S.P.S.E - Reading & Writing Lessons

Situation Problem Solution Evaluation  [S.P.S.E]

SPSE (Situation, Problem, Solution, Evaluation) essays are a common writing structure used at university. The aim of the S-P-S-E essay is to examine a problem and discuss two (or more) possible solutions. It finishes with a judgement evaluating the effectiveness of these solutions.

Lessons

  • These lessons consist of 3 or 4 academic texts based on engineering topics but are general interest too.
  • Students read the texts and identify the problems, solutions, evaluation. 
  • N.B. Texts are not structured in SPSE format - each text can contain all SPSE key points.
  • Then write a 400-600 word essay based on these key points. 
  • All lessons include texts, teacher's notes, outline plans, and model answer.

Go here for the basic information on SPSE structures, SPSE outline plans, SPSE language and a free lesson.

Burj Khalifa

3 Texts: 1) The construction of Burj Khalifa. 2) Whether it was a success in terms of a criterion called the 'Iron Triangle'. 3) The project plan and oversights.

Task: Read three academic texts and highlight key points connected to background, problems, solutions and evaluation. Then write a 400-600 word SPSE text around those key points using paraphrasing and referencing skills.

Burj Khalifa: SPSE Reading & Writing Lesson

Three texts on how the Burj Khalifa was built, the problems it encountered in the building and planning stages and what solutions were implemented. Students read three short texts, create an outline and then write an SPSE essay. The lesson includes all texts, teacher's notes, an outline plan and model answer. Example Level: ***** [B2/C1]  

Fracking - Shale Gas Extraction

3 Texts: 1) What is Fracking? 2) Problems with the disposal of fracking waste water. 3) A possible solution using modern technology.

Task: Read three academic texts and highlight key points connected to background, problems, solutions and evaluation. Then write a 400-600 word SPSE text around those key points using paraphrasing and referencing skills.

Fracking: SPSE Reading & Writing Lesson

Three texts on what is fracking, associated problems with the disposal of fracking waste water mixed with hazardous chemicals and a possible solution using modern technology. Students read three short texts, create an outline & then write an SPSE essay. The lesson includes texts, teacher's notes, outline plan & model answer. Example Level: ***** [B2/C1] 

 

Nuclear Power - Hinkley Point C

4 Texts: 1) The reasons why the UK is investing in nuclear power. 2) Problems with the construction company and nuclear reactor technology. 3) Reducing emissions and improving economic investment. 4) Controversial issues with nuclear power.

Task: Read three academic texts and highlight key points connected to background, problems, solutions and evaluation. Then write a 400-600 word SPSE text around those key points using paraphrasing and referencing skills.

Nuclear Power: SPSE Reading & Writing Lesson

Four texts on the construction of HPC Nuclear Power Plant and the associated problems with the company financing it and unreliable nuclear reactor technology. Students read four short texts, create an outline and then write an SPSE essay. The lesson includes all texts, teacher's notes, an outline plan and model answer. Example Level: ***** [B2/C1] 

 

Burj Khalifa / Fracking / Nuclear Power SPSE PDF Book

3 Lessons: 1) The construction of Burj Khalifa 2) Fracking - Shale Gas extraction. 3) Nuclear Power development in the UK 2018

Task: Read three academic texts and highlight key points connected to background, problems, solutions and evaluation. Then write a 400-600 word SPSE text around those key points using paraphrasing and referencing skills.

SPSE Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE - Three Lessons in one book. SPSE Reading and Writing lessons. Burj Khalifa, Fracking and Nuclear Power [all written by AEUK]

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SPSE Reading Lessons

 

Wind Energy - Renewables

1 Text: This discusses on-shore and off-shore wind energy in the UK. It highlights the problems of weather fluctuations and suggests other forms of sustainable energy to create a consistent energy source. 

Task: Read the academic text and highlight key points connected to background, problems, solutions and evaluation.Then internet research  another form of renewable energy, create an outline and then write an essay.

Wind Energy: Reading lesson

The text discusses wind energy in the UK,  the problems of weather fluctuations & suggests other forms of sustainable energy to create a consistent energy source. Students read text & identify the SPSE. Extra activity: research another sustainable energy source, plan & write a SPSE essay. The lesson includes text, teacher's notes, & an outline plan. Example Level: ***** [B2/C1]  

Obesity

1 Text: This discusses what is obesity, the main problems associated with being obese and offers initiatives to help reduce obesity in society. 

Task: Read the academic text and highlight key points connected to background, problems, solutions and evaluation.Then internet research another type of societal problem, create an outline and then write an essay.

Obesity: Reading lesson

Text discusses what is obesity, the main problems associated with being obese and offers initiatives to help reduce obesity in society. Students read text and identify the SPSE. Extra activity is to research another sustainable energy source, plan and write a SPSE essay. The lesson includes all texts, teacher's notes, & an outline planLevel: ***** [B1/C1] 

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SPSE Essay Titles

Look at these topics and think of 2 problems / 2 solutions to these problems and evaluate whether the solution will be effective. Write 250 words and use sources where possible. Send the essay to us to check

  1. Plagiarism at university
  2. Artificial intelligence
  3. Global Migration
  4. Climate Change
  5. Terrorism
  6. Unemployment
  7. Cyber crime
  8. Depression
  9. Food security
  10. Discrimination
  11. Gender inequality
  12. Off-shore banking
  13. Debt
  14. Superstar Companies
  15. Brexit

 

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