Speaking syllabus Januaray / June 2022 1. Why is it that material things can make us happy?2. Why do some people choose to go to unusual holiday locations?3. Why do some people choose to stay in a one-sided friendship?
4. What is one of the most important decisions we have to make in our life?5. What can cause stress in the workplace?
6. How can cities promote tourism? 7. Why is eco-tourism growing?8. Is advertising a form of art? Why? Why not?9. Why do people choose a career in medicine?10. Why do most people prefer to rely on traditional medicine?11. Why do a lot of people have trouble sleeping?12. Why should people be encouraged to use public transportation?13. What are the advantages of air travel?14. How has technology changed the film industry?15. What is good about being a sensitive person?
It is extremely important to pay careful attention to the following:
The addressee:an English friend of yours
The context:is visiting your city next summer
The main ideas/paragraphs:tell him about the places he should visit / and the clothes / invite him to stay with you
If we take a quick look at the email above, we can see the following features:
The email layout is extremely clear. This is easily achieved by using opening and closing formulas and paragraphs, a signature, and allowing some space between all the semi-independent paragraphs.
Each paragraph has a clear purpose, which in this case is marked in red.
The opening and closing formulas are used to say “hi” and “goodbye” in a polite way.
The introductory paragraph is typically used to react to news (It’s great to hear from you… / I’m so excited about…) and to introduce the topic of our email.
The main body deals with each of the sub tasks, which in this case are: what to visit, what to wear and invite him.
In the closing paragraph we start saying goodbye and we can ask for a reply to our email.
The language is informal:
Contractions: It’s great, I’m, you’ll have, etc.
Commonphrasal verbs: put you up, check out.
Colloquial language: How are you doing?, you should totally, you can’t miss, drop me a line, etc.
Writing as we think: Oh, By the way, Anyway,
Flexible punctuation: …viewpoint — you’ll have the best…
This is a good example of an informal email for FCE Writing.
Useful Expressions for an Informal Email for FCE Writing
Greetings: Dear Sarah, Hello Sara, Hi Sara,
Introductory paragraph: How’s it going? How are you doing? How are things? How are things going? It’s great to hear from you! Long time, no see! Sorry I haven’t written for ages, but I’m really sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you.
Reacting to good news: I’m glad to hear that I’m so happy that Great news about your I’m very happy to hear about It’s so great that
Reacting to bad news: I’m so sorry to hear about Sorry to read about I can’t tell you how sad I am that I’m extremely sorry to hear about It’s just awful to hear that
Introducing paragraphs: Oh, by the way, Hey, did you hear about…? One more thing, As for By the way, tell me about
Ending the email or letter: Well, I gotta go now. Anyway, I should get going. I’ve got to leave you now. I’d better get going. Well, it’s time to go Make sure you write soon Don’t forget to drop me a line soon. Look after yourself. Take care of yourself.
Closing the email or letter: All my love, Love, Lots of love, All the best, Take care, Best wishes, Best, Regards, Kind regards,