ENG001 Assignment 3 Solution Fall 2017
Elementary English (Eng001)
Assignment 3 Solution
Fall 2017

Q1. Identify FIVE signal words from the following passage and write them in the box given below.

My hometown is famous for several amazing natural features.  Firstly, it is noted for the River, which is wide and beautiful. On either side of this river, there are willow trees which have long branches that move gracefully in the wind.  In autumn, the leaves of these trees fall and cover the riverbanks like golden snow.  Secondly, on the other side of the town is a Hill, which is very steep.  Even though it is steep, climbing this hill is not dangerous, because there are some firm rocks along the sides that can be used as stairs.  However, there are no trees around this hill, so it looks pretty bare.  The third amazing feature is the Big Old Tree. This tree stands two hundred feet tall and is probably about six hundred years old.  These three landmarks are truly amazing and they have made my hometown a famous place.

Signal Words
1. Firstly
2. Secondly
3. Even though
4. However
5. The third

Reference: Students are advised to study lecture 23 of Elementary English (ENG001) handouts to understand what are signal words and how to identify and use them.

Q2. Over the past 25 years, the advancement of new digital technologies has radically altered people’s reading habits. In light of this change, explain why students should or should not be required to read lengthy textbooks in their classes.  Give solid reasons to support your argument.

Due to the advancement of digital technologies, people have moved from reading books in the more traditional way to grasping knowledge from visual graphics on social media, articles posted on websites and reading material on PDAs. People now prefer shorter and more concise reading material that is quicker to grasp than reading a whole lot for a point that can be interpreted or shown in a quote or an infographic on a single page.
Hence students should not be required to read lengthy textbooks in their classes, instead shorter, covering the topic and easier to understand and quick to read handouts are the way to go now.

Note: DO NOT copy/paste this solution of Q2. Only understand the solution from here and write in your own words. Otherwise you will get ZERO marks for your assignment. The solution is only shared to make you understand the concept, not for you to cheat.

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