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MUET - EXTENDED WRITING

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MUET - EXTENDED WRITING
Step 1
IDENTIFY WRITING GENRES
Step 2
PRACTISE WRITING SKILLS

Step 3
ORGANISE THE ESSAY

Paragraph 1 Paragraph 4
Introduction Body - Main idea 3

Paragraph 2 Paragraph 5
Body – Main idea 1 Conclusion

Paragraph 3
Body – Main idea 2




1. ACCURACY

Spelling and mechanics
2. APPROPRIACY


Vocabulary and expressions
4. USE OF LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS
3. COHERENCE AND
COHESION


Organisation
INTRODUCTION
1. OPENING LINES / HOOK

Quotation / proverb
Facts
Statistics
Anecdote
Summary information
Common misconception
Bold assertion
Question
2. STAND (Argumentative essay)

3. THESIS STATEMENT
 
THE TOPIC SENTENCE

The topic sentence

• conveys the main idea for each paragraph of an essay
• contains the idea which controls a paragraph
• summarises the information in each paragraph
• helps you to focus on a single idea
• is usually the first sentence of the paragraph

CONCLUSION
1. CLOSING LINES
Question
Anecdote
Implications and consequences
Quotation
Recommendation

2. RESTATEMENT OF THESIS

THE STAND
1) The stand
• answers the question “Do you agree?”
• can be affirmative, negative, or partial

2) Examples of a stand
Example 1 - Affirmative
I totally agree that racial integration is the most important factor in the development of a country.

Example 2 - Negative
I do not believe that racial integration is the most important factor in the development of a country.

Example 3 - Partial
I agree to a certain extent that racial integration is the most important factor in the development of a country.


THE THESIS STATEMENT
The thesis statement
• is written as a concise and complete sentence and not a question
• defines the scope of the topic
• should have three or more points of support that can be expanded
• is a summary that makes a clear statement of your stand
• usually appears at the end of the introductory paragraph

Examples of thesis statements
Example 1
To overcome the fear of public speaking, you must do the necessary research, write your speech early, prepare suitable visual aids and practise.

Example 2
In this essay, I will discuss how social ills are caused by the misuse of information and communication technology (ICT), poverty and peer pressure.
BODY
1. TOPIC SENTENCE

2. SUPPORTING DETAILS
Definition
Explanation
Examples
Statistics
Experiences
Elaboration
Comparison
Reasons
Quotation / proverb
Theory
3. SUM UP SENTENCE
 

Step 4
THE WRITING PROCESS

1. Read the question carefully and look for keywords

2. Plan - brainstorm

3. Prepare the outline

4. Organise points according to topic sentence

5. Add supporting details

6. Prepare first draft

7. Revise and edit first draft

8. Write final draft

9. Proofread final draft

Grammar
Sentence structures
Appropriate language
Discourse markers
Defining
Describing
Comparing and contrasting
Giving reasons
Making suggestions
Expressing agreement and disagreement
Stating and justifying opinions
Presenting an argument
Persuading

Argumentative essays (Students should not work part-time)
Discursive essays (Should zoos be closed for violation animal rights?)
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