Sunday, 2 February 2014
Speakout Advanced p 125. How to Write. Extra Notes
Linking words: http://carballoplus.blogspot.com/2010/05/more-linking-words.html
You will find some tips about writing essays here: http://www.writefix.com/argument/
Sample letters: http://www.writeexpress.com/
Tips on writing application letters: http://www.wesleymission.org.au/centres/employ/employees/application_letter_.asp
Letter writing and sample letters: http://www.letterwritingguide.com/
Letter writing: http://www.usingenglish.com/resources/letter-writing.html
Useful vocabulary for Spanish speakers: http://www.ompersonal.com.ar/OMWRITE/personal/unit49.htm
Letter writing guides and models: http://www.eslflow.com/letterwriting.html
“Dos and don'ts” for writing compositions in an exam
• decide what questions you want to answer and organise yourself so that you have
time to do both tasks.
• read the question carefully and answer the question you are asked, not the one you
would have preferred!
• check how many words you have to write.
• answer the question fully. If an exam question has two aspects to it, give sufficient
weight to both parts.
• brainstorm ideas and organise them into a plan before you start to write.
• make sure your writing is easy for the reader to follow, by organising your text into
clearly divided paragraphs or sections.
• connect your paragraphs so that the link between them and the sequence of
events is clear.
• connect simple sentences together, but do not make them too long or
• use a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures at the required level of
• vary the way you start your sentences.
• check your grammar and spelling regularly as you write and allow time at the end
of the exam to revise your writing.
• write out whole compositions or paragraphs that you have learnt by heart. They will
not answer the question and the examiner will spot them immediately.
• include irrelevant information.
• write more or less than required.
• overuse connectors.
• use contractions or colloquial expressions if you have to produce a formal text.
• waste time by writing a whole draft with the idea of rewriting a definite version