Hello everybody and welcome to the Writing Module .




Assessment
Weighting
Writing Assignments (5)
50%
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  • §Forum Postings (5)
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15%
Vocabulary Focus Activities (5)
5%
Final Portfolio (1)
20%
Portfolio Presentation (1)
10


















Forum 1: Introducing Me

In this class, you are going to spend a lot of time talking about yourself and learning about your classmates. As a way to get started, take a few moments and tell me and the rest of the class a little bit about you. It’s not important what you talk about, and you can use some of the ideas below to help you get started:

• Where are you from?
• How many people are in your family?
• What is your favorite kind of food?
• What do you like to do with your friends?
• Who is your best friend? How long have you been friends?
• What is your favorite movie?
• What is your favorite song?
• Who is your favorite movie star?
• Tell us something surprising about you.

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written.






Forum 2: Me and My Friends

Friends are such an important part of our lives, so no introduction of who you are would be complete without telling us about your friends. Take a few moments now and reflect on the importance of friends in your life. Who are they how do they make your life better? You can use some of the ideas below to help you get started:

  • Why are friends important?
  • Who are some of your friends?
  • Where did you meet your friends?
  • How long have you known your friends?
  • What do you like the most about your friends?
  • What do you like to do with your friends?
  • How do your friends help you?
  • How do you help your friends?
  • What is your best friend’s name?
  • Why is he/she your best friend?

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written






Forum 3: My Hobbies


Going to school and studying is an important part of your life. However, relaxing and doing things you enjoy, your hobbies, is important also. Take a few moments now and think about what you like to do in your free time. This can be anything from shopping with your friends, playing a sport, or cooking at home for your family. You can use some of the questions below to help you get started:

  • What are some things you like to do in your free time?
  • Do you like to do these things with other people or by yourself? Why?
  • Why do you like to do these things?
  • Do your friends have the same hobbies? Which ones are they?
  • Do any of your hobbies require special training?
  • What is your favorite hobby? Why?
  • What are some things that you haven’t done but you would like to do?

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written.
What is your best friend’s name?

  • Why is he/she your best friend?

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written





Forum 4: Day In, Day Out




Your hobbies are important (and entertaining), but there also many important things we do and have to do every day that are not always entertaining or fun. However, these things are a big part of our everyday life. In this posting, tell your classmates about your daily schedule. What types of things to you do every day, on both weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) and the weekend (Friday and Saturday). You can use some of the questions below to help you get started:



  • What time do you get up every day?
  • What things do you usually do in the morning on weekdays?
  • What things do you usually do in the morning on the weekend?
  • What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  • What is your favorite weekly activity?
  • What is your least favorite weekly activity?
  • What chores (household responsibilities, for example, cooking, cleaning, washing the dishes) do you have to do?
  • What time does your family usually have dinner?
  • What is your favorite thing to do with your family in the evenings?
  • What time do you usually go to bed?



Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written.






Forum 5: My Family


You have introduced yourself to everyone. Now it’s time to introduce your family. In this posting, briefly tell us about your family. You can use some of the questions below to help you get started:

  • How many people are in your family?
  • How many brothers do you have?
  • How many sisters do you have?
  • Are you the youngest, oldest, or middle child?
  • What to you love the most about your father?
  • What do you love the most about your mother?
  • What do you like to do with your family?

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written.

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Transition Words

Transition words have an important function in writing. These words increase the coherence (connections of your ideas) between sentences and paragraphs. Using them correctly will help the reader understand the relationship between your sentences and paragraphs.

Different transition words are used to express different relationships. Take a moment now and review the following table which is divided according to the type of relationship expressed by the different transition words.

Important Transition Words
Adding an Idea
in addition, furthermore, also, moreover
Showing Time Sequence
first, second, next, then, last, finally
Organizing Points
first, second, third, lastly, finally
Contrast
however, in contrast, on the other hand
Showing a Result
as a result, therefore, consequently
Emphasis
in fact, indeed, certainly
Giving an Example
for example, for instance, in particular
Generalizing
in general, overall
Conclusion
in conclusion, in summary, in short
Unexpected Outcome
nevertheless, nonetheless





Forum 6: My Country and Culture


So much of who we are as people comes from our country and culture. They are both important parts of our personal identity. In this posting, talk about country and culture and how they influence you as a person. You can use some of the questions below to help you get started:

  • What are one or two important historical events for your country?
  • Who are the important leaders, both past and present, for your country?
  • What do you love the most about your country?
  • What are some important holidays in your country?
  • What are some important traditions in your country?
  • What are some famous types of food or meals eaten in your country.
  • What are some famous places in your country?
  • What is your favorite place to visit in your country?

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written.





Forum 7: My Future


Everyone has dreams about her future. What are yours? Take a few moments and reflect on your future life. What are your hopes and dreams. You can use some of the questions below to help you get started:

  • What do you want to study at Zayed University?
  • What do you want to do when you finish your studies at Zayed University?
  • Are you going to work when you finish your studies? If so, what kind of job would you like to have?
  • Which places would you like to travel to?
  • Where would you like to live?
  • Who would you like to meet in the future?
  • What are some of your hopes and dreams for your family?

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written.


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Forum 8: My Favorite Movie


Who likes movies? We are sure that you do. This week, our focus will be all on movies: what you like, what you don’t like, and who are your favorite actors and actresses. You can use some of the questions below to help you get started:

  • Which kind of movies do you like (drama, action, comedy, etc.)? Why?
  • Which kind do you not like? Why?
  • What are some of your favorite movies (list the titles)?
  • Why are they your favorites?
  • Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses?
  • If you could meet one of these people, who would you choose?

Your posting should be about 200 words in length. Once you have finished your posting, choose another classmate’s posting and read it. Then, write a brief response to what she/he has written.