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Discourse in Writing
by Emma Worrall
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The essay

On the whole, most people watch at least some television the news and current affairs programmes, for example, films and educational documentaries. But, unfortunately, many regular viewers learn very little from TV except for things which are happening in their favourite soaps. For these people, however, relaxation is a major attraction of TV, and another point in favour is its convenience and economy. Although the initial investment of a TV might seem quite high, a TV will last for years.

Books, however, can be rather expensive. Also, once you have bought a book you do not like you cannot turn it off as you can with a TV. A further disadvantage is the fact that it might be difficult to get to a good quality public library. Despite these disadvantages, it is possible to get real enjoyment from a book. Besides, you can take a book with you on the underground or bus to work, and many people enjoy relaxing with a good book before going to bed.

Taking everything into consideration, therefore, television and books both have their good and bad points, and as I see it, it is up to the individual to use each to the best advantage.

In conclusion, to gain the maximum benefit from books and television, be a little more curious and enjoy exploring new worlds of knowledge.

Cut up text

On the whole, most people watch at least some television- the news and current affairs programmes, for example, or films and educational documentaries.

But, unfortunately, many regular viewers learn very little from TV except for things that are happening in their favourite soaps.

For these people, however, relaxation is a major attraction of TV, and another point in favour is its convenience and economy.

Although the initial investment of buying a TV may seem quite high, a TV will last for years.

Books, however, can be rather expensive. Also, once you have bought a book you do not like you cannot turn it off as you can with a TV.

A further disadvantage is the fact that it might be difficult to get to a good quality public library.

Despite these disadvantages, it is possible to get real enjoyment from a book.

Besides, you can take a book with you on the underground or bus to work, and many people enjoy relaxing with a good book before going to bed.

Taking everything into consideration, therefore, television and books both have their good and bad points, and as I see it, it is up to the individual to use each to the best advantage.

In conclusion, to gain the maximum benefit from books and television, be a little more curious and enjoy exploring new worlds of knowledge.

Help Cards

Group A Group B

CONTENT WORDS sentence 1

relaxation
convenience
economy

CONTENT WORDS sentence 1

TV/initial investment/expensive
last/long time

LINKING DEVICES sentence 1

relaxation - contrast
convenience - addition
economy- addition

LINKING DEVICES sentence 1

TV/initial investment/expensive - contrast

CONTENT WORDS sentence 2

books/cost
not/turn off

CONTENT WORDS sentence 2

disadvantage
good quality library

LINKING DEVICES sentence 2

books/cost - contrast
not/turnoff - addition

LINKING DEVICES sentence 2

disadvantage - addition
good quality library - addition

CONTENT WORDS sentence 3

these disadvantages
books/enjoyment

CONTENT WORDS sentence 3

underground/bus
enjoy/bed

LINKING DEVICES sentence 3

these disadvantages - contrast
books/enjoyment - contrast

LINKING DEVICES sentence 3

underground/bus - addition
enjoy/bed - addition

It should be noted that the 'sentence' numbers correspond to the order of the sentences which were taken away from the students' original essays, and not the actual number printed on the strips.

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