Learning to Write
Textual Analysis 1-3: Introduction (TA01, TA02 & TA03). In TA 02 you'll find a general description of some types of texts, their language & structure, and a selection of links to expand on that.
How to Write a Composition (Very useful: how to generate ideas and organize them depending on what type of text you need to write; tips for different parts in the text; final exercise)
Tips for Writing Assignments (Very useful for Writing Tests, too, if you practise: brainstorming for language items)
How to Improve your Writing (Before & After: Brainstorm & Outline + Proofreading - Proofreading is also a basic procedure for checking exams before handing in)
The Importance of Beginnings & Endings (1 page) Check out Exercises - Writing! (for an exercise on opening and closing sentences)
Capitalization, Hyphenation & Dashes
Avoiding Sexist Language
Letter-Writing (Semi/Formal and Informal, all kinds of letters: business emails, letters of complaint, application letters, letters to editors...)
Types of Texts
2015 Reviews (Books/Movies/Places) More: Descriptive Texts 1 (Theory) & Descriptive Texts 2 (Practice) + Your Stuff! - Texts - Reviews
Proposals - For Background Info for proposals on Alternative Work Arrangements (see The World of Work below)
Reports - Accidents (2 pages)
Stories: Narratives 1 (Theory) & Narratives 2 (Practice)
Essays, Reasoned Opinions, Pro/Con Texts...: Argumentative Texts
Instructions, How-to texts, Recipes: Instructional Texts 1 (Theory) & Instructional Texts 2 (Practice)
The World of Work: job-application letters, CVs/Resumés, informative articles...
Journalism / The World of Newspapers and News Items (pyramidal structure)
At HotPotatoes you'll find Cloze Tests using some other news items.
Macrofunctions are Describing, Narrating, Giving Arguments (in the philosophical sense!)... For microfunctions, see Useful Language - remember there are podcast episodes with some Useful Language for Writing Assignments on the Talking People Podcast.
Your Texts (Your Stuff!) - examples by students using different kinds of texts
Wanna help in this section?: The Writing Guideline Project Updated on Dec 8, 2007