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Cambridge English: Advanced

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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Letter to a Friend

You have received a letter from an English friend:

It's great to hear you and your family are well. We've just been talking about this year's summer holiday and thought it would be great to come and see some of the places near you. The wife and I are dead keen on anywhere with an historical interest and the two kids are into shopping and anything else young teenagers enjoy. Any ideas?


Write your letter to your friend. (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:

  • How can you start the letter before going into the details your friend has asked for?
  • What places are you going to recommend in your area?
  • How can you organise the points?
    E.G. Places for adults, then places for children?
    Suggestions for a daily itinery?
  • How could you end the letter?
    E.G. 'Let me know if you need any more help'.
    'Write back and tell me when you're coming'.

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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