Category Archives: WRITING (CONTRIBUTIONS)

WRITING A BLOG ENTRY (B2.2)

HELLO!!!HIYA!!!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A BLOGGER  OR A VLOGGER FOR A DAY? WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE?

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BLOG WRITING: STEPS

TASK: You are going to write a blog entry / blog post answering the following question:“HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH TECHNOLOGY AND REMOTE LEARNING?

TITLE: Please think of an engaging title to attract readers!

PHOTOS / PICTURES: The blog post should be readable and visually appealing. You might include an  original picture in your blog post: either photos you take, or hand-drawings (those are very popular on  blogs!)

LANGUAGE: It´s advisable to address the readers at the beginning: “Hi readers” , “Hi there! (as this is an informal context)

OPENINGS: Opening your post with a rhetorical question is a good technique: (” Did you know that…..?),  statistics (“One out of 10 students…..) , a quote or proverb (“You can never teach an old dog new tricks”)  or a brief sentence that summarizes your opinion (“Every cloud has a silver lining” OR “Disasters never come alone”)

FINISHING OFF: Here are some effective phrases to end your blog post (addressing the reader, one again):

  • How about you? 
  • I bet you’ll have something to say!
  • Let us know your comments….OR…. Have your say
  • If you enjoyed this post, I’d be very grateful if you shared it on Twitter or Facebook. Thank you!
  • What am I missing here? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it in!
  • Don´t miss any of my posts!

 

FORMAT: Type your blog post in a GOOGLE DOCS document, and copy & paste the pictures into the appropriate location in the text.

LENGTH: Your short blog post should be 100-120 words long (not including the title).

AUDIENCE: You are targeting other students or classmates and/ or  the teacher.

DEADLINEShare your Google Docs document with me before 19th MAY . I´ll try to share all the entries with you. You will read each others’ blog posts and vote on your favorite comments!

HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON !!!!

TECHNOLOGY & THE GREAT LOCKDOWN (B2.2)

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Nobody can deny that we  are all using technology to keep things ‘normal’ during the Great Lockdown. “Technology is suddenly at the forefront of everyone’s lives”…But, in your opinion  what has been the biggest role of technology during this global crisis?

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MODERN IDOLS AND ICONS (B1.2)

 

DO YOU KNOW THIS GIRL? SHE´S THE ACTIVIST  WHO / THAT IS FIGHTING AGAINST GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE …….. BUT HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HER? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?

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Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.

beat
movement
addressed
activist
fame
share
award
strike

Climate (1) ____________ Greta Thunberg has been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. The 16-year-old from Sweden (2) ____________ New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Hong Kong democracy protestors to win the (3) ____________. Ms Thunberg shot to (4) ____________ in 2018 for raising people’s awareness of the threat to the planet from climate change. She started a global (5) ____________ when she decided to go on a climate (6) ____________ outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018. Schoolchildren around the world then followed her example. She has since (7) ____________ the United Nations in New York and has met the Pope. After hearing about the award, she tweeted: “Wow, this is unbelievable! I will (8) ____________ this great honour.”

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.

millions
happy
crisis
creating
contrast
act
teenager
worldwide

Greta Thunberg is the youngest person ever to receive the award. TIME magazine wrote about why it gave the prize to Ms Thunberg. It said she has, “succeeded in (9) ____________ a global attitudinal shift” in getting (10) ____________ of people to join a “(11) ____________ movement calling for urgent change”. It added: “Greta has offered a moral call to those who are willing to (12) ____________, and put shame on those who are not.” Not everyone is (13) ____________ with Ms Thunberg receiving the award. Donald Trump Jr said TIME was using a (14) ____________ “as a marketing gimmick”. In (15) ____________, Hillary Clinton tweeted: “I am grateful for all she’s done to raise awareness of the climate (16) ____________, and her willingness to tell hard, motivating truths.”

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.

beat
movement
addressed
activist
fame
share
award
strike

Climate (1) ____________ Greta Thunberg has been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. The 16-year-old from Sweden (2) ____________ New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Hong Kong democracy protestors to win the (3) ____________. Ms Thunberg shot to (4) ____________ in 2018 for raising people’s awareness of the threat to the planet from climate change. She started a global (5) ____________ when she decided to go on a climate (6) ____________ outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018. Schoolchildren around the world then followed her example. She has since (7) ____________ the United Nations in New York and has met the Pope. After hearing about the award, she tweeted: “Wow, this is unbelievable! I will (8) ____________ this great honour.”

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.

millions
happy
crisis
creating
contrast
act
teenager
worldwide

Greta Thunberg is the youngest person ever to receive the award. TIME magazine wrote about why it gave the prize to Ms Thunberg. It said she has, “succeeded in (9) ____________ a global attitudinal shift” in getting (10) ____________ of people to join a “(11) ____________ movement calling for urgent change”. It added: “Greta has offered a moral call to those who are willing to (12) ____________, and put shame on those who are not.” Not everyone is (13) ____________ with Ms Thunberg receiving the award. Donald Trump Jr said TIME was using a (14) ____________ “as a marketing gimmick”. In (15) ____________, Hillary Clinton tweeted: “I am grateful for all she’s done to raise awareness of the climate (16) ____________, and her willingness to tell hard, motivating truths.”

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1912/191215-greta-thunberg.html

WRITE A LETTER/ EMAIL OF COMPLAINT (B2.2)

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Imagine you recently had a short holiday in a large city which you booked through a company called Last Minute Holiday. You were very disappointed with the holiday. Read the Last Minute Holiday advertisement for the holiday you booked and the notes you have made. Then write a letter / email  to Last Minute Holiday, explaining what the problems were and telling them what you want them to do.

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HOW WOULD YOU WRITE YOUR FORMAL LETTER / EMAIL OF COMPLAINT?

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE STEPS

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STAYCATION AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS? (B2.2)

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HAS CORONAVIRUS  SQUASHED YOUR SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS 2020?

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues , cancelling event after event and closing attractions, it’s probably also led to the cancellation of your upcoming summer holiday plans. Travellers everywhere are facing disruptions from the worldwide spread of the coronavirus….”

The term staycation, originally from the United States, is a neologism deriving from the contraction of “stay” and “vacation”. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it means vacations that you take at home or near your home rather than traveling to another place.

A staycation is an ecological way of spending your vacation close to your home. It is synonymous with less pollution, saving money and not contributing to the overwhelming chaos that takes place in some of the world’s most touristic areas.

READ more…

Would you opt for a staycation in your country? Do you have staycations plans of your own? If so, share them in this Padlet. You just have to click on the PINK PLUS BUTTON & WRITE YOUR NAME

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COVERING LETTERS (LETTERS OF APPLICATION) (B2.2)

 

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COVERING LETTERS : EMAILS ( LAYOUT  & VERY USEFUL LANGUAGE)

by my colleague JAVIER SANTOS

WRITING REPORTS B2 (B2.2)

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PICTURE  Mediamodifier In Pixabay

EXAMPLES: WHAT KIND OF REPORTS ARE THESE?

(FROM Successful Writing Intermediate by Virginia Evans)

EXAMPLE 1

EXAMPLE 2

 

 

WORKING ONLINE (B1.2)

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DEAR STUDENTS

AS YOU KNOW SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN TEMPORARILY AND WE ARE IN A STATE OF ALARM. NOBODY KNOWS HOW LONG THIS WILL LAST….

I´M WONDERING HOW YOU CAN HAND IN YOUR WRITINGS (FALLAS HOMEWORK) IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY SO THAT I CAN MARK THEM AND HAND THEM OUT ONLINE. IT WON´T BE POSSIBLE TO DO IT BY HAND, I´M AFRAID….

THE EOI DOESN´T HAVE A GOOGLE CLASSROOM ACCOUNT AS FAR AS I KNOW….(WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON 23rd) BUT I TKINK I CAN MANAGE IF YOU HAVE A GOGGLE ACCOUNT.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

  • YOU NEED A GOGGLE ACCOUNT (MOST PEOPLE HAVE ONE)
  • LOG IN TO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT or DOWNLOAD THE APP ON YOUR MOBILE

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  • CLICK ON THE 9 DOTS ON THE RIGHT (DISPLAY)

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  • CLICK ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM
  • JOIN YOUR FIRST CLASS TYPING IN THIS CODE

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  • IF YOU´RE SUCCESSFUL, YOU´LL BE THERE

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  • YOU JUST HAVE TO ATTACH (ADD)  YOUR WORK (G.  DOCS) AND TURN IT IN

 

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO IT….. IT´S REALLY EASY

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WORKING ONLINE: GOOGLE CLASSROOM (B2.2)

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DEAR STUDENTS

AS YOU KNOW SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN TEMPORARILY AND WE ARE IN A STATE OF ALARM. NOBODY KNOWS HOW LONG THIS WILL LAST….

I´M WONDERING HOW YOU CAN HAND IN YOUR WRITINGS (FALLAS HOMEWORK) IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY SO THAT I CAN MARK THEM AND HAND THEM OUT ONLINE. IT WON´T BE POSSIBLE TO DO IT BY HAND, I´M AFRAID….

THE EOI DOESN´T HAVE A GOOGLE CLASSROOM ACCOUNT AS FAR AS I KNOW….(WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON 23rd)  I´VE JUST HEARD ABOUT THE PLATFORM CALLED MULAN BUT FOR THE TIME BEING I TKINK I CAN MANAGE IF YOU HAVE A GOGGLE ACCOUNT.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

  • YOU NEED A GOGGLE ACCOUNT (MOST PEOPLE HAVE ONE)
  • LOG IN TO YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT or DOWNLOAD THE APP ON YOUR MOBILE

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  • CLICK ON THE 9 DOTS ON THE RIGHT (DISPLAY)

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  • CLICK ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM
  • JOIN YOUR FIRST CLASS TYPING IN THIS CODE

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  • IF YOU´RE SUCCESSFUL, YOU´LL BE THERE

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  • YOU JUST HAVE TO ATTACH (ADD)  YOUR WORK (G.  DOCS) AND TURN IT IN

 

WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO IT….. IT´S REALLY EASY

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IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA IF YOU E-MAILED ME TO HAVE YOUR LAST ARTICLES OF OPINION BACK AND MARKED…. I WON´T BE ABLE TO HAND THEM OUT IN CLASS

WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (B2.2)

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS WRITING TASK 

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We usually write a letter to the editor when we want to express our opinion about a topic that is of interest to the general public, to agree or disagree with something that has been reported, or to discuss a problem and suggest solutions. We usually write a letter to the editor in a formal or semi-formal style.

Formal writing (features)

  • full forms, not contractions
  • formal vocabulary
  • formal  and longer linking words
  • complex sentences, including relative clauses, participle clauses
  • passive verbs  in impersonal sentences to report thoughts and speech
  • certain punctuation

Structure

Introduction

We start our letter with Dear Sir/Madam,

In the first paragraph, we present our reason for writing and our opinion about the topic.

Main Body

In the second and third paragraphs, we present our arguments/the problems, together with consequences/suggestions/results, in separate paragraphs.

Conclusion

In the last paragraph we summarise our opinion or write it again using different words.

We end with Yours faithfully, and our full name.

 

Useful expressions

To begin the letter

  • I am writing to express my support for/(dis)approval of …;
  • I am writing with regard to …;
  • I am writing about …;
  • I have just read …

To state an opinion

  • In my optinion, …;
  • I (do not) feel/believe/think …;
  • I am (totally) opposed to/in favour of …;
  • I strongly (dis)agree with …

To express the consequences/results

  • This will/would mean …;
  • Then …;
  • Therefore, …;
  • As a result, …;
  • Consequently, …;
  • If we/they do/did this, …;
  • Obviously, …;
  • Clearly, …

To list points

  • Firstly, …;
  • First of all, …;
  • Secondly, …;
  • Furthermore, …;
  • What is more, …;
  • Finally, …

To end the letter

  • I hope my comments/suggestions/points will be taken into consideration;
  • I hope the government/local council/we will …;
  • I hope something will be done about this urgently

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A TRY AT FALLAS?

YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN VALENCIA HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL THE CITY´S FAMOUS FALLAS FESTIVAL IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF A LOCAL NEWSPAPER EXPRESSING YOUR OPINIONS OR VIEWS ABOUT THIS MEASURE

(180-220 WORDS)

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