A reminder: Our next class will be on January 14th. Next Monday is a holiday.
Today: We will spend the first session dealing with writing impersonal English for academic paragraphs and essays. Then we will continue in Unit 6, Opinion Paragraphs, in your textbook.
Session 1: Download A Guide to Impersonal Writing
Session 2: Read p. 138 Ex. 4, St Petersburg. Note: this is good English but is only semi-academic. It is still too informal for many university professors because the author uses my, I and you. This is not a true academic paragraph. Do p. 138, Ex. 5, A, #1, #2, and #3. Do p. 139, B, #2 and #3.
(If the paragraph were in true academic style, the introduction would be something like this: 'St. Petersburg, in Russia, is a popular place to live despite its long cold winters for many reasons.')
Session 3: Read p. 140, Ex. 1, A Vietnamese Paradise. Note: this is a true academic style. The author never uses I, my or you. Do p. 140, Ex. 2, A, #1 and #2. Do. p. 141, B, #1, #3 and #4.
Finish. For your last paragraph, write an opinion paragraph about a city that you think is a good place to live or to visit. Follow the guidelines in Session 1. Use the paragraph on p. 140 as a model for style. The deadline is January 16th, but you can submit anytime from now: email@example.com