Situational Writing Skills
English Situational Writing Skills
Writing with a purpose
In contrast to Continuous Writing, the Situational Writing section requires students to understand the given information and meet the list of requirements stated in the question. These requirements are met by expressing ideas clearly and systematically. As we understand that this section can be challenging for some students, given the wide variation of question types, this section serves as an online guide for you to understand the questions better.
How can I excel in Situational Writing?
A writing guide for O Level English students
Students attempting this section are expected to have a clear comprehension of the situation at hand and a visual text, with a recommended length of 250 to 350 words. Only with knowledge of the situation can you be able to write with the correct format to suit the purpose, audience and context. Your revision in this writing will require you to follow the below points in order to prepare you for all types of situations set by the examination paper.
Be familiar with different text types
With a plethora of text types available in situational writing, it is unavoidable that you obtain a familiarity with all the text types. Such text types include Informal, Formal letter, Speech, Report and News Article. Identifying these will help you determine the format of the situational writing which includes whether there is a need for title, sigh-off and addressing a person etc. Hence, you should be practising on text type in order understand the format of writing for each situation.
Attempt regular and numerous practices
Given the time limit of the Paper 1 component, it is important to practise questions to think and write fast. Also, practice sessions are beneficial in strengthening your mental preparation and resilience towards the stressful conditions of the O Level English examinations.
Know how to express your points based on different tones of writing
Given the differences in format of writing for this section, it is necessary for you to develop the flexibility to switch the tones of writing based on the purpose, audience and context. For instance, a proposal requires the use of a persuasive and objective tone to convince your target audience to accept your suggestions. Other tones of writing include appreciative, solemn, informative and motivational.
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