Monday, October 24, 2011

Writing an Article 1

Look at this question.

You have been asked to write an article for an English language newspaper aimed at parents with young children. Your article should be a response to the following statement:

Foreign languages should be taught at nursery school level.

We have already mentioned the importance of planning in previous posts. Organize your thoughts and ideas by carefully planning. Jot down some FOR and AGAINST ideas. It doesn't have to be a full sentence, just notes to help you stay focused.  Think of arguments that support each idea. 

This is what your article should look like: 

Plan A (if you have fewer points to make)

  • Introduction: my opinion
  • Paragraph 1: one point  for the statement; argument against this point.
  • Paragraph 2: another point  for the statement; argument against this point
  • Conclusion: state my opinion again.

Plan B (if you have more than two points for / against )

  • Introduction: my opinion.
  • Paragraph 1: arguments in favour of the statement.
  • Paragraph 2: arguments against the statement.
  • Conclusion: state opinion again.

Useful phrases to remember:

These days, many people say that ….
Nowadays, we often hear people say that …..
In the last few years it has become fashionable to say that ….
The question of whether very young children should be taught a foreign language is one which is often discussed these days.
There are several arguments which can be made in favour of the statement.
Opponents of this view argue that ….
Another argument which is often put forward is that …
In support of this view it may be said that …..
On the other hand, it can also be argued that …
In my opinion, ….
It is often suggested that ….
I agree up to a point that ….
Another argument against teaching very young children a foreign language is that …
This is true to a certain extent, but ….
There is a certain amount of truth in this argument, but …
I cannot agree with this viewpoint, since …
In conclusion, I have to say that …
On balance, therefore, I feel that ….


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