FCE Unit 4- Writing ( an informal 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 58 and 59
Extra help on page 166 in
Gold Experience

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Ex 3 - page 58
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 ). 
Getting back to Liam  and Sophia, find the key points required for Liam's reply). 

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3. Always make a plan before you start writing: Can you answer Sophia's questions in exercise 3 on page 58

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

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Which of the opening or closing phrases are appropriate for an informal email
Can you tell which phrases are informal/friendly or formal? 
Dear    Hi      Hello       To whom it may concern
Best wishes.            Bye for now.             Yours Faithfully      Love
Yours sincerely        Yours Truly
Finish exercises , 7,8,9 and 10 Make sure you know how to write an informal letter before the Mock exam next week.

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

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 Liam's email? 

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


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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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You could try the writing task in exercise 7 page 59
Or you could look at the email / letter task on the next slide, there is a suggestion for a plan on slide 14

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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
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 2
  • 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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