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FCE Writing Sample - ESL REVIEWS




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FCE WRITING SAMPLE – tips for ESL reviews:

  • ANSWER THE QUESTION
  • PLAN your review.
  • Make sure you have at least 4 paragraphs.
  • Choose an appropriate title.
  • The introduction will talk about what's being reviewed.
  • Use a relaxed, friendly, chatty style.
  • You can use contractions such as I'm, I've etc..
  • Use a new paragraph for each point you want to make.
  • Give your opinion.
  • In the concluding paragraph give your opinion.

FCE Writing Sample - Useful phrases for ESL - Reviews

What I liked

  • What I liked most was .....
  • The thing I liked most was ....
  • I was pleasantly surprised by .....
  • ..... would appeal to .....
  • If you get a chance to ....

What I disliked

  • What I disliked most was .....
  • I was disappointed by ......
  • I was disappointed with .....
  • I was very disappointed by .....
  • I was very disappointed with ....

Reviews of books:

  • main character
  • is set in
  • comedy
  • science fiction
  • thriller
  • romance
  • comedy
  • author
  • written by
  • chapter
  • factual
  • fiction
  • unbelievable
  • bestseller
  • chapter
  • ending

Reviews of films, tv programmes, plays:

  • lead role
  • star role
  • star
  • star actor
  • star actress
  • starring
  • secondary role
  • He plays a .......
  • She plays a .......
  • written by ....
  • is set in .....
  • based on a true story .....
  • believable
  • true to life
  • not very believable
  • far-fetched
  • comedy
  • romance
  • science fiction
  • ending

Reviews of hotels, restaurants, etc:

  • location
  • service
  • setting
  • attractive setting
  • disappointing setting
  • owned by
  • run by
  • head chef (restaurant)
  • waiters (restaurant)
  • staff .......
  • staff at reception .......(hotel)
  • hotel facilities ....
  • reasonable prices .....
  • good value for money .....
  • excellent value for money .....
  • expensive
  • a bit expensive
  • overpriced
  • not worth the money
  • poor value for money
  • always fully booked
  • book in advance

FCE Writing Sample - SAMPLE QUESTIONS

ESL Reviews - Sample Question 1

Write 120-180 words for Intermediate and Upper Intermediate ESL Students or 250 plus words for Advanced and Proficiency students in an appropriate style.

Your teacher has asked you to write a review for a book you have read recently. The best reviews will go in the school magazine. Review the book giving your opinion and saying whether or not you would recommend it.

Write your review.

ESL Reviews - Sample Question 2

Write 120-180 words for Intermediate and Upper Intermediate ESL Students or 250 plus words for Advanced and Proficiency students in an appropriate style.

Your teacher has asked you to write a review for a film you have seen recently on DVD or at the cinema. The best reviews will go in the school magazine. Review the book giving your opinion and saying whether or not you would recommend it.

Write your review.

ESL Reviews - Sample Question 3

Write 120-180 words for Intermediate and Upper Intermediate ESL Students or 250 plus words for Advanced and Proficiency students in an appropriate style.

At school you are building a tourist website in English. Your teacher has asked you to write a review of a restaurant you have eaten at in your town. Review the restaurant giving your opinion and saying whether or not you would recommend it.

Write your review.

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