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Example reports

We will now go on to look at two full reports to see how this type of writing is usually organised. We will also explore the type of language that people often use.

Go to the download section, below, to access the following examples:

  • Report 1: SkyHi (adapted from British Council, n.d.)
  • Report 2: Easyfood (adapted from Baade et al., 2009)

Your task

Explore both examples, then use the comments section to discuss the following questions with your fellow learners:

  • How have the two reports been organised? Which sections can you see in the two reports?
  • What information can you see in the introductions to the two reports?
  • What section headings have been used in the Easyfood report? What section headings can you see in the SkyHi report? Why is this different?
  • Which report has a separate conclusion and recommendations section?
  • How do the writers give advice in the two reports? Which report writer sounds more certain and decisive? Which report uses the imperative (take, reduce, increase) more than modal verbs (the company should/could)
  • Where do the two report writers use bullet points or numbered lists?

Some questions may have more than one answer, so remember to share yours even if it’s different to the group’s response.


References

Baade, K., Scrivener, J., Holloway, C., & Turner, R. (2009). Business result advanced. Oxford University Press.

British Council (n.d.). Case studies structure 1. https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/writing/writing-purpose/case-studies-structure-1

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