Keeping control

Whatever your purpose for writing in English you must consider the language.

  • in an exam you have limited time and must produce good English quickly
  • If you are writing a report etc.. then you have to communicate something to your audience and it has to be accurate for them to understand

If you have planned well then your essay/report should almost write itself!

  • you know how many sentences to produce
  • you know the content of them
  • you should have a bank of 'formulae' at your fingertips to use
  • you should have a range of linkers to join everything together

Put all of this together and the only other thing you need is some good vocabulary and structure

  • this should be a fairly limited amount of language to add and therefore it should be possible to control the accuracy.

Pit falls

plus signspelling - nothing is more irritating for a reader - make sure you have a list of personal 'spelling bugs' and check these words as you use them

plus signgrammar errors ditto - if you know you always miss the 3rd person 's' then be on the lookout for it as you go along

plus signkeep track of your subject and its attendant pronouns. If you're using lots of he/she/it maybe you've lost the subject and need to mention it again. If you're not sure then the reader will be even less so

plus signlong sentences - if your sentence goes over 2/3 lines check it to see if you've got lost in the grammar - a common fault (watch especially sentences beginning with

plus signTRANSLATION - DON'T!! - translating is a high level skill which needs lots of training; unless you have had this DON'T TRANSLATE - it rarely works. If you don't know how to express it in English then try a different sentence or change the idea (less easy in reports etc for work - here, maybe using a noun instead of the verb, or making 2 shorter sentences would be clearer)

  • Keeping control as you go along means less time spent checking
  • Good planning helps you to do this

Now check your work and hand it over!!


Planning your writing

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tips on planning


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How to keep a balance in your writing

Keeping control

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Making sure the language is key

Checking Your Work

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The final frontier!

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