Thursday, September 25, 2014

Write, practice your English, & get published!

A coffee shop can be the perfect place to record your experiences in New York, practice your writing, and improve your English!

If you're a typical student at New York Language Center, chances are you're having the time of your life. You're in New York, enjoying yourself. You visit museums and parks; you go shopping and sightseeing; you hit the clubs at night and sit at cafes during the day. You're here for the New York experience and to see as much of the Big Apple as possible.
  • CHANCES ARE - there's a good chance
  • the BIG APPLE - New York City
In addition, you're here to improve your English. You study grammar and vocabulary in the classroom; you practice speaking, writing, and pronunciation with your teacher's guidance and direction, then you head out and use as much of what you learned and practice your English as you hang out with friends.
  • HEAD OUT - go out
  • HANG OUT - spend time

If this is the case, you're already using different techniques to improve your English, and that's great, but remember that writing is another technique that you should use. Working on your writing skills also develops your speaking abilities because it's another form of expression, and it forces you to keep checking your grammar as you express yourself on paper or on your computer or your tablet, your smartphone, ... The better your writing gets, the better your speaking will get, as well, and as your writing improves, so will your speaking and your confidence that you are using correct English.

Are you now thinking of writing something? Yay! Check out
this poster for ideas on what to write about. Good luck!
To help get you motivated to write, NYLC invites you to write about something fun. Write about your days in New York City. Share your experiences here with everyone you know. Talk about what, where, when, why, and how you are enjoying yourself here. Send your writing to me (Joe). I'll check it for grammar mistakes, and post it here on our blog! You can post it on your blog, too, or share it on Facebook, Twitter, et al.

So, what do you say? I say take advantage of this opportunity and improve your English while you're at it. Writing itself takes some work, but the whole experience will be rewarding and fun. It will let you relive and reflect on the wonderful experiences you're enjoying here.

Have fun, and good luck!

-- Joe Yu, ESL instructor

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