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FCE WRITING TASKS © Mirela Rotaru

TASK REGISTER TARGET AUDIENCE ORGANISATION SITUATION PURPOSE / CONTENT


AND TONE STRUCTURE
LETTER Informal Friend, colleague, Opening In response to a given Thank, ask for information, provide
EMAIL etc. Introduction situation information, invite, etc.
Body Reason for writing + details
Closing Use of formulaic expressions

REVIEW Informal Readers assumed Introduction Usually written for an Describe and express a personal opinion
Semi-formal to have common Body English- language (film, holiday, product, website, etc) and
interests with the Closing - general opinion + magazine, newspaper give a clear impression of it
writer’s recommendation or website Description, explanation, personal
opinion, feelings

ARTICLE Semi-formal A reader assumed Introduction For an English-language To interest and engage the reader
Formal to have similar Body magazine or newsletter Personal opinion and comment
interests with the Closing
writer
REPORT Semi-formal A superior or a Clear For school, club, To inform
Formal peer group May include headings committee, etc. Factual information, facts, data not
Closing - recommendations emotion
ESSAY Formal Educated reader Introduction – raise interest Usually for the teacher To persuade - express opinion, give
Body arguments, etc.
Conclusion Connectors are important to link ideas +
Paragraphs for each diversity of language
idea/argument

STORY Semi-formal Opening paragraph: when, For a magazine, a To entertain, surprise, delight
where, who, how contest The most creative type of task
Plot Use of dialogue
Climax Tenses are very important; also
Ending adjectives, adverbs, verbs
Use: humor, surprise, conflict