Essay Examples for ESL EFL Students

 

In this lesson you will find simple essay examples for ESL, EFL and also college students.

Additional writing tips also show how to write a proper essay with minimal mistakes.

SAMPLE ESSAY 1. My Hobby

My favorite hobby is playing drums. I spend a lot of my free time playing drums. I started learning to play drums when I was 9 years old. I played in my school’s band. When I was 12, I got a private drum teacher and started to really enjoy playing.

My parents bought me a drum set and I started practicing every day after school. It was very loud, but my mother never complained. I improved a lot, and playing drums has been my favorite hobby ever since.

Now, I play drums in a band with my friend Dan, who plays guitar. We write songs, perform, and practice twice a week. It’s still as fun as it was when I first started playing!

Answer these questions in your essay:

What is your hobby?
When did you start doing this hobby?
Why do you like doing this hobby?
How did you learn this hobby?
When do you usually do this hobby?
How often do you do this hobby?(every day, one a week, twice a month, on weekends, etc.)

Use this sentence pattern in your essay: start/stop verb+ing
I started playing basketball when I was 5 years old.
I started reading novels when I was very young

Sentence pattern: verb+ing

When you put a verb after start, begin, stop, finish, or quit, you must add “‐ing

Examples:
I started studying English in 3rd grade.
I finished writing my homework at 11:00 last night.
My father quit smoking because it is unhealthy.
We began dating when we met last year.



SAMPLE ESSAY 2. My Favorite Place

Usually when you ask people what their favorite place is, they will talk about a distant place – maybe a beach or a beautiful mountain. But my favorite place is not far away at all. My favorite place is the forest behind my house.

Although the forest behind my house is not very big, when I was little I thought it was huge! There are so many interesting places to play and hide. I can sit on the big rocks and have a picnic, I can climb the tall trees, or I can look for lizards and other little animals.

Even though I have played there many times, I can still spend all afternoon running, playing, and hiking in the forest behind my house.

The forest behind my house is a magical place. If I am in a bad mood, I will go there to be alone and think. When I was little, I liked to imagine that there were magical people who lived in the forest. When I grow up and have children, I hope that they can live near such a special place, too.

Sentence pattern: (not) …at all
“at all” means “not even a little”, and you usually put it at the end of a negative sentence (a sentence with “not”).

Example:
Brian: Are you hungry:
Dave: I just ate dinner. I’m not hungry at all.

SAMPLE ESSAY 3. My Best Friend

A best friend is a person you can count on, someone who will always be there to put a smile on your face when you need it. This is why I call Nathan my best friend.

I first met Nathan in second grade. His family just moved here from another town and he didn’t have any friends. We started talking, and one day I went to his house to play video games. Soon, we were hanging out every day, and we stayed at each other’s houses on the weekends.

Nathan and I have a lot in common. We both like jokes, and we both love to play soccer. In summer, we go to the swimming pool and eat ice cream cones. Next year, we are going to learn to play tennis together.

Best of all, I can tell Nathan my secrets, and I know he won’t tell anyone. I call him my best friend because I trust him, because he is a lot of fun, and because we like the same things. I hope our friendship lasts forever!

Sentence pattern: [Subject] lasts [amount of time]

Use this to describe how long something is (how long it “lasts”)

Examples:
That is a long movie. It lasts almost 3 hours.
Summer vacation lasts about 2 months.
The cell phone battery lasts about 1 year. After 1 year, you will need to buy a new one.
When my girlfriend broke up with me, she said, “Nothing lasts forever.”



SAMPLE ESSAY 4. Trip to the Zoo

Going to the zoo is a fun and interesting way to spend a day. The last time I went to the zoo was two months ago, during summer vacation. I went with my mother, father, and sister, and it was a trip that I will never forget.

We saw all kinds of animals at the zoo. We saw monkeys, snakes, and even a lion! In addition, there were birds, lizards, and several different kinds of fish. We got to see an eel, and octopus, and a small shark. My favorite animal was the elephant. It was so huge! We fed the elephants peanuts, and it sprayed us with water!

Although the zoo is very exciting, sometimes it makes me sad to see all the animals in cages. They cannot walk, run, or fly freely. However, it is good that people can go to the zoo and learn about these animals. Therefore, I’m glad we have such a nice zoo in my city

Writing tip: Transitions can help you connect your ideas when you write. Transitions make your writing sound more formal. Here are some common transitions:
However, (=but)
In addition, (=and)
Therefore, (=so)

You shouldn’t start a sentence with the words but, and, or so. You can start a sentence with However (which means “but”), In addition (which means “and”), and Therefore (which means “so”).

Don’t forget: You need to put a comma (,) after these transitions when they are at the beginning of a sentence!

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