Activity Fortyone Checking for cohesion

Take a piece of your own written work. Read the text aloud. Pause at the end of each sentence. Ask yourself the following questions:

• Does the sentence make complete sense?

• Does it relate to the sentence which went before? How?

• Does it relate to the sentence which follows? How?

• Are too many ideas embedded in one sentence?

• How are the paragraphs related to each other?

• Does each paragraph introduce a new theme?

• How are new ideas introduced?

• Do they relate to other parts of the text?

• Look out for the connecting devices listed above.

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