Some Writing Problems Prof: Alexis Maizo UNIVERSIDAD PEDAGÓGICA EXPERIMENTAL LIBERTADOR INSTITUTO PEDAGÓGICO DE CARACAS DEPARTAMENTO DE IDIOMAS MODERNOS PROGRAMA DE INGLÉS CÁTEDRA DE IDIOMA LECTURA Y ESCRITURA I May, 2010
<ul><li>As we know, writing is more than jotting down words on a piece of paper. Those words should go together to create sentences, and the sentences should go together to create paragraphs and longer strings of ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>(Sichacá, J. S. 2007, p. 13) </li></ul>The Writing Process
<ul><li>Sometimes, students have difficulties when writing because they do not know how to organize all the ideas in their minds before writing them down. </li></ul>Of course, there is a series of steps that should be followed before writing a final version to hand in.
<ul><li>One of the steps that should be followed is: Write down your ideas on a piece of paper and then organize them there instead of doing it in your head. It is much easier to organize them once they are on paper. </li></ul>If you do not take that step into consideration, the ideas you present in your first draft will not be really logical or organized. Then you will have to restructure the whole text from the very first sentence.
<ul><li>All the aforementioned instructions are basically to be followed by beginner writers. Once you have control over the ideas you want to write about, that particular step could be skipped. </li></ul>For now, keep that step in mind, and try to go through it every time you create any piece of writing.
<ul><li>Apart form the previous steps, there are two particular aspects students have to bear in mind before handing in any piece of writing. They are: </li></ul><ul><li>The heading of the composition. </li></ul>b. The text itself.
<ul><li>At the IPC, we, teachers, ask our students to follow a specific pattern when it comes to the heading of a composition. The heading should contain: </li></ul>a. The whole name of the university. b. The name of the institute. c. Name of the department. d. The program in which you study. e. The name of the “cátedra” the subject you are taking belongs to. f. The name of the subject you are taking. g. The section and the group you belong to.
<ul><li>It is important to remember that all the information you write in the heading should be written using your native language; in this case: Spanish. </li></ul>The order of the information should be kept as it was explained before. (from general to specific) Your name or the teacher’s name is NOT part of the heading! Remember:
<ul><li>Now, let’s take a look at two headings and try to figure out what is wrong with them. </li></ul>
<ul><li>1.- Heading </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad Pedagógica experimental libertador </li></ul><ul><li>Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas </li></ul><ul><li>Departamento de idiomas Modernos </li></ul><ul><li>Cátedra de Lectura y Escritura I </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Alexis Maizo </li></ul><ul><li>Sección 001 </li></ul><ul><li>What is wrong regarding this heading? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Another strange heading: </li></ul><ul><li>Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador </li></ul><ul><li>Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas </li></ul><ul><li>Departamento de Idiomas Modernos </li></ul><ul><li>Curso: Reading and Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Section: 001 </li></ul><ul><li>What is wrong with this heading? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Once we have seen the heading, let’s focus on the second aspect: </li></ul><ul><li>the text. </li></ul>Once you have written your first draft, it is important you make some questions to yourself to test the effectiveness of the text you wrote. Ask yourself the following:
<ul><li>Did I write a clear topic sentence? </li></ul><ul><li>Are my supporting ideas relevant to the topic I’m talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>Is my concluding sentence linked to my topic sentence? </li></ul>So far, if the answer to each of the previous questions is “no”, you have to go back and fix the problems in the text. If the answer is “yes”, then you can continue with the following questions:
<ul><li>Am I using liking words to connect the sentences in the paragraph? Or are they separated just by means of periods? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I using the English grammar appropriately? </li></ul><ul><li>Is my punctuation helping my reader understand what I want to say/mean in the text? </li></ul><ul><li>Are my sentences TOO long? If so, break it into two sections. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Once you have made sure that your paragraph is alright by means of the previous questions, then show it to somebody else, and see whether your ideas are going through effectively. </li></ul>If your reader understands what you are trying to communicate in your text, then you are definitely on the right track!
<ul><li>Now, let’s take a look at three texts, and let’s try to answer the aforementioned questions to check whether the texts are effective or not. </li></ul>
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