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B2 Writing a letter of complaint

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Only two days to go before my  Advanced students sit their written tests. Here’s a letter of complaint activity related to the topic of Homes and Work to help cover this type of assignment.

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B2 Writing a report

cropped-writing_workshop1.pngHello again! We’ve just finished first term tests and we’re already planning and working hard towards the final certificate examinations. One of the writing genres that we will be doing is a ‘report’. A report has a very specific format that students often confuse with essays. However it has little to do with the latter even though both have some features in common such as, the use of formal language and passives,  just to mention a couple of examples. Here are some important tips for this writing model which I hope you will find useful. As usual, I have used a special and fun format to give this information. After the introduction, you’ll find a link to an activity quiz related to reports.

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Writing a review

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A review is a brief description of a book, film, play, album, restaurant, etc.A review gives the main point of the plot, event, etc, including the writer’s comments/recommendation.

What is important in a review?

When writing a review, consider the tenses you should use for each paragraph. When describing the plot, present tenses should be used. Paragraphs should include more than one sentence.

When a new topic is introduced, begin a new paragraph. Your recommendation or judgement should be included in the conclusion. Always give good reasons to support your comments/opinions.

What style should you use for a review?

The style of a review can be formal or neutral depending on the intended reader. This means that when writing a review, it is important to have in mind who is asking for it as the style will not be the same for a secondary school or a language magazine.

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Structure for a review

Getting started

1. Carefully read the instructions before writing. In the instructions you’ll get a close idea of ‘what information is required’ and ‘what type of public is going to read it’.

2. Brainstorm for ideas and think in which paragraph of your review would it best fit in.

3.Bear in mind that a review isn’t a summary of the plot of a film or a book.

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