OET Updated Writing Criteria Detailed Discussion | OET Coaching Kannur, Mangalore



hi I'm Sangeeta Gopi so in this video we will have a more detailed look at what the different things are that you need to be careful about under the six new updated marking criteria in the previous videos I'm sure by watching those you have an idea of what are the things you need to be careful now but this video will give you a more detailed look at all these aspects and if you make sure that you cover all of these and you present these in your letter you can get a very good or a high grade or a score in your royalty writing we just had to look at a six marking criteria the in the updated version of poetry writing so we'll quickly go on to the details of these the first is purpose you need to have you know an introduction in your letter and this introduction is nothing else but why you're writing the letter so your purpose should be made clear right in the beginning of your document that you're writing it should not be written way later in the letter you can expand on the purpose later on in the letter but make sure the reader knows why the letter is being written so for example if I can give a very generic statement you can start with something like I'm writing to refer patient X who is now being discharged from hospital into your care so you don't have to mention anything about continued care or what other extra support is required that is not really required in the purpose probably that can come somewhere later on in the letter where you give exact details and what are the things that the carer needs to be careful about so make sure you have a purpose and it is introduced very early in the document the second marking criteria is content so you need to make sure that your letter has all the key information included in it and it is included accurately this can be done only if you're aware of your audience for example if you're writing if you're a nurse and you're writing your letter to your GP you need to make sure that you have included details that the GP will require so shouldn't miss out on anything important like there could be some aspects of the past medical history that is required some did not be required so accordingly you have to choose and include it you need to know what the reader really needs to know to be able to provide any continued care or to give a support to the patient so depending on that intention you need to choose the information that you include in your letter the third marking criteria is conciseness and clarity so that clearly takes us to the fact whether you have omitted relevant information and have you been able to summarize whatever is important so that makes it concise if you include everything given in your case file the letter will be too long and that not help you have a very brief letter so that is why you need to omit irrelevant information and only include that which is really required to the reader and if at all let's say you have something that was not really relevant let's say you have a small piece of information that you feel is not relevant to the reader you need to ask two questions to yourself one how distracting it is and two does it impact the clarity of the letter now if the answer to both these questions are it is very distracting yes and it does impact the clarity then you need to remove that irrelevant information but otherwise if it is not hindering the overall idea that you're trying to convey then that shouldn't be a problem but you need to make sure you've summarized the information well so you don't have to give too many details write it in a summarised form here you need to be careful that earlier there was an emphasis on the word count okay so you will have your trainer say that you need to write somewhere between 180 to 200 words but let me put the straight that with the updated marking criteria there no emphasis on the word count so there's nothing that the assessor's will sit in count your words and it has to be somewhere between 180 and 200 words what matters is how you've been able to select and include only the relevant information so naturally if you cut out all the irrelevant information you will letter will not be very long right so then that makes sense when you say the assessor's do not count your words so do not worry about word count just make sure you have summarized and you've included everything that is important the fourth marking criteria is genre and style of course again this is important and this can be done only if you know what the purpose of your letter is and you also know your audience though your information has to be clinical and it also they should be a professional tone in your letter again all of this depends on the reader you're writing to let us say you are a nurse and you're writing to a general practitioner or a specialist in that case maybe you can use a medical jargon XenApp deviation because being from the same medical field the the GP or the specialists will be able to understand most of the applications used in the medical context but if being a nurse you're writing a letter to a person Arnon from a non-medical background let's say a social worker a parent then you should make sure you do not write too many abbreviations that is only the common ones can be included but otherwise you need to simplify all the medical terms now it can also be challenging if you are writing to somebody from a different medical discipline maybe all the medical terms that are nurse uses may not be familiar with the dentist so there too we need to be slightly careful in what and how you include these information in your letter so that is about genre and style let's move on to the fifth marking criteria which is organization and layout so is your letter structured correctly in a very appropriate way that is what is given you know your scores under this particular marking criteria there should be a logical organization of ideas there it should be well sequenced and key information needs to be highlighted so what is the structure that you need to follow should I begin with the medical history should I include hospital stay in the next paragraph should my third paragraph be social history there is no hard and fast rule you can follow any format any structure of a letter writing provided you answer the question so when you know who your reader is and what you need to include it you should be able to have your paragraphs also so do not have any impression that you know there is a fixed structure for a letter there is no fixed structure for letter you can choose to write the date either on the left side or the right you can't just write the date of birth in the reference line or no it's up to you at the end of the letter you can write nurse charge nurse nurse in charge everything is fine provided you're following some structure that is used across the world and because there are so many variations that help professionals across the world follow ot does not stand for a particular structure so there's nothing that oh it is recommends as a particular structure that needs to be followed let's make sure it is well organized and there's a logical sequencing and order in your paragraphs so let's move on to the last marking criteria which is language and here you need to make sure that you have suitable accurate vocabulary your grammar that you've used to your Spelling's and punctuation all need to be in place so all this again depends on the the reader that you are writing to and the particular question at hand so if you're very good at grammar please do not take this an opportunity to show your grammatical range it will not really help you if the intended reader may not be you know does not require that that extend of grammatical scheme in language and understanding a letter so if the understanding of the letter is interfered because of your grammatical range then that could be a problem but that does not mean your grammar should not be good or that you shouldn't be writing good you know let me say a very good and well-written sentences I'm not saying that but you should make sure that it is appropriate and as required to the reader so if you're speed speed of reading or understanding of the letter is hindered then it becomes a problem so make sure you have the right word choice depending on the reader on the disease in question and on the reason for writing so yes these are the different things that you need to be careful in the newly updated writing marking criteria so hope you have a good idea about what are the things you need to cover in your letter so what are you waiting for watch this video a couple of more times so that you know exactly what you need to deliver and start practicing good luck with your exams

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