Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Report
You have recently attended a training course and as part of the evaluation of it all participants have been asked to write a report giving their views:
|Please give us your feedback to help us monitor the success of our training courses and to help us determine what changes we could make in the future.
We would appreciate your views on any aspect of the course which you liked or didn't like, including these points:
- suitability of training course objectives
- presenter's knowledge and presentation style
- recommendations to improve the course
Write the report for the training manager. (around 280 - 320 words)
What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.
Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:
- What type of training course was it? You can write from your own experience, or otherwise invent the details, as in the example below:
- 2 day course on First Aid; objective: to learn skills for emergency first aid in the workplace
- Think about the 'suitability of the course objectives'. What feedback could you give on them? Here are some ideas:
- Too ambitious - not enough time to cover all options
- Just right
- Not suitable - didn't relate to the needs of the participants
- What comment are you going to make about the presenter? Remember, you will have to be diplomatic if you have some major criticisms:
Although the presenter was very well-informed about the topic I felt his teaching style to be a little abrasive....
- You should finish your report by making one or two recommendations to improve the course. Again, this should be done tactfully!
Drafting and proofreading your work
You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:
- Have you answered the question fully?
- Is the layout and organisation appropriate for a report?
- Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
- Is the style appropriate and consistent for your report?
- Will it be genuinely informative to the reader as well as not causing offence?
If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!