Tutor profile: Samantha W.
Is it true that some people are born good writers, and others not?
Absolutely not! Like any other subject, writing is something that takes time to master. Just like how you can't start a new sport and immediately be a superstar, you can't expect to be a professional writer overnight. Luckily, writing is so easy to practice! Write every day, even if it's just for five minutes. Build good writing habits such as brainstorming, drafting, reverse outlining, and editing.
Subject: English as a Second Language
If I don't speak English well, can I still write good papers?
Yes! First of all, language learning is a lifelong journey, so don't be discouraged if speaking isn't as natural as you thought it would be. Secondly, you can still be successful at writing papers even if you are not fluent in English. When learning a language, many textbooks and courses cover the formal use (or academic) version of the language. Only in conversation does someone pick up slang phrases or sayings. If you've been learning formal English in language class, this will prepare you well for writing academic papers. Research papers use formal English, so use what you learn in class to put together grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. And, you can always come to an expert for additional help!
Why do students need to take English classes if English is their first language?
Although someone's first language may be English, spoken English and written English can sometimes be very different. Spoken English uses a lot of slang that does not appear in formal, written English. It is perfectly acceptable to use vernacular English in conversation; however, the written world thrives on written English. To properly communicate within a professional or business setting, it is important to have mastered formal English grammar, syntax, and semantics. The ability to creatively and effectively curate a message can make all the difference in the world.