English: skills for learning
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English: skills for learning

Week 5: Linking ideas

Introduction

So far you have looked at the essay-writing process and at the structure of each part of a good essay. This week you will look at the essay as a whole and focus on ways to link its various parts so that readers will find it easy to read.

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Welcome to Week 5. And well done, you’re halfway through the course.

So what makes a successful essay and in general a successful text. Well essays and any other written documents are successful if they’re easy to read. That is, if they are clearly organised and all the parts are linked and work together to make a point.

This week you will concentrate on ways to link your ideas in writing. You will first look at how a student linked his introduction and his conclusion to the rest of his text. Then you will learn how to use information the reader is already familiar with to introduce new information.

Finally, you will look at ways to link ideas and information through linking words. In particular you will look at ways to add new information, compare and contrast ideas, and express cause and effect relationships.

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Some of the activities this week are based on Fred’s essay from Week 4. I suggest you download the file [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   that’s been provided and print it out, as you may find it helpful to be able to highlight, underline or annotate portions of the text.

By the end of this week you will be able to recognise ways to:

  • link the introduction and the paragraphs to the essay question
  • introduce new information by linking it to information already known to the reader
  • link paragraphs and sentences through linking words and phrases.
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