Day 4: Purpose

In this lesson you will learn to:

--Recognize agreement and disagreement based on hedging vocabulary, tone, and transition words in an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) essay.
--Detect, according to tone in the student’s diagnostic essay, whether it is assumed that their audience agreed with you or disagreed with them through analysis of specific hedging vocabulary, tone, and transitions.
--Propose revisions based on an analysis of the current effectiveness and development of purpose.

Discuss with your partner the following types of essays and the goals they usually achieve:
--Compare/Contrast Essay
--Persuasive Paper
--Argumentative Essay
--Problem/Solution Paper

Is the notion of purpose important for academic writing? Why? Why not?

Purpose is defined as goals that we want to accomplish with our writing.
This PPT will give you a better about the notion of Purpose in Academic Writing.
Review the list of possible Purposes for Writing.
You should always remember it is not enough to simply identify your audience, you should have a clear idea about what you want to accomplish with your writing. Consider carefully the language you use; it should be tailored as precisely as possible to best reach your intended audience as well as fulfill your intended purpose.
It is also helpful to understand what goals your peers were intending to achieve. Go through the Purpose Formulaic Language Chart to get an idea what language is used to pursue this or that purpose of writing.        
1. Due Tuesday 01/29 11:59 PM
Write 2-3 paragraphs to the following prompt: Do you assume, according to your tone in the essay, that your audience agrees with you or disagrees with you? Explain what language specifically that you used to justify your answer. Finally, consider your intention and audience perception based on the communication module: do you think your purpose was executed effectively? Why or why not? Save this assignment in your Homework folder, call it Engineering Activity #2.

2. Due Friday 02/01 11:59 PM 
Create a folder called Reflective Essays in your dropbox, write a reflective essay on the following topic: My experience in writing in English. Share with me your experience in English writing, including all your thoughts, concerns and weaknesses. Call the document Reflective Essay #1.

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