FCE Writing part 2 Informal letter

1 Read the following letter, which you have received from your English friend, Mark. What two things does he ask you to tell him? TALK ABOUT IT

Would you accept Mark’s invitation? Why/Why not? TALK ABOUT IT


Dear _______ ,

a)Many thanks for your last letter . The new house sounds brilliant – how are you settling in? b) I’m sorry I haven’t written sooner , but I’ve been really busy helping my parents out on the farm.

It’s great fun, though I still haven’t got used to getting up at six every morning to milk the cows! We often have the radio on while we’re doing it, so it’s not too bad. Then, once we’ve had breakfast, we tend to spend the rest of the day outside, either in the fields or looking after the sheep.

c)That reminds me , do you remember Lady, our oldest sheepdog? Well, she’s just had puppies! If you’re free in the summer, you could come and see them all and help with the harvest as well. d)Let me know if you can make it – we’d love to see you again.

Anyway, e)I must go , as it’s getting late and tomorrow we’ve got another early start. f)Can’t wait to hear from you .

g) Best wishes


What is the purpose of each of the four paragraphs?

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Match the paragraphs and the perpose of each.

To say thank you for the letter and to apologize for not writing before. to finish and ask for a reply to give news and invite you to visit to describe how he spends a typical day
Paragraph 3
Paragraph 4
Paragraph 1
Paragraph 2

3 Match each underlined expression a–g from Mark’s letter with an appropriate alternative from 1–10

Which three phrases cannot be used and why are they inappropriate ? if it was Inappropriate, then write I or i

Example: 1:  e

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1 I’d better close now

2 Thanks a lot for the letter

3 Yours sincerely

4 By the way

5 All the best

6 I would be most grateful if you could inform me

7 I look forward to your prompt reply

8 Please write and tell me

9 I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write to you

10 I’m looking forward to hearing from you

Notice the use of contractions in Mark’s letter: I’m, it’s and haven’t. These are typical of informal writing.

4 Find and circle the following linking words in Mark’s letter. Then use an appropriate linker from the box to complete the gaps in sentences 1–5. Each linker can be used more than once.

1- but 

2- while

3- so

4- and

5- as well as

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1 You’ll never guess what happened to me I was shopping in the centre of town the other day!

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2 I’m writing to ask you to do me a favour I’ve got myself into trouble.

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3 We’re having a party next Saturday we were wondering if you’d like to come. Bring a friend .

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4 I’d love to accept your invitation, I’m afraid I’m going to be busy.

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5 I haven’t got any plans I’ll certainly be able to go.

Read the following instructions.

Six months ago you moved to a new house in another part of your country. Write a reply to Mark’s letter giving news about how you are settling in to your new surroundings and what a typical day is like. You should also say whether or not you can accept his invitation to go and stay on his farm in the summer. Write it Please

Write your letter in 140–190 words.

How to go about it

- Begin by referring in some way to the letter you have received from Mark.

- Use some of the informal language and linkers that you have just studied.

- Organize your letter into logical paragraphs, as in the letter from Mark.

Listening 2 part 1 Multiple choice

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For questions 1–8 , choose the best answer ( A, B or C ).

What to expect in the exam

The eight recorded extracts are either monologues or conversations. You hear each one twice.

You will hear distractors. Listen carefully both times to the whole of each extract.

How many houses has Mike got now?
Four I think. This one here,
the flat in Brighton, the country cottage, and .....
and the villa in Spain.

That's right.

Hmm. Easy for some, isn't it?

I'm not so sure.
I get the impression he's a bit fed up with it all - always moving around. I wouldn't be surprised if he got rid of everything over here and lived in Spain permanently.
Is that what he's said he'll do?

Well, you know Mike.
It's not like him to talk much about his plans. But he did say he might settle down one day - stay in one place. And you know how much he likes Spain

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1 You hear two people talking about a friend of theirs. What does the woman say about the friend?

I'm stressed out, to be honest, what with work and the problems with the house and everything. I need to do something to help me relax ... Well. I wanted to do yoga, but the class is on Friday and I play squash then. And then I saw they do Pilates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which would be ideal for me ... I know. You did it for a couple of years, didn't you? ... So anyway, I was wondering if you could tell me what it was like, what sort of things you did. I had a look on the Internet, but it's always better to talk to someone with first¬hand experience.

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2 You overhear a man talking to a friend on his mobile phone. Why is he phoning?

We just about get by, but it's always a struggle to get to the end of the month. Frank - my husband - hasn't had a job for over a year and I've got the two children to look after. Frank said he'll look after the kids and I can go out and look for work. Trouble is, he's useless around the house and he can't cook to save his life. But there's no alternative, really. Both our mums aren't very well these days, so we can't get either of them to come and help out. And we haven't got any family jewels we can sell. So, this weekend I'll be teaching Frank to cook and writing a few application letters.

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3 You hear a woman talking about her family’s financial situation. What is she going to do?

Don't you just hate it when the alarm goes off in the morning?
I usually wake up before the alarm goes off.
I'm an early riser.
That sounds worse.
Aren't you tired for the rest of the day?
No, I just don't need to sleep so much.
I take the dog out for a walk, talk to him about this and that ...
You talk to your dog?

Sure. Much easier than talking Lo people -
he doesn't answer back or ask questions, like people do. I find that much harder to cope with first thing in the morning. I'm the same in the car - most people can't stand the journey to work, but I have a good old chat with myself.

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4 You overhear a man and a woman talking about their morning routine.

How does the man feel about his mornings?

On my travels, I've got used to eating all sorts of weird and wonderful things, so I was prepared for things like fried insects and scorpions. I don't particularly like them, but I'll eat them if I have to. And it's very hot and humid there, so I was also ready for the rather slow pace of life and relaxed way they go about doing things, like work, for example. What I wasn't expecting was the way they dress out there. In my experience it's unusual for people in that part of the world to take so much care over what they wear. Colour, style, fashion - it all mattered to them. I was positively scruffy by comparison.

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5 You hear a woman on the radio talking about her experiences in a foreign country.

What surprised her about the people?

The world today is faster and more dynamic than when our great¬grandparents were alive, but as a result, life is often more stressful and unhealthy. Self-help books offer people the hope of finding a solution to their problems, improving their health and well-being, and generally making their lives better. The author of Back to basics says his book will help you achieve all these things in a matter of weeks. He's lying - the only thing it's good for is sending you to sleep, and you'd be wasting your money if you bought it, and your time if you read it.

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6 You turn on the radio and hear the following.

What is it?

Are you enjoying it here in the village?
Yes, I am.
I think I know nearly everyone now. When I came here last year everyone went out of their way to introduce themselves and make me feel welcome.
That's good. So you feel comfortable here, then?

Yes, I do. And the children have settled in well, too.
I just get a bit nervous about the traffic sometimes.
What, on the main road?

Yes, and a couple of other spots as well.
There are certain places I won't let the children go without me. Some drivers just don't slow down for them.

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7 You hear two people talking about the village they both live in.

What does the woman think of the village?

I don't get to wear a uniform - you know, with a cap and all, like they do at some of the other hotels, but I do wear a suit. A decent one - tailor made - not just any old suit. Inside, at the front desk - in reception - they reckon I look smarter than the boss. I'm not so sure about that, but I do like to look good for the guests - I'm the first person they see before they go into the hotel. And I've got this long black overcoat, as well - it can get pretty cold standing outside on the steps in winter, I can tell you.

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8 You hear a man talking about his job.

Who is the man?

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