WRITING PROCESS

TOEFL TRAINING

Do and Don’t

Do
  • Do cite the author’s words if you need to use them. Otherwise, it may look like plagiarism.
  • Do write in present tense, even if the author of the original text has passed away a long time ago.
  • Do understand the original source completely. If you have doubts about the meaning of certain terms, clarify them before you start to write.
  • Do make sure you’ve said exactly what the author did when citing their words.
  • Do revise your paper when it’s ready. You may find a nice place to insert a new quotation, correct some mistakes, and make other improvements. You can also give your essay to a friend or a colleague to read to see if they can grasp the main idea of the source after reading your summary essay.
Don’t
  • Don’t include your own examples or interpretations in your paper. You literally need to repeat the information given in the original text, but in a shorter frame and in your own words.
  • Don’t insert any of your evaluations or judgments about the text. Your task is to summarize, not give a personal opinion.
  • Don’t try to grasp all of the ideas contained in the original text in your essay. Focus only on the most important points.
  • Don’t report on unnecessary details.
  • Don’t forget to include transitions to signal when you move to a new idea within the same paragraph.

LETTERS
LETTER WRITING GUIDE
HOW TO WRITE A FORMAL LETTER
EXERCISE: COMPLAIN LETTER
AN EXAMPLE: COMPLAIN LETTER



INTRODUCTION

In this unit the student will increase his/her writings skills by using techniques when writing a biography. He/she needs to keep in mind Simple Past Tense and Past Tense Continuous when writing a biogrphy. He/she also needs time expressions usually used with past forms. In addition, the student will learn how to use some lilnking devices to add strength and coherence to the biography.





LISTENING ACTIVITIES
Using the link below, you will find a PDF file in which a famous person biography is done.
Follow the instructions to complete the document.
For listening activity, your teacher will play the MP3 recorded text for you to complete the blanks
1- BOB MARLEY'S BIOGRAPHY
2- BOB MARLEY, LISTENING
3- FERNANDO BOTERO BIOGRAPHY
3A- FERNANDO BOTERO, LISTENING


ACTIVITIES:

1- check the following link in which you will find a biography, skim it for general ideas and general structure of the biography. Watch the video and take notes about Christopher Colombus.
Christopher Columbus Biographie


2- Reread the biography to focus on the structure of the paragraph: How many sentences does each paragraph have? Where is the main idea placed? what is the main purpose of the paragraph? Does the paragraph present details or example to support the main idea? Is there a conclusion? Is there any linking device?
3- Choose a paragraph and look for:


  • Past tense: Identify types of verbs and endings
  • Examples or detail
  • Identify the purpose of each paragraph.
3. how to write a biography. Go to:
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Resultado de imagen para let's workNow, Try this link to write a biography. Check some example of our students. If there is any mistake, go to "feedback", tell us what the mistake is and why it is a mistake.
ACTIVITY 3A: Check some examples. Reading comprehension. 
- scanning for information
- working on a summary
- creating a idea-map
BIOGRAPHIES FOR KIDS
BIOGRAPHIES: FAMOUS PEOPLE


ACTIVITY 3B:  Newspaper article




Image result for example word

   


4. How about some linking words 
How to use Linking Words

Take one of the biographies above, try to rewrite it implementing "linking words", then go to the link on activity 3A, write a biography. Save the image so that your tutor could upload it on this blog.

5. How about some BIOGRAPHIES 

INVENTIONS

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