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C1 Essay

How to write a C1 level essay for the Cambridge Advanced exam. This article will be split into 6 parts:  1) Example Questions 2) How the essay is graded 3) How to plan the essay – what to write about 4) Example Answers 5) Useful grammar and vocabulary 6) Tips and Tricks to get the best marks 1) Example Questions EXAMPLE A) Your class has taken part in a seminar on modern society. You have made the following notes below. What are the advantages of living in a multicultural society? 1) fusion 2) education 3) the working environment Some opinions expressed in the discussion: “I feel we have a long way to go to fully consider ourselves multicultural” / “This opens your mind to habits you never would have before considered” Write an essay discussing TWO of the points in your notes. You should explain the extent to which you agree with the statement and give reasons in support of your answer. You may, if you wish, make use of the opinions expressed in the seminar, but you should use your own words as far as possible.   The word limit is 220-260 words. In the exam this is a compulsory question. You should spend about 45 minutes on this. It is worth 50% of the writing exam. 2) How the Essay is Graded The essay is marked out of...

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B2 Essay

How to write a B2 level essay for the First Certificate exam. This article will be split into 6 parts:  1) Example Questions 2) How the essay is graded 3) How to plan the essay – what to write about 4) Example Answers 5) Useful grammar and vocabulary 6) Tips and Tricks to get the best marks 1) Example Questions EXAMPLE A) Children’s diets today are more unhealthy than in the past. Do you agree?  Write about: 1) Unhealthy snacks 2) Cooking Habits 3) Your own idea EXAMPLE B) Every country in the world has environmental problems. Do you think these problems can be solved? Write about: 1) transport 2) Rivers and Seas 3) Your own Idea The word limit is 140-190 words. In the exam this is a compulsory question (you will not have a choice of questions). You should spend about 40 minutes on this. It is worth 50% of the writing exam. *With First Certificate they give you content to include in your essay. In general you should write a paragraph about each of the points they give you (1+2), and a paragraph about something else (3-your own idea). In other exams this is not given. 2) How the Essay is Graded The essay is marked out of 20. You need 12/20 (60%) to pass. These 20 points are split equally between four criteria: Content: does it...

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How To Write an Article

This guide is aimed at writing an Article for the Cambridge First Certificate (B2) and Advanced (C1) exams. The advice might not be appropriate for other exams. In the exam you’ll usually be asked to write an article for a magazine- this means that the style should be fairly informal (no essay words), interesting and creative. The more creative the better. The examiner is looking for you to be able to interest the reader, inform them about something or persuade them to try something. Here is an example question of an FCE article: You have seen the following notice in an English Language magazine. “How do you keep fit? What are the benefits to doing this?”. Write your article for the magazine in 140-190 words.  How to decide what to write 1) Before you do anything  think of an interesting topic for the article. The best articles are the ones that think outside the box. So if you’re article is about how to keep fit, writing about playing football is going to be boring for the reader (and examiner- remember they’re marking hundreds of them- you want yours to be interesting and to stand out). Instead, try to think of a topic that is unusual and/or clever. For example keeping fit by doing the housework. Keeping fit by dancing Bachata. Everyone knows football, football is boring. Never write about...

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Eurovision: Two Countries Guilty of Cheating?

Last night the Eurovision Song Contest was watched by millions of people worldwide. The singing contest even went live in China for the first time. There have been complaints for years about the competition being ‘too political’ and that countries vote only for their neighbours, not for the songs. This year we may have proof. The votes of each country is determined equally by a jury of five experts from that country, and by the public. The scores from the experts (50%) and the public (50%) are averaged to decide how that country will vote. This year two countries’ juries were disqualified. These countries were Montenegro and Macedonia- their countries’ votes were instead determined 100% by the public of these countries. The juries were excluded by the independent voting observer, whose role it is to ensure everything is fair. The Eurovision website only gives this brief statement: “In both countries, televoting applied for 100%. The exclusion of two juries will be further discussed in the next Reference Group meeting in June.” Eurovision refuses to say exactly why the two juries were excluded. There will be an investigation next month, but at the moment no one knows what happened. Did they cheat? Did the vote politically? Did they accept a bribe?  What do you think? Vocabulary: proof (n- evidence), determined (v- decided), jury (n- group of unbiased experts who decide...

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Like Game of Thrones? You’ll LOVE this

What happens when Coldplay writes songs for a musical version of Game of Thrones? Magic happens. Watch the full video on Youtube here As part of Red Nose Day, a day when people give money to charity, the cast of Game of Thrones decided to have a little fun with the band Coldplay. As Emilia Clarke, (aka the mother of dragons Daenerys Targaryen) says “George R Martin meets Chris Martin, what could go wrong?” She sings a Reggae song called “Rastafarian, Targaryen”. The dwarf Tyrion Lannister also impresses us with his vocal ability. He makes fun of all of the characters in the series that have died while he has survived “Ned Stark’s a lot of fun, but didn’t make it past season one” The song continues “Baby you know I’m the man for all seasons/ Characters get cut for various reasons/ Some people’s parts just ain’t very long/ But not me, I’m still going strong!” However, my favourite part of the video, is when Jamie Lanister sings a song called “Closer to Home” in which he sings “Are you thinking about Joffrey? Such a spirited lad. I was his uncle, I was also his dad.” It is clear that all the cast have an excellent sense of humour. All money raised in the making of this video went to charity....

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