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"Seven-Step Method" Trial 2

This is the sequel to "Seven-Step Method" Trial 1 posted a day ago. Let me start today’s post by refreshing your memory of, or newly introducing "Seven-Step Method" that my friend proposed.

【Seven-Step Method】
STEP 1) Read the passage. (Day 1)
SETP 2) Copy the passage and rewrite it as your own.
STEP 3) Read the same passage again. (Day 2)
STEP 4) Rewrite it again.
STEP 5) Listen to the audio file of the same passage. (Day 3)
STEP 6) Rewrite the same passage again, but this time you do so based on what you've listened to without reading the passage.
STEP 7) Rewrite again without listening or reading. You do so on your memory only. (Day 4)
Reference: DOKKAI 1 AGAIN 2 by FADED DEAD JADED

I’ve done with STEP 1-4 in one day, which actually is not very recommendable to learners who’re going to read, comprehend and memorize what they’ve chosen to rewrite multiple times. The reason why I tried doing all the seven steps over the weekend is simply my "urge" and "desire" to experiment SSM myself as soon as possible. Anyway, I’ll go into STEP 3 and 4, hoping my rendition would be of any help or reference to those who would like to "kill two birds with one stone", meaning learn how to write in English well and how to read TOEIC Part 7 passages well simultaneously.


STEP 5&6) Third rewrite w/ the audio file
Dear Watson:

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time and attending my seminar in Melbourne. It was a pleasure to speak with you after the lecture...

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Robert Barnegat

*I did my third rewriting pretty much like the "listening-dictation" practice. What I did is 1) Listen to the audio file "paragraph by paragraph", not sentence by sentence, 2) Reproduce the paragraph as much as possible based on my memory, 3) Listen to the audio file again "paragraph by paragraph", and fill in the missing parts in my reproduced paragraphs, 4) Proofread the whole reproduced passage on my own. I couldn’t dictate the phrase [on star-up], which was all the more memorable and I think I’ve memorized completely.


STEP 7) Fourth rewrite
Dear Robert,

Thank you for spending your time coming over to my office last week. It was very kind of you to hand me the document in person after all the discussions that we’d had. I am very sorry for saying this, but I’m now quite relieved to be able to obtain what I’ve been wanting for such a long time.

I’m very happy with your offer and would like to discuss the possibility of signing the document any sooner. I am now in New York, and will be here until the end of this week, at which time I will be flying to Cancun for a short vacation. I will be back here, however, on October 25th and would like to meet with you and/or your attorney at some point after that and before the end of next month. I would also appreciate seeing a draft of your property division plan, including a proposed schedule and its procedures. You can bring it to our meeting.

Please let me know the date, place and time of the meeting by e-mail.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
Aysha

*After having confirmed my understanding and memory on the passage through STEP 5&6, I rewrote the passage without reading it. My fourth rewriting was based on the idea that a soon-to-divorce working woman in New York (No worries, readers. It’s a sheer fiction, and has nothing to do with my personal life) is sending a letter of confirmation on the receipt of their divorce document, and arranging a meeting. Yes, you can be anyone, any characters in dramas, movies, sitcoms, or the persons you know in your real life to play with the passage. It must be simply fun.


【My impression on SSM】
In a nutshell, SSM is, at least to me, much more approachable and doable than many learners would imagine. At first you may be overwhelmed by as many as “seven” steps SSM requires, but you can do it in four days, which shouldn’t bother you much. STEP 1-4 might be okay for those who are good at creating stories or brainstorming ideas, but those who are not will need to obtain some help from other sources such as Googling or dictionaries, or minimize the parts to be rewritten. STEP 5&6 can be done as the "listening-dictation" practice as I tried, but the learners who already have a good grasp of the passage by then might want to rewrite the passage freely as they listen to the audio. In both cases, it’d be better to set the direction of how the fourth rewriting is going to be, meaning “who the sender is, who the recipient is, what the purpose of the passage is” kind of settings before the actual writing. STEP 7&8 are the expansion practice in which you can do whatever you want. You can reproduce the original with a minimum twist, or drastically arrange the whole plot as long as the basic structure remains as they are.

I won’t be ridiculously wrong if I say that the writing practice is, to many English language learners, something that they know they have to do, but don’t really know “what” and “how” to do. For such learners, SSM is surely one good way to start writing with the assistance of preexisting passages written by professional native English speaking writers while learning the typical styles and frequently used vocabulary appearing on the TOEIC test items. If you do SSM once or twice per week for, say, six months, your writing will be upgraded to the next level, you will become wont to write English effortlessly, and this English learning routine will make you a much, much better writer of English. In case you need a venue to do the SSM practice, visit "Quick Write Forum" that I’m moderating and post your SSM pieces there. I’d be more than happy to read your products. YOU TRY IT OUT!

"Dokkai 1"- 1駅1題 新TOEIC(R) TEST 読解 特急 (著) 神崎正哉、TEX加藤、Daniel Warriner

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