La prueba de expresión escrita (ya sabes, el “writing”) resulta a veces un tanto complicada para muchos alumnos, especialmente en niveles avanzados. Una cosa es poder expresarnos con cierta solvencia sobre varios asuntos (cosa que, a menos que practices regularmente, no deberías dar por sentado), y otra bien distinta es saber expresar matices, expresar énfasis y usar diferentes herramientas dialécticas con el objetivo de hacer nuestros textos más interesantes para quien los lee, y nuestros argumentos más convincentes. De eso es, al fin y al cabo, de lo que se trata.
En este post te doy algunas pautas para que domines la prueba de expresión escrita.
The art of expressing oneself in writing is seriously understated. No one writes anymore unless it is for practical reasons.
This is one of the reasons why it feels so awkward to write in exams. Students spend a couple of minutes trying to figure out how to even start writing.
Google autocorrect also renders the opportunity to learn from our mistakes useless. Doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.
By going through the activities suggested in English Mastery and Gaining Momentum, you are going to have numerous opportunities to write, in more informal contexts, like discussion forums, and in more structured tasks, such as the ones you’ll find in each of the units (plus the writing guides included in them, which can be invaluable!). However, I recommend writing as much as you can and honing your writing skills.
Wordiness and convoluted texts are usually a problem. That is, texts which read seemingly advanced, where you acknowledge that the student tried to squeeze in idioms, fixed expressions and complicated sentences, but which don’t make much sense, honestly.
This is, in my opinion, a consequence of a lack of practice, where the student hasn’t found their identity as a writer yet.
You will be guided throughout this course, not only with writing tasks but with writing guides. However, it is up to you to find your identity as a writer. It may sound preposterous and grandiose, but it is not. The power of writing and the power of the word is immeasurable. People are genuinely drawn to good writing. Learning to help make sense of your texts by using the right discourse markers and linking words is also important. Learn how to use them.