Discourse Markers In your writing, you will want to spend some time ensuring that your work has a sense of variety. In order to do this, you might think of the following : Use conjunctions as well as/instead of sentence connectors. A conjunction is a word like and, but, etc, which is used to join two ideas together into a complex sentence. Unlike sentence connectors such as 'However', etc, a conjunction cannot be used at the beginning of a sentence and must come at a mid-point, at the end of one clause and the beginning of another. It is usually possible to rephrase a pair of sentences that use a sentence connector by using a conjunction instead. Use conjunctions at least some of the time. It can also be helpful to omit discourse markers if they do not serve any useful purpose. Try joining two clauses together by making one subordinate to the other. Remember, it can be tedious to read a piece of writing which has too many discourse markers.
English Glossary of Grammar Terms A fully cross-referenced English glossary of linguistic and grammatical terms. Each grammar definition contains an explanation and cross-references to other relevant grammar terms. Usable for both native speakers interested in language and linguistics, and students of English as a second language (ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP)English grammar terms of all levels from beginner to advanced. Search the Glossary of English Grammar Terms Browse by Category: Related: Spelling Note: The word Grammar is often misspelt as Grammer. This English grammar glossary is under continual development.
Writing Genres As students prepare to write, they need to think about the purpose of their writing: Are they writing to entertain? to inform? to persuade? Setting the purpose for writing is just as important as setting the purpose for reading, because purpose influences decisions students make about form. One of the most important considerations is the genre or form the writing will take: a story? © ______ 2010, Allyn & Bacon, an imprint of Pearson Education Inc. 100% Free FlipBook Creator, online photo/image to FlipBook Let's Write a Newspaper Story! Motivation and Prior Knowledge: Think, Pair, Share Exercise: Ask the class, "Who wants to be a writer? Why?" Ask the class, "What are some of the different types of professional writing in the world?" Types of Writing: Novels Short stories Non-fiction Plays Movies Poetry Newspapers Magazines Television Radio Advertising Public relations On the board write the title: What is it like to be a writer? 1) Good and 2) Not so good Ask the class, "What are some good and not so good things about being a writer?" Good Travel Meet interesting people Learn new things Get to create Many readers Can influence people Not so good Deadlines Editors change things People may not like what you write Think, Pair, Share Exercise: Ask the class, "What does it take to be a writer?" Being a Writer Good knowledge of English. Additional Exercises: How to Read a Newspaper - Bring newspapers to class and ask students why reading a newspaper is important.
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Aesop's Fables - Online Collection - 656+ fables - BATEFL - Bachelor of Arts Teaching English as a Foreign Language This is a model answer which I wrote a couple of days back for my tuition student. The question is from October / November 2009 ESL Extended paper (Exercise 6). I’ve done some analysis of the answer to give you a short guide on writing an effective letter to a pen-friend. First of all, let’s go through the question and quickly analyse the GAP and LIST. Genre: Informal letter (descriptive narrative) Audience: Pen-friend Purpose: To describe the experience of visiting a new sports and leisure center. Language: Informal and descriptive. Information: The three bullet points of the question Style and Tone: This is equal to register, which has to be informal or friendly for this letter. What makes this letter good? The introduction: is short and simple and ‘yesterday’ indicates that the writer is writing about a very recent event. Did you notice any other thing good about this answer or would like to critique? Download the model answer and analysis: ESL Letter - November 2009 Analysis (775 downloads)
Synonyms for words commonly used in student's writing Amazing- incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary Anger- enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden Angry- mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed Answer- reply, respond, retort, acknowledge Ask- question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz Awful- dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant Beautiful - pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous, dazzling, splendid, magnificent, comely, fair, ravishing, graceful, elegant, fine, exquisite, aesthetic, pleasing, shapely, delicate, stunning, glorious, heavenly, resplendent, radiant, glowing, blooming, sparkling Begin - start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate Brave - courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome
Tiny Texts | Read, listen & learn a littleEnglish Using an appropriate writing style Different academic subjects will demand different styles of writing from you. Some might require you to use the third person ('Smith argues that …', or 'He said …') and to achieve a certain amount of distance from the arguments you are writing about. Other subjects expect the first person ('I placed the seeds in full daylight ...'), for example, in the reports that you might write for a science or technology subject. Using reflective writing in professional subject areas Some assignments (for example, some within Health and Social Care) require students to use their professional judgement to make an informed subjective comment. Self-reflection On many modules you may find that a part of your assignment is devoted to self-reflection and your own view of how you've developed during your studies (a little like a learning-progress diary). Using objective writing There are a number of ways to achieve this. First person or third person? Hedging language Hedging language means cautious language.
Scientific Writing Course Home OVERVIEW: The way to well-written science How to do the Course PART I: Paragraphs and Sentences SET A: Paragraphs: The Maps Behind Them SET B: Paragraphs: Using Maps to Meet Readers' Expectations SET C: Paragraphs with Something Extra: Points and Tails SET D: The Generic Section: Expectations and Maps as Blueprints SET E: Scientific Sections: The Methods and Results SET F: Scientific Sections: The Discussion SET G : Scientific Sections: The Introduction SET H : Sentences SET I : The Paper as a Whole PART II: The Paper and its Sections Introduction SET 1: Argument Parts SET 2: Indicator Words SET 3: Refining Claims SET 4: Locating Arguments in Prose SET 5: Rationale's Essay Planner SET 6: Evidence in Arguments: Basis Boxes SET 7: Assessing SET 8: More on Assessing SET 9: Analysis Maps SET 10: Assessing Again Synthesis 1: Position-Early Paragraphs Synthesis 2: Position-Final Paragraphs Synthesis 3: Writing a Discussion I Synthesis 4: Writing a Discussion II Why is it like this? About The Developer
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