The following is a general overview of what should be done to be ready for the Enriched English as a Second Language (EESL) Ministerial exam. The task will be to write a
2 competencies will be evaluated:
- Competency 2: Reinvests understanding of texts;
- Competency 3: Writes and produces texts
feature article gives an
in-depth overview of a topic or issue from a
specific angle. It is thought-provoking. It presents
many sides of an issue from a specific perspective. A feature article writer must
focus in on a particular aspect of an issue in order to
inform the audience. This is done to give enough in-depth information for the audience to be able to reflect on the issue and make up their own minds about the issue. The information is presented in a way that
evokes emotion. This is often done by giving
feature article is NOT an opinion essay. It
does not try to convince or persuade the audience of an opinion or position held regarding the issue.
For information on the components of a feature article, click on the following links:
Preparing for the Exam
About a week before the exam, the
preparation booklet will be handed out. It contains various texts about a specific topic. It must be read before exam day.
guiding question can also be found in this booklet. Its only purpose is to
give direction to the note-taking process. It is there to help select important information. It is
not the angle. The
angle is given on
A few days after receiving the booklet, an audio recording will be played in class. Keeping the guiding question in mind, notes should be taken while listening. Following this, students will be able to discuss what they have heard and read.
Reading the booklet,
listening to the audio recording, and
taking notes ensure good comprehension of the topic.
On Exam Day
must bring the preparation booklet to the exam. It is necessary to have it when writing the exam, as it contains the information needed to write the feature article. The
writing booklet and final copy booklet will be handed out on the day of the exam. The
audio recording will also be heard one last time.
angle is found in the writing booklet. It is
prescribed, which means students
must write their article from this
feature article must be written based on the information that was seen and heard in the
reading booklet and
3 hours will be allotted to write the feature article.
A few things to remember on the day of the exam:
1. Be sure to write from the prescribed angle and tailor the article to the purpose and audience.
2. Be sure to provide a critical overview of the topic. Many sides of an issue are presented in order for the audience to be informed as completely as possible.
3. Be sure the feature article has all the necessary components:
catchy headline that hints at the topic;
secondary headline that presents the
interesting lead that keeps the audience's interest, and gives the angle and controlling idea;
close that leaves a lasting impression;
- At least one direct or indirect
2 additional components (image, pull-quote, or sidebar) that enhance the article.