Your friend, Anna, has problems learning
foreign languages. Write a letter to her
describing how you learnt English and
suggesting ways how she could become a
better language learner.
No of words
100 – 120
‘The B1 language user has mastered the basic
structures of the language and is beginning to
attempt to produce more complex language.’
Whose relative clauses
Maria saw him taking a taxi.
Guess where it is.
Clauses with what as
This is what I think.
I ordered him to gather my
Some complex auxiliaries
Would rather, had better
Additional modal uses
I have invited all his friends, so
we should be 28 people
... This famous painter whose
pictures I like so much.
Last time we spoke you mentioned that you have
difficulties learning foreign languages and it really concerns
me. I will try to help you in this matter by using some
examples from my own experience.
To begin with, learning English was not easy for me as
well. Besides attending English lessons at school I have also
studied the language in different courses. What is more, I
attended an English summer school in Oxford.
I would definitely recommend taking after school
language activities, and, moreover, you should consider
going abroad, because living in the target language speaking
community can significantly enhance your results.
I hope this can atleast slightly help you to improve your
do not include all content points:
◦ either experience or suggestions;
do not observe the word count;
include redundant information;
do not follow letter format:
◦ Salutations, sign offs
(Into Europe The
Writing Handbook, 64)
FILMS VERSUS BOOKS
A lot of young people nowadays think that it is
much better to watch a film version of a book
than to read it. Write an essay expressing your
opinion and providing reasons to support your
point of view.
No of words expected
200 – 250 words
giving opinion, giving reasons, comparing and
Semi-formal to formal
text relevance to the topic:
◦ scripts about films and books in general;
Cannot find ‘key words’ in the rubric;
cannot express and support their opinion;
lack precision in expressing ideas;
digress from the topic;
‘a lot of text, little information’.
‘English is present, thoughts – absent’
texts lack coherence
wrong use of
Students do not plan
english, englisch, englis, anglish, inglish,
by/bi, bay, buy
ofcorse, offcourse, ofcars
Firstable, firstfull, firstaful
I am curtain
With good witches, ... .
‘In the past black and white films were about
colourful life, but today colourful films are
about black and white life.’
‘A restaurant definitely will take more time
than eating in McDonalds but the meal will be
much more enjoyable, like an adventure, not
only filling of your stomach.’
‘A lot of people say that I’m a bookworm. So,
at last this bookworm has something to say.’
‘Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.’