Wednesday, August 21, 2019

How to write a good English essay and bluff the corrector?


The essay is an essential exercise of the competitions of the Grandes Ecoles de Commerce and that is why, in this article, I will give you some methodological advice to map this test. I will focus here on English but you can of course apply these tips for other languages.



Good to know
To succeed in this exercise, there are two important things to know. On the one hand, one must have an impeccable English, without fault of grammar or spelling. I said "have an impeccable English" and not have "an elaborate or even exceptional English". The mistake many candidates make is to want to pass on their ideas imperatively even if they can not do it right. This gives you homework with real content but gets a bad rating because it is not the most important content. You must only write on your copy what you have no doubt about in terms of grammar or spelling. The essay is an exercise where the form takes precedence over the content. To improve your language, I advise you to read newspaper articles every day on the internet. Do not waste your time with grammar exercises (even if they are still essential to have a solid foundation) because your brain, reading a lot of articles, will know intuitively if what you write is correct or not. During your readings, do not hesitate to take idiomatic turns that you can reuse (you will find lists in the next articles, start without me).



Structuring your essay
On the other hand, we must still produce organized work. For that, I will give you an applicable tip for each subject. From the introduction, you will present the thesis you are defending, that is to say your opinion on the subject. The essay is an exercise that requires taking a stand. Do not do it at the end, you have to do it from the beginning! The development, in 3 parts, can be summed up in 4 words: certainly, but, moreover. The first part "certainly" is a small concession that you will make to your thesis. The second part will present a strong argument (stronger than the small concession) to defend your thesis. The last part is an additional argument that will defend your thesis and allow you to push the point. The conclusion is classic:

Here is an example of an environmental experiment that received 16/20 to illustrate this method:

Topic: Do you think that recent international environmental policy actions are likely to halt global warming? (written around March 2017, original version)



"As each year sets new records as world temperatures change, climate change has become a burning issue for our century. Despite international commitments to put the brakes on this phenomenon, I will be able to demonstrate that such global initiatives are unlikely to succeed .

It is true to say that the 2015 COP 21 in Paris was, in a way, a success. At least fifty-five states, responsible for at least fifty-five percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Even the biggest polluters - China and the United States - ratified it, which gives hope regarding the global will to protect our environment.

However , it is not said that this country will implement policies efficiently enough to guarantee this 2-degree increase. Moreover, the environment does not seem to be any more than one of the countries of the world, or one of the most serious issues of our times. People tend to have short-term views on this problem, which they should foresee what might affect future generations on Earth.

Furthermore , some people even think that human actions could have any effect on climate change. Very few scientists are skeptical about the way mankind progressively harms its environment. That does not prevent President-elect Donald Trump from having in his cabinet change-deniers, though. If those in charge do not believe in ecological solutions, the situation becomes critical.

At the end of the day , the political political situation only allows pessimism regarding climate change. Global policy-makers, profit-driven, profitable investment on investment. "



Some additional lessons that you can learn from reading this essay: the knowledge used to write this assignment is very common and even banal. It is therefore useless to follow the news like a madman to write a very good essay. What is striking is the precision of the vocabulary and the use of "rare" words. Hence the interest of making a small personal directory.

Hoping that this will be helpful to guide your work in modern languages ??and writing your essay.

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