Essay on the Teaching of English

Essay writing is not an easy activity for many students, especially those studying English as a second language. Therefore, I decided to create a short guide for everyone who is assigned to write an essay on English teaching and does not know where to start. Skim through the tips below and do not hesitate to put them into action.

Figure out what has to be done

The first and foremost thing that you need to understand when receiving a new writing assignment is essay guidelines. Remember, you are the only one responsible for making all the details clear before your professor leaves the room. That is why as a high school teacher of English, I always encourage my students to ask questions on every new task I give them. Do not be afraid to ask silly questions (no question is silly, by the way) and make all the instructions sound simple. If you fail to do that, even the best essay writing service will not be able to complete your essay for you: messy paper guidelines are impossible to follow.

Narrow your topic down

When you know exactly what your instructor wants from you, it’s time to get to the core of your essay topic. If you are allowed to choose it yourself, think about two things: first, whether your topic is interesting to your audience, and second, whether you can offer a unique approach to the issue. Once you find a topic that meets both criteria, go on to the next step of this guide. 

If you have to deal with the assigned topic, make sure it’s concrete enough so that your essay will not sound too generic. At this stage, your task is to choose an unusual aspect of your essay theme to write about. Sounds too difficult? Professional paper writers may help. Using a write my essay service for assistance with homework is not forbidden. 

Search for the references

Now, it’s time to collect the sources you can base your reasoning on. If you are going to write about English teaching methods, search for works of recent English instructors. If your topic is the teaching of a particular skill, e.g. listening, speaking, etc., you can use professional magazines, a teaching blog like mine, or even Youtube. All these sources will help you gather the most up-to-date information on effective teaching practices in 2020. Do not limit yourself only to your school library or scientific works: the more diverse your references’ choice will be, the better. 

Shape your thesis

After you collected the most interesting material to develop your topic, you can start working on your thesis statement. It is one of those tricky essay parts that demonstrate your unvarnished writing proficiency. English teachers often evaluate the overall quality of the essay by the thesis statement precision. Hence, you will need a lot of time to shape and polish this essay part (it may take even a day of your life). But do not worry if you have no time to do it on your own: you can always get homework help online to save your time. 

Outline it all

Once you have your thesis statement in front of you, it’s time to outline your writing. English teaching essays have the same structure as thematic essays: an introduction, a few body paragraphs, and a conclusion. 

The opening part of your essay aims at making your audience familiar with your topic, that is why presenting any details or numerical data is not needed here. Your task is to intrigue your reader and make them continue reading, so do not overwhelm them with boring information. 

When writing body paragraphs, remember a simple rule: one main idea for one paragraph. Otherwise, your essay will be hard to perceive and your audience will not read it till the end. 

As for the conclusion, you need to wrap up all your reasoning without adding any new facts or arguments. Restating your thesis is a great idea, just keep in mind that you should not repeat your own words once again. 

Plan your writing

This is the tip that I give my students in writing classes regularly. Creating a day-by-day plan of your essay writing will save you from procrastination and laziness. All you need to do is just schedule writing a part of your assignment every day and stick to it. 

When in doubt, rewrite with no regrets

When I write my essay or blog post and feel that some sentence sounds weak, I rewrite it until I like it, and that’s what I advise you to do. After you finished the entire essay and read it, do not hesitate to change any part that does not look persuasive or meaningful. Once you are done with editing, close your essay document and get away from your laptop. You have done a good job and can relax now. 

Read it with a fresh eye

Before submitting your assignment to your professor, skim through it again. You may even want to add some final touches to your piece of writing, so make sure you do not do it at the last minute. However, you should not aim for perfection at this stage: you already did everything you could to write a brilliant essay, so do not try to rewrite everything. 

Let it go

Finally, after you sent your draft to your professor, there is no need to worry about your essay. All you can do is just wait for the evaluation and the grade. Now, take a break and share this guide with your friends - I bet that after reading your essay, other students will want to learn how you do it!


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One thought on “Essay on the Teaching of English

  1. I can empathize with the pet phrases thing. Here are my least favorite overused expressions from my year here:

    “Every coin has two sides.”
    “As we all know…”

    Since I have students that all more or less studied the same curriculum, if the books or materials taught something a bit odd or decided to use this one particular expressions, pretty much all of my freshmen will use it. All 112 of them.

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