How students can exploit a text to support their learning
How to exploit a text
- What reading strategies have you learnt so far?
- How else could you use a text to support your learning?
- Where could you find an academic text that you could exploit?
- Compare your answers with a partner.
Text exploitation: how to exploit a text to facilitate learning [new 2020]
This lesson / worksheet helps improve students’ independent learning skills. It includes 6 tasks (vocabulary, grammar, cohesion, summary, paraphrase & referencing) on how to use text to facilitate learning (see worksheet example) Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]
Grammar: Learning grammar in context will help you to see how language works in a real situation.
- Annotate your selected text (see fig. 1).
- Produce a table (see fig. 2).
- How many different tenses are there in your text?
- Why has the writer selected to use these tenses?
- Do you know how to use these tenses accurately?
- Where can you get practice in these tenses?
Cohesion: Noticing how sentences and paragraphs are connected will help you to understand how to use linking words and phrases in a natural way.
- Annotate the text (see fig.1) for reference words, transition signals, substitution, repetition and ellipsis.
- Why has the writer chosen to use these particular words?
- Could you think of any words that could replace these ones?
Paraphrasing: Being able to paraphrase effectively is a vital academic skill. Use your text to practice and perfect this skill.
- Copy and paste the paragraph you wish to paraphrase.
- Highlight key terms that you can’t paraphrase, then work on the rest of the text.
- Use synonyms to change the words.
- Combine sentences.
- Change sentence structure.
- Change word forms.
- Change the grammar.
Referencing: Being able to reference your sources correctly is an important part of being a student. Use your text to practice as much as possible.
- Highlight the references in your text (see fig, 1) & produce a table of the different ways to reference (see fig. 2).
- Rewrite the indirect citations so they are direct.
Example indirect in-text citation to direct in-text citation:
- Other company’s ethics have been questioned for environmental reasons, with Coca-Cola being accused of hoarding water supplies in rural communities (Vos et al., 2018).
- Vos et al. (2018) claim that other company’s ethics have been questioned for environmental reasons, with Coca-Cola being accused.
Text Exploitation: How to exploit a text to facilitate learning [new 2020]
This lesson / worksheet helps improve students’ independent learning skills. It includes 6 tasks (vocabulary, grammar, cohesion, summary, paraphrase and referencing) on how to use text to facilitate learning (see worksheet example) Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]
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