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Technology for ESL Students


esperanza_10472 1 / -  
Feb 27, 2009   #1
i am trying to create a thesis for my paper but i donot know how to start.

my paper is about: ESL students can learn better with the use of technology, specially blogs.

can anybody help me?

EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Feb 27, 2009   #2
Hey Ruth,

You should post your request for help as the start of a new thread, rather than tacking it on to some one else's. Otherwise, things begin to get confusing. If you are having trouble starting a new thread, don't forget that you have to give other people feedback on their work first.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Feb 28, 2009   #3
Hello,

That last post from Sean was moved here to this new thread in case Ruth did not see it yet. Everyone should start a new thread for each new essay. However, after making revisions to an essay, keep ne new drafts in the same thread.

Ruth, you know, the "interactive whiteboard" is very popular now for esl instruction. You can even find videos of it on google's video search option.

Other technology is simple email correspondence... are you teaching children or adults? Teaching children, it is great to use a pen pal email program to help kids practice communicating in English.
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
Mar 2, 2009   #4
"ESL students can learn better with the use of technology, specially blogs." Um, that is a thesis statement. It is a focused statement about your topic that is debatable. So, start with that, then introduce the reasons why you believe the statement is true. That gives you an introductory paragraph that will act as an outline for the rest of your paper.
mystery200 2 / 5  
Mar 3, 2009   #5
That is already a thesis statement, but you need a focused statement. You may want to restate that thesis statement to something like, "With the use of technology, ESL student's progress in learning would be better, specially if they used blogs."
Gautama 6 / 133  
Mar 3, 2009   #6
One technique is to just brainstorm every possible idea that you have to support your thesis(no matter how specific they are) and write them all down. Then take all the ideas and put them into 3 or so categories and you will have the bulk of you body paragraphs.

In the intro paragraph explain the main ideas of the 3 "categories" you separated your ideas into and that will (as Sean said) give "you an introductory paragraph that will act as an outline for the rest of your paper."


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