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Date: Feb 08 2013

Themes: School

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"

Intro

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Writing a paper is one of the times when you get to be truly creative in school. Your paper can say whatever you choose. It’s up to you to write it, using whatever process works best for you.

Some people brainstorm, do a lot of research, write a rough draft, and finish their papers well in advance. Others like to get in a flow and stay up all night before the paper is due. Both strategies can turn out great or poorly.

In this school English lesson, listen to Sara and Jason talk about an upcoming paper assignment and how they are planning to tackle it.

写论文是你在上学时真正具有创造性的时刻之一。你的论文可以写任何你选择的话题。如何写作取决于你,你会选择最适合自己的方式完成写作。

一些人会记录大量研究并提前写好论文。而另一些人喜欢平时悠闲,在论文提交日前整宿开夜车。两种策略都有优缺点。

在本节校园英语课上,听听萨拉和詹森谈论即将到来的论文布置及他们计划如何应对。

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Sara

Sara

Jason:  Hey, have you started that paper for our history class?

Sara:  Yeah, I’m kind of nerdy about that kind of thing, I started it a couple of weeks ago.

Jason:  Woah! A couple of weeks ago?

Sara:  Yeah, we got the assignment and I happened to be at the library, so I started thinking about topics and taking some notes. Just brainstorming a little bit.

Jason:  Do you have a rough draft yet?

Sara:  I’m actually on my second draft.

Jason:  Wow! Oh my gosh!

Sara:  I’m just not a last-minute kind of person. What about you?

Jason:  I might make an outline today. I mean, writing a paper isn’t all that stressful for me a lot of the time. Once I have the outline…once I know what I’m going to say, saying it is easier than figuring out what to say.

Sara:  Right, but I do think writing and thinking kind of go hand in hand. You sort of need to be writing to help you think. I mean, that’s what I believe.

Jason:  I see. Well, maybe I’ll try that. Maybe it will help me come up with ideas for papers more easily.

Sara:  You know, I’ll probably be done with this paper tomorrow, so if you need me to proofread yours or anything I’m happy to.

Jason:  OK, awesome!

 

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Discussion

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Jason is surprised to learn that Sara started the paper for their history class a couple of weeks ago. She started brainstorming right away and is almost done with the assignment.

If he’s lucky, Jason will make an outline today. He doesn’t work very far in advance. He thinks the hard part about writing papers is figuring out what you’re going to say. For him, the writing is easy.

For Sara, thinking and writing go hand in hand. She doesn’t do one without the other, which is why she started so early. Since she’s almost done, she offers to help proofread for Jason if he needs it.

What is your approach to writing papers?

 

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whipiry

whipiry

South Korea

writing is not easy to make a frist draft – rough draft. one teacher recommended us to braimstorm to come up with something good. withough thoughts , just writie some words that pops up in my head. so i thik it’s good idea. it can make me think of rought draft and next . if i have some friends to talk with, it can go hand in hand for proofread.  i don’t want to be a last-minute person, but it’s not easy to be a one , eighter. ^^


sometimes , “nerdy” word sounds like “jerk” to me , meaning no play , only studing, i don’t like to be called like that.


when we have something to be achieved someday, we should be “nerdy” to get it done.


 

03:51 PM Feb 12 2013 |

masoudhsn

masoudhsn

Canada

Irene,


 Thanks for your comment on my writing. I didn’t pay attention to that. You are absolutely right and It was my mistake. I was trying to write I’m not.

02:29 AM Feb 12 2013 |

Fiary

Fiary

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

When it’s time to write any thing i try to use my best and nicest words which come to my mind , first i  think about the outlines ,then i try to write a rough draft and finally i do a proofread on what i wrote .

02:17 AM Feb 12 2013 |

englishteacher24/7

United States

I am inspired by things that happen in daily life, and then I use my thoughts to write a story. 

03:03 PM Feb 10 2013 |

haitham4vip

Egypt

we were doing it when we were study

11:21 AM Feb 10 2013 |

Miss.Seba

Miss.Seba

Yemen

for me,writing is an intersting activity ony if i have a clear idea on my mind :D

09:17 AM Feb 10 2013 |

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ola33

ola33Super Member!

Canada

I’ve just noticed I gave not that webpage that I wanted.


Here’s more exact :http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/writersref6e/Player/Pages/Main.aspx

06:49 AM Feb 10 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

naira,   It happens to me  sometimes. Is  like when in our dreams we are  having an interesting conversation and waking up  only to realise that we can not remember what we were talking about. it  looks as though that inspiration  is like a bird  that is  perch  on  the  top of a tree  and flies away the moment  we get close to him. :)))))

03:22 AM Feb 10 2013 |

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naira71

naira71

Azerbaijan

I always have interesting ideas in my head but when I take a pen and sheet of paper all ideas run away.I dont know why this happen with me.Its good when thinking and writing go hand in hand . Then the result will be fine

02:06 AM Feb 10 2013 |

kareem_10

kareem_10

Egypt

I’ve never thought about my approach of writing papers before reading this article!!!..but now when I think about it..I’m definitely the Sara type of writers..brainstorming and rough drafts really help me write better..it’s much better to write from what you had prepared in advance rather than writing off-hand..!!!  

11:16 AM Feb 09 2013 |

vicmay_lo-flo@live.com.mx

Mexico

I write about things that live. about the people I love. I like to write about the rain. on sunny days.


and write nice things to the girl I like.

09:09 AM Feb 09 2013 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

Julito, I use this one. Tho it’s in Russian, you can easily use it.


http://translate.meta.ua/orthography/


and another one:


http://www.spellchecker.net/spellcheck/english_united_states_spell_checker.html


They are both on line, thus it’s  very convenient. Mind, they are good for only checking the spelling, but not grammar.:)


06:56 AM Feb 09 2013 |

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ola33

ola33Super Member!

Canada

Julito, to my chagrin, I haven’t read it yet. I’ve read some of his short stories, they’re very good. I’ll get hold of the “Razor’s edge :) ... if I don’t cut my hand.;)

05:48 AM Feb 09 2013 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

OLA hello.  I agree, Somerset Maugham  was a great writer. I have many years ago read “The razor´s edge. A great book and film. 

05:44 AM Feb 09 2013 |

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ola33

ola33Super Member!

Canada

Some grammar checkers don’t flag faulty constructions though. A good writing for me when you read and it’s not difficult for you to grasp the idea. I love Somerset Maugham for that amazing skill. His works not only abound with rich vocabulary, but it’s easy to follow him, let alone the every story of his is a truthful fragment of life in in a nutshell with a shocking and amazing revelation.


For practice of good writing, I use www.dianahacker.com. and Englishbaby!

05:31 AM Feb 09 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

AL-issawi.  hello. Ginger is an application for Windows, I am a Mac user ,I will have to download it  in another  laptop with a windows programm. thank you 

05:05 AM Feb 09 2013 |

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Al-issawi

Al-issawi

Iraq

Julito, there is a software called Ginger can be spell and grammar checker, it becomes free as I have been told

02:37 AM Feb 09 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Irene,hello , I know of spell checkers but the good ones are not free, any idea ?


02:32 AM Feb 09 2013 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

Masoudhsn, sorry, may I ask you a question? I just wonder if there is a short form of I am not as I amn’t which you used in your comment.  As far as I know, it’s not correct either in  British or American English.


There is another question, if you don’t mind.
We should say ” I’m going with you on vacation, aren’t I?” It’s the rule. But I’ve heard people say like that:


I’m going with you on vacation, am I not?


It sounds much better, does it?


Thank you.

01:59 AM Feb 09 2013 |

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Irene Forever

Ukraine

Julito, good for you. I always do the same. Sometimes I need corrections because my fingers with beautiful manicure think the other way.:) There are some good programs which can help us to check our spelling in no minute. It’s very convenient. If I write much, I can use it, but not often.


I never use Microsoft Office Word for preparing my comments. Tho all the corrections can be done there. If you sometimes see somebody’s comment in a very strange style, it can be as long as a page, with incomprehensible symbols, it was definitely made in Word, then copied and insert here. It’s something! :))).

01:50 AM Feb 09 2013 |

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