The Good Writing Guide biên biên soạn bởi Dr Hazel Hutchison, đây là tài liệu giúp các bạn phát triển kỹ năng viết Tiếng Anh, từ đó, các bạn sẽ có các bài luận Tiếng Anh đúng về ngữ pháp, hay về ngữ nghĩa. Tài liệu cũng giúp các bạn nâng cao kỹ năng đọc Tiếng Anh.
The Good Writing Guide
Good writing is important. The ability to write clear and accurate text is the most useful skill that you will learn at university. Whatever subject you specialise in, and whatever career you choose after you graduate, a command of language is a valuable asset. When employers offer a job to an MA graduate they are sometimes interested in how much he or she knows about Charles Dickens or the Napoleonic wars, but they are always looking for someone with good communication skills and an eye for detail. In almost any job, you will spend time working with a range of texts. You may produce written reports, letters or kinh doanh copy. You may also give lectures or presentations. If you are aiming for a career in which you can use language stylishly, such as journalism or creative writing, it is equally important that you know the rules of good plain English.
This booklet will help you to think about how you write. It will also improve your reading skills. While you are a student you will often be a reader, absorbing information from other sources or analysing the structure of a text. When assessments come along, you will be a writer, and someone else will read and analyse your work. Reading and writing are closely connected. Improving your skills in one area will have a knock-on effect in the other. Set yourself high standards in both these areas. One of the simplest ways to improve your own writing is to read widely and to look at how authors mould the language to their own purposes. Try to develop an eye for style and sentence structure as you read. This will help you to assess your own writing and expand your language skills.
While you are at university, ‘good writing’ means being able to produce a clear, grammatical, logical argument to answer a question in an exercise, an essay or an exam. This is not the place to be innovative or poetic. Chances to be creative with language are available elsewhere. Academic writing should be clear, clean and correct. It should display your knowledge and express your ideas. Good writing is always aimed at a particular audience. Your audience is the tutor (or tutors) who will mark your work. Your tutors will be highly qualified, and are likely to be the kind of people who have an obsessive interest in grammar and spelling. They will consider a command of language as important as any ideas you might want to share. In the School of Language and Literature, tutors are allowed to deduct up to four marks for poor spelling, punctuation and presentation. That is the difference between a first-class mark and a 14. If your grammar is so poor that it obscures your argument, you may fail the assessment. Markers cannot give credit for what they think you might have wanted to say. What is on the paper is all that counts. Good writing is not an optional extra to a degree; it is the core of the education system. Make this your primary goal at university. Everything that you study can be channelled towards making yourself a more perceptive reader and a more accurate writer. Get this right and you will understand more of what you read. You will also be able to express your own ideas with force and clarity.