Situational Writing Tasks 10 marks Language 20 marks (Step 2: Understand…
Tasks 10 marks
Language 20 marks
Step 1: Read everything
Step 2: Understand what are required
Highlight all tasks
Know the purpose
Who is the audience?
Understand the context
Can you narrow your scope?
An exercise for students to brainstorm
I am writing this letter to complain about
I wish to express my dissatisfaction about
I look forward to hearing from you
In view of the circumstances
Under the circumstances
I must insist that
I expect that you will look into the matter
Step 3: Plan
1 idea in 1 paragraph
Use linking words
First, second, third
Last but not least
Paraphrase purpose & tasks clearly
Introduce yourself if necessary
Provide a context e.g. why you are writing
What you want your reader to do
I hope to...
I look forward...
Your next action
any loose end to tie up?
Thank the reader
If the letter begins with Dear Sir, Dear Sirs, Dear Madam, or Dear Sir/Madam
If the letter begins with a personal name, e.g. Dear Mr James, Dear Mrs Robinson, or Dear Ms Jasmin
A letter to someone you know well may close with this
Step 4: Write
1st draft will not be perfect
Get all your points and thoughts on paper
Step 5: Check
Did you stray from purpose, audience & context?
Are all tasks fulfilled?
Correct grammar, spelling, punctuation
Read again if there is time
I can give students an example
With blanks for them to fill in
Or convert it into an editing exercise