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The SPSE Essay . Week 2, Academic English II, Even Semester 2013-2014. What does SPSE stand for?. S ituation P roblem S olution E valuation . Workshop 1. In pairs, come up with your own definition of the SPSE essay by making use of the key terms on the previous slide. .

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the spse essay

The SPSE Essay

Week 2, Academic English II, Even Semester 2013-2014

what does spse stand for
What does SPSE stand for?

Situation

Problem

Solution

Evaluation

workshop 1
Workshop 1

In pairs, come up with your own definition of the SPSE essay by making use of the key terms on the previous slide.

the spse essay defined
The SPSE Essay defined

The SPSE essay discusses a situation and a problem then offers or proposes a solution (solutions) and an evaluation of this solution.

-Macmillan Publishers, 2008

writing the thesis statement for the spse essay
Writing the thesis statement for the SPSE essay

To write an effective thesis statement ask yourself the following questions:

workshop 2
Workshop 2

Analyze the sample thesis statement below based on the questions from the previous slide.

Of all the possible problems, this essay focuses on language issues, in particular meeting the educational needs in the UK of workers whose first language is not English. Two solutions are then offered and assessed from financial, practical and social perspectives.

- Macmillan Publishers, 2008

workshop 3
Workshop 3

Read the sample essay handed out by your lecturer and answer the following questions:

1. In which paragraphs are the situation and problem described?

2. In which paragraphs are the possible solutions set out?

3. In which paragraphs is the evaluation found?

4. How is the essay concluded?

5. Pick out the key noun defined in the introduction?

workshop 4
Workshop 4

Think of a possible topic for an SPSE essay then prepare an outline for it.

bibliography
Bibliography

Macmillan Publishers. (2008). Sample (SPSE) essay. Retrieved from http://demo.mec-3.com/work/20090505_MCM_publish_puptransfer/itp-mse-006274-xxx-v005.pdf

Birmingham City University Centre for Academic Success. (2011). Academic Guides: writing. Retrieved from http://library.bcu.ac.uk/learner/writingguides/1.16.htm