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Gen 28 2010

Check your writing


Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: B2.1 / B2.2 (nivell 4 i 5)
Destresa: Escriptura

Communicative Objective:

The goal of this activity is that students learn from the mistakes done in a composition after having revised it.


Write a letter of about 150 words in replay to the advert. After a while, check the writing trying to answer the following questions:

Checklist for revising paragraphs:

1.      Can the reader follow my ideas?

2.      Is the topic sentence clear?

3.      Is the topic sentence fully supported by facts and details?

4.      Does the paragraph develop just one idea?

5.      Is it coherent and consistent?

6.      Are there any vocabulary mistakes?

7.      Are there any grammar mistakes?

Checklist for revising the essay:

1.      Is the topic well narrowed down?

2.      Does the body of the essay support coherently the ideas?

3.      Does the paragraph follow a logical order?

4.      Has the essay a conclusion?

Other possible writing activities.

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Des 11 2009

Illustration essay


Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: B2.2 / C1.1 (nivell 5 i 6)
Destresa: escriptura

Communicative Objective:
To learn what the characteristics of an illustration essay are and then to learn how to write one.

Read the following explanations and then do the final exercise.

What is an illustration essay? The illustration essay is mostly used in college writing and in business. It is used to develop a main point wit examples and also in job applications for giving examples of your achievements.
Writers often use illustration in order to develop a paragraph they exemplify in the topic sentence. There are some useful transitional expressions for illustration:
– For instance, …
– For example…
– An illustration of this…
– A case in point is…
– To illustrate…
– Another instance of…
– Another example of…
– Another illustration of…
– Here are a few examples… (illustrations, instances)

A good illustration essay must start with a well known or well researched topic. The topic is the most important thing, so, for this reason you may practise first some brainstorming, clipping or asking questions in order to find a suitable topic. Try to learn a lot about it. Remember that the topic should be in the body of the essay as in many research papers. Always bear in mind that you will have an audience so you have to entertain them. In conclusion writing an illustration paper is after all, knowing perfectly what are you talking about and trying to make it interesting.

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Des 11 2009

Narrative essay


Idioma: Anglès
Nivell: A2 / B1 / B2.1 (nivell 2, 3 i 4)
Destresa: escriptura

To learn what a narrative essay is and then to learn how to write one.


Read the following explanations and example of a narrative essay and then make the suggested exercise.

Definition and details of a narrative essay:

– The narrative essay tells a story. It can also be called a “short story.” Generally the narrative essay is conversational in style, and tells of a personal experience. It is most commonly written in the first person (uses I).

– The story, as many texts, should have an introduction and also a conclusion which makes a point.

– You can write anecdotes which are always good in essays of this kind. Note that in a narrative essay you should give loads of details about the characters, the events, places etc.

– As we said before use first person, the use of “I” makes us believe that everything is much more intimate.

– Be organized, use details but do not exaggerate. Once you have finished revise all the words and check if you can use synonyms in order to not repeating words.

Read the following example of a narrative essay.

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