Category: Writing

How to Write Emails & Letters - Image of a laptop and someone handwriting a letter

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write an Email/Letter

Summary Mandatory task: no Word count: 140-190 Main characteristics: typical layout, appropriate register, you need to adapt to the specific task Register: formal or informal depending on the task Structure: Opening formula & paragraph, 2-3 topic paragraphs, closing paragraph & formula Language: typical phrases for opening and closing formula depending on the register of the…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write an Article

Summary Mandatory task: no Word count: 140-190 Main characteristics: interesting, engaging, personal opinion / comment Register: semi-informal to informal Structure: Title/introduction, 2-3 topic paragraphs, closing paragraph / conclusion Language: adjectives/adverbs, colloquial expressions, phrasal verbs, idioms, linking words, interesting grammar Example: The most useful thing I’ve ever learned Have you ever learned something that completely changed…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write a Report

Introduction A report is usually written for a superior (e.g. a teacher) or a peer group (e.g. members of an English club). Candidates are expected to give some factual information and make suggestions or recommendations. A report should be clearly organised and may include headings. from: Cambridge English First Handbook for Teachers Reports are part…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Writing a Review

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write a Review

Introduction A review is usually written for an English-language magazine, newspaper or website. The main purpose is to describe and express a personal opinion about something which the writer has experienced (e.g. a film, a holiday, a product, a website etc.) and to give the reader a clear impression of what the item discussed is…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write an Essay

Essay writing is easier than you think The very first reaction I usually get when I want to practise essay writing with my students is wild panic. Everybody around me starts rolling on the floor crying and screaming. I try to calm them down, but there is no way of doing it and eventually all…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How your writing is marked

How your writing is marked One of the big mysteries about the FCE exam is how the writing exam is marked. Many of my students ask me about this and, to be honest, it is pretty complex. However, let me break it down for you and let’s go from simple to complex so at the…
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Cambridge B2 First (FCE): Writing

Writing One of the most unpopular things to do in an English class is to do a writing task. You can almost be certain that at least one student is going to complain or simply refuse to do it. Luckily, in FCE, writing is necessary and most students understand this as well. Even though they…
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