COMPOSITIONS

This year you are going to do a considerable amount of compositions in class, so that you can prepare yourself for writing in exam situation. This will be announced one week in advance.
You will improve your writing skills writing your compositions and learning from your mistakes.
For the compositions you have to write as homework, please follow these guidelines:
Download the composition plan (this will help you get used to respecting the margins), and the assessment sheet clicking here
Please hand in your work in handwritten form and don't forget to leave enough space between the lines for correction comments.
Please respect the margins, as they canl be used to write comments.
You will know the topic of your composition one week in advance. Don't forget to hand in your compositions in time. If you cannot come to class, you can send your work with one of your classmates. Sorry, but we cannot accept compositions sent by email.
Once your work is marked, it's advisable to copy the composition again, including all the changes your teacher has suggested.

PUC WRITING MODELS


Click here to see some writing models and their corrections

LIST OF TEXTS PRACTICED 2015-2016


Summary of a text: Yara Gambirasio
A personal description on an online profile: spareroom.com
Articles providing solution to a problem
Letter / email of complaint.
A narrative.
Opinion essays.
A witness statement.

CONTENIDOS MÍNIMOS B2

Do the following exercises:



Please pay attention to the mistakes you should never make.


TYPICAL MISTAKES






CONNECTORS AND USEFUL EXPRESSIONS

Information about how to use connectors / linking words

Connectors and useful expressions.pdf

Exercises:


Practice the use of linking words with an article about nuclear waste. Click here.
Now rewrite the article using richer linking words.

Practice the use of linking words writing short texts about the following topics:


FORMAL AND INFORMAL ENGLISH



To practice the vocabulary of formal letters click here


REGISTER TRANSFER

register transfer 1.pdf
Register transfer 2.pdf
Register transfer 3.pdf

ENGLISH COLLOCATIONS

A collocation is two or more words that often go together. These combinations just sound "right" to native English speakers, who use them all the time.
To learn about collocations, click here.

PRACTICE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEXTS

A WITNESS STATEMENT

BEFORE DOING THE EXERCISE
Do the exercises 3,4,5 in the photocopy to practice how to describe a person and check them with the key:



Useful vocabulary to describe people's clothes:
https://eslchestnut.com/2011/07/09/describing-people-and-clothes

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/thesaurus-category/british/words-used-to-describe-clothes
Vocabulary to describe ethnic groups in the UK:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classification_of_ethnicity_in_the_United_Kingdom

NOW DO THE EXERCISE


DISCURSIVE ESSAYS II: TAKING SIDES (OPINION ESSAYS)

Do the exercises and check them with the key



Examples of how to organize your arguments for this type of compositions:



A BLOG ENTRY



NARRATIVES


LETTER OF COMPLAINT

Model exercise


Model texts


Task:

Information that might help you when making a complaint in the UK: Consummers' helpline

ARTICLES PROVIDING SOLUTIONS TO A PROBLEM



Planning your composition. Make a list of possible solutions and their results. See the following examples:
1. Childhood obesity

2. Unemployment

ADVERTISING YOUR PROPERTY



WRITING YOUR CV

CV Template


CV dossier

Read and listen to the articles in the dossier:
CV ideal length
How to write the perfect personal statement
What skills should I include on my cv?
Awsomne words to use on your cv
Ciche phrasees to avoid on you cv
Taking about your personal interests on you cv
Chosing your references

A COVER LETTER



DISCURSIVE ESSAYS 1. A BALANCED ARGUMENT (FOR AND AGAINST)

Do the following exercises and check them with the key.




ASSESSMENT REPORTS




Task:


CONCERT REVIEW

To learn how to write a concert review, click here
Learn about music vocabulary: click here and here

REVIEW OF AN EXHIBITION

REVIEW OF THE EXHIBITION.doc
REVIEW OF THE EXHIBITION.pdf

EXERCISES

DISCURSIVE ESSAY: A BALANCED ARGUMENT

Write an article about the following topic:
Is ‘fearlessness’ a key quality for a good investigative journalist?
Background information:


Application requirements:
Application requirements.jpg

Video: