I'm really struggling to write essays in Spanish. I'm even struggling to write them with unlimited time, never mind the 40 minutes or so I'll have in the actual exam.
Completely lost as to where to go with it, I know what the mark schemes says, it's 20 marks for content and the rest follows after that, but I can't find any examples of a good essay, nor can I think of many good points for the past paper essay questions.
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- Thread Starter
- 15-05-2013 09:15
- 15-05-2013 10:47
first essay got 35/35
Try this structure for your essay
- 16-05-2013 17:50
Have a look at the mark schemes for the past papers as they have a list of relevant points which I personally, find really useful
- 18-05-2013 13:18
Also try making a plan before you start, I may take an extra 5 minuets but it will help keep you on track.
- 18-05-2013 15:04
If this is for Unit 1 (AS), the presentation attached may give some guidance.
- 19-05-2013 18:56
Does anyone have a copy of the Jan 13 paper mark scheme? Really need it! Would be so grateful if anyone dod
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- 19-05-2013 19:16
My teacher told us a structure that works well when writing Spanish essays. If you remember this structure and practice some timed essays before the exam, then you should be fine.
1) Start with your introduction... talk about what the question is asking, and how you are going to answer it. You could invite the reader in by adding rhetorical questions or linking directly to society nowadays. It's a good point in the essay to explain the situation we are living in at the moment. There should also be a punchy opening statement to grab the reader's attention.
2) Next, the main body of the essay. Could possibly be around 4-6 paragraphs. For each paragraph (you may want to do a few paragraphs in favour of the statement, and a few paragraphs against the statement) you should state a relevant point, evidence for this point, your own personal reaction (e.g. 'me preocupa el hecho que...' or 'es una lastima que...' etc.) and finally evaluate your point and link it back to the question.
3) Finally, your conclusion. This should summarise your points, without adding any new ones. You should include: how you have answered the question, your overall opinion on the matter, and a punchy ending! Apparently, using rhetorical questions and these statements relating to our society can get you lots of marks.
Remember; you get marked on your content, vocabulary, structure and accuracy. Try to include a range of vocabulary, and make sure you practice grammar to sustain your accuracy throughout the essay.
Try not to get too worried about the exam. At the end of the day, you are trying your best with a new language and that has skill in itself. I'm sure you will do great! Is your exam 23rd May? Good luck!