Writing Task (go to Checklist)

Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Proposal

You are a member of a committee that is campaigning for an international sports competition to be hosted in your home town. You have received the following memo:

To: Committee members
From: Chairman

I would be grateful if all members could write a short report giving their views on the following points:

1. why our town would be a suitable host for the competition
2. any objections to our campaign and how we can overcome them
3. suggestions as to how we can make the best use of our budget

Write your proposal for the Chairman of the committee. (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:

  • What sporting competition is it (a single sport or lots of different events) and how long will it last? Write down the details.
  • What does your town have to offer that makes it a good candidate for hosting the competition? Use the following headings if you're stuck for ideas and make notes as in the examples.
    Facilities - a large multi-purpose sports stadium
    Transport links - close to train and bus stations
    Relaxation - plenty to do in the evenings
  • Are there any obstacles that you need to consider? What are the solutions?
    Problem - Hotels are a long distance from airport
    Solution - Arrange free coach service for delegates between airport and hotel
  • What are your priorities for spending your budget?
    -Arrange daytime social programme for partners of delegates and their children
    Make buildings more attractive by redecorating them
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!