What is report text? A report provides factual information about a specific subject like social phenomena (e.g. riot, demonstration, unemployment), nature (e.g. earthquakes, storm, animals, plants) and man- made things. Communicative Purpose: to give factual information about a specific subject.
TEXT ORGANIZATIONGeneral classification (Identification) • Introduces the topic to the reportDescription • describes the subject in detail, e.g. its qualities, appearances, uses, habits or behaviors.
LANGUAGE FEATURES Present Tense Adjectives Adverbs Quantifiers General Nouns Relating Verbs Technical Terms
Example 1. AVIAN INFLUENZA Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These influenza viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwideIdentification carry the viruses in their intestines but usually do not get sick from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks and turkeys, very sick and kill them. Infected birds shed influenza virus in their saliva, nasal secretions and feces. Susceptible birds become infected with avian influenza virus through direct contact with surfaces (such as dirt or cages), or materials (such as water or feed) that have been contaminated with the virus.Description Infection with avian influenza viruses in domestic poultry causes two main forms of disease that are distinguished by low and high extreme virulence. The low pathogenic for may go undetected and usually causes only mild symptoms (such as ruffled feathers and a drop in egg production). However, the highly pathogenic form spreads more rapidly through flocks of poultry. This form may cause disease that affects multiple internal organs and has a mortality rate that can reach 90 -100 % often within 48 hours.
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