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Welcome to Journal II

Five weeks + Ten lessons = Better English

 Journal 2 is a five-week elementary English writing program which will help you develop clear, accurate, and more natural English. After completing this course, you will be better prepared to use nine different writing styles.

Journal 2 English Writing Course for Elementary learners

How the course works

Write

Write about our topics
or choose your own.

Check

We check your writing
and give feedback. 

Reuse

Use your new skills
in your next assignment. 

Evaluations

We will evaluate your writing on the following points:

1. Format = well organized writing using paragraphs and clear ideas

2. Accuracy = correct grammar

3. Usage = natural words and phrases

4. Style = formality and creativity

5. Vocabulary = using a variety of words correctly

Sample

I want to compare my old company my new company

My old company was working in for five years and it was a good experience. My boss was veery helpful and gave me much guidance. The salary was very low. 

My new company salary is more high but the work is also more busier. I worked fifty hours every week at my old company but now I work sixty hours. 

But I’m happy now because my neew office is more close to my house. My commute is more shorter

I want to compare the company I used to work for to my current company

I worked for my previous company for five years and it was mostly a good experience. My boss was very helpful and gave me a great deal of guidance. Unfortunately, the salary was very low. 

My current salary is higher but the work is also much busier. Added to that, I typically worked fifty hours every week previously compared to sixty hours now. 

That being said, I’m happier now because my new office is closer to my house which means my commute is shorter

Good work Luis. What you wrote is easy to understand. There are two small changes you can make to take it to the next level. 

1. Grammar – Comparatives 
Most short adjectives change by adding -er.
high – higher / small – smaller / cool – cooler

Sometimes the spelling changes 
big – bigger / happy – happier 

X – My new salary is more high but the work is also more busier
O – My new salary is higher but the work is also busier

X – My 
new office is more close to my house.
O – My new office is closer to my house.

Use “more” for long adjectives
beautiful – more beautiful / interesting / more interesting / 

2. Let’s use some comparative terms and phrases 
Fortunately / Unfortunately 
Contrast a positive point with a negative point or vise versa.

My boss  gave me a great deal of guidance. Unfortunately, the salary was very low. 
I left the house late today. Fortunately, I still got to work on time.

Current / Previous  – Compared to / That being said,
My current salary
is higher but the work is also much busier. Added to that, I typically worked fifty hours every week previously compared to sixty hours now. That being saidI’m happier now.

My company has thirteen branches in Tokyo compared to only five in Osaka. 
That being said, the branches in Osaka are more profitable. 

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