FCE Reading and Use of English

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FCE Reading and Use of English

FCE Exam – Reading Tips




Extra Task: Writing about Britain!

The following task is worthy of an extra seven in “Performance Assessment” on ST 1st Semestre, if carried out flawelessly.

TRAVEL JOURNAL: “One Day in Britain”

Go back in time to the days you spent in the UK, as part of your Europe Tour.

Write a Diary Entry on one of those days when you visited places and did various activities so as to transport readers who have never been there, to the UK.

  • Include vivid descriptions of places you visited and the activities you did there.
  • Include emotive language to describe how you felt when you visited those places.
  • Write between 150 – 190 words.

Write your Diary Entry in a neat sheet of paper, using either sharpies or black/blue pen, to make it easier to read. Paste it on coloured paper to create contrast.

The best texts will be chosen to be displayed in British Week and will be awarded an extra-70 on ST.

Argumentative Essays: How to Write Them?

For an argument essay to be effective, it must contain certain elements that will persuade the audience to see things from your perspective.

Once you have selected a topic you feel strongly about, you should make a list of points for both sides of the argument and pick a side. One of your first objectives in your essay will be to present both sides of your issue with an assessment of each. Of course, you will conclude that one side (your side) is the best conclusion.

In an argument essay you will have to provide evidence without providing too much drama. You’ll explore two sides of a topic (briefly) and provide proof as to why one side or position is the best one.

Introduction: Introduce your topic and assert your side

As in any essay, the first paragraph of your argument essay should contain a brief explanation of your topic, some background information, and a thesis statement. In this case, your thesis will be a statement of your position on a particular controversial topic.

Body: Present both sides of the controversy

The body of your essay will contain the meat of your argument. You should go into more detail about the two sides of your controversy and state the strongest points of the counter-side of your issue.

After describing the “other” side, you will present your own viewpoint and then provide evidence to show why your position is the correct one.

Select your strongest evidence and present your points one by one. Use a mix of evidence types, from statistics, to other studies and anecdotal stories. For school purposes, you will have to organise this part of the essay in 3 paragraphs.


Come up with a summary of what has been stated, and reinforce your thesis statement.

Transition Words and Phrases

To show organisation in your essay, the effective use of linking words is required.

Use the following link with linking words and phrases for essay writing.

The following tutorial goes over the basic steps for essay writing. Use it as a resource to prepare for your FCE Writing Task next Monday.

FCE WRITING: PART 1 (Compulsory)

In your English class, you have been talking about the subject of cultural heritage. Now your English teacher has asked you to write an essay.

Write an essay using all the notes and give reasons for your point of view.
“It is a good thing that countries spend a lot of money on their heritage?”


Write about:
1. preserving the past
2. investing in the future
3. ________ (your own idea)

Write your essay in 140-190 words in an appropriate style.

FCE WRITING: PART 2 (From a List of Options)

FCE Writing Part 2