Writing is an integral part of international exams like the TOEFL iBT, and something of concern of teachers in primary and secondary levels of school.
This chat I participated in sheds some more light on the issue, in particular the use of the 5 paragraph essay as a standard
The Independent Writing task of the Toefl IBT requires the candidate
talk about a topic,
say if they agree or disagree with a statement,
choose the best alternative to allocate resources.
The text should take a four or five paragraph format of an introduction, body and conclusion in no more than 300 words.
The introduction should have the thesis of the text and the body paragraphs should have a topic sentence each. The pargraphs should provide reasons and examples to support the main idea.
The conclusion summarizes the ideas presented in the text.
With that in mind, here is a reverse task, identify
- the thesis statement
- a topic sentence
- a reason and/or example
- a conclusion
Were the kid’s ideas and arguments clear? How would you grade this work?
- The best time is now.
- Opportunity only knocks once
- Don’t let the it slip through your fingers.
- Make the most of every situation
- Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today
- Take the bull by the horns
- It’s your turn to shine
- Step into the limelight
- It’s now or never.
- A once-in-a-lifetime chance
- Don’t throw away your chances
- Don’t play with your luck.
The proverbs and sayings above all cover the same idea: SEIZE THE DAY
How do these words of wisdom relate to the current Brazil riots across the country because of bus fares (the original reason)?
Have you ever heard of these techniques?
According to a recent study published on BBC, most of the techniques students use to prepare for tests are not effective – so when we think we are getting an upper hand on our studies we are actually wasting a lot of time that could be spent practicing a hobby or broadening our cultural horizons,
The question is, like anything in life, we have to find what works for us, even if that something just has a psychological effect.
So which of these techniques do you use? What other techniques do you normally resort to and how effective are they?
Which of these techniques would be useful to prepare for the TOEFL iBT?
Post your answers in the comments box.
#116 People learn in different ways. Some people learn by doing things; other people learn by reading about things; others learn by listening to people talk about things. Which of these methods of learning is best for you? Use specific examples to support your choice.
Post your answers in the COMMENTS box. Write no more than 300 words and give yourself 30 minutes to do so.