Esl Process Essay Example

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Learning foreign languages is a lot of fun, but there is always something you just can’t stand. And this something is usually writing essays. In this post I will tell you what is ESL Essay, why you need it and how to make it interesting.

What is ESL Essay?

ESL - is an abbreviation that stands for English as a second language . ESL Essay is an essay that is written by a person whose mother tongue is not English. In today’s world, the English language has become a very important thing. It is now the third most widespread native language in the world and the global language of business. Many people all over the world learn it because some of them want to move to English speaking country in pursuit of a better life, some of them want to get a better job at their country and some of them just like this language.

Why writing ESL Essay?

The main reason for writing ESL Essay is practice. As people say - practice makes perfect and they are not wrong. Because the only way you can make something good is to do it over and over again. While learning English most people usually think only about their conversational skills and I understand them. When you are learning a foreign language your biggest desire is to start speaking it as soon as possible and hopefully sound like a native speaker. But they forget that writing skills are also very important and you should practice them on a regular basis. And what is more suitable and fun way to do it? Writing essays, of course!

What can you write about?

When I said that writing an essay can be fun, I was not joking. Yes, there might be an opinion that this is a very boring and hard thing to do, but give it a chance. Writing an ESL Essay you have a choice of topics, you can pick literary any topic you would like to write about and go ahead. When you are really passionate about something and want the world to hear you out, your essay will basically write itself. Although, you must know that there are some rules, for example, the structure of the essay. You can’t just chaotically write about everything that comes to your mind, I know how that works when you are “in a hurry” to tell your story. We will talk about that in a minute, but for now, I want to suggest you some topics, in case you don't know what to write about.

Interesting ESL Essay Topics


  • What is your favorite place? Describe it as detailed as you can.
  • What is your favorite movie/book character? Describe him/her as detailed as you can.
  • What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
  • If you could wear only one set of clothes for the rest of your life, what would you chose and why?
  • Imagine that you have a dinner party for 4 guests, who would you invite and  what kind of activities would you suggest to your guests?

Persuasive Writing Practice

  • Tell about your favorite book or movie and why do you think other people have to read or watch it.
  • What do you think about technologies taking over people's lives? Why are we so dependent on it? Would we be better off without them?
  • Do you think it would be better if students had a summer break or be in a year-round school system with more breaks throughout the year?

Verb Tense Practice

  • Imagine that you are babysitting a child who accidentally breaks a window. Explain to the child how did it happen and how it could have been avoided.
  • Tell about one thing that you could never live without and why?
  • Imagine that you have got a chance to build a perfect city, describe it and explain why is it perfect.
  • Set yourself some specific goals you want to accomplish this year and explain how you are going to accomplish them.

Writing Process

Get ready

  • Think about what topic . You need to get as much information as you possibly can. If you are writing about something that is not from your own experience, do not just use Wikipedia, I know we all love it, but it is not enough. You need to get some good and reliable sources. Do not forget about the library.
  • Characteristic features of an effective essay. A good essay consists of:
    • Focus . The essay is written strictly in accordance with the theme, and it uses clear arguments. The content does not deviate from the given topic.
    • Organization . A good writer does not write everything that comes to his mind. He ponders the structure and order in which his thoughts will be expressed, before beginning the work on the text. But remember that you can always go back and made amends.
    • Support . In a good essay, all thoughts that are wrote down must be supported by facts, or statements in the text that the author analyzes.
    • Clarity . A good composition is written by taking into account all the rules of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Set aside some time to write . You cannot write a good essay when you are in a hurry or thinking about some other things you have to do. Set aside about an hour or two and do not forget about the breaks, you need to give your brain some rest.

Essay Outline

When writing an ESL Essay you have to follow specific 5-paragraph essay format. Here is a sample essay outline, but keep in mind that once you are okay with working with this kind of format, you can always expand it later, add more details or information etc

  1. Introduction :

Here you have to give some general information about your topic, tell the reader why he should be interested in what you are writing, in different words - attention catcher, make your reader want to stay and read your paper to the very end

Thesis statement:

  1. Topic Sentence 1:
  1. Support your argument
  2. Give more details, explanations, examples
  3. Support your argument
  4. Give more details, explanations, examples
  5. Support your argument
  6. Give more details, explanations, examples
  7. Conclusion of the paragraph
  1. Topic Sentence 2:
  • Support your argument
  • Give more details, explanations, examples
  • Support your argument
  • Give more details, explanations, examples
  • Support your argument
  • Give more details, explanations, examples
  • Conclusion of the paragraph
  1. Topic Sentence 3:
  • Support your argument
  • Give more details, explanations, examples
  • Support your argument
  • Give more details, explanations, examples
  • Support your argument
  • Give more details, explanations, examples
  • Conclusion of the paragraph
  1. Concluding Paragraph

Restate thesis using different words:

Sum up the main points, return to general context, wrap-up the essay, but make it interesting and memorable.

Essay help

If you are reading this part of this post, I suppose you still not sure that your writing skills are good enough. I can understand that, but do not worry, I have a couple of resources that will help you master your skills.

  1. Essay Checker - the most important thing to do after you have finished writing, is to check your essay for plagiarism, check its readability level, see if you have answered to all the questions and if your answers are relevant.   You can do all these things using this one resource. How convenient is that?
  2. Essay Topic Generator - this resource I am giving to you just in case you have problems with picking a topic for your essay. I know that that might be a real problem for many students. So, here you go, just enter the keywords of your essay and pick the category of it and here you go, you have a great essay title.
  3. Essay Examples - I know that sometimes it is pretty hard to understand how to structure your essay from the outline only, that is why using this site you can see essay examples that will give you a general idea. Remember that these are just samples, not free essays for you to take.
  4. Essay Editing Service  - even when you know all the rules you still might feel insecure and have doubts that something is not right. In this case, use this site, where professional editors will check and correct your essay. Make it as good as it can be.

That is all I have for you today. I hope you find this article useful and interesting. And just before I finish this, I want to say, that you always have to keep in mind that this is just an essay and if you do something wrong it is not the end of the world. Yes, you have to be attentive and serious about it, but do not cry your eyes out if you received a bad grade. Just learn from your mistakes the next time.

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Writing a Process Essay

What to consider when writing a process essay

A process paper either tells the reader how to do something or describes how something is done. As you write your process essay, consider the following:
  • What process are you trying to explain? Why is it important?
  • Who or what does the process affect?
  • Are there different ways of doing the process? If so, what are they?
  • Who are the readers? What knowledge do they need to understand this process?
  • What skills/equipment are needed for this?
  • How long does the process take? Is the outcome always the same?
  • How many steps are there in the process?
  • Why is each step important?
  • What difficulties are involved in each step? How can they be overcome?
  • Do any cautions need to be given?
  • Does the process have definitions that need to be clarified?
  • Are there other processes that are similar and could help illustrate the process that you are writing about?
  • If needed, tell what should not be done or why something should be done.
  • Process papers are often written in the second person (you), but some teacher prefer that you avoid this. Check with your teacher.

Your responses to these questions and statements should enable you to write an effective process essay.

Suggested transition words to lead readers through your essay

Process essays are generally organized according to time: that is, they begin with the first step in the process and proceed in time until the last step in the process. It's natural, then, that transition words indicate that one step has been completed and a new one will begin. Some common transitional words used in process essays are listed below:

After a few hours,Immediately following,
At lastIn the end,
At the same time,In the future,
BeforeIn the meantime,
Before this,In the meanwhile,
Currently,Last, Last but not least, Lastly,
Finally,Next, Soon after,
First, Second, Third, etc.Previously,
First of all,Simultaneously,
Immediately before,Then,

A Sample Process Essay

Kool-Aid, Oh yeah!

It has been said that Kool-Aid makes the world go 'round. Let it be advised, however, that without the proper tools and directions, the great American beverage is nothing more than an envelope of unsweetened powder. There are five simple steps to create this candy-tasting concoction.

Picking the proper packet of flavoring is the first step in making Kool-Aid. Check the grocer's shelf for a wide variety, ranging from Mountain Berry Punch to Tropical Blue Hawaiian. If it is a difficult decision for you, knock yourself out and buy two. The packets usually run under 65 cents.

After choosing the flavor that best suits your taste buds, the second step is making sure that your kitchen houses some necessary equipment for making the Kool-Aid. Find a two-quart pitcher. Plastic is nice, but glass pitchers allow the liquid to shine through and add festive coloration to any refrigerator shelf. Next, find a long-handled wooden spoon, a one-cup measuring cup, a water faucet that spouts drinkable water, usable white sugar, and an ice cube tray full of ice. Then, you are ready to mix.

Third, grab the left edge of the Kool-Aid packet between your thumb and index finger. With your other hand, begin peeling the upper-left corner until the entire top of the envelope is removed. Next, dump the contents of the envelope into the pitcher. Notice how the powder floats before settling on the bottom of the pitcher. Then, take the measuring cup and scoop two cups of sugar into the pitcher as well. At this point, adding the water is a crucial step. Place the pitcher under the water faucet and slowly turn on the cold water. If the water is turned on too quickly, powder will fly all over when the initial gusts of water hit. After the pitcher is filled within two inches of the top, turn the water off and get prepared to stir. With the wooden spoon submersed three-quarters of the way in the liquid, vigorously stir in a clockwise motion until all of the powder is dissolved. Taste it. If the Kool-Aid is not sweet enough, feel free to add more sugar.

Fourth, when you are finished seasoning the Kool-Aid to your liking, rinse off the spoon and the measuring cup. Take a glass from the cupboard. An eight-ounce glass is usually sufficient. But stronger thirsts might prefer a 32-ounce mug. Add ice and then fill the glass with Kool-Aid. Find a comfortable chair, put your feet up, and drink away. After all, Kool-Aid makes the world go 'round.

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This handout was written by Heidi Everett and revised for LEO by Judith Kilborn, the Write Place, St. Cloud State University. It may be copied for educational purposes only. If you copy this document, please include our copyright notice and the name of the writers; if you revise it, please add your name to the list of writers.

Last update: 28 September 1997


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