Ideas to Practice Writing
Keep a journal
write about anything that comes to mind. Nobody has to see it! In fact, don’t even worry about spelling or grammar. Just write from your heart. Write anything that comes to mind. This will help you become a much more fluent writer.
Join a discussion board
This will help you with both reading and writing. Find a group of like-minded people on online forums, such as Yahoo! Groups. The group you join doesn’t have to be oriented towards anything academic, but having readers and practicing your writing skills without the pressure of academic work can actually help you feel a lot more comfortable writing.
Start a blog
Are you a fan of cooking? Fashion? Music? Start a website or blog in English and post some of your photos or experiences. This is another engaging way to motivate yourself to write in English. Remember to use Word as a way to have a good spell checker before you post.
Create a Wiki with a colleague
Wikis are collaborative pages that you can make to share your work with others. I will be posting instructions on how to make your own very soon. For now, here are a couple examples and recommended Wiki pages for you to try.
This is a wiki page I recently made with a couple classmates in an online course on how to teach online. I've never met the other teachers, but we were able to use this space to collaborate and share our ideas.
Grammarly: Proof-reader online (paid service)
Purdue OWL: advice on how to paraphrase, summarize, cite correctly, and much more
Just the Word: Type the word you want to use and this website will tell you about words that commonly occur with the one you typed.
Citation Machine: The easiest way to get the correct citations in both APA or MLA.