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Ch 7: TOEFL Writing: Essay Writing Help

About This Chapter

Review the foundational methods for writing essays. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the methods for writing essays in a simple and clear manner.

Essay Writing Help - Chapter Summary

Use the engaging and comprehensive video lessons in this chapter to learn how to effectively write an essay. These simple and quick video lessons cover basic essay writing fundamentals in a way that makes learning how to write an essay fun and easy. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • Outlining the essay
  • Capturing the audience
  • Writing a thesis statement
  • Structuring the argument
  • Focusing the essay
  • Improving essay content

The lessons in this chapter cover basic essay structure and all the components required for writing an essay. Each lesson comes with a self-assessment quiz to make sure you fully comprehend the material, and the lessons are broken down into bite-size chunks to help you easily absorb the methods needed to write an essay.

TOEFL iBT Writing Objectives

The TOEFL iBT exam assesses your English comprehension skills as a non-native English speaker and is required for admission to English-speaking universities and colleges worldwide. The essay writing portion makes up a quarter of the exam and requires you to write two essays. These video lessons on writing an essay feature all of the topics you'll need to attempt this portion of the exam. Some of the objectives of these lessons include:

  • Writing a good essay in a short amount of time
  • Writing a strong essay body
  • Engaging readers by developing an appeal
  • Proofreading the essay

The writing portion of the TOEFL iBT features an integrated and independent writing task. You'll listen to a passage using headphones and read a passage then formulate a response to these passages for one of your essays. You'll then be able to state your opinion on an issue and defend it for your second essay question.

14 Lessons in Chapter 7: TOEFL Writing: Essay Writing Help
Paraphrasing Without Plagiarism

1. Paraphrasing Without Plagiarism

There's a difference between paraphrasing and plagiarizing. Watch this lesson to learn how to report information from a source without plagiarizing the author's work.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

2. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

How to Write an Outline

3. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

4. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

5. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

What is a Thesis Statement?

6. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

7. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

8. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

9. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

10. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

11. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

12. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

At some point, you may be required to write a personal essay. Watch this video to learn how to turn your personal experiences into an effective essay.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

13. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

14. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content

Going back through an essay that you've written in order to make substantive content improvements can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some basic principles that you can apply to whip your essay into shape.

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