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Cambridge English: Advanced

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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Email

You have been informed that the company you work for is going to close down its sport and leisure club in order to save costs. You have organised a meeting with your colleagues to discuss the matter and the following points were made:

1. The club is used by most employees after work and it brings a lot of benefits.
2. The management should reconsider its decision and consider alternatives.
Action: write a memo to the Managing Director on behalf of employees explaining our views and asking for a change of mind.

Write your email for the website users. (Between 220 and 260 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 facilities does the sports and leisure club offer to employees? Make a list of two or three points that you can use for background detail:
    - swimming pool and sauna
    - subsidised (cheap) restaurant
  • What are the benefits to the employees of these facilities?
    - ideal for relaxing after a hard day's work
    - staff are able to eat in the restaurant instead of cooking at home
  • What points are you going to make in order to persuade the Managing Director to change his/her mind? Will you make a threat? Will you offer to compromise? What alternative suggestions for saving money can you think of?
  • Think about the most suitable tone to adopt.
    We appreciate that there is a need to reduce costs. However, ....

Drafting and proofreading your work

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

  • Have you included all the essential information about the book/film?
  • 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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