Do you wonder what text type to choose in a Paper 2 Writing Exam? If not, writing a blog is one of the easiest to master from a range of text types such as emails, letters and diary entries.
So what constitutes a blog? A blog is a reflective piece of writing, generally published online, that serves as a commentary used to express one’s thoughts and opinions about a selected topic. In this article, we will be focusing on the art of writing a properly formatted blog for the IB Chinese SL B writing exam. At the very least, learning the format guarantees you the full 5 marks for structure, so you are rest assured of achieving a great score!!!
Step by Step Guide by reviewing the conventions of a Blog (text type)
This guideline of the conventions of a Blog in IBDP Chinese SL B writing. In order to structure a blog the following rules are essential to consider when writing a blog for the examination:
- Date and Time（日期和时间, Rìqí hé shíjiān）– We must include the date in the first instance because it informs the reader about when the blog was written. The date is important for viewers to trace back when the blog was written and for reference it helps to identity the background context of production. The timing must be referenced in the blog in order to convey a realistic sense of the blog being published.
- Title （标题- Biāotí） – The title helps outline the main focus of your piece
- Tags (标签- Biāoqiān): Tags are often listed after the title, serving as markers for the key words and points mentioned in the article. Tags help filter articles when the key words are put into the search engine. Using this in the exam will certainly make your piece more professional!
- Background（背景信息- Bèijǐng xìnxī） – The background of the topic in discussion is crucial in the introduction because it establishes the problem or topic identified.
- Thoughts and Feelings/Change of Attitude （感请和兴趣 – Gǎn qǐng hé xìngqù ）– Another technique that brings flavour to writing in a blog is highlighting thoughts and feelings of the author regarding the topic of discussion. A sense of reflection and personal engagement shows critical thinking in the article.
- Ending- Blog Followers, Viewers and Senders (阅读(120) 转载(2) 收藏(1) 评论(15) – Yuèdú (120) zhuǎnzài (2) shōucáng (1) pínglùn (15) ） – The method of concluding the blog is to mention how many followers and viewers this article has been ready by to create the sense of an online community.
- Related Websites (相關鏈接- Xiāngguān liànjiē ）: Blogs often have links to websites with similar discussions at the bottom of the article.
Tip 1: Ensure that you memorize the Blog format off by heart
The blog format is one of the simplest text types in the IB Chinese SL B Course because it is very similar to a feature article or newspaper report. For revision, mnemonics in particular are generally helpful because
This mnemonic/framework may be useful to help you memorize a blog format:
- Dominic and Thomas (Date and Time)
- Took (Title)
- Time (Tags)
- Because of (Background)
- Their arrogant friends (Thought and Feelings)
- Especially Benjamin Franklin, Victor and Samuel (Ending- Blog Followers, Viewers and Senders)
- Regarding their will power (Related Websites)
This image shows an exemplar blog format article written for the IB Chinese SL B Paper 2 Examination about the author, Xiao Ming, and his experience eating Chinese cuisine in a particular culture. You can basic outlines of structure, such as the provision of a headline, date, and division into clear paragraphs.
Tip 2：Ensure that all relevant vocabulary and idioms is used to score maximum points
In the marking criteria for Chinese SL B Paper 2, one of the criteria assesses the extent to which language has been used effectively throughout Paper 2. If a student uses less sophisticated vocabulary, they might receive lower marks in this criteria because they are not thoroughly exploring idiom usage.
If a question is related to the topic of Science and Technology, it is important to memorize around 25 key words and 5 idioms that can be used throughout the blog entry.
Exemplar Question : November 2014
- 科学与技术 （Kēxué yǔ jìshù)
- Science and technology
More and more students like to use the “online translation” feature to learn new languages. Write an article for the school magazine about the benefits and disadvantages of using “online translation” to learn a language.
When we start to write any text type, it is recommended to use the question words in the first sentence for reference back to the question. This highlights the focus maintained in relation to the examination question.
Top 10 vocabulary related to Science & Technology
- 普及 – Pǔjí, popular and widespread, The IPhone 4S was extremely popular and widespread after being launched in the market.
- 开发-, Kāifā, open-minded, The Singaporean government is very open-minded when accepting different nationalities in immigration.
- 探索- Tànsuǒ, explore, I enjoy exploring a range of opportunities in the field of business
- 遍布- Biànbù, spread and anywhere, The city of New York is quite spread and most retail shops can be found anywhere within the city.
- 迅速-Xùnsù, fast and rapid, She knew that Xiaomi phones are rapid in terms of memory and data storage.
- 人脑- Rén nǎo, human brain, The human brain has the capacity to transmit information to the different receptors of our human body,
- 互联网- Hùliánwǎng, internet, We use the internet for a wide variety of purposes such as browsing and e-commerce.
- 创意- Chuàngyì, creativity, Creativity comes from the flair and imagination such as using Adobe Illustrator CS6
- 车水马龙- Chēshuǐmǎlóng, very heavy traffic on the street, Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui district is traffic heavy every weekend from Friday to Sunday.
- 沟通- Gōutōng, communicate, It is easy to communicate with my friends using social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
Tip 3: Formulate well structured sentences in your blog entries
We can’t stress how significant sentence formation is in the writing examination. When sentences aren’t formed in a logical manner, it leads to a lack of coherency and hence a deduction in marks due to poor clarity in the message conveyed. Here’s a suggestion: it is better to form simple sentences using connectives such as 因为….所以 Yīnwèi…. Suǒyǐ
， 不但 …而且 Bùdàn…… Érqiě and 除了…….以外 Chúle……. Yǐwài.
Here’s a few complex sentence structures and connectives that we encourage you to use:
- 因此 Yīncǐ, therefore
- 如何, Rúhé, How?
- 连……都, Lián…… Dōu, even… although
- 首先,其次和最后 ,Shǒuxiān, qícì hé zuìhòu,，Firstly, Secondly and Finally
- 但是, Dànshì, But/However
- 然后，之后, Ránhòu, zhīhòu, Afterwards and Following that
- …….不只是……而且,……. Bù zhǐshì…… Érqiě, ….is not only….and
- 受到….影响……. , Shòudào…. Yǐngxiǎng……., similar to….. a personality,
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