- Introduction = a question. “What is the problem I have to solve?”
- Definitions of key-words in the given topic (if applicable and is useful to support your argument)
- Analysis proper (the core of your essay, theses, antitheses, syntheses)
- Conclusion = a plausible solution to the problem set out in the introduction.
(Introduction and Conclusion should be of similar length, usually a medium length paragraph).
Follow the Layout – Answer the Question. Be Relevant.
Criteria in Assessment (for your, and your markers’, guidance)
6 main points will determine the value of your essay:
- Interpretation of question. Relevance. (Your essay may be a very intelligent and interesting piece of work, if it does not answer the question, it deserves – and will get – zero).
- Structure of essay.
- Syntax (i.e. word order and grammar)/Spelling.
- Evidence produced (explanations and examples)
- Evidence of personal thinking and reflection. (Ordinary and repetitive ideas are of little values)
PRESENTATION – 1: The Nit-Picking Aspects
Legibility. Use your brains: the marker has to deal with a large number of essays, some very hastily and untidily written. Your essay can stand out as a model of neatness, and if the marker can read easily what you have to say (however banal your statements maybe), you will have established a slight bias in your favour, perhaps the difference between D and C.
Style. Essays should be written in formal style. Avoid popular usage (e.g. “es guay”, “me da la lata”, ). Literacy is also a useful attribute. If you are incapable of writing extra long sentences without losing either the main clause or the meaning, or both, do not try to do so. In any case, write grammatically, spell accurately and use punctuation properly.
Hint: Never think in English and then find the relevant words in Spanish. Work from what you know. Write shorter but accurate sentences and use conjunctions and starter phrases to combine simple ideas.
e.g.Los niños no se llevan bien con sus padres. Es triste.
Los niños deben hablar más con sus padres. Eso es importante para tener menos problemas en la familia.
Es triste que los niños no se lleven bien con sus padres. Por eso, es muy importante que los niños hablen más con sus padres para tener menos problemas en la familia.