1. You have been asked to write an article for your college newspaper entitled My view of public transport in my countryThis is part of a series on public transport in different countries, and each article is written not by experts, but by the people who use the services.See notes
- Remember this is for a magazine. It should be a relaxed style, but not slangy.
- You are being asked to give a mixture of facts and opinions, so do this.
- Say how good you think the service is, and whether it is value for money.
- What kind public transport is most used? Trains/ busses/ taxis?
- Is there any public transport people are sentimental about?
(For example the British are sentimantal about black cabs in London and steam trains.)
- Is there a lot of debate about public transport and its quality?
- How, in your opinion, does it compare with other countries?
2.The Circus is Coming!
Full of action and excitement! See clowns, thrilling acrobats and fierce animals! Fun for the whole family.
In fact the circus was a huge disappointment. Write to a friend telling him about it, and why you feel let down.See notes
- You are writing to a friend, so your style should be relaxed and informal.
- Remember in a letter you should start by some general comments.
- Get on to your subject on the second paragraph.
- Explain that you were looking forward to the circus, and why.
- What was wrong with the circus?
(For example - unfunny clowns, no animals, boring stunts.)
- Who did you go with, and how did you and they feel?
- Did you do something else to make up for it?
- Warn your friend not to go to that circus, and say goodbye.
3. A friend wants to cook a traditional meal from your country for a dinner party. Give a description of the food, and some of its history, saying on what occasions it is eaten, and include a brief description of how to prepare it. Also give a summary of the culinary tradition in your country.See notes
- Start by congratulating your friend on the idea.
- Then you can describe what kind of food is preferred in your country.
- Say which food you have chosen and why.
- Remember to explain when it is eaten.
(For example roast beef and baked potatoes are usually eaten in England for Sunday dinner.)
- Give some cooking instructions, but remember to be brief
- Stress the most important thing about preparing the meal
(For example with roast beef the length of cooking time is crucial)
4. You work for a motor car sales company that wants to open an office in London. You have been asked if you would like to work there as assistant manager. Write a letter to your boss explaining why you think you would be suitable for the job.See notes
- Remember to write this as a business letter.
- Explain the situation (Position in London offered to you).
- Remind your boss what you are doing at the moment.
- Explain your experience and why this makes you a good choice.
- Explain why you want to go to London
- How well do you know London, the English, the British car business?
- Who can take your place in the office where you are now?
- Finish by saying how much you want this opportunity.