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Cambridge English: Proficiency

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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Article

Question
A newspaper that you read regularly is conducting a campaign to encourage schools to teach more relevant subjects, or 'life' skills. Its editor has asked readers to write short articles based on the following question:

What essential topics do you wish had been included in the school curriculum when you were a pupil?

Write the article for the editor of the newspaper. (around 300 - 350 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:

  • Decide what 'essential topics' you could write about. Brainstorm a list of about 5 or 6 areas:
    e.g. health education (sex/drugs awareness), dealing with peer pressure, personal finance, home improvement, First Aid....
  • Now choose some of these topics to focus on in your article (three is a good number). For each topic think about the following points:
    - was the topic included in your school curriculum but not taught in a relevant way?
    - why do you consider it to be an essential area of knowledge?
    - have there been any negative consequences of not being taught about this topic?
  • Decide if you are going to adopt a serious tone for this article, or a more lighthearted one. It doesn't matter which tone you adopt as long as you maintain a consistent tone.

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent?
  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!

 

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