How to advance your written English?

 

Many people with an intermediate level of English often ask how they can improve further on their written English.

 

This question is frequently asked by non-native students, academics, writers and professionals, among others.

 

Below are a few tips and words of advice that should be of help to you whatever your field or sector is.

 

 

Read

 

One of the most essential steps towards the improvement of your written English is to read extensively.

 

The golden rule is: the more you read, the faster you will get better.

 

When you read and read and read, your eyes will be used to seeing certain structures, vocabularies, combinations of words ad phrases, among others.

 

This will certainly help develop your sense of language, namely the natural digestion of how the written English works.

 

On top of that, your grammar, while you are unaware, will significantly improve.

 

But make sure whatever you read comes from a credible source so that you can rest assured the content is written to a high standard of English.

 

Research

 

Another important step to be taken by any university student, academic, professional or others who want to improve their written English is to do your own research about language-related content that is useful and educational.

 

A lot of people have written about the written form of English. All you need to do is to go out there and try to find what was written and go through it carefully to develop your knowledge about the language further.

 

Resources

 

Access to resources on written English is of paramount importance.

 

Given that a significant part of your knowledge about the written language that you need to work is grammar, you will need to have access, either through a library or purchasing, to books dedicated to the discussion of grammar-related issues.

 

Many great writers have produced very interesting and useful books on the English grammar.

 

You may also find very helpful and relevant information on the Internet. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of websites that are concerned with the issue of language.

 

Try to regularly have a look at these websites, blogs or forums to familiarise yourself with some useful content that is discussed and explained there.

 

 

Get a proofreader

 

 

In effect, you only learn when what you have done wrong is highlighted and explained to you.

 

If you are a non-native student or academic, write a short piece of even 100 words and give it to a friend or a colleague of yours who is good at English writing, preferably a native speaker. Ask him or her to point out any mistakes he or she may find in your copy.

 

If you learn one thing a day, do not underestimate; learning and mastering the writing of English is exactly like a huge building which is the result of putting one brick on another.

 

If you already get your writing proofread or edited by a professional proofreading services provider, try to ask them what the key areas of your English that you need to work on are.

 

Being told this bit of information will be quite helpful to you as it will open your eyes to where you should make an extra effort.