Sunday, 2 February 2014

Speakout Advanced p 125. How to Write. Extra Notes

Linking words:
You will find some tips about writing essays here:

Sample letters:

Tips on writing application letters:
Letter writing and sample letters:

Letter writing:

Useful vocabulary for Spanish speakers:

Letter writing guides and models:

“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


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