English Proficiency Essays (ECPE – LRN CPE) – useful phrases

English Proficiency Essays (ECPE – LRN CPE) – useful phrases

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USEFUL PHRASES FOR WRITING PROFICIENCY ESSAYS

Introducing the phenomenon to be discussed

More and more families are choosing to have only one child.
The trend nowadays is towards having smaller families.
Over the past ten years or so the media have frequently carried reports of ……………
Recent research indicates that the number of teenagers who smoke is increasing.
Hardly a week goes by without another report of …………….. appearing in the media.
This raises the issue of whether ……………..
Although most people would generally agree that …………… few would deny that …………….

Stating your opinion
As I see it,
It seems to me that ………… I would also say that ….
I am convinced that ……………
I am inclined to believe that ………………
There is no doubt in my mind that ………………
One of the drawbacks of ……. is ……….
However, one of the benefits is that …………

Changing topic
As regards the causes for this, …………..
Concerning the causes for this, ………
As for the causes, ………..

Presenting arguments
One justification often given for ……….. is that……………..
Advocates/Proponents would claim that ………………
Those who object to …………….. often argue that ……………….
Another objection is that ……
However, it should not be forgotten that …………..
……….. are opposed to ……………. on the grounds that ……………..
From the point of view of ……………..
According to ………………..

Describing causes
One factor which has led to ………… is …………..
One of the factors which has brought this about is ………
The problem often stems from ………………..
The situation has been exacerbated by …………….
………….. has only made the situation worse.
One consequence of ……………. is …………….

Proposing steps and measures
As regards the most appropriate response to this situation, one suggestion would be to ………
The first step to be taken would be to ……..
To alleviate the situation people should ………..
In addition they ought to ……………
To begin to tackle this situation society/individuals/the government need/s to ……….
………….. would certainly ameliorate the situation.
This can only be dealt with if …………
To overcome this problem, …………..
Were the government to ……………, the situation would doubtless improve.
Individuals can do a great deal to …………
The burden of responsiblity lies in the hands of ……..
It is vitally important that ………
Legislation should be introduced to control ……………..
It would be a grave error if we ……………..

Concluding
All in all it seems to me that ………..
The obvious conclusion to be drawn is that …………………..
All things considered, ………….
On balance, I tend to believe that …………
The world would surely be a better place to live in if …………..
If people stopped ….ing, we would have/ we could look forward to a ……………
The prospects for the future will be bleak/grim unless ……………….

Source :  Fullspate
Choosing the right car

Choosing the right car

 [Newcars.com]

Vocabulary chunks in this video are also suitable for those taking  the CaMLA  New ECPE Speaking Test  @ HAU (Choosing the best car for a family)

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Cool features
  • Will you be using your car primarily for driving to work?
  • If you commute frequently for long distances
  • Look for a car that gets good mileage
  • You could wind up spending a lot on gas every year
  • Fuel efficient cars tend to be smaller in size
  • Invest in a hybrid car
  • The extra costs of buying a hybrid version
  • Fuel savings
  • Gas powered version
  • Travel a lot of miles
  • Will may passengers will be travelling with you?
  • A family of four
  • A mid-sized car
  • SUV – looks like a tall station wagon
  • Allows you to carry a family of up to 7 or 8
  • Carrying lots of groceries and other cargo
  • Fold down the rear seats to create more space
  • Trunk space will be sufficient
  • No cargo capacity
  • Do you drive in snow, ice or off-road?
  • Those options add extra cost
  • Enhance your safety
  • A sports or sporty car
  • A sporty convertible
  • They are offered with manual transmission to give you more engagement
  • Automatic transmission
  • Will you be doing any towing?
  • Rent one for the week
  • A pickup truck