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Most ESL teachers would come to an agreement that the Continuous Writing questions for SPM 1119/1 are getting tougher and more challenging. Besides displaying language problems, many learners also exhibit three critical issues in term of the content; their inability to fulfil all the content requirements, presentation of immature and unconvincing ideas, and incompetence to develop ideas well. How can ESL teachers assist and guide their learners to overcome the three learning issues mentioned above? Personally, one way out is to have sufficient and ongoing writing practices which focus on ideas or content as well as details using questions that cover numerous genres of Continuous Writing.

Another crucial tip to bear in mind is that the practices which focus on ideas and details should use QUALITY CONTINUOUS WRITING QUESTIONS which not many reference or exercise books in the market can offer. The questions given to learners for each practice should be of real SPM standard Continuous Writi...

Most learners have no specific technique to write the closure for their essay. In fact, some of them may have no idea on how to write their closing paragraph. Certainly, they need guidance. However, how can ESL teachers guide their learners? What techniques can be offered to them to end their essay?

An essay generally has three parts namely introduction, body and CLOSING. Each part has its features and techniques which learners must be exposed to and gradually master them. No doubt, writing is always the least favoured skill among learners, nevertheless, they do not have many choices. Whether they like it or not, learners have to know how to improve their quality of writing, if they aim to score well in writing assessment.

This write-up focuses on 7 techniques which can be employed to write the closing paragraph. The techniques shared here may not be alien to some teachers but the sample closing paragraphs are indeed new. It is not necessary for learners to master all the seven technique...

People have different views regarding first impression.

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”

“First impressions are always unreliable”

“First impression matters”

“First impressions last”

In essay writing, is it important for writers to make a good first impression? Definitely, yes. The first few words in the introductory paragraph are crucial. Personally, I am positive “First impression matters”. How can ESL teachers coach their learners to write a good introduction? What are the ways to begin writing their FIRST FEW SENTENCES in the first paragraph?  

This write-up offers 11 techniques to write an introduction for essays. The techniques shared here may not be alien to some teachers but the sample introductory paragraphs and the implementation proposal are fresh. It is not necessary for learners to master all the eleven techniques. Depending on the time they have and their commitment level, learners are given choices; they can choose any 3, 5 or 7 techniques favoured by...

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