Writing a Report
When you write a report, you should:
• use formal English
• give your report a title
• the introduction should include what you are going to write about and
where you got the information.
• use headings and bullet points
• include a recommendation at the end.
• The aim of this report is to...
• This report is intended to...
• Most people seem to feel that...
• Several people said that/told me that/suggested that/thought that...
Presenting a list
• They gave/suggested the following reasons...
• They made the following points...
Making the Recommendation
• I would therefore recommend that we (infinitive without to)
• It would seem that (verb+ing...)
The school where you study English has decided to spend some money on either
buy more computers or improving the library. You have been asked to write a
report for the school director describing the benefits to the school of both these
things, and saying which one you think should be chosen and why.
Use of Money for School Improvements
The aim of this report is to compare the advantages of additional computers and
of improving the library, and to suggest which of these would be best. I
interviewed a number of students to find out their views.
Buying more computers
Some of the students thought this was a good idea, saying computers were
• practising writing
• using the Internet
• playing games
However, other students said that they preferred to use their own computers at
Improving the Library
Most of the students preferred this suggestion, giving the following reasons:
1. Many students do not have a quiet place to study at home. The library
would be a good place for private study, but at present there are not
enough tables and chairs there.
2. They feel that up-to-date dictionaries and reference books are needed
3. They want to be able to read modern books written for young people.
Both ideas have benefits, but the majority of students felt that improving the
library would be more useful. I would therefore recommend this.