Your Writing File
FAQ – it’s all here and here!
Check out the page here called List of Mistakes for links to posts on mistakes people made while writing
- How to work with your List of Mistakes (March reminder)
- Where is the number of words? In the Welcome Handout! I gave out at the beginning of the course.
- Where is the type of text for each month? In the Nov 20 post, here: Y5. November 20: Reminder of Your Writing Schedule
See resources and misc. post below!!! (March)
Y5’s for business emails check the notes I wrote at the beginning of this year.
Dominique Cole’s notes:
- Writing informal letters – great notes!
- Writing semi-formal letters
- Writing a letter of complaint
- Writing apologies: test your register: more formal to less formal; more informal to more formal.
Essays – Exam Practice
- 6-sample-essays-: These examples are goo, except they are written as if answering a question (the statement) and we just pose the question but expect you to find a title for your essay.
- essay-checklist It includes space for your LoM
February: Proposals, or Reports (see this, too)
October 28: Luis (Y5A) has kindly sent in his notes on HOW YOU SHOULD ALL WORK AT HOME & HOW WE WILL WORK IN CLASS AROUND YOUR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS. PLEASE, READ.
Hi, Michelle! Here you are the notes I promised from today’s 5A class.
Today in 5A one of the students raised the subject of how we should work
on our Writing Files. Michelle wrote up a schema to help us organize the necessary tasks.
During the month we will be working in three different stages: before, during and after writing.
A. Before writing: Independent learning at home
– Read similar texts in order to learn about the textual format and structure and collect useful language.
– Resources: our textbooks, books like Successful Writing, and our teacher’s notes at Talking People http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/skills/writing.htm
B. The Writing Assignment, done in 45′ maximum with a word limit (exam format practice). This is also divided into three separate moments.
- Before writing: Immediate preparation for the writing (5′ up to 10′)
– Brainstorming on language
– Structure of the composition: make an outline
- During: Write the actual piece, using the outline. Remember to comply with Michelle’s presentation RULES (see below).
Write the piece just once, never make a clean copy. You cannot waste time. You can cross out things, and add things if necessary.
- After writing: Proofreading the writing (5′ up to 10′)
Read it at least three times while checking:
– Logical progression – Does it make sense?
– Spelling / Grammar
– Write your corrections in a different color (i.e., red)
C. After the writing: Students hand in their work, complying with the deadline.
Once the work is corrected by the teacher and handed back to us, we should
– Work on our LoM
– If necessary, make a clean copy
The teacher will schedule a C-Day (Composition Day). That day we should
bring our writing (clean copy or original) along with our List of
Mistakes. We will read out our work, so everybody can learn from other people’s work, and we will work on language and textual matters at Plenary. This is the moment when people should pose their “grammar and textual questions”
After this, you can send in your work for publication.
RULES FOR YOUR MONTHLY WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
- The monthly writings are Exam Writing Practice, so they should stick to the number of words your exam papers require (see back of Welcome Handout).
- They should be HANDWRITTEN, because you need to train in knowing how much space you take up for different amounts of words.
- On the top right corner you should write YOUR NAME, GROUP, and DATE, ie October Writing Assignment.
- Then you should include the TASK DESCRIPTION, e.g. Write a review in … words.
- Then the title if appropriate. For letters, if you include addresses, don’t count those words because the exam paper speaks about the number of words of your text excluding the addresses. (That’s why exam papers don’t ask you to write the addresses.)
- You should attach the work you did BEFORE writing (the outline and the brainstorming on language, or the collection of language you intended to use).
- You should include your corrections during the AFTER writing in a different pen color/colour.
- We need to agree on a deadline, because then I’ll organize C-Day or Composition day, and this means I need to have finished checking your work at a very specific point in time! (This means I’d reject Writings handed in after the deadline.)
- October 21: I just published the routines you should follow when Writing, including our lesson routine around Writing Assignments. It’s on the new Page: Your Stuff! (Getting your work published)
- October 9: Instructions for your October Writing Assignment
- October 8: About your writing assignments (post)
Here is some information and some ideas so that you can start putting together or thinking about your Writing File for this year!
writing-file (2 pages)
Writing Resources – under construction
- Letter-Writing by Avanzado 2 students in Madrid (read and notice the different word limits; imagine your own exam word limits)
- Letter-Writing at Talking People – for Quinto, 2 to add? Letters to Editors, Business Emails
- Writing an Article – purpose & readers
- Job Search Writing Lab – Watch this video on Cover/Covering Letters as summary or an intro! Cover letters (job application letters) are the first impression an employer gets before reading your resumé/CV.