Goals: Improving the students’ essay style in general

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  • Improving the students’ essay style in general
  • Finding special words and expressions that can be used in essay writing
  • Using correct structure (introduction, main body, conclusion)
  • Many problems and difficulties that have to be solved to write a good essay

Problems in writing essays

Media to improve your essays

  • Thematic lexicons, that give words and expressions to a particular context  can be helpful if you want to learn words in a special field of interest

Media to improve your essays

  • Dictionaries  for looking up words you don‘t know or to find other expressions

Media to improve your essays

  • Books that focus especially on essay writing  might help to improve your essay structure

Media Problems: dictionaries and thematic lexicons

  • Simply cramming a list of words over and over again might not be very successful
  • Dictionaries help you to find the right words and expressions, but they do not really support you in writing your essay

Media Problems: Books, focusing on essay writing

  • They might help you to learn to structure your paper efficiently, but they do not support you in writing a particular paragraph
  • They won‘t probably give you any special expressions or words to use in an essay

Problems: Essay writing at school

  • Pupils often only write essays as a whole in school
  • Teachers do not focus on one special part, e.g. the introduction
  • ´Try to focus only on one special part, students can concentrate on the special requirements of this one particular part of the essay!

Expressions, words, stylistic devices

  • Create a list of words and expressions on your own, for example by collecting expressions out of texts, short stories, books, etc.
  • Reading English books and other texts or newspapers might also improve your essay style
  • Do not only concentrate on special books and dictionaries, use all available material for improving your essay style!

Literature to improve your writing:

  • „Thematischer Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz Englisch: 11.000 Einträge“
  • (Gernot Häublein, Recs Jenkins, Klett 2000)
  • http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/312519511X/ref=sib_rdr_dp
  • „Thematischer Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz Englisch. Trainingsbuch: Mit Lösungen“
  • (Gernot Häublein, Recs Jenkins, Klett 2005)
  • http://www.amazon.de/Thematischer-Grund-Aufbauwortschatz-Englisch-Trainingsbuch/dp/3125195322/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234180995&sr=8-4
  • „Words in Context – New. Thematischer Oberstufenwortschatz Englisch“
  • (Louise Carlton-Gertsch, Klett 2004)
  • http://www.amazon.de/Words-Context-Thematischer-Oberstufenwortschatz-Englisch/dp/3125199409/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234180995&sr=8-3
  • „Pons Richtig Gut! Texte schreiben Englisch: Aufsatz, Textanalyse, Zusammenfassung“
  • (Anette Dralle, Torsten Drever, Kirsten Fenner, Jill Williams, Klett 2008)
  • http://www.amazon.de/PONS-Richtig-Texte-schreiben-Englisch/dp/3125177723/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234181859&sr=8-1
  • „Langenscheidt Collins Großes Studienwörterbuch Englisch“
  • (Langenscheidt/Collins 2008)
  • http://www.amazon.de/Langenscheidt-Collins-Studienw%C3%B6rterbuch-Englisch-Neubearbeitung/dp/3468072619/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234182171&sr=1-8
  • „Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (DCE)” (Langenscheidt 2003)
  • http://www.amazon.de/Longman-Dictionary-Contemporary-English-kartoniert/dp/352651674X/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books-intl-de&qid=1234182352&sr=1-8

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