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In today’s English Language class, We will learn how to Write Reports. We hope you enjoy the class!
TOPIC: Writing: Report writing
A report refers to a spoken or written account of an event. Thus, report writing is an act of presenting an account of an event that has taken place in a written form. A report can either be formal or informal.
A formal report is one which is presented as a formal document giving details of an event. E.g.; robbery, an accident, the proceedings of a meeting etc. To write a good report, one must:
- have a good knowledge of the audience or the reader.
- have a good knowledge of the use of direct and indirect speech forms.
- pay close attention to tenses.
Features of a Formal Report
- Writer’s address with the date
- Receiver’s address
- Text of the report
- Writer’s name
Informal Report: This is a report that is not written for official reasons: When writing an informal report, take note of the following:
- make out an outline to guide you.
- report both what you have seen and what others have said.
- emphasize the facts but avoid exaggeration
- make correct statements or personal remarks without prejudice.
- avoid expressions that cannot be found in the dictionary.
- give sufficient details of the event.
- try as much as possible to add your own contribution either by giving suggestions or offering solutions to problems that may have arisen in the report.
- pay attention to tenses.
There was a fight between a boy and a girl in your class. The girl was beaten up by the boy such that she fainted and was rushed to the sick-bay. The principal of your school heard about the incident and asked you to write your own report of what actually happened and your contribution as the class-captain.
Countdown English by Ogunsanwo
Read pages 44&45 of the Effective English Bk3
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