No. 026  Apr. 2017
 
   
   
   
   

 

 
省思醒語
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
 

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.

~Robert Edmund Cormier
 

Robert Edmund Cormier (1925–2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. He authored ten major novels and several short stories, most of which are specifically for young adults. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. One interesting feature in his novels is that good may not necessarily win over evil.

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知識饗宴
SPOTLIGHT
 

推薦書籍:

Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
Roy Peter Clark

推薦人:  Adrian Huang (本中心教師)

評語:

 “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”—Larry L. King, WD

This quote by Larry L. King, an American playwright; that I wrote in my diary represents the fundamental role of writing and making sure that I receive the best results of the writing that I create. Albeit academic writing might be tedious, it is still a significant skill to acquire. Being able to write academically creates a well-educated individual and can develop other writing styles, which can be useful for wherever your life and career may take you. Writing, more than a one-step process, is a craft.

“Writing is a craft you can learn; you need tools, not rules,” Roy Peter Clark, one of the most influential writing teacher, once said. With this principle, Clark whittled down decades of his experience as a journalist and writing instructor into a series of short essays on different aspects of writing. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available.

Perhaps the easiest way to depict Clark’s bookis to draw a metaphor: I am so into lasagna and I know how to make it. Of course, unlike the professional lasagna makers, it is edible, at least! Now, I would like to make a piquant lasagna, but I have no idea what I should do. More mozzarella or parmesan cheese? Less vinegar or béchamel sauce? I still do not know what to change, and therefore I keep making the same mediocre lasagna. By the same token, my cooking applies to my writing. I know it could be better – I just cannot figure out how to improve it.

Through reading Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, I feel motivated and inspired. Clark’s plainspoken masterpiece dispenses a lifetime’s worth of practical advice in one slim, readable volume. It is essential for young aspiring scholars.

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NEWS & aNNOUNCEMENT

【初選收件即將截止】2017三分鐘英語簡報競賽
【MY WRITING CLINIC】105-2 文章看診


【初選收件即將截止】三分鐘英語簡報競賽(3MT)

「三分鐘英語學術簡報競賽」(Three-Minute Thesis Competition, 3MT)正式邁入了第三年!本屆寫作教學中心特與臺灣大學系統攜手辦理,讓臺大、臺師大、臺科大的研究生共同參與此重大賽事,並期待同學們以深入淺出的方式分享個人的研究成果。

3MT 說明會、賽前講堂活動已結束,目前火熱報名中,請注意初選收件時間至5/5中午12點,5月重要日程如下:

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詳情請參考本中心活動網頁


【MY WRITING CLINIC】105-2 文章看診

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RECAP
 
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我們特別設立了本專欄,讓錯過中心演講的您,也能一睹演講的精闢內容。
 
演講摘寫
講題:英文寫作基本架構與寫作技巧
講員:陳巧玲 (臺大寫作教學中心講師)
日期:2015/05/19 (二)
地點:臺灣大學德田館演講廳103
整理:王怡心 (本中心教學助理)

陳巧玲老師,美國伊利諾大學香檳分校英語教學碩士。任教於臺大寫作教學中心,講授基礎英文寫作與學術論文寫作課程。另負責寫作輔導員訓練,對於學生常出現的寫作問題,頗有心得。


本次講者主要是希望能藉由說明英文段落與篇章的基本架構,且透過分析幾個常見的寫作架構與邏輯問題,幫助聽眾了解英文文章架構與寫作技巧。

首先,講者先分析了一個基本的段落架構,應該要包含的三大元素:主題句、支持句以及段落末端應該有總結句。而這種段落架構,可依不同的寫作目的與需求,發展成不同種類的文章。段落寫作中的主題句,對應到篇章時則是引言段落;支持句則可發展成不同的內文段落,每個內文段落會有一個要闡述的主要論點。最後,段落寫作中的總結句,在篇章寫作中則會發展成結論段落,在結論段中總結文章的重點,使讀者對於論述內容印象更深刻。

在介紹完段落與篇章的基本架構後,講者提到了兩個英文寫作的重要原則:一致性與連貫性。一致性指的是一個完整的段落應該要有一個主要論點,段落中的支持句都要跟這個主要論點有關連,不可以離題。而段落句子的連貫性,也是英文寫作很重要的特色。每個句子都應該要能跟前後句子環環相扣。透過使用代名詞、同義字與轉承詞,或是用符合邏輯的順序,把要論述的觀點敘述清楚,作者應該能讓讀者清楚了解前後文句的關連,進而理解整篇文章所要表達的概念。

此外,講者也針對學生常犯的錯誤,提醒聽眾寫作時應該注意事情。例如:闡述的內文與論點無法聯結、轉承詞的使用錯誤、文獻引用錯誤或是無法有效支持論點等。最後,講者亦連結一般英文段落與篇章寫作的技巧,延伸至學術論文寫作的基本特色。期望透過分析論文寫作與一般寫作的相同與相異處,讓聽眾能將段落與篇章的寫作技巧,運用在論文寫作上。借由本場演講,聽眾可清楚了解段落與篇章寫作的架構,助於著手撰寫英文文章。

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