Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Dear students,
Today you should hand in your final paper in printed form, and show me the receipt of your submission to the university database. After you have all handed in your final paper, you will have a final exam. This test will be worth ten points.

You will have twenty minutes to summarize the information in the chart below in 150 words or more. You may not use a dictionary (but you will need to use your phone to access the blog post). Your summary will be graded using the following four criteria: task completion, cohesive devices, grammar, vocabulary.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Dear students,
Today is the last chance for your teacher to see your work. Please let him check your final draft today.

When you have finished, you should upload your essay to the database via the link below:

Then print your essay and bring it to class together with your receipt you received after submitting to the database. You may do this today. Otherwise you must do this by next lesson.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Week 12

Dear students,
Today you should hand in your second draft.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Friday, 18 November 2016

Week 11

Dear students,

This is the deadline for your first draft, so please hand this in at the beginning of the lesson.

Today you will continue to write your academic paper. Please allow me to see your work and mark you off after completing the various stages: map/outline, thesis statement, bibliography, introduction, first draft, edits and rewrites, final draft.
If you want to bring your computer to class, please do; This might save you some time.
Spelling and grammar checker:In Microsoft Word, the spelling and grammar checker is under "Tools" on your menu bar. There is also a "Thesaurus" under "Tools", too.
Header:There are two ways to put a header on your paper. One is to manually do it after you have finished writing your paper. The other way is to access it under "View", which is also on the menu bar. In the navigation bar for "Header and Footer", you should click on the "Different First Page" checkbox.
The first page of you header should look like this:
All the other pages in your paper should look like this:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind regards,
Chris Elvin


Friday, 4 November 2016

Week 10

Dear students,
Today I would like to check your bibliographies. Your references don't necessarily need to be in APA format, but if they are, I can check them for you. Remember to cite trusted reliable sources rather than anything you just happen to find on the Internet; Poor sources are more likely to weaken your argument than strengthen it. In this respect, you should try to avoid writing "(n.d.)" throughout your text.
After  I have checked your bibliographies, you will do a short exercise about cohesion. After that you will continue to write and edit your final paper.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Week 9

Dear students,
Today you will look at APA formatting in more detail.

First of all, in a previous lesson, I said that the headers should be bold, 18 point and 16 point. This is only true for a specific college I teach at - it is not APA, so please ignore what I said! Everything should be 12 point Times New Roman. Secondly, "Works Cited" should be labelled "References". I am sorry for the confusion.

Here is my sample essay written to conform with APA guidelines:
Sample 1

Here is another APA formatted paper. The content of this is all about APA, so it has much good advice.
Sample 2

Here is another APA formatted research paper.
Sample 3

If you look at these three papers, you may see some similarities. This is the APA format that your paper should look like.

Good luck!
Chris Elvin

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Week 8

Dear students,
Today you will take your mid-term test. While you are doing the test, your teacher would like to check your portfolio, so please make sure to bring it to class. It should include your:
1) essay about retirement
2) group comparison essay
3) in-text citation matching exercise
4) works cited matching exercise
5) group final paper (typed)
6) map or outline of your final paper
Your portfolio is worth 30 points and you should hand it in today. Late portfolios will score a maximum of only 20 points.

Today's test is worth 10 points. You will have forty minutes. You should write a minimum of 250 words.
Test question:

More and more people are eating imported food these days. What are the reasons for this, and what can be done to promote local produce?

You will not be allowed dictionaries or cell phones, and there is no need to write references. You should, however, prepare to answer the question in advance.
Kind regards,
Chris Elvin