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UHL2412--English for Academic Communication--Unit 4--Learning Tasks

Introduction to argumentative essay

I) Pre-listening task:

Instruction: In groups of 4/5, discuss and work out the structure of an argumentative essay, which is different from other types of essays. Your group leader has to report the structure to the whole class.

II) Listening task:

a) Watch the following video on ‘argumentative essay’. Take notes while watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3fCIuX7BMc

b) The video will be played again. This time check your notes.

c) Referring to your notes, answer all questions below. Write your answers on the lines provided.

ANSWERS

1. Structure of academic essay:___________________________________________________

2. Structure of 5-paragraph essay:

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Structure of argumentative essay:

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

4. Chosen topic:______________________

5. Debatable statement:_________________________________________________________

6. Chosen position statement:_____________________________________________________

7. My positioning statement:______________________________________________________

Reasons for disagreeing:

i)_____________________________________________________________________

ii)_____________________________________________________________________

iii)____________________________________________________________________

8. Pattern of topic sentence:__________________________________________________

9. Refutation:

We must refute the ____________________of this argument. We need a transition signal ______________________to introduce the refutation.

III) Post-listening task

Task: Write an argumentative essay on “Facebook is better than emailling’. The following headings can help you complete your essay.

A) INTRODUCTION

Background information: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________...
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