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Course 6, Lesson 3 (2 hours)

Banking, shopping and studying online

 

In this lesson you will work on giving instructions, telling about the pros and cons, and expressing your opinions - in addition to working on your vocabulary and writing skills, of course.

  • Good instructions are well-organized and easy to follow. They include all the necessary steps of the process and a list of the tools or materials you might need. These words and expressions are commonly used:
    • First(ly), / Second(ly), / Next, / Then, / Finally, / Before you begin, / To begin with, / The next step is… / After that, / In the end
       
  • The pros and cons - in other words, the advantages and disadvantages of something - are often presented using these phrases:
    • On the one hand… on the other hand, / Some say (think, feel, do)..., others say (think, feel, do)…
       
  • Your opinion of something can often be seen in your choice of words, but using the following phrases makes it clear to the reader or listener that what follows is definitely your opinion. The most common expressions are:
    • In my opinion, / I (don't) think… / I (don't) feel… / I (don't) believe (that)… / It seems to me (that)…

 

 

 

Exercise 3.1

There are two separate tasks for you to choose from. You need to do one of them.

Alternative A has two parts. First, your friend needs some help. Your task is to explain to him/her how to pay bills online. You should also convince him/her of the fact that this really is the best and the easiest way to get your bills paid. Second, buying items on the Internet can be very handy but it is not always safe. Explain to your friend what he/she should not do when making online purchases.

Your text can be written either in the form of a dialogue between your friend and yourself or more like a memo where you just list the points you want to make. The minimum length of acceptable text is 200 words. Add the text to your portfolio.

Alternative B has to do with eLearning. Explain to your friend how to study online. You should convince him/her why this way of studying is the best, the most flexible and the most interesting/challenging one - at least for you. Explain to him/her why you chose this way of studying and how you are doing it.

Your text can be written either as a dialogue between your friend and yourself or more like a memo where you just list the points you want to make. The minimum length of acceptable text is 200 words. Add the text to your portfolio.

Choose one of the alternatives above and submit your text in the box below. Your teacher will assess this exercise as part of your portfolio.

 

 

 

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