1) Formatting Errors
A letter is different from an e-mail and report, postcard, diary, message, procedural text, and newsletters and all these will be covered in this one course.
Students will be exposed to the 10 different formats and understand the tone needed for the different types of writing. For letters and e-mails, they are divided into two more sections: formal and informal.
The rules are clear, no abbreviations even when it is informal, and use only Yours Sincerely / Yours faithfully to sign off when it is formal. However, which one exactly should the student use? When it is informal, are greetings such as "Cheers!" allowed?
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2) Time Management
The recommended duration a student should allocate for Situational Writing is 20 minutes or shorter so that they can spend more time on their composition. In these 20 minutes, they are expected to analyze the question, look out for important information as well as craft the letter or writing in a formal or informal manner while bearing in mind the format, tone, and purpose of the letter. This a challenging task especially when students are not clear exactly the requirements of Situational Writing.
Students will be taught strategies to do these steps in a short amount of time and will be given time to practice these strategies in class.
3) Grammar and Spelling mistakes
Grammar and spelling are the two most overlooked sections of English. A skill many has learned since young, it is often taken for granted when one can write and spell with ease. However, in Situational Writing, this becomes the defining factor of whether a student is able to get full marks. Many students will not realize that this is a weakness that they have because they perceive spelling and grammar as something natural that comes with practicing the language.
This is not true. Just like any component of a subject, students need to be trained to spell correctly and use the correct tenses. Though the content of the letters or e-mails will and should be the same, only those who will look at every minor detail such as punctuation will be acing their test.
In this course, students will be pushed to look at every aspect of their writing and rectify their mistakes as they attempt each practice.