Introduction to Transactional Writing

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Also known as “writing for a purpose”, transactional writing in English* covers a range of formal writing styles, determined by the author´s intention and target audience. These styles, both in construction and in language, are not instinctive and must be learnt and practised. Good writing requires clarity of thought, organisation of ideas and deliberate attention to subject, purpose and audience; fortunately, the basic formulae are quite easy to learn.

Examples of transactional writing : emails, job applications, letters to the editor, recipes, reports, request letters, summaries, travel guides

*By English, here we mean English language – writing in the areas of Advertising, Economics, Engineering, Journalism, Language Studies, Philosophy … and even in the Sciences.

What : This programme examines the style, construction and format of several examples of transactional writing, explores activities and teaching approaches and provides an assessment framework. Sample papers are examined and analysed.

Who : Teachers of G7 and above (7ºB – 4ºM), especially FCE, IBMYP, IGCSE, IB and A-Level, university-preparation and university-level programmes

Length : eight hours : one-day intensive or two half-days semi-intensive or four two-hour sessions

Format : interactive seminarModalities : face-to-face “open”, or face-to-face “closed”

Recommended previous programmes : none

Recommended English level : CEFR-B2 or higher*

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SENCE-eligible     Yes
Ley SEP-eligible     Yes

Contents :

Session I – Definition and overview of formats and styles
Session II – Teaching transactional writing, staging and activities
Starters III – Teaching transactional writing, staging and activities
Starters IV – Evaluation of transactional writing, example papers

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* Unsure as to your level of English, or lacking a formal qualification? We can help!
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