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2B1 MAY EXAM.WRITING.MODEL B May 2, 2018

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Task 1 (60 points)

Choose ONE  of the following options (A or B) and write 120-150 words.

A  What would you do if you had to start a new community? Where would it be?Would it be large or small? What laws would there be? What type of government would the community have? What special customs would there be? Write a project of an ideal community for a film producer who needs ideas for a new series/reality show/documentary.

B  You are 60 years old and you decide to write a letter or email to your grandchild who is 18. Explain the things you used to do and also the things you should not have done. Tell him or her what would have happened if things had been different. Give your grandchild advice based on your experience.

 

Task 2 (40 points)

Your friend Sue wants to know what you do to reduce your ecological footprint. Read her letter and answer her questions using 80-100 words:

Hi Mel,

How are things?  Right now I’m on the Rainbow Warrior making videos of whale hunters. I was out of prison a few months ago thanks to the thousands of letters people sent to Putin from all over the world saying “Free the activists. Save the North Pole”. What about you? Are you shopping less? driving less? Is there a market with local organic products in your new town? Are you signing the petitions I send you?;)

Love,

Sue

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2B1 MAY EXAM. WRITING.MODEL A.

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Task 1 (60 points)

Choose ONE  of the following options (A or B) and write 120-150 words.

A  The local newspaper has asked its readers to send in articles about their city’s ecological footprint. You’ve decided to take part. Include the following:

-transport and energy

-food and water

-shopping and recycling

 

B  Think of an important invention or historical event. What would have happened if it hadn’t taken place? Consider the causes and consequences as well as people’s ideas at that time. Write a wiki entry for http://www.wikispaces/historymatters.com

 

Task 2 (40 points)

Your friend Sue wants to know what you use the internet for. Read her letter and answer her questions using 80-100 words:

Hi Mel,

How are things? I’m fine but as you know, I’m a bit of a technophobe. I feel I’m missing a lot of what’s going on so I’ve decided to change. I’d like you to help me.  What do you use the internet for? What do you do for fun? What is practical? Are there interesting websites to learn things from?

Thanks buddy,

Sue

 

PROOFREADING BEFORE HANDING IN YOUR TEXT

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1-Have I used “the” for generalisation? Cross it out. Write “Life is…”, “Money doesn’t…” and so on.

2-Remember odd plurals like “men”, “women, “people” and “children”. Have you written them correctly? Have you used plural verb forms ?

3-Remember odd singular forms like “news”, advice” or “travel”? Use a countable word if you say a(n) or a quantity: “a news story”, “a tip”, “a trip”.

4- Say “get to +a place” (not arrive).Say “write”, not “speak”, when you refer to your text.

5-If you are not sure about the words “much”, “others” or “after”, use “a lot”, “other+ people/things and “after that” respectively.

6- Look at your verbs. Are they infinitive forms? Do they need “s” for third person singular present? Do they need “(e)d” for past forms?

7- It is easier to use the words “go to the country” than “nature”. It is easier to write about “reading” and “learning ” than about “culture”. If it is an abstract noun and you are not sure, use an adjective or verb instead:”I like going to the country and reading in my free time” (not “I like nature and culture”).

8- How did you separate your sentences? With commas? Naughty boy/girl! Use stops(.),colons if they introduce an example, list or explanation(:) or semi-colons if they are close ideas(;).

Alternatively you can join your clauses into longer sentences with “and”,”but”, because”, “so”

9- Avoid repetition. Use a synonym, a pronoun or a similar phrase.

10- Are you sure you have followed all the instructions? Check once more!

 

EXAM PRACTICE April 30, 2018

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Choose ONE of the following options (A or B).
A As the great Internet lover you are, you have a blog where you record your everyday
experiences and your opinions on a regular basis. Last weekend, you watched a film which
you loved and you would like to share it with your followers. Write an ENTRY (120-150
words) for your blog including the following information:
What film it was (title)
What it was about (brief summary of the plot)
Why you liked it (actors? the setting?) and why you would recommend it
-OR –
B The magazine ‘Keep fit’ has organized a writing competition to commemorate their 10th
anniversary. To participate, you need to write a STORY (120-150 words) related to the topic
of SPORT with the following title ‘AN EMPTY GYM.’ Include the following information:
When and where it happened
Who was in the story
What happened in the end
– – – –

 

Model B sentences:key and explanations April 28, 2018

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MISTAKES KEY AND EXPLANATION
I work in this country all my life.  

I have worked in this country all my life. For a period past-present: use present perfect.

 

The life is more easy for Official Language School students.

 

Life is easy for Official Language School students. No “the” for generalisations; no “-er/more” without comparisons.

 

I have an advice: defend your rights politics.

 

This is my advice: defend your political rights.Advice without “an”. Adjectives before nouns and without “s”.

 

Anybody is better that my baby.

 

Nobody is better than my baby.“Any-” is only negative after “not”;comparatives with “than”

 

He wants to know others countries and cultures.

 

He wants to discover other countries and cultures.“Others” instead of noun, not before a noun; “know” is knowledge, not learning.

 

I´ve met my best friend for six years.

 

I´ve known my best friend for six years. You meet me when you see me but you know me when you remember me well.

 

Austerity is a big lie, the debt is illegitimate, evictions must stop.

 

Austerity is a big lie! The debt is          illegitimate! Evictions must stop! A  comma separates parts of sentences, not whole sentences.
I like much Ken Loach´s films .

 

I like Ken Loach´s films very much.Use “much” with  “very/ no/too/?/so/pretty” and not between verb and direct object.

 

 

Is interesting read about women´s lives to understand the glass ceiling.

 

It is interesting to read about women´s lives to understand the glass ceiling. All sentences need a subject except with “there is/was…”. It is+adj+infinitive(/ing).

 

The people is always using the word “politicians” instead of “government”.

 

People always use the word “politicians” instead of “government”. One person (singular) but two or more people (plural).

 

The cook who speak Spanish arrived to her flat in New York.

 

The cook who speaks Spanish got to her flat in New York. If “who” means only one person, remember the “s”. arrive+at/in a place. Use “get to” instead.

 

Your cousin´s party liked him too much.

 

He liked your cousin´s party very much. A person likes a thing, not the opposite. Too much is an excess, not a lot.

 

The news is fun: Putin has fallen in love with a British spy.

 

The news is fun: Putin has fallen in love with a British spy.“News” is singular. “Fun” is can be used after “be”/before nouns.

 

“Can I talk to Putin?””It´s me. Is that Nina?”

 

“Can I talk to Putin?””It´s me. Is that Nina?”Telephone language:”It’s/This is+name”and”Is that+name?”, not “I am/Are you?”.

 

 

 

Dear Daddy

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Write and listen April 25, 2018

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Write and listen