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`Writing Essays

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Lots of good advice on high-level essay writing here.


Editing and Proofing

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Everyone's done some homework now, so you might find your teacher recommending more checking.

Try this page for some editing and proofreading practice.


Proposals 3 of 3

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Our minicourse concludes with work on structure here.


Essays 3 of 3: Structure.

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Final part of our minicourse on structure. Take a look at this video class.


Proposals 2 of 3: Vocabulary

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Following on from last week's video, go here for work on vocab for proposals.

Next week: Structure.


Letter or Email? Not a problem!

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Jane's guide to writing slips

Here's an interesting article from the BBC - some real world advice on emails - some, maybe most of it could be useful to you - thinking about what a native speaker reader is expecting to hear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24609533







Essays 2 of 3: Structure

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Go here to start working on essay structure.


Proposals 1 of 3: A summary

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Go here to try an online video lesson helping you learn about writing proposals.

Comeback next week for a follow up exercise on vocabulary.


Essays 1 of 3: Watch and Listen

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Go here to watch an introduction to essay writing, ideal for Proficiency. Interesting for FCE and CAE.


First - Sentence Transformations

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If you've just started using Objective First Certificate, you'll know that Uniyt 1.1 introduces sentence transformations. Practice is important, so here's a link to some to try out - answers are at the bottom of the page.

http://www.englishrevealed.co.uk/FCE/Part4/fce_key_word_transformations_1.php

and

http://www.englishrevealed.co.uk/FCE/Part4/fce_key_word_transformations_2.php


Writing for Purpose

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Writing for purpose - composing quality writing work for academic or profesional reasons.

A British Council course is here.


Formal Letters

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Formal Letters are key to First, Advanced and Proficiency.

Go here to get started.



First Student's Work

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A part 1 enquiry letter.




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Test yourself: formal/informal

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Visit Banana (yes, Banana) for some formal/informal examples to play with.

http://es.scribd.com/doc/3877648/Writing-Informal-and-Formal-Letters-1-Ev87
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Advanced Student's Work

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A CAE level proposal



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First Student's Work

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A second FCE level report:



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First Use of English, Pt 1 Advice

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Advice from Level 6 on Use of English Part 1


Why "Do Part 2 then look at Part 1 again"?  Experience suggests that candidates often see mistakes given some space from the question - and more often change wrong >>> right than the opposite.


Advanced Student's Work

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A CAE report.

FRANKFURT’S CITY CENTRE ENVIRONMENTAL SITUATION The Env Sit in Frank Cit Cen (possessives in geography!) Introduction The purpose of this report is to outline the recent actions done in Frankfurt to reduce the use of energy and natural resources, while evaluating their effectiveness. It will also consider likely future developments in this matter. excellent! Public buildings The regional government has set up various measures(colocation doesn’t work)  to reduce pollution and energy wastewf. Heating in public buildings has been limited to 21C and has to be turned off during weekends. Energy saving plans for universities and public companies helped bringingg down monthly energy expenses by 20%. Recycle & Reduce Another approach has been the street marketing campaigns undergone at busy Benedict’s Square. Their aim was to make people aware of the importance of very good! saving water and recycling on a daily basis, trying to go ahead and show it as a green life style. The…

First Student's Work

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An FCE Report




First - application letters

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Watch a video on First application letters here:






First Student's Work

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An FCE Article



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CAE Student's Work

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A formal letter. Passing with a mark of around 8/10.




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Advanced Student's Work

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A CAE level article.





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First Student's Work

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A TV review



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First - Reading Practice

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Extra FCE Reading practice and advice here.


First Student's Work

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A Part 1 FCE application letter.

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Advanced Reading Exercises

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Find a selection of CAE reading questions to have a go at here.


70 Expressions for Formal Writing

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Academic English, but useful for essays, reports and proposals, amongst other forms of formal English.

http://www.luizotaviobarros.com/2013/04/academic-writing-useful-expressions.html


Writing Complaints

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Advice on Complaining letters here.


CAE - Information sheet

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Some useful advice for information sheets (and reports and proposals) here.


First: An application letter

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FInd lots of advice here on writing an application!


Writing Templates

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Templates

You'll find a selection of writing templates here - lots of material for different email and letter types. 


C1 and C2: Paraphrasing

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From the superlative UEfAP website, a brilliant collection of exercises on rewriting phrases in the right hand column of the table.

Not at all easy, but very very good practice.


Referencing not repeating.

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Avoid repition in your formal writing!
Two pages which can help you improve your writing by avoiding repetition, linking ideas, sentences and paragraphs, and overall making your wirting clearer.Go here and here

Build your Collocations

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Collocations

Some more vocabulary work this week. Visitthis pageand take a look through the many collocations on offer. 

Think about where and when you could use some of them in writing. Think task (letter, article, review, and so on) and topic.
For example, honestly believecould easily be used in a formal letter or an article giving your opinion - and you could use if for films, books, TV programmes - anything in fact!
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Essays and Articles

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An excellent slideshow with language for essays and articles.


Is this you?

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Advanced and First: Paragraph Practice

Go to the BBC's Skillswise writing site http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/building-up-paragraphsto do as much work as you like on paragraphs. 

There are factsheets, exercises and games to have a go at  and even videos to watch Enjoy!

DIY UoE

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Do it yourself, Use of English



Practice for Part 2 of FCE, CAE and CPE. You can now make your own exercises - and, ideally, share them with your classmates.

1 Find a section from a suitable article. Aim for about 200-250 words. Try to make sure it ends at a logical point (ie the end of a paragraph).
2 Copy from the webpage. You might need or want to check you have the text you want by pasting into an application like Word.
3 Go to here
4 Paste in your text.
5 Choose a level: one word in 12 is best.
6 Print or save as PDF.






Warnings!

There's no level, as such - use this technique to practise understanding a text with gaps and filling spaces logically.The words are selected at random, not specifically as they are for the exams.The software doesn't distinguish between contractions or punctuation.