Übung macht den Meister or Practice makes perfect.

Here is a list of writings you may practise:

  • Formal emails and letters
    • letter/email to the editor in which you expess your opionon on a subject
    • letter of application
    • letter of complain
  • Article
  • Essay
  • Blog post / comment
  • Report
  • Story

LETTERS

LETTER OF APPLICATION.

It is a document sent to an employer in which you give detailed information about your skills and experience. It is a formal document that means you do not make any contractions (don't, can't) and use formal, objective vocabulary and phrases. Click here to find more information on how to write a letter of application.

LETTER OF COMPLAINT

It is a document sent to a company, travel agency, hotel, etc. to make a formal complain about something that has gone wrong. Although you may feel angry or disappointed, it is a formal document and you should not express you feelings in an impolite and inappropriate way that means you should always use formal and objective vocabulary. Click here to find more information on how to write a letter of complaint.

ESSAYS

Topic 1: Social Networking Sites
"Many people think social networking sites such as Facebook have a bad influence on people and society. Do you agree or disagree?". Read a sample essay 1

Topic 2: Travelling
"Travelling is a waste of time and money. Do you agree or disagree?" Sample essay 1, Sample essay 2.

Topic 3: A gap year
Your teacher has asked you to write an essay on the idea of a “gap year”. In your essay argue for or against a “gap year”. You should

  • give reasons for taking a gap year
  • discuss possible effect of taking a gap year
  • evaluate its influence on personal development.

    Write around 400 words. Give your essay a title. Read a sample essay.

 

USEFUL LINKS

The Punctuation Guide - an intersting website with useful information on how to use the apostrophe (') colon (:), semicolon (;), hyphens (-), brackets (), quotation marks  (" "), etc.