FCE Writing – Informal Letter/ Email Checklists

 

Informal Letter / Email Check lists 

As I have mentioned in my previous post on writing essays (FCE), check lists work really well with students as they helped them to stay focus and complete the task correctly. So, I have decided to make some more check lists. smiley Hope you find them useful.

 
How to use Check lists at home :
 
  • Ask students to have the check lists right in front of them when writing the tasks and  to make sure that they go through the check lists.
  • Collect essays and mark them.
  • When giving the essays back encourage students to add missing points from the check lists.
 
In the classroom:
  • Before correcting the essay get students to swap letters.
  • Hand-out a new check lists handout and get students to read and tick the points used in the task.
  • Students get their writings back and add any missing point.
  • Teacher collects writing and marks them.
FCE Writing – Informal letter/ Email

Check lists: 

  • Divide your letter into short paragraphs.
  • Write about a different idea in each paragraph.
  • 1st paragraph: Greet your friend in the introduction.
  • 2nd paragraph: Refer to your reason for writing.
  • 3rd paragraph: Focus on the exam questions (for example: describe the event and say  what people did).
  • 4thparagraph: Say why this event was important for your country.
  • 5thparagraph: Ask your friend to write back.
  • 5thparagraph: Finish your letter in an informal way.
 

Check list (Useful Phrases):

Introduction
Thanks for your letter/email.                                                                          
It’s really nice to hear from you.
I hope you are well.
I’d love to help you with/ tell you more about.
 
Body of letter/email
I thought you might be interested to hear….                         
I’m going to tell you about….
Did you know….
As far as I know…..
I think / believe……..
 
Conclusion:
I hope this information is useful.
Write soon and tell me (about) …
I hope to hear from you soon.
Take care.
Best wishes/ regards.
 
If you have found this blogpost useful make sure to download the checklist on the essay too.
Click here for the checklist. More substantial post are coming up soon and if you’d like to check them out you can follow the blog😊😊😀.
 
 

Caterpillar sentences

 

CATERPILLAR SENTENCES 

 

I was thinking of a way to get my students (9-10 years old) to  formulate their own sentences and at same time have fun.  An then I came up with the idea of the caterpillar sentences and they absolutely loved it. 😀😘😎

How to use this idea: Get students to cut down and then stick the caterpillar in their notebooks. Then, get them to write a word and a sentence using the words from the caterpillar (as seen in the example).


DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET HERE

This is what my students have made! Isn't cute?

 
 

 

Writing: First Certificate – Check list

 

Are your students lay back and quite lazy? Well, mine are. So after thinking of an idea to get them spend more time when writing essays I came up with this Check-list to help them make the most of their writing. 

 DOWNLOAD THE CHECKLISTS HERE

Check-list

Once you are done with your essay, re-read and make sure you have done the following:

ESSAY-CHECK LIST

  •   1st paragraph: re-write the topic sentences by rephrasing it (writing it with your own words, or by changing it a bit)

  •  1st paragraph: say why is important or mention both opinions (Many people believe….. Others, however….)

  •  2nd paragraph: develop the points given in the question. – Include relevant details to support the main idea: these might include examples, rhetorical question or surprising statements… 

  •   3rd Add your own idea (ALWAYS a different idea). Don't forget to give an example.  If you include a drawback, give a possible solution. 

  • 4th Summarise and give your personal opinion

Also remember to:

  • Use a semi-formal tone.

  • Use linking adverbials or expressions to link ideas.

  • Organise your writing clearly into paragraphs.  

 How to use a Check-lists 

IN CLASS
1. After collecting the essay and before doing any corrections get students to swap writings. 
2. Hand-out a checklist sheet and get students to read and tick.
3. Then ask them to take back their writing and help them edit and add the missing points.

HOMEWORK
1. Hand-out the checklist sheet and assign homework
2. Remind SS to check the list while writing the essay
3. Collect essays, correct and check if students have used all points.
4. Give essays back and encourage students to add missing points. 

I hope you've found this idea helpful. Give it a go and let me know how it goes. Also, if you have more ideas on how to get them revisit and spend more time on writing please feel free to comment below 🙂


 

IELTS Writing (Part 2) with Sample answer.

IELTS Writing Sample

Advantages and Disadvantages of Working Abroad

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Working abroad can help employees earn a great deal of money and gain more benefits. However, some people think this trend has many negative impacts. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words.


Advantages:

  • Ongoing growth of the number or people working abroad
  • Will get invaluable work experience
  • Knowledge of a new culture
  • Professionalism from the workplace
  • Enrich your expertise
  • Learn how to adapt into a new culture, and different environments
  • Have a new picture of what is happening outside your country
  • Increase responsibility
  • Work in a hi-tech facilities
  • Work with talented and experience colleagues
  • Multicultural experience

Disadvantage:

  • On the other had negative impact also exist along with the positive points mentioned.
  • Would result in the explosion of immigration in immigrated countries.
  • Leaving the country to increase of brain drain
  • Countries without skilled workers, will not be able to develop
  • Language barrier, limit the communication and your understanding
  • Culture clash/culture shock people find it difficult to adjust to the new customs and habits
  • Feel homesick
  • Hard decision to uproot yourself and move to a different country.


Sample answer: 

There are many advantages of living and working in a foreign country. However, with the ongoing growth of the number of people working abroad, there have been some negative impacts on cultural lives. In this essay, I’m going to cover both the up side and down side of this matter.

Firstly, invaluable work experience and the knowledge about the new culture where you live are two of the many advantages you will get from working abroad. With the professionalism from the workplace, you can enrich your expertise. For example, Asian software developers who work in Australia have the opportunities to improve their English level and their software related knowledge as well. Next, the new culture that you have to adapt yourself into will help you have a new picture of what is happening outside your country.

On the other hand, negative impacts also exist along with the positive points mentioned. Employees who work abroad tend not to go back to their home countries, thereby leading to the increase of brain drain in those countries. Without skilled workers, the countries which are normally developing countries will not be able to develop at the same pace as they could have. Moreover, if this trend happens so quickly, it would result in the explosion of immigration in immigrant countries.

In summary, working abroad seems to have both positive and negative impacts. The positive side is that skilled employees have opportunities to improve their expertise and study new cultures. The down side is that the countries where the workers come from will have less chance to develop quickly. Based on the discussion, I personally think working abroad should be encouraged but it should be strictly moderated and controlled by the government.