
Your local council would like to know how to improve your local area.
Analyse the situation where you live, thinking about the following factors.
                    - Safety
                    - Leisure facilities
                    - Local shops and businesses 
Remember to justify the points that you make
Use the sample assignment and the checklist below to help you.
A) Are you doing what the question asked?
B) Does your answer have an introduction and a conclusion?
C) Do the sentences in your paragraphs flow well?
D) Have you linked your ideas?


If you are planning to go to university in the UK, you might need to take the IELTS exam. You can find more information about this exam here.

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My name is Mombassa , I am planning to go to university, but I still need to improve in my English language exaclly in my writing, reading, and lestining.

I am studing now in Loughborough college, in Electrical installation. My first language is not English, I  am from portugal , for that still have some difficults in my vocabulary and grammar.

I am so happy now with this Esol next helppeful., thanks and I belive this will help many people .

with my regards 

Mubaraca saide Mombassa.

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We are pleased that you are finding these activities useful Mombassa!

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today we will experiment with a new form called the tandem story the process is very simple, each person will pair off with the person sitting to his or her immediate right.. one of you will then write the first paragraph of a short story the partner will read the first paragraph and then add another paragraph to the story. The first person will add the third paragraph and so on back and forth.. remember to reread what has been written each time in order to keep the story coherent the story is over when both agree a conclusion has been reached..


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Very helpful.

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I find some dificult in this exercise, but is necessary work hard to have a successuful. 

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Very helpful

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I like this useful demonstration. Writing essays is more like joining pieces by pieces in jigsaw. My concern is only the fact that I have nobody to correct my writing if I'd like to try it for myself. Any tips for self-students?
Thanks again for this helpful demo.