ESL Games

How to Improve ESL Writing Skills with Essay Experts

Students find it increasingly difficult to manage all the writing tasks nowadays. It is connected with the elevated requirements and the increase of the homework volumes. That is why it is not surprising that help online is requested more frequently.

There is nothing bad in requesting professional essay writing help, for example from EssayLib. However, you should be wise enough to understand how to use it correctly.

Many students get the paper done and just submit it without even having a look at it. However, there are better, wiser ways to handle the task that has been done for you. You can learn a lot and improve your ESL writing skills significantly.

Tips on How to Improve Your ESL Writing Skills with Essay Experts

So, you have decided to order your essay from an online company. It is a good choice if you don’t have enough time or skills to write it. Moreover, it is a good choice if you know how to use the ready paper for learning. Here are some tips that will definitely help you to do so.

  • After you have received the paper, make sure it complies with all the requirements. Even the best writers can make mistakes. So, check everything point by point. If you have doubts, ask the writer to verify the content and to explain to you the doubtful place.
  • After that, you can start with the actual work on your paper. Read the entire essay. Check if you understand everything. Again, if there is something doubtful, ask the writer to explain it to you.
  • Read the paper again. Check which special expressions the writer has used to compare, to express feelings, to describe things. Write down the most interesting of them and check on the web or in your books what they are and how they are built and used. Are they used in the same way in your language? Find out which expressions are used in your language. You might learn many unexpected and interesting things. Find several examples, write them down. Write a couple of sentences with the samples. Then, try to build your own examples.
  • Check all the interesting grammar constructions the writer has used in the paper. Find appropriate rules in your books or on the web. Learn the rules and write your own examples. Use the examples in sentences.
  • Write down all the words that the writer has applied to make the transitions between the paragraphs smooth. Check their translation. Learn them and try to use them in your own text. It might be short indeed but if you write it, you will remember such words better.
  • Finally, write your own text. Use as many new words and expressions that you have learned. Make sure you pay attention to the grammar rules. Do not use too long sentences. Concentrate on shorter constructions, they are easier and there will be not so many errors.
  • Proofread your text. Improve the sentences that are too long or unclear. If you doubt whether you have used some construction correctly, check again in your books. If you still have doubt, rephrase the sentence in a way you know.

Now, if you want to really improve your ESL writing skills, place an order for editing. Request a professional editor to edit your paper. After you get the edited version, check which changes have been made. Revise again the rules that you forgot to follow. If the editor changed the words, check their meaning in the dictionary.

Compare your version with the version of the editor, learn the differences. And again, if you don’t understand something, don’t hesitate to ask. Editors are people, it means that they also might make mistakes. If you believe that your version is better or at least has a right to exist, discuss it with the editor.

We understand that this is a huge piece of work. However, if you want to learn, to improve your skills, this is an amazing option to do so. Of course, you might prefer to perform the process to some extent only. Another option is if you want to improve some aspects of your writing, for example, grammar. In any case, you can just select the options that are useful for you.

As you can see, there is nothing bad about ordering your task online. You get plenty of advantages by doing so. You will have a perfectly done task and you will be able to get a lot of useful information if you do all correctly. Hence, don’t hesitate, place your essay order whenever you feel that the help is needed. And of course, don’t forget to use the ready paper to the maximum extent.

Three Kingdoms

Three Kingdoms ESL Classroom Game

20-25 minutes Groups of 3-5 Make questions with Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How

Preparation for the Three Kingdoms Game:

For this game you will need to prepare 3 sets of cards:

1) Cards with question words including a card that has the word “China” on it.  You should have 5 to 10 copies of each question word but only have one China card.

2) Army cards (with just the text “10 Attack Points” written on them). You need 30 to 40 of these.

3) Castle cards ( with just the text “50 Defense Points” written on them. You only need 10 to 15 of these.

Kingdom names can be written on the board and points tallied and calculated on the board as well.

You will mix up the question word cards and have them on the table for the students to come up and choose. You will keep the Army and Castle cards with you to give to the teams as they progress.

Game Play for the Three Kingdoms ESL Classroom Game:

  1. Place a number of cards with the words “Who,” “What,” “Where,” “When,” “Why,” and “How” face down
  2. Among the cards is a “China” card
  3. Divide the class into three groups and designate them as one of the ancient Korean kingdoms: Shilla, Baekje, and Goguryeo
  4. All “kingdoms” start with 100 points
  5. Groups take turns flipping over and one card at a time and make a question with the word.
  6. For every correct question they make, they get an “Army” cards, which has 10 attack points.
  7. For every third correct question, they get a “Castle” card which has 50 defense points. (adds to the 100 they started with)
  8. After making a correct question, groups can choose to take an Army card OR they can choose to use up their army cards to attack another group and destroy their points”
  9. When a team wants to attack you ask them: Who do you want to attack? Then they must respond with the name of another kingdom or if you want to make them use a full sentence (Ex. We want to attack the Shilla Kingdom)
  10. When they attack they give you as many Army Cards (worth 10 attack points each) as they have (or as many as they want) and the defending team will lose the same number of points. (Ex. Shilla has 100 points + 1 castle card so 150 defense points and Baekje attacks with 4 army cards now Shilla has only 110 points)
  11. Continue playing until one team has destroyed all other teams points and they are declared the winner.
  12. However, whoever turns over a “China” card will cause ALL groups to lose one Castle (-50 points) and ALL their Army cards! (essentially re-setting the game)

Variations to this ESL Game:

  • Make smaller groups and include other “kingdoms” such as Gaya and Mahan
  • If you are teaching in other countries change names
    • For example, if you are teaching in China, you can change the “Kingdom” names to states or dynasties in Chinese history and have the “Huns” or “Mongols” as the killer card
  • Include other question words, not just the standard who, what, where, when, why, and how
  • Put grammar or trivia questions on cards
  • Assign each group a “capital city” as a starter castle and city names or specific castle names to “castle cards,” this way you can also “Who do you want to attack?” and “Where do you want to attack?” or “What do you want to attack?”

 

ESL Games: Words in Words

15-30 minutes Teams of 3-4 Use the letters of a long word to spell smaller words

  • Have each time submit words one at a time and write them on the board, with no duplicate words allowed
  • Words that every team has are omitted and have no point value
  • Simply have teams hand in word sheets and tally scores
  1. Make sure each team has a dictionary
  2. Write a large word or phrase on the board
  3. Give teams 10 minutes to come up with as many words as possible by using the letters on the board
  4. When time is up, one leader from each team will say the team’s words
  5. Each word is scored as follows:
  • 1-letter words = 1 point
  • 2-letter words = 3 points
  • 3-letter words = 5 points
  • 4-letter words = 8 points
  • 5-letter words = 10 points
  • 6-letter words = 12 points
  • 7-letter words = 15 points
  • 8 or more letter words = 20 points

Typhoon

15-40 minutes Groups of 3-6 Practice making sentences with game board grid

  • Play with ‘Bankrupt’ instead of ‘Typhoon’
  • Use category cards instead of word cards
  • Make a minimum number of words for each sentence
  • Have students listen and repeat after correct sentences
  1. Draw a 6×6 bingo grid on the board
  2. Randomly write points in the squares
  3. In some squares, write ‘Typhoon’ instead of a number
  4. Stick words cards on top of the squares and cover the number/typhoon
  5. One team chooses a word card and must make a sentence with the word
  6. If they make an incorrect sentence, move on to the next team
  7. If they make a correct sentence, they get the number of points under the card
  8. Typhoons allow you to erase all the points from another team
  9. The team with the most points at the end wins

ESL Games: How Many Words Do You Know?

10-15 minutes Any Write down all of the 2-letter words you know

  • Three-letter, four-letter words, etc.
  • Words that begin with the letter ‘S’, ‘R’, ‘Th’, etc.
  1. Divide chalkboard into four equal vertical sections (columns).
  2. Make two rows of deskbound students one team
  3. Have teams pick a team leader to go to the chalkboard
  4. Leaders write all the two-letter words they know on the count of 1, 2, 3, GO!
  5. Team
    members help their leader by shouting out words and by writing words in
    big letters on paper and holding it up for leader to see
  6. Stop with 10, 9, 8,…0, STOP!

ESL Games: In The Mix

5-20 minutes 41690 Review and learn new vocabulary words by slapping flashcards

  • With very small classes, play in a seated circle with very small groups and place enough objects for everyone but one or two students in the middle
  1. Prepare a set of flashcards based on a theme (colors, numbers, months, etc.) with words students know
  2. Prepare another set of flashcards based on a theme with words students don’t know
  3. Break class up into two teams
  4. Have teams line up in two lines space in between
  5. Place a random object in between the teams (card, book, etc.)
  6. Review flashcards that students have learned
  7. Place one flashcard from the new set into the review set and shuffle
  8. Show class one flashcard and have them say the word
  9. Repeat with next flashcard in the pile
  10. When the new word turns up, one first person from each team makes a grab for the object (they can slap it if it is a card)
    1. Whichever team grabs/slaps the object first gets a point
  11. Elicit the new word and teach the meaning
  12. Insert another new word flashcard and call up the next students in line

ESL Games: I Went to the Market

10-20 minutes Any Use memory to reinforce past-tense structure and focus on correct use of articles

  • I went to the electronics store and I bought…
  • When I go on vacation I will take…
  • Next year, when my friend and I go skiing in France, we must remember to take…
  1. Divide class into groups and select one group to help demonstrate rules
  2. Teacher starts by saying, “I went to the market and I bought an apple.”
  3. Student next to the teacher follows by saying, “I went to the market and I bought an apple and some eggs.”
  4. The next student continues by saying, “I went to the market and I bought an apple, some eggs, and a potato.”
  5. Play continues with each student repeating what previous members said and adding one item to the shopping list

ESL Games: Janken Slap

5-20 minutes depending on how many cards are used Groups of 2-4 Review vocabulary words/grammar structures by slapping flashcards

  • Use one flash card for each person in the group
    • 2 for pairs, 3 for groups of three, and 4 for groups of four
  • You can use alphabet letters for younger children and more advanced grammar structures, such as past tense, 10-word sentences, etc. for students of a higher level
  1. Get into groups of two and give each group a set of flashcards
  2. Place two flashcards on the table or floor and label them 1 and 2
  3. Explain to students that they will shoot rock-paper-scissors (ie Janken in Japanese)
  4. Have students shoot 1 or zero fingers instead of rock, paper, and scissors
  5. Students add up the thumbs and try to slap the flashcard with that number
    1. Flashcard #1 for one thumb, #2 for two thumbs, and so on
    2. Do it again if everyone shoots fists
  6. Whoever slaps the correct card first gets a point if they say the word or sentence on the card out loud

ESL Games: Love Triangles

10-30 minutes Groups of 4 Practice discussion by comparing things

  • Give students criteria to judge which is best
  • Use a line for two items
  • Use a square, pentagon, etc for more items
  1. Draw a triangle on the board
  2. Write three items on the triangle, such as ‘spring water’, ‘Coca Cola’, and ‘Coffee’
  3. Tell students to discuss the three items
  4. After they discuss them, ask them which one is best