English as a Second Language

IGCSE English as a Second Language - Cambridge Syllabus

Topic 8 (Added March 3, 2011)

A student magazine is running a “Student of the Year” competition. Students have been invited to propose one of their friends for this competition. Write a letter to the magazine nominating one of your friends and giving reasons why you think he/she should receive the award.

 

Your letter should be 150-200 words long.

 

Don’t forget to include:

 

·         Who the person is and why you have selected him/her

·         What is special about your friend

·         Some of his/her remarkable qualities

 

You will receive up to 9 marks for the content of your letter and up to 9 marks for the style and accuracy of your language.

 

 Topic 7 (Added March 3, 2011)

You have just received a letter from your pen friend in another country describing his/her school and asking you to write about your best friend at school.

 

Your letter should be 150-200 words long.

 

Don’t forget to include:

 

o   Who your friend is

o   His / her special qualities

o   What you admire  about him / her

 

You will receive up to 9 marks for the content of your article and up to 9 marks for the style and accuracy of your language.

 

  Topic 6 (Added March 1, 2011)

You have just won first prize in a competition!

 

The prize is a two-week holiday to anywhere you choose in the world, for you and a friend.

 

Write a letter to a friend, in which you:

 

·         Explain what has happened, and why you are excited

·         Explain why you want to go to the place you have chosen

·         Invite your friend to come with you, saying why you think he/she would enjoy the holiday.

 

Your letter should be between 150-200 words.  Do not write an address.

 

You will receive up to 9 marks for the content of your letter, and up to 9 marks for the style and accuracy of your language

Topic 5 (Added January 31, 2011)

Your head teacher has asked your class for suggestions on how to improve teenage facilities in your neighbourhood. Write a letter to him/her on behalf of your class.

 

Your letter should be 150-200 words long.

 

Don’t forget to include:

 

o   Any specific problem you face

o   What facilities you would like to have

o   How your class can contribute

 

You will receive up to 9 marks for the content of your article and up to 9 marks for the style and accuracy of your language.

 

 Topic 4 (Added August 18, 2010)

Your teacher has asked you to suggest ways to save energy at school. Write a report for your teacher. In your report

  •  Say why you think energy saving is important
  •  Give TWO suggestions of things students could do to save energy at school
  • Give TWO suggestions of things the school could do to save energy.

 Your report should be about 150 – 200 words long.

You will receive up to 9 marks for the content of your letter, and up to 9 marks for the style and accuracy of your language.

Essay topics to practice

  Topic 1

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SUMMER GET A JOB WITH US!

If you need extra cash and are 16+

WE NEED YOU!

Lots of vacancies in our seafront restaurant,

It’s fun, it’s easy, hours to suit!

Ring Jim on 01774 456458 or write to: Seafront lobsters, 15 Plaza Avenue, Florida 


 Imagine that you’ve decided to apply for this job. Write a letter to the personnel manager

 

  •                   Describing yourself
  •          What makes you special
  •          How you qualify for the job

You will receive up to 5 marks for the content of your article, and up to 5 marks for the style and accuracy of your language (Core Candidates) / up to 9 marks for the content of your article, and up to 9 marks for the style and accuracy of your language (Extended Candidates).

 

  Topic 2

Your cousin went to live abroad with her family when she was only two or three years old. Her parents have asked if she can stay with your family for a holiday. You have never actually met before. Write a letter to your cousin in which you

 

  • Introduce yourself
  • Describe your family and background
  • Tell her about enjoyable things to do together
  • Describe interesting places to visit

 Do not write an address. You will receive up to 5 marks for your letter and up to 5 marks for the style and accuracy of your language (Core Candidates) / up to 9 marks for the content of your article, and up to 9 marks for the style and accuracy of your language (Extended Candidates).

  Topic 3

The notice given below appeared in your school notice board.

BOOK OF THE WEEK

 

Write and recommend

A BOOK

For

THE WEEK’S TOP 10 BOOKS

 

Send your entries to:

The School Book Club before Thursday

 

 

Write a letter to the secretary of the Book Club recommending your favourite book.

Include the following points:

  • Name and author of the book
  • The plot and the characters
  • For whom you recommend this book

Your letter should be between 150-200 words.

You will receive up to 9 marks for the content and up to 9 marks for style and accuracy.

 

How to write a book review (as a recommendation)

 

Begin by writing the title of the book and the author as a heading and underline it.

 

For example:

‘Famous Five Run Away’ by Enid Blyton

‘Out on a Limb’ by Shirley Maclain

‘If Tomorrow Comes’ by Sidney Sheldon

 

 Structure of the book review 

Introduction

Paragraph 1 – the storyline

Paragraph 2 – the characters

Paragraph 3 – memorable incident

Paragraph 4 – recommendation

 

Introduction

A book I recently read and enjoyed was…(book title) by….(author).

Next give type of book: romance, drama, thriller, crime, horror, science fiction, classic, contemporary

Then set the book geographically or historically for  example;

 

Geographically

  • In rural France
  • In suburban New York
  • In the suburbs of Cairo
  • On a remote/desert/island
  • On a different planet/star
  • In the foothills of the Himalayas

 

Historically

  • At the turn of the last century
  • Before/after the First World War
  • In the twenty-third century
  • Before/after the revolution
  • In pre-historic times
  • In the early 1800s
  • In the late 50s

 

……….a classic romance set in pre-industrialised rural England.

 

Paragraph 1 – the storyline

 

Do not tell the story. 

The novel traces/outlines/sketches/follows/the life of…(character), a ….(define).who….

Paragraph 2 – the characters

Begin with a general statement about the characters.

 

There are many well-drawn/strong/convincing characters, such as….

 

(Character’s name), a (define using the character’s occupation/age/personality/role played), who…..and………….(repeat for another character.

 

Then move on to select one character to describe slightly more fully. This may be the central character in the book.

 

By far the most interesting / appealing character to me was ………….(character’s name)

 

By far the most appealing character to me , though, was…..because I was able to identify with him, especially the way he felt when/about……

 

The character I most admired, however, was…….because he/she represents/symbolizes/stands for justice/freedom/compassion.

 

The character I admired most, however, was because he/she represents/symbolizes/stands for justice/freedom/compassion

 

Paragraph 3: memorable incident

 

This is the most difficult paragraph in the book review. It is a good idea to choose a suitable incident before the exam.

 

One of the memorable moments in the novel was when…

One of the incidents I shall never forget was when….

One of the incidents which made a lasting impression on me was when……

I think one of the best parts in the book is when…………..

 

Paragraph 4 – recommendation

 

In the final paragraph, you should give your overall opinion of the book and support your opinion. Do not say:

 

I liked the book

It was a nice book.

You should read the book.

I think you will like this book.

 

Who do you think the book is suitable for? Teenagers? All age groups? Romantics? Those with a sense of adventure? Why do you think the book is suitable for that particular group of people?

 

Anyone with a taste of adventure would certainly enjoy the fast moving action of……..

 

The use of imagination in this novel would definitely……appeal to a wide range of ages, / cross the age barrier, / close the generation gap,

 

This novel as with all classics, has a message of relevance today.

 

What is the message?

 

The triumph of good over evil.

The power of love

The importance of friendship

Happiness cannot be found through wealth alone

The mystery of life

 

Source - IGCSE English as a Second Language: Focus on Writing by Alison Digger - ISBN: 978-0340928066 / Published by Hodder Murray, Euston Road, London, NW1 3BH, United Kingdom

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