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

DO

• 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

complicated.

• use a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures at the required level of

B2.

• 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.

DON'T

• 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

afterwards.

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