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ENGLISH ESSAY WRITING FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS 1. GENERAL ADVICE a. READ the title of the essay carefully and make sure that you understand it. If necessary, underline key words in the title. REMEMBER: if your essay does not cover the topic(s) proposed in the title, your mark will be very low. b. WRITE AN ESSAY PLAN. You can do this in English or in your mother tongue – but remember that you must be sure that you can express your ideas easily in English. In your essay plan you should note down specific vocabulary related to the topic. You should also write down any appropriate CONNECTORS (linkers). At first, you will find writing an essay plan difficult and time-consuming, but with practice it will save you time in the end and will also help you to organise your ideas in coherent paragraphs.
EXAMPLE OF AN ESSAY PLAN: What are the advantages and disadvantages of mobile phones? 1. INTRODUCTION:  Now everybody has a mobile.  What happened in the past?  There are pros and cons. 2. PARAGRAPH 1: Advantages  Immediate contact with family and friends.  Good in emergencies.  Many news uses – technology is developing. 3. PARAGRAPH 2: Disadvantages  Bad for our health; addictive.  Not sociable?  What happens in schools? 4. CONCLUSION:  Good and bad aspects.  My opinion. KEY WORDS: technology, technological, developments, to keep in touch with someone, text messages, (on) the Internet, health, healthy, unhealthy, good//bad manners, to be banned. POSSIBLE LINKERS: Contrast – however, nevertheless, on the one hand………..on the other hand, although, despite//Adding Information – also, in addition, moreover, furthermore//Giving your opinion – as far as I am concerned, in my view, etc.

c. PRESENTATION. Your essay should be presented neatly and should be easy to read. It is always a good idea to write an initial draft and then a clean version. The following

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