By Singapore Teaching Centre, British Council

29 August 2017 - 12:08

What's the difference between a good composition and an outstanding one? How can your child ensure that his next composition stands out? Here are some quick tips how. 

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1. Use a range of expression and grammatical structure

A wide range of grammatical structures showcases your English language ability more effectively. If you want to impress the examiner, be more experimental and try to use compound and complex sentences in your work. 

2. Experiment with interesting uses of language

Be creative with your choices. Interesting vocabulary and playful use of allusion and other linguistic devices can help create atmosphere in your work. 

3. Explore stylistic devices i.e. the five senses, rule of three, flashback

Learning to use devices such as these can add variety to your work. This has an impact on the examiner and leads to a favourable impression of the writer. It also helps to create a more exciting mood and tone. 

4. Utilise figurative language i.e. onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, pathetic fallacy

Mastering these kinds of techniques is essential to creating a rich tapestry of language which engages and immerses the reader in the writer’s vision. The use of interesting literary devices which generate powerful imagery adds to the examiner’s impression that the student is a confident and masterful user of the English language. 

5. Use clear supported arguments with a recognisable structure (Point, Elaborate, Example, Link)

Using a clear structure helps the examiner to follow the ideas the student wishes to convey. A clearly outlined essay structure moves the reader through a well-signposted journey. The clarity of the message cannot be mistaken.  

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