- Add a short title to catch the reader's attention. Make sure it is relevant. You can use the one in the question or invent one of your own.
- Introduce the topic. Although you don't know the readers personally, you can address them directly and ask them a rhetorical question. It helps to involve them.
- Divide your report into sections according to the input. One or two paragraphs will do.
- Develop the ideas in the task input.
- Use a personal or more neutral style, but not formal (you might use contractions).
- It is important that you show a range of structures.
- Give examples where appropriate to bring your article to life
- Use humour where appropriate.
- Give a conclusion and summary in the last paragraph.
Developing your points
- Let's start with ...
- Another advantage of ...
- On top of that, ...
Giving your own opinion
- I think that / In my opinion ...
- It seems to me that ...
- If you ask me, ...
- To my mind...
Useful language for an article
Involving the reader
- Just imagine...
- Have you ever...?
- How would you feel if ...?
- Are you one of those people who ...?
- If the answer is ..., you should....
- What would live be like if...
- Have you ever ……..?
- What do you think about ……..?
- Are you one of those people who thinks that ……?
- What would life be like if ……?
- Will the future bring us ….. ?
Making the article lively and interesting
- I was absolutely terrified when I realised...
- More importantly, it was something I...
- Not surprisingly, it's a good way of raising money.
- The tent was worryingly small for three people!
- It was the most amazing experience I have ever had.
You see this competition in an international magazine.
Imagine you were on a desert island. What would you miss most? Write an article briefly describing an important object, person or place in your life and give reasons for your choice.
The best article will be published and the writer will receive £500.
Write your article in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.
Life away from home
In the introduction you :
– think of a title that will catch the reader’s attention
include the topic- you might not know the reader personally, but still, you can address him/her directly (e.g. ask them a question)
Phrases you can use in the introduction:
Addressing the reader
- Have you ever..
- You absolutely must …
- Can you imagine …
- I’m sure you’d agree
- I must tell you about …
- You wouldn’t believe..
REMEMBER: It’s a semi-formal/ informal piece of writing make it interesting by including a range of language, e.g. adjectives and adverbs, phrasal verbs, collocations, relative clauses, linkers, one or two idioms.
DON’T copy out the task- use synonyms
How would you feel about living on a desert island? I can’t imagine anything worse. I would miss a lot of things, but most of all I would miss my home.
My home is a small house on the outskirts of a city. It was built about fifty years ago and has a small garden. In the summer our country gets very hot but our house is always cool.
You would probably think our house is nothing special, but I have lived there all my life and all my friends live nearby. It is a happy place, where I feel completely safe. Whenever I go away, I look forward to coming back, lying on my bed, reading a book and listening to my brother and sister arguing downstairs!
In the 3rd Paragraph you :
- – give specific examples to bring your article to life
- – use informal language to involve the reader
- – don’t forget to express your opinion
- – be personal
I love travelling and meeting new people, but if I were on a desert island I would be away from the place I love most — my home — and I would hate that.
In the last paragraph you :
- – finish with a sentence which summarises what you have said
- – end with an interesting last sentence
- – give your opinion or express your feeling
Phrases you can use to end the letter
Giving a personal response
- For me, / To me…..
- Personally, I think / find / believe …
- It seems to me … In my view…. One thing I love / remember …
- I’ll never forget …