Thursday, 10 October 2013

Speakout Advanced p 10. A Personal Profile. Writing



1. To prepare your composition first think about the following:

Who are my readers?
What would they like to know about me?
What aspects of my personal life should I share with my class?

2. Possible contents:
where you're from
family information
job
likes, dislikes
hobbies, talents or skills
education / qualifications
the reasons why you are in this class, why you are learning English
goals, challenges, motivation, plans as to learning English
your strengths and weak points in relation to learning English
description of your personality; description of yourself as a student

3. What register should I use?
- Keep it informal and friendly
- Address your reader
- Choose specific details and examples, not generalisations
- Don't lie, boast or exaggerate

4. Here is a list of useful language for the task:

Linking devices:
To begin with I would like to say that I...
Firstly, ...Secondly, ... Lastly, ...
On the whole / in general
At first sight...
In fact...
Moreover,... Furthermore, ... In addition to this, ... What is more,... On top of all this...
Next,... Besides, ... After that...
Likewise, ... Similarly,...
At first / at the beginning / In the end / In the long run
As far as grammar is concerned / as regards grammar / with regard to grammar..
On the question of...
In some ways / in some respects / to a certain extent...
So, .... Consequently,... As a result,... Thus, ... Because of this... For this reason...
These are the main reasons why ...
This is why ...
Although...., ....though..., In spite of..., Despite..., Nevertheless,...
However, I must finally say that ...
In conclusion, ...

Addressing your reader

Believe it or not...
Strange as it may seem...
Strangely enough...
As you can imagine / not surprisingly / obviously / it goes without saying that...
Fortunately / Luckily enough... / unfortunately...
Whether we like it or not...

Expressing a personal point of view:
In my opinion / view...
Personally, I think that... / I would say that
As far as I am concerned / As far as my opinion is concerned
Speaking for myself.. / As I see it...
If you ask me... / I would suggest that... / I would like to point out that...
What I mean is...
I agree to a certain extent that ....
I’m afraid I must disagree with ...

Talking about your goals:
My aims are...
My expectations...
I am motivated to...
to achieve my dream of...
My attitude towards the learning of the language is...
This academic year I plan to...
In the near future I expect to...
I will need English in the future to...

Some vocabulary related to challenges and motivations:
to be a major challenge
to respond to challenges
to face a (daunting) challenge
to confront a big problem
to take up a difficult challenge
to set and achieve realistic goals
to enjoy the satisfaction of completing a difficult task
to harbour a lifelong ambition
my main ambition is…
I had always pursued my greatest ambition
to realise / fulfil my secret ambition
to have a burning ambition to ...
to increase or improve your motivation
to strengthen my motivation
to lack motivation
poor motivation
to achieve a (resounding) success
to be a resounding / roaring success
to be assured of success
to be an outstanding achievement
something can result in failure
to end in total failure
to fall into the occasional bad habit of ...
to make some major changes in one's life
to attain some of the goals that would be personal achievements
I know what I want to do and I intend to go for it

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