Controlled Writing Assignment #1

Question: Write two or three paragraphs on the following topic: How does academic writing differ from other types of everyday writing, in your experience.

Academic writing differs from normal everyday writing for a few reasons. First and foremost, the intended audience for both types of writing is different, therefore leading to contrasting writing forms. Academic writing is written in mind for a small but specific group of people, like professionals of an industry, for example. Everyday writing on the other hand typically targets a wider audience.

Because of this distinction, in comparison, everyday writing tends to be written with a friendlier tone, using less formal language and closely resembles that of normal everyday speaking. Academic writing is almost always written in cold, emotionless language, with minimal opinions expressed. Moreover, it usually follows a clear logical structure to enable the reader to understand the connections between facts and ideas more clearly.

Also, academic writing contains jargon or profession-specific language which are not accessible to the untrained. Quite commonly, they are everyday words but with an alternative technical meaning. Academic writing uses these words so as to accurately convey understanding to the reader. Everyday writing, as the name suggests, is made up of words or phrases used in its familiar and natural meaning, so to speak. Thus it shouldn’t present understanding difficulties to the common folks.

The differences between the two writing forms, namely academic writing and normal everyday writing, are quite drastic due to the purposes each serves. Hence, proficiency in one doesn’t assure proficiency in the other.

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Thoughts for today..

Hi. This blog will be where I will pen down my thoughts, where I can freely express myself without worries of being judged. No one is going to visit this site anyway :p This will also be the avenue for me to practice writing. From time to time, whenever i read something interesting, I will write down my thoughts about it. When you notice that my writing lacks coherence, that’s because I’m training myself to write with less hesitation and deliberation. I will also choose to neglect any grammar mistakes for the time being because I feel I should learn to write fluently first before working on the other less important details of the language. My focus for the time being will be on vocabulary building. Here’s my rough plan to english mastery:

First, focus on listening and using the english lesson packs, which are English Harmony and Power English. An equal amount of time will also be spent acquiring new vocabularies through active reading, memorising with the special method and learning the meanings of unfamilar words, looking them up in a dictionary. I will also be practicing to write with more fluency.

For the second phase, the focus shall be on enriching the huge amount of acquired active vocabularies. This is accomplised by reading and listening to more difficult lessons. By this time, I should be able to write fairly quickly and express meanings pretty well. So i shall shift the focus to perfecting the use of various sentence structures to fit its purpose.

That’s all my idea I have at the moment about my plan for english mastery. In writing this I entry, I noticed that I’m able to more varied vocabularies when I’m looking away from the screen. I shall continue to do this and assess if this indeed is beneficial.

Freewriting Assignment #1

Freewriting assignment #1: Why do you want to improve your writing in English? Think of all the reasons, not just the obvious ones.

I wanted to improve my english writing because it is part of the mastery of the english language. My ultimate goal is to be proficient at communicating with english at all aspects, in speech and in writing. I really admire people that can write really well and able to express their opinion with clarity on social media and blogs etc. I admire those that were able to communicate their ideas on forums and present an arguments to express their views. Therefore, I will make it a goal to learn and practice writing until I have ability to write really well. Besides wanting to express myself accurately and effectively, another motivation of mine to want to learn to write well is for professional career. Writing indeed is a very important skill to have. Every day, there are almost occasions where the ability to write effectively is an asset, You will be able to convey meaning across the way you want it to be understood. You will be able to persuade and influence the decision of people that mattered to your career, whether to a big or small effect. You will also be able to convince others to your way of thinking. I don’t want to be prevented from reaching my potential and remain a small fry because I lack the ability to write well. Finally, I want to a master english writer because I’m  influenced by the idea that words are tools of thinking. I got this idea from Norman Lewis, whom is the author of one of my vocabulary building book. It’s titled word power, made easy. He showed that the richness of one’s vocabulary is an accurate determinant into whether a person will have leadership roles. He also also wrote that different words of a similar meaning are like different shade of the same colour on the palette. English is a very rich language. He suggested that when we encounter a word that we might take for granted, question its meaning. What does the word really mean? Learn about the history of the word. How did its meaning evolved over time. He wrote beautifully that words are not frozen entities but instead they possess live. They too experience birth and death and evolution of meaning over time. The english user is like an artist, painting melodies and play with the harmonies of strings of english words. Every syllable is a note. It takes an expert artist to beautifully craft a music piece made of strings of words. Because of him, I’m inspired to think English as a very rich language.

(25mins free-writing, no grammar correction)