Learners’ Common Writing Mistakes
It’s no fun making mistakes, especially in important situations. It’s one thing dropping your ice cream. It’s much more serious writing poorly when your reputation is at stake.
Let’s revisit writing mistakes that non-native English speaking language learners often make.
In a previous post, I looked at the misuse of the adjectives “good” and “bad” as well as the adverbs “well” and “badly.” Even native speakers of English are guilty of misusing these words.
Another common writing mistake is misusing linking words. Transitions make a big difference in good writing. They help you understand the flow of a sentence as well as organize several sentences together.
Recently, I asked my upper-level students to tell me their number 1 mistake in writing in English. In an informal survey, here are the common writing mistakes they mentioned related to content and language.
Writing mistakes: content
Students mentioned writing mistakes at the sentence level and paragraph level as well as for the entire document they are writing.
I have trouble to:
Express or explain my ideas.
Develop my ideas.
Come up with a thesis or main idea.
Find a good introduction.
Develop my paragraphs.
Formulate my sentences.
Come up with a conclusion.
Organize my paragraph structure.
Use good connecting words to link one sentence to the other.
Summarize my thoughts.
Use citation methods properly.
Students mentioned writing mistakes they experience with English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation.
I have trouble to:
Find the right words to express myself.
Use basic grammar of English.
Use the appropriate verb tenses.
Choose particular vocabulary and specific words.
Improve my vocabulary
Use the right punctuation.
What about your number 1 problem in writing in English? Share your thoughts with us.
I address all these writing mistakes and much more in my new
online writing course.
Although it focuses on academic writing, much of the content is valuable in business situations. For example, the lesson on critical thinking can change your thinking.