Here are some useful expressions for Articles and Competition Entries. Have a look, then try the quiz to test your knowledge.
(contributed by Jane, Nervion)
What is clear, is that ...
What I do think is ...
It's absolutely amazing how ... is able to ...
So, for all the reasons I've outlined, I strongly believe ...
Last but not least, ...
... is no easy task, but with ..., who could possibly fail to ...
You won't regret selecting me for ...
The opportunity afforded by this prize would not only ..., but would also ...
And, who knows, ... might well (turn out to be) ...
The question is: can you?
Did you know ...?
Are you aware that ...?
Nevertheless, the prospect of ... is just too exciting for me to be put off by dull statistics.
Whether we like it or not...
It cannot be denied that ...
... is the key to ...
Monday, 15 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Writing Tips - Article and Competition Entry
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As with all writing it will really help you to make a plan – note the main points you want to make in each paragraph and impressive language / vocabulary you could include in that section; then expand this into sentences, adding appropriate linking devices and examples.
Remember that the first thing the examiner looks at when marking your work is that you have answered all the points in the question, so read the task carefully and write down the things it says you must include. (This may sound simple but you'd be surprised by the number of people who get low marks for this reason, although their article is full of fantastic language and vocabulary.)
Main features of an Article
- An imaginative title – e.g. 'Scoring that goal', 'Lights, camera, action!', 'She's the one', 'Logging on'. Can you guess what these articles might be about?
- The first sentence should make the reader interested in the article and want to read on.
- Answer all the points required in the task. This could be the difference between passing and failing.
- Direct everything at the reader – so make sure you're clear on who that is.
- One or two rhetorical questions can give your article a great style ( but ensure they are appropriate and don't use too many as it will then sound unnatural ).
- Use a good range of appropriate vocabulary and some informal expressions or phrasal verbs.
- Use different types of sentences to avoid it becoming boring, eg. Cleft sentences, participle clauses.
- Ensure that it is easy to read and each thing follows on from the previous one by using linking devices (but don't be over formal ).
- The last paragraph should leave the reader with something to think about and relate back to the introduction. Some writers like to finish with a question.
- Read the finished article to look for places which don't connect well, sentences which are difficult to understand and grammar, spelling and punctuation errors and make some final adjustments.
These are articles but you need to include one or two sentences in which you say why your entry should be considered and persuade the reader that you deserve to win the prize / competition. This is usually done in the last paragraph but you could also mention it in the introduction if you wished.
Posted by Eli Blogger at 14:54 38 comments
Labels: Articles, Competition Entries, Writing Tips
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Vocabulary - Collocations
Test your collocation knowledge and build your vocabulary with this quiz.
Posted by Helen Collins at 09:20 15 comments
Labels: Collocations, Extra Use of English
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