My question is about writing. I am studying how to write a good paragraph and I've come across concepts that describe the structure of a complete paragraph, such as topic sentence, controlling...

My question is about writing. I am studying how to write a good paragraph and I've come across concepts that describe the structure of a complete paragraph, such as topic sentence, controlling idea, supporting sentence and conclusion. I am supposed to write a paragraph about the English language. I can write whatever I want so long as I follow the structure of a complete paragraph according to the writing concepts. I have already created a topic sentence about the relevance of the English language in our society, and I would like some ideas that would fit well in this paragraph. I put politics because I know the English language is also a matter of politics around the word.

This was my topic sentence: "Nowadays, English is well spread all over the world and many people are already aware about its relevance in our society." How can I write a paragraph developed from this idea which follows the rules of good writing?

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huntress | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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No problem! Thank you for providing your thesis sentence. That's most helpful. 

Let's begin with that (with a tiny tweak): "English has spread all over the world and many people are already aware about its relevance in our society."* According to the rules of good writing, you now need to provide specific examples of the spread of English and relate those examples to its importance in other cultures (and don't forget economic and defense/military importance!). At the end of your paragraph, be sure to link all of your examples to your claim that "English is relevant in our society." 

* You don't have to say "Nowadays" since you're already using present tense verbs. If your verbs are present tense, we already understand that something is happening "now" or "nowadays" or "in today's world."

Examples you might consider include how the study of English is now common (and often required) in other countries and how those countries consider English fluency to be of paramount importance in securing jobs and even in being culturally literate. Investigate our European partners--specifically NATO partners, where English and French are official common languages, but English is spoken almost exclusively, nonetheless--and rising economic powers like China. 

Your controlling idea might be the now global relevance of English fluency. Your supporting evidence would be how other countries' embracing of English gives them military, diplomatic, and economic advantages over countries who do not push English literacy, and your conclusion would draw those ideas together and link them back to your main idea of how important English fluency, if not mastery, is to our world now.  

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