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Cambridge English: First

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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Informal Letter

You have received the following letter from your English-speaking friend.

.............Thanks for inviting me to stay with you when I visit your country next month.

I'm not sure how to get to your apartment from the airport. Could you write back giving me some basic instructions? What would be the best method of transport for me? I'd prefer one that isn't too expensive!

Just one other thing - what will the weather be like when I get there? (Just so I'll know what clothes to pack!) .........

Write your letter of reply to your friend (around 140-190 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 methods of transport would you use to get to and from your nearest airport (e.g. bus, coach, train, taxi)
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each one? (Consider e.g. length of the journey, frequency of the service, cost, etc.)
  • Which option(s) are you going to recommend?
  • How would you describe the weather at this time of year (e.g. sunny, cloudy, rainy) and what sort of clothes are suitable (e.g. loose, lots of layers, waterproof)?
  • How are you going to end the letter?

Drafting and proofreading your work

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

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the letter organised in a clear and logical way?
  • Is the language correct with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style OK?
  • Will your friend enjoy reading your letter?

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



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