WRITING 7: AN ARTICLE

WRITING 7: AN ARTICLE

Hello everyone! ‘Are you a textaholic? Do you frequently neglect work or study to check your phone for text messages? If the answer is yes, you may be a textaholic.’ This is a perfect way to start an article and invite the reader to think about the topic. Imagine you´re doing an exam and you have to write an article about a current and interesting matter. How can you do that? If you need some writing tips, this post is written for you. Are you ready? Go on!

To start this post with, what´s an article? According to Wordreference (one of our favourite dictionaries) an article is ‘a piece of writing appearing in a newspaper, magazine, etc.’ That´s true, but even if you´re not a journalist,  sometimes you have to write one of them to pass a writing test. Do you know how to write an article and not die trying? Read the following tips.

BASIC RULES

1. You must write a title.

2. You have to start each paragraph with a clear sentence to introduce the topic. For example:

-Paragraph one: Ask questions to invite the reader to think about the topic. For example: Are you irritable if you are separated from your mobile phone?

-Paragraph two: If you´re talking about an addiction, define the person you are describing (a shopaholic, a coffee addict, a chocoholic, an email addict), and describe their habits and characteristics. Describe problems that may result from the addiction. / If you are talking about a social problem (poor education, air pollution, childhood obesity, stress, poor posture), describe the causes and effects. For example: Many emotional difficulties in adults stem from childhood insecurities.

-Paragraph three: Give tips on how to overcome the addiction. / Recommendations.

 

3. Include ideas that are lively and relevant to your readers.

4. Finish tha article with and enganging final sentence.

5. You normally write articles in an informal style (as we do in ESI Blog) but it will depend on where it is supposed to be published (online blog, newspaper, teenage magazine…)

USEFUL LANGUAGE

1. Rhetorical questions: Are you one of those people who…? / What do you think about…? / Have you ever…? / Do you find it hard to resist…? / Can you manage without…? /Do you make a point of…?

2. Recommendations: Make a point of… ing / Consider …ing / Most importantly, learn how to… / Make time to… /Make sure you…

3. Connectors: Moreover /Besides / In addition/ Furthermore / What´s more / However / Nevertheless / Despite +  verb-ing / On the one hand /on the other hand / Firstly, secondly, thirdly, next, finally… /Although / Consequently / As a result… /To cut a long story short… /To sum up / In other words / To put it another way…

4. Conclusions: In conclusion / To sum up / On the whole / To finish with…

WRITING DEFINITIONS

A_________ is someone is / can be defined as… someone who… / a person whose…

-is dependent on…

-suffers from a compulsion to…

-can´t live without…

-can´t resist the urge to…

-is addicted to…

-is obsessed with…

-has a craving for…

-suffers from withdrawal symptoms if…

AND FINALLY… AN EXAMPLE!

(Formal style)

 

ARE YOU AN INTERNET ADDICT?

Do you frequently consult de symptoms of an illness on Google instead of visiting your family doctor? Are you frustatred if you are in a place without WI FI? Do you hardly ever talk to your family in your free time and chat on social networks instead?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then you are certainly an internet addict. An internet addict can be defined as someone who cannot live without surfing it. The main symptoms are a compulsion to be online, which takes precedence over everything else, and withdrawal symptoms if you are out of range, leading to irritability and depression. Other problems include anxiety and a feeling of loneliness and isolation, due to a deterioration of your social abilities, not to mention headaches. The root of the problem, as with many addictions, is the desire to escape from a reality that you do not really like -for example you do not love your partner or your job does not make you fulfilled. According to experts, this is one of the most common forms of addiction nowadays, especially among people who have midlife crisis.

So, what can you do if you think you may be an internet addict? The key is to recognise that you have a problem. Then, make sure you resist the urge to be online all the time and consider spending a few days without WI FI. Most importantly, make a point of talking face-to-face to your real friends -not simply contacts. Think that ‘living online’ is an immature attitude and that real images, smells and feelings are the best. Surfing the internet is interesting, but do not forget that virtue lies in the middle.

 

 

And that’s all for today. Are you able to write an ARTICLE now? If so, leave us a comment, and, as always, thanks for visiting our blog!

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