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ACADEMIC WRITING: IMPROVING YOUR WRITING SKILLS

ACADEMIC WRITING: IMPROVING YOUR WRITING SKILLS

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  • 1. PART I HOW TO WRITE AN ARTICLE FOR NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES, ETC. We can write different kinds of articles depending on the target readers. Read the article below and answer the following questions: 1. Who are the target readers? 2. Why is HLK writing this article? 3. What does he hope to achieve? 4. Have you learned anything from this article? What? 5. What is your opinion about this article? Discuss with your partners. PART I: ARTICLE ON TREKKING Write an article for your local newspaper on “How to be safe when you go trekking in the countryside”. (200 words) Introduction Are you thinking of taking your family or going on a leisurely walk at the countryside any time soon? Or could it be you are going on a bike ride? Whatever be the case, you should follow some safety measures. The past Going on a trek to the countryside has always been a great source of pleasure in the past. According to some newspaper reports, a lot of these trekking experiences have ended in tragedies. In my article, I am going to outline some useful advice to guide interested trekkers in the countryside. The present: Preparation I The first thing is to choose the place you want to go trekking. After that, you need to prepare your backpack with all the necessary items: Such as compass, torchlight, food, drink and a first aid kit. These will be useful in case you get lost. If you want to spend the night in the country, it is important to have a good tent and a sleeping bag because it gets quite cold at night. You should wear comfortable clothes and boots. Do not forget to check the weather forecast for those days. Take your mobile phone and, above all, make sure the batteries are operational. Preparation II If you decide to go alone, then you should tell someone where you going to. The route you are going to take and when you expect to be back. On the other hand, if you are in a group/ family, then you must stick together especially if there are children with you. To avoid getting lost Once you are fully engaged in this exciting activity you should always follow the signs, use the stones and trees marked as reference points to guide and orient your team. In case you get lost, you could find your path back with the help of the sun and those points of references. The future Technology wise, hiking has become easier. At present, GPS systems are replacing human guides and maps. The tents and equipments are light and easily transportable. Some of the
  • 2. clothes react intelligently to the degree of temperature, humidity and other environmental factors. If you can afford to include any of these items in your pack in future, that will come in handy. Conclusion On balance, enjoying nature is a pleasurable activity that must go hand in hand with our respect for the environment. So follow these guidelines and have fun. PREPARED BY HLK ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: PART II HOW TO WRITE AN ARTICLE FOR NEWSPAPERS/MAGAZINES We can write different kinds of articles depending on the target readers. Read the article below and answer the following questions: 1. Who are the target readers? 2. Why is HLK writing this article? 3. What does he hope to achieve? 4. Have you learned anything from this article? What? 5. What is your opinion about this article? Discuss with your partners. 6. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: PART II : ARTICLE ON HOW TO AVOID FAMILY "FIGHTS" Write an article on how to avoid unnecessary family quarrels. (200 words) INTRODUCTION It is inevitable that members of the same family sometimes have explosive rows. Have you ever had unexpected “fight” in your family? If so, it’s quite likely you are not the only one. The point is: “How can we avoid these conflicts?” In my article, I am going to outline some tips which could help you to have a better relationship with your family. THE PAST Not long ago, stormy family brawls didn’t exist. Why? It was simply because in a typical patriarchal society the father was the maximum authority in the house. Therefore, he was always right. Nobody could dispute or challenge what he said. THE PRESENT At present, the situation has changed drastically. The authority of the father has decreased significantly. The mother, the father and the children enter into a kind of family discussion/negotiation to resolve their problems or differences. Despite this friendly approach, quite often the discussion becomes uncontrollable, tempers flare, and it is inevitably transformed into an explosive family fight. This can irreversibly destroy the family. Hence, we need to learn the art of arguing. TIPS
  • 3. Occasionally, arguing is a healthy thing to resolve a conflict. But you do not need to shout (to every action, there is a reaction) so the others begin to shout as well. To be effective in a communication, you needn’t raise your voice to get your ideas across. Try not to insult or offend the others. Control your thoughts as much as possible. When you are emotionally upset, you might say things you wish you hadn’t said then. Try to examine your own situation: Are you under stress and angry for other reasons? Try to be reasonable. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and see if you understand him/her. This way, you could modify your own point of view. Last but not least, always show respect for the others. Good manners- well applied can mitigate the scathing effect of family skirmishes. The truth is, mutual respect is an essential ingredient to prevent the argument going out of control. Finally, all the people involved should try to say sorry if something is their fault. THE FUTURE “Family scuffles” will still persist in the future. Soon our rights will be constitutionally protected. Therefore, to defend our individual rights, it will be unavoidable that minor conflicts will lead to clashes. The ideal solution would be to take part in group therapies to learn how to avoid them. CONCLUSION To sum up, we should bear in mind that if you are a good listener, if you do not blow your top unnecessarily and if you are observant of body language, then you will definitely have better chances of cooling down these squabbles and bring them to a happy end. PREPARED BY HLK :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: GRADING ASSIGNMENT In mini-groups, read each of the text above and apply the marking criteria to discuss and grade the essay. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::