I am having problems teaching the formal writing part of writing an exam essay. The problem is just that most young people these days do not have the first idea about what formal language is, because it isn’t part of their lives.

This problem is compounded by the over use of social media devices such as twitter, facebook and other applications that have reduced our beautiful language to letters and digits and totally obliterated punctuation. So how do I teach something to someone who sees no need for it in their life,or who sees a need but isn’t sure what it is?

Below is some homework for my AEPers

Choose one of the films to watch and then write a short observational essay on how language, and the way people use it, has changed since these books were written.

Also, make a note of useful vocabulary or phrases.

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