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"Seven-Step Method" Revisited

I experimented "Seven-Step Method (SSM)” with the e-mail passage taken from "Dokkai Tokkyuu 1" a week ago. I’ll try SSM again with a passage from a different source than the last time. As I argued in the previous post (“Seven-Step Method Trial 2”), SSM is a good training method to practice writing with the assistance of passages written by professional native English speaking writers while learning the typical styles of the TOEIC Part 7 passages and high frequency vocabulary appearing on the TOEIC test items simultaneously. The model passage that I'll try SSM on today is the short e-mail message from the TOEIC Official Book Vol. 4 Test 1 page 60.

【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

*Ideally, SSM is implemented for four days as mentioned above for the sake of repeated exposure to the passage and opportunities to refresh what you learned from the passage on the previous days.


STEP 1&2) First rewrite
Dear Mr. Murdoch

This e-mail is in response to your letter of October 22, which stated that my membership at your English speaking salon will expire on November 30. I wish to let you know that I have chosen not to renew it.

When I first became a member, the cost was 19,800 yen per month. Now the cost is 39,800 yen per month. Aside from this significant increase in cost, I have been dissatisfied with some of the services at your salon. There never seem to be enough native English speaking conversation partners available to practice speaking with even for peak hours on weekday nights. In addition, many of the members claim that they haven’t realized recognizable progress or improvement of their speaking ability, which I myself absolutely agree with.

Sincerely,

Ryo Ichikawa


STEP 3&4) Second rewrite
Dear Ms. Stevenson

This e-mail is in response to your letter of October 1, which stated that my membership at your match-making service will expire on December 31. I wish to let you know that I have no intention to renew it.

When I first became a member, I was expecting to see a lot of cute, sexy, fabulous-looking, decent males. But the reality is, I’ll be 50 next month and I’m single. Aside from the sad truth, I have been disappointed with the fact that I learned recently. There never seems to be a lady who’s successfully found her ideal partner through your service. In addition, I can no longer afford to pay the monthly membership fee of $198, let alone the renewal fee of $ 498.

Sincerely

Samantha Jones


STEP 6) Third rewrite based on memory
(*The audio file is not available for this passage.)
Dear Mr. Choi

This e-mail is in response to the notification that arrived on October 31, which indicated that my membership at your cooking school will expire at the end of November. I wish to let to know that I have decided not to renew it.

When I entered your cooking school, I was excited to learn various recipes of Hawaiian food. Now the number of recipes that I’ve learned so far is only “four” during those six months. Aside from it, I have been dissatisfied with the punctuality of the instructor. He always comes late to class, and leaves 5 or 10 minutes earlier. In addition, most of the ingredients that the instructor uses for his recipes are unavailable in my neighborhood, and I’m unable to try out the recipes I learned at home.

Regards,

Miranda Hobbes


STEP 7) Fourth rewrite based on memory again
Dear Dr. Goldenblatt,

This e-mail is in response to the notification as of November 1, which invites me to renew the contract of a yearly subscription to your e-mail magazine by the end of December. I’d like to let you know that I won’t renew my subscription contract.

When I started reading your publication, I learned quite a lot from what you wrote. These days, however, you repeat yourself, and I don’t think I’m learning much from you. Plus, multiple instruction videos attached to each issue are unnecessary to me, and I don’t want to bother to delete all of the files every time I receive e-mail magazines. Lastly, I’d like you to make sure that you’ll delete all of my contact information after my subscription contract expires on December 31.

Regards,

Charlotte York


【My impression on SSM Revisited】
This time I rewrote a short e-mail passage without the audio file, so I skipped STEP 5 (It was “Six-Step Method”, but still “SSM”!). I initially tried to rewrite an article available online, but I couldn’t find a good one in terms of the TOEIC-wise authenticity by quick search. There must be nice online articles and passages that make you want to copy and rewrite if you invest ample time on searching.

What I learned from the four-time rewriting today is how I can end this type of message. I wouldn’t end my e-mail message like the model one. Instead, I’d conclude the message by saying something apologetic or make some excuses in an attempt to make my statement a little more acceptable to its recipient. Rewriting passages that someone else wrote gives you opportunities to add variations to your writing style that tends to fall into mannerism otherwise. SSM invites you to rewrite the same passage four times, so by the end of the last rewriting, you’ll have familiarized yourself with words, phrases, sentence constructions, and organizations of the passage of your choice. Yes, I bet SSM works.

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