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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: An Information Sheet

The company you work for has recently decided to open a fitness centre for its employees in order to improve their general health. You have been asked to write a leaflet for them explaining the following points:

  • opening date for the new centre
  • its facilities
  • benefits of using the centre regularly

Write your information sheet. (Around 220-260 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:

  • Decide how you are going to begin your leaflet. You need a friendly and welcoming introduction:
    "We are proud to announce that our new fitness centre will be opening in two months' time..."
  • What facilities are going to be available. You can use your imagination to make a list, e.g.
    - swimming pool, steam room and sauna
    - gym
    - squash and badminton courts
    - cafe and bar area for refreshments
  • What are the benefits for the employees of using the centre? (Here, you are being asked to encourage them to use it.) Some of the following points could be used:
    Healthier employees are more productive, take less time off work through illness, have better working relationships with colleagues.
  • Think carefully about your tone. Which of the following statements would be the most effective?
    "You should use the fitness centre regularly if you want to stay healthy" or
    "Why not pop along in your lunch hour for a refreshing workout that will keep you alert all afternoon."
  • Give your leaflet a good, catchy title.

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!