Writing Genres



Essays

The target reader for an essay is usually a teacher or tutor. A good essay requires clear paragraphing and should use linking devices (eg but, however, in spite of, nevertheless). The type of language used depends on the purpose and context. Essays are usually either neutral or formal in register.


Letters

The target reader for a letter can vary greatly but will always be specified in the question (eg a friend, an organisation, a newspaper). A good letter should have an appropriate opening and closing phrase and clear paragraphing. The first paragraph should outline the purpose for writing. The register and tone depends entirely on target reader and context.


Emails

The target reader for an email can vary greatly but will always be specified in the question (eg a friend, an organisation, a newspaper). A good email should have an appropriate opening and closing phrase and clear paragraphing. The first paragraph should outline the purpose for writing. The register and tone depends entirely on the target reader and context.


Articles, reviews and reports

Note: At ISE Foundation, introductions and conclusions are likely to be a single sentence rather than a complex paragraph, which is acceptable at this level. At ISE Foundation and ISE I, reviews will be less developed and are likely to be a simple description, with some opinion and a simple recommendation, eg ‘I think everyone should read this book.’


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