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  • falaknaz
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    17 March, 2017 at 9:24
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    How to improve sentence construction of weak students in order to develop language proficiency of undergraduates while writing a 5 paragraph essay?

    Zsarmad
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    22 March, 2017 at 4:55
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    To improve academic writing skills, your students must first understand possible problems with sentence structure so that they cannot only recognize but write effective sentences.
    To understand sentences, you should first make them understand clauses, which make up sentences. A clause is defined as a group of words containing both a subject and a verb.
    Clauses can be independent or dependent.
    An independent clause contains both a subject and a verb and can stand alone as a sentence.
    A dependent clause contains both a subject and a verb, but cannot stand alone as a sentence.
    Dependent clauses are introduced by subordinating conjunctions such as because, that, what, while, who, which, although, if, etc.

    LindaMerrill
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    24 March, 2017 at 12:35
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    Zsarmad, thanks for sharing these tips. English is not my first language I have started my PhD but first proposal that I wrote I got a bad review. Then reading the tip: write how you would speak, I feel that I should have done that, because I tried to write in a “academic sophisticated way” and I ended up creating convoluted sentences among other things. When you put “how to speak” for me it is not meaning that you have to write in a totally informal way but rather than to be short and concise about what you want to say.

    dan
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    26 March, 2017 at 14:46
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    Falaknaz – when you say “weak students”, what level do you mean exactly? (The definition of “weak” is very subjective”!)

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