FCE Unit 1 - Writing ( an email)

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Here we go again! Can you guess what this is?

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It's a slug!

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Writing for FCE
Here's what you have to do:
answer the question fully ✔
organise the work clearly and logically ✔
adopt the correct level of formality ✔
use an appropriate range of vocabulary ✔
use accurate English ✔
create a positive effect on the target reader. ✔

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Page 12 
Ex 1: What would your ideal best friend be like? 

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Ex 2 - page 12
Planning and organisation. 
Even in an informal email clear paragraphing is important (especially for the FCE exam as it is worth 5 points out of a possible 20 points - look at page 14 for the scoring rubric). 
Getting back to Claudia and Rafael, find the key points required for Claudia's reply). 

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3. Always make a plan before you start writing: Can you answer Claudia's questions in exercise 3 on page 12

4. Read Claudia's reply in exercise 4, what do you think of it? 

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5. Claudia has forgotten to write about something, what is it? 
6. Which of the opening or closing phrases are appropriate for an informal email
7. Can you tell which of these phrases are informal/friendly or formal? 

8. Sumarise the contents or each of Claudia's paragraphs.

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Start a new paragraph when you change topic or want to make a completely fresh point. 

9. Topic sentences summarise the content of a paragraph and make the text easier to follow. Can you find the topic sentence in the second and third paragraphs of Claudia's email? 

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The use of connectors (linking words) will help link your ideas together so that your text flows well. 

 10. Find examples of
connectors in Claudia's email

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Linking words help you to connect ideas and sentences, so that people can follow your ideas.
Giving examples
For example
For instance
The most common way of giving examples is by using for example or for instance.
Namely refers to something by name.
“There are two problems: namely, the expense and the time.”

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Adding information
In addition
As well as
Apart from

In addition to

Ideas are often linked by and

In a list, you put a comma between each item, but not before and.

“We discussed training, education and the budget.”

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Ex 15: Now write your email 
You have received this email from your English-speaking friend, Jean. 

I hear you organised a surprise birthday party for your mother. I'd love to hear about it. What kind of party did you organise? Who did you invite? How did it go? Do tell me. 
Use 140-190 words. Use the correct grammar.
Start your sentences with capital letters and end with a full stop.

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Make a plan
12. Note down ideas for each key area in the form of notes or a spidergram . Group your ideas in to paragraphs and choose the best order. 

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Make a plan

13. Which tense do you need for writing about recent activities?

14. Write down some adjectives which could be used to describe a good party. 

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Writing Assignment 1
  • In the FCE exam you have 40 minutes to write a letter or an email. You have to write 140 - 190 words. 

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Extra help
The exercises in the following slides can be used for extra practice

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