English Language Unit 2

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  • English Language Unit 2- Writing
    • Tips
      • Read every question carefully before you approach it
      • Divide your time carefully, it will suggest timing on the front of the exam paper
      • Plan what you write first, bullet point each paragraph if you like. Start with an introduction, a few paragraphs and then a conclusion.
      • After you've completed the question, read through it carefully to check for errors and correct any mistakes you've found.
    • Purpose - Why am I writing this piece?     Audience - Who it's written for?    Format - How should I set my work out?
    • Letters
      • Formal Letter
        • Use 'Yours sincerely' if you know their name or 'Yours faithfully' if you don't know their name.
        • Include your address in the top right hand corner, followed by the date underneath in the right hand corner, then in the left hand corner underneath the line you wrote the date, write their address, leave a line and then write Dear..
        • When you are writing a formal letter, make sure you use more formal and serious language. Do not use slang language, make sure it is appropriate to the audience.
      • Informal Letter
    • Speech
      • Think about who the speech is for before you write it.
      • Make sure your opening is engaging to make the listener want to carry on hearing it.
    • Reports
      • Reports are usually done/written after an investigation or research has been carried out.
      • In reports you should address each paragraph with subheadings to section out your different points and make them clear to the reader.You need to include a main heading.
      • Use sophisticate language such as 'a crucial point is..' or 'in addition to this' instead of 'firstly' secondly'. It'll help the examiner feel more engaged.
    • Articles
      • Most articles have a lively style and have interesting facts and opinions. Do not make it dull and boring, you want the examiner to want to read you work, not because he/she has to.
      • Make sure you start with a introduction and end with a conclusion
        • Create a suitable heading, use things like alliteration to help with this
        • Use three-four paragraphs, this isn't including your conclusion and introduction. Make sure the conclusion is effective but short.
    • Reviews
      • To start off you should give a description of what you are writing a review on.
        • You should also include your opinions as you are the reviewer, write about who the item may appeal to!
          • Be opinionated! You're writing a review on the product/item. You need to be honest.
    • Leaflets
      • Use headings to separate sections of your leaflet.
        • Use a topic sentence to make the ideas in a section clear, in each section have a range of different techniques depending on the purpose. (Emotive Language, Statistics)
          • Final header should finish with 'Further information' then this should include contact information. You could finish with a slogan, depending on how formal the task is.

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