Introduction to Writing Expository (or Argumentative) Essays

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Academic essays in English* require a certain style, both in construction and in language, which is not instinctive and must be learnt and practised. Good essays require clarity of thought, organisation of ideas and the use of evidence to support assertion, and the basic formula is quite easy to model.

*By English, here we mean English language – academic essays in the areas of Anthropology, Economics, History, Language Studies, Literature, Philosophy … and even in the Sciences.

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

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Who : Teachers of G9 and above (1º – 4ºM), especially 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

Eligible for SENCE :yes

Eligible for Ley SEP : yes

Format : interactive seminar

Modalities : face-to-face “open”, or face-to-face “closed”

Recommended previous programmes : none

Recommended English level : CEFR-B2 or higher*

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Contents :

Session I – Definition and overview of formats and styles
Session II – Teaching expository essay writing, staging and activities
Starters III – Evaluation of expository essays
Starters IV – Example papers

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