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Your Success Story is the place where you shall have your say about how you made it through the barriers of language learning and how you finally made it to your level. You passed all those tests, you impressed your teachers all along and you are now PROUD of yourself. Please share your secret with the rest of our members. Write about it here.
What does it mean to you?
It's not easy to go through doing the work, checking the mistakes, repairing the mistakes, re-doing the work until it comes out really well. But if you care to keep on doing it...
... you'll feel really good about it!
First, you need to choose a good topic sentence. Once you decided what your paragraph will be about, you need to make your reader WANT to read it. The first sentence of your paragraph has to be a) about the idea of the paragraph and b) interesting, captivating, great.
Second, you will need to enlarge your first sentence. Write another sentence about something you mentioned in the first sentence. This will be 'Support sentence 1'.
Third, write another sentence about what you said in your topic sentence. This will be 'Support sentence 2'.
Then, write another sentence about what you said in your topic sentence. This will be 'Support sentence 3'.
Lastly, you will need to write another sentence about each of the support sentences, so that your paragraph is large enough for a decent written piece.
Use this form, to organise ideas and write your sentences. Don't be shy, just do it! What you write will not go directly on the Internet - it will come to me. I shall then correct it and send you my suggestions by email. Then, I shall encourage you to write your paragraph again, by applying my corrections. When I point out an error you made, please try to not make it again. This way, your writing will improve all the time and soon enough, you'll be naturally in control of what you're writing.
Now, let's choose a theme for your story. I'm thinking of all my students who are celebrating their breakthroughs right now, in particular my present students from our university who joined the course at a really low level and worked hard all along the term, to graduate with a good passing grade. Your success story is how you studied English, until one day you said "YES! I could do it!" Tell us about that feeling.
Make the first paragraph about how you started to learn English at school. How old you were and what did you think then about what you had to do. All of a sudden you needed to learn a new language. How did it feel? Let me see if you can write this down into a good paragraph. If you want to write more sentences in the same box, you can. But make sure that all the sentences you put together are about the same idea.
OK, you're ready to go. Good luck and I shall receive it when you click "Submit". Nobody else will see it.
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