Monday, 18 November 2013

Write Away!

Today we are discussing ECCE witing

ELI, the institute organising the exams has issued these guidelines to
point candidates to the right direction.

In order for candidates to receive at least a Low Pass (LP) on the ECCE Writing Section, they need to be able to do the following (Level C descriptors on the ELI-UM Scoring Scale):
• adequately develop an argument (content and development)
• convey their ideas clearly, which should be adequately organized, using standard connectors appropriately
though somewhat mechanically (organization and connection of ideas)
• use a sufficient range of grammar and vocabulary to fulfill the task though they may make errors in
grammar or vocabulary that do not interfere with reader’s comprehension (linguistic range and control)
• display an adequate sense of audience and purpose for writing, generally allowing the reader to follow
their text (communicative effect)

As you follow this process, your letters/ essays will become better and better:
STEP 1: LETTER: Understanding the prompt
             -read it carefully
             - underline key language in order to ensure thorough understanding
             -tell your partner in your own words what the prompt is about

            ESSAY:  Understanding the essay task:
            -read the essay task (Task B) and
            -underline key language.
            -think about what the task is asking you
            -explain it in your own words
(e.g. to decide whether students should be allowed
to give gifts to teachers, or to decide whether they would use their own car or take public
transportation to get to their school or workplace, or to decide whether public and private
resources should be used to support development in locations where natural disasters could
occur, etc.).

STEP 3: Understanding the focus question and brainstorming on the topic:
           -brainstorm on how you would answer it.
          -elicit ideas, suggestions, arguments and examples

STEP 4: Eliciting and/or providing topic-related vocabulary:

STEP 5: Brainstorming on how to organize the letter or essay and creating an outline

STEP 6: Organizing ideas within each paragraph


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