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Yes! La academiaPart 1 www.inglesmadrid.es Informal letter TO BEGIN THE TO END THE LETTER LETTER •Thank you for your •That’s about all my letter. It was great to news. Do write soon hear from you and let me know •Sorry I haven’t what you’ve been written for so long. doing. I’ve been really busy •I’m looking forward just recently to seeing you on… •Give my love to…
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Yes! La academiaPart 2 www.inglesmadrid.es Essay TO TO EXPRESS RECOMMEND TO EXPRESS THE POSITIVE THE NEGATIVE THINGS •Overall I’d THINGS recommend •On the plus side •I wouldn’t •On the down side hesitate to recommend •I wouldn’t encourage anyone to On the one hand, on the other hand
Yes! La academiaPart 2 www.inglesmadrid.es Report Don’t use the pronoun I Formal style Description, numbers, personal recommendation
Yes! La academiaPart 2 www.inglesmadrid.es Report You have to use bullet points You have to make the paragraphs very clear: Introduction, then you have to create other headings related to the topic, recommendations
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Yes! La academiaGood and bad examples www.inglesmadrid.es ReportA school in an English-speaking country is going to send a group of students tostay in the area where you live for a month. Your teacher has asked you to writea report describing the entertainment, sports and transport facilities in the area.Write your report. In this report I would like to tell you about Almaty. And describe 3 main things which can be interesting for foreghn student. First entertainment. In the Almaty there are a lots of interesting places for all groups of age. For students there are many pubs, restorants wich are open hole day. Most of them are in the city center. For elderly people we have 10 museums and theatres. Now I’ll tell you about sports. For those who are interested in sports, we have a lots of Gym classes. Also Almaty is one of the best place for those who like ice- skating, since there is a big skating – rink not far from the city. Almaty surrounded by mountains so for those like skiing it is takes only 20 min to get there. Almaty is very crowdy city and the streets are very small, so most of time it is very hard to drive. To travel by bus is not comfortable, because usually there are more people on the bus than it should be. There fastes and the most comfortable transport is a taxi.
Yes! La academiaGood and bad examples www.inglesmadrid.es LetterYou see this advertisement in an international student magazine.HOST FAMILIES WANTEDWe are inviting applications from families who would like to offeraccommodation tointernational students during their stay in your country. If you areinterested, please write answering the following questions: What do you think are the advantages for a student of staying with a hostfamily compared with college accommodation? What qualities is it necessary for a successful host family to have? Why would you like to host international students?Mr S MartinHosts International Ltd.
Yes! La academia Good and bad examples www.inglesmadrid.esDear Mr S. Martin,My name is Holly Parker and I’m writing this letter as a response to your latestadd in the ‘Student International Magazine’.We are a family of four: my husband Gregory, forty-five, working as a consultantmanager for a tourist agency; our two sons Eric, 18 years old, and John, 16 yearsold; both students; and of course myself, 43 years old and working as an accountmanager. We have a 5 bedroom and 4 bathroom cottage and we live at a shortdistance from the best tourist attractions in the region and within walking distancefrom the nearest bus and rail-way station. We would be more than happy towellcome amongst us a male foreign student, to live with us as a part of ourfamily, for the duration of two years.Besides lodging we offer three meals per day and he would be more thanwellcome to any family outings and activities.We are making this application because we would like to experience living withsomeone coming from another culture and also because my boys are going toleave soon to France as exchange students and I would like to know what wouldbe the best option for us as parents, to send them to college accomodation or tofamilies like us.I sincerely hope my letter of application will be accepted and that we are foundsuitable to host an international student.Best regards
Yes! La academiaGood and bad examples www.inglesmadrid.es ArticleWrite your article.An international guide book called A World of Traditions is beingproduced, giving details ofplaces in different countries where visitors can learn about traditional ways oflife. You havedecided to write a contribution to the guide book. Your contribution should:• describe one particular place in your country• explain what visitors could learn there about traditional ways of life• suggest why these ways of life are an important part of local or nationalculture.
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