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Бердянський муніципальний ліцей Бердянської міської ради в Запорізькій області

How to Write Efficiently
Підготовка учнів 11 класу (рівень B2) до написання письмового завдання ЗНО
Навчальний посібник для підготовки учнів 11 класу (рівень B2) до написання письмового завдання ЗНО та міжнародних іспитів PET, IELS, TOEFL

Автор Гусєва Світлана Олександрівна

2019
Card 1 A Letter of Advice
Hi everyone! I broke my leg a few months ago and have put on a lot of weight. Now I feel tired all the time and I also don’t feel good about the way I look. Does anyone have any advice?
Write a response of 150-200 words in which you
• Express your sympathy
• Suggest that the writer should take up physical exercise
• Suggest some healthy eating habits
Dear Jane,
Hi! I’m really sorry to hear that you’re having such a problem. I think I can help you. Here are some tips for you how to lose weight.
Firstly, the best thing you can do is to join a gym. This way, you will have access to specially designed exercise machines and qualified trainers who will make you look better in no time.
Also, it would be a good idea to choose a balanced healthy diet. Why don’t you try eating as much low-fat food as possiblt? For example, chicken, fish and yogurt are good for you. If you do this, your body will get enough carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fibre. I think you should also drink at least five glasses of water per day. Then, you won’t feel exhausted or suffer from headaches.
Hope my advice will help you. Write back and let me know your results.
Best wishes,
Stephany 151 words

Card 2: A Formal Letter of Information Request/A Formal Letter Asking for Information
The Centre for Languages and Communication offers full-time and part-time foreign language courses to anyone who wants to improve their language skills. For more information about languages on offer, lesson hours and fees, please visit our website or send an email to our director of studies, Mr. Heatherstone.
Write an email of 150-200 words in which you
• Say how you find out about the centre and say you are interested in improving your level of English;
• Describe your level of English and say why you want to attend the courses;
• Ask about the cost and the number of students per class.
Dear Mr. Heatherstone,
I am writing with regard to your advertisement on Facebook dated 25 May. I am interested in studying at your language course.
I am 18 years old and I have been studying English quite extensively in preparation for my exams. My level of English is B2. My written English is good but I would like to attend the English language course to improve my speaking skills in order to get a well-paid job.
I would be grateful if you could give me some further information. Could you tell me which languages are available? I am also interested in finding out exactly how many hours of studies per week are provided. Could you let me know how many students there will be in my class? I would appreciate it if you could tell me if you have any courses for teenagers which offer a lot of speaking practice in small groups. As I am a student, I would be interested in details of any discounts that are available and the full price of the course including5 accommodation.
Thank you in advance for your assistance. I look forward to receiving your reply.
Yours sincerely,
Stefaniia Kucherova 195 words
Card 3 An Email
Come to Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, with twenty natural parks, eight biological reserves and a series of protected areas. Visitors can choose from horse riding, mountain hiking and guided bird-watching tours. They can also visit Tortuguero National Park, home to thousands of plants and animal species, and see where sea turtles lay their eggs every year.
Write an email of 150-200 words in which you
• Invite your friend;
• Say what you can see and do there to convince your friend;
• Suggest when to go and how long to stay.

Hi Dan,
What have you been up to recently? I’ve got some good news. Guess what! I’ve won two tickets to Costa Rica! Why don’t you come with me?
We’ll do lots of sightseeing in Costa Rica. I’d love to visit one of the twenty natural parks or biological reserves. There are lots of things to do in Costa Rica. We can choose from a variety of activities such as horse riding, mountain hiking and guided bird-watching tours. We can also visit the Tortuguero National Park and see the place where sea turtles lay their eggs every year.
The tour starts on 13 July and we will stay there for a few weeks. I do hope you’ll come. Write soon and let me know.
Best wishes,
Stephaniia 126 words
Hi Kate,
What have you been up to recently? I’ve got some good news! Guess what! I’ve got two tickets to Costa Rica! Why don’t you come with me?
This trip offers the perfect combination of nature and adventure while being surrounded by the stunning scenery of Costa Rica. With a great mixture of different terrains, both the sites and the activities vary. We can climb up a volcano and see the spectacular view, hike the trails through the forest in the national park and see the local wildlife and explore ancient ruins. We can also see thermal pools and relax in the natural hot springs. There also a number of impressive waterfalls and swimming holes. In the hotter areas we can see bubbling mud holes and if we are lucky we may even see a geyser erupt.
The tour starts on 13 July and we will stay there for a few weeks. I do hope you’ll come. Write soon and let me know.
Love,
Lera 164 words
Card 4 Opinion Essay + An Article for a Website
Hi everyone! You won’t believe it, but I’m in Ecuador with some friends! It was a last-minute decision, so we have no plans yet! As you know, I’m a nature lover at heart, and Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. There are lots of tours here, on which everything is arranged for you, but we’re thinking of exploring the area ourselves. What do you think?
Write a comment of 150-200 words in which you:
• say whether you think organized tours or independent travelling is better
• give the writer some advice on what to do during his trip
• wish the writer a good time.
These days, some people choose organized tours while others decide to travel independently. In my opinion, package deals are the most popular type of holidays nowadays. However, tourists must weight up carefully the good and bad points before choosing one.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to choosing a package deal. Some people argue that its major advantage is that there is a wide range of holidays to popular destinations on offer. For example, everything from a safari in Kenya to a walking holiday in the Lake District is available. On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages. It is clear tourists often stay in the resort complex to take advantage of the facilities and avoid additional expenses. This means that they don’t visit local attractions or learn about the people and culture of the country.
Furthermore, the best thing you can do during your stay is to go sightseeing. Why don’t you hire a guide and ask him to show you some local attractions that are not on the list of tourist hot spots? It would be a good idea to call at a genuine national café or a restaurant and taste local food. Also, I think you should try to experience the national culture and meet new people. If you do this, you will have the time of your life.
I hope you have a great time and my advice can help you. 236 words

Card 5: A Letter to a Friend Giving Advice + Opinion Essay (The Pros and Cons)
Task
Hi! I need your advice! I saw this nice pair of trainers on an online shopping website the other day. They look really cool and are unbelievably cheap! I’ve never bought anything online, so I don’t know how safe it is. I mean, I’d have to use my dad’s credit card and I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen! Do you think I should go ahead and buy them or just wait for the sales and buy another pair from the shops?
Thanks,
Sandy
Write an email of 200 words in which you:
• Say what you think your friend should do;
• Say whether you have any experience of online shopping;
• tell her your opinion on online shopping.
Dear Alice,
Just got your email and of course I’m glad to help. Here are some tips how to protect yourself on the Internet.
Firstly, the best thing you can do is to install anti-virus software that will guard your device against identity theft. Also, it would be a good idea to have a unique password for each website used. If someone cracks the password for one site, then they will have access to a number of your favourite sites. By all means, you should make a note of the different passwords, but make sure they are well hidden away.
I have been ordering lots of things from Internet shops in the past few years. I usually visit a number of sites in no time at all and order at the click of a button.
I believe online shopping can put you at risk of credit card fraud. You must ensure that you only use reputable sites and be very careful with your credit card. Another problem that may arise is that pictures on a computer screen may not live up to your expectations and you may be disappointed when your purchase arrives.
All things considered, I strongly believe that online shopping is safe and easy. To my mind, you should only follow certain safety measures.
Love,
Sasha 218 words
Card 6: An Informal Letter of Thanks
Dear Jane,
Hi! How’s everything going? This is just a quick note to thank you for the lovely present you gave me. How did you know what I was dreaming of? As you can imagine, I was really delighted to get this e-book.
Of all the presents I was given for my birthday it was the best one. Just imagine how many great books I can download onto this device! It is quick and easy to use it. I won’t have to go to the library every time I need a particular book. As you can see it, I’m going to use the e-book all the time.
Why don’t you come and stay with us in the summer? There are lots of things we can do in Berdyansk, for example, we can drive to Berdyansk Peninsula, have fun at the water park, watch a show at the Dolphin Aquarium and what not.
Well, that’s all for now. I hope you will come.
Best wishes,
Mykyta 165 words

Card 7: A Formal Letter of Application + Information Request
An assistant group leader is required to work at an English language camp.
Write an email 150-200 words in which you
• say you are interested in the position;
• describe the qualifications that make you an ideal candidate;
• ask for information about dates, hours and duties.
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing with regard to your advertisement from 25 May 2019. I am interested in applying for the position of assistant group leader at the English language camp.
I am an 18-year student. I am fluent in English. I have been studying the language quite extensively in preparation for my exams. I am considered to be a hardworking and responsible person who is also sociable and polite. I also enjoy working with the public. I had responsibility of dealing with children in my part-time job last summer as an organizer of outdoor activities at a summer camp.
I would also appreciate it if you could tell me further information about dates and working hours. Could you let me know when the English language camp starts working? I would like to know what hours I am supposed to work. I am also interested in finding out exactly what my duties will be.
Thank you in advance for your assistance. I look forward to your reply.
Yours faithfully,
Stefaniia Kucherova 171 words
Card 8: A Letter to a friend about your plans for future + SUCCESS
You’ve received a letter from your English pen-friend in which he asks you what you would like to achieve after you leave school. Write him/her a reply letter (150-200 words) answering his/her questions:
• Is success important to you? / Why not?
• Does success mean the same as happiness? Why? / Why not?
Dear Jack,
Hi! How’s everything going? Thank you for your last letter. I’ve got some news. I’ve made up my mind to become a teacher.
Every person wishes to get to the top and I’m not exception. I’ll have to be ambitious and hardworking if I want to succeed in life. My ambition is to get a good education and become a skilled specialist in my field. I’m going to enter the English Language Department of Zaporizhzhia National University. The role of languages in today’s society has always interested me and I would like to pursue a career in this field.
I hope I will be a successful and happy person. Success does not mean the same as happiness to me. A person can achieve success by getting the right job. Job satisfaction is very important. Although being a teacher can be difficult at times, it is really worth it. The job is challenging, demanding and rewarding. I feel I have an aptitude for working with the public and taking on responsibility for others. As for happiness, it means the opportunity to meet the right person and the possibility to have a happy family life.
Well, that’s all for now. I can’t wait to see you again.
Best wishes,
Vika 222 WORDS
CARD 9: A Visit to the Village
You have been invited by your friend to spend the weekend in his grandfather's house in the village. Write a letter (150-200 words) accepting this invitation. Include the following:
• thank for the invitation and accept it;
• ask about the region where the village is situated;
• ask about the activities you are going to do.

Dear Oliver,
Hi! How's everything going? What have you been up to recently? Thanks for inviting me to come and stay with you. It sounds like it's going to be a great weekend and I'm really happy I'll be able to make it.
I was wondering if you could answer some of my questions. Where is the village located? How long does it take to get there? How can we get there? What's the weather like there? What clothes should I bring?
Is there much to do in the village? I've never been by a river or a lake but I'd love to one day. Is there a river or a lake not far from the village? It would be a good idea to have a swim or catch fish. We could cook a meal on a fire and spend an evening telling funny stories or singing songs. Is there a forest?
Well, that's all for now. I'm so excited! Can't wait to go there!
Best wishes,
Vika 169 Words
CARD 10 BERDYANSK
You have decided to send a letter of 150-200 words to your English-speaking friend with the sights of your home town on it. Include the following information:
• name the sights in the pictures;
• write where they are and why they are famous;
• invite your friend to come and visit them one day.
Dear Alice,
Hi! How’s everything going? I thought I’d drop you a line to tell you about my native town. Berdiansk is an amazing place and these are the pictures of some of its attractions. The most famous of them are the Water Park, the Dolphin Aquarium, the Safari Park and the Observation Wheel.
Berdiansk is a resort town located on the coast of the Sea of Azov in the south-east of Ukraine. With its warm climate and excellent beaches, it is a popular resort and the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday. Among the natural wonders are Berdiansk Peninsula and Dzendzyk Island. [The warm and shallow sea and famous mud baths attract visitors during the tourist season]. The Water Park and the Dolphin Aquarium as well as great number of sanatoria and rest homes are located on Berdiansk Peninsula. They offer various facilities [such as equipped beaches, swimming pools as well as facilities] for renting boats, bikes and water scooters.
Why don’t you come and stay with us this summer? There are lots of things to do. We can swim and sunbathe on the beach every day. We can have fun at the Water Park, watch a show at the Dolphin Aquarium, visit the Safari Park and take a ride on the Observation Wheel. We will dance at the night club and we will eat at the restaurants which offer a variety of dishes from around the world.
Well, that’s all for now. Write me soon and let me know. Can’t wait to see you.
Best wishes,
Vika 252 Words
Card 11 Planning a Visit to Ukraine
Write a letter (150-200 words) to your foreign friend who is planning to visit Ukraine in July. Tell him / her about:

• the possibility to stay in your flat;
• the places you recommend to visit;
• the best places to do the shopping.
Dear Alice,
Hi! How’s everything going? I’m really glad that you’re coming to stay in July. By the way, don’t worry about finding a place to stay. My mum says you can stay with us in our flat. It’s not a problem and it will save you lots of money.
Berdiansk is an amazing place. Its main street Lenin Avenue with its beautiful buildings and enchanting views is worth visiting. Among the natural wonders are Berdiansk Peninsula and Dzendzyk Island. We can travel to Dzendzyk Island on a boat. [The most famous Berdiansk’s tourist attractions are the Water Park, the Dolphin Aquarium, the Safari Park and the Observation Wheel.] We can also have fun at the Water Park, watch a show at the Dolphin Aquarium, visit the Safari Park and take a ride on the Observation Wheel.
We can go shopping in Berdiansk. There are a number of large markets and small boutiques. There are also several flea markets where tourists can buy attractive Ukrainian towels and embroidered shirts as well as jewellery and souvenirs. [Nightlife in Berdiansk is exciting. There are plenty of music and dance clubs which are extremely popular with young people.]
Well, that’s all for now. Write me soon and let me know. Can’t wait to see you.
Best wishes,
Vika 214 Words
Card 12 Sports Activities
Write a letter (150-200 words) to your English-speaking friend about sports activities in your school:
•What benefits do students receive by participating in these activities?
•What sports are the most popular?
•What sports do you like to play and watch as a spectator? Why?
Dear Alice,
Hi! How’s everything going? What have you been up to recently? Thanks for your last letter in which you told me about PE lessons at your school. Now I’m going to write about sports activities in my school.
The students of my school benefit from sport in many ways. We participate in football or basketball matches as well as in competitions in many other kinds of sport. Sport helps us to keep fit and stay healthy. Team sports also teach us to work together to achieve a common goal. We learn how to be tolerant, considerate and respectful to others.
The most popular sports among our students are such team sports as football, basketball or volleyball. We also enjoy activities connected with music and sport. My friends and I do fitness, aerobics and flash mobs.
More than any other sport I’ve ever played, I enjoy basketball the best. My friends and I use every opportunity to play it. We are on the school basketball team and we also play it in the school yard after the lessons. We also enjoy watching basketball matches both on TV and at the local stadium.
Well, that’s all for now. Write me soon.
Best wishes,
Sasha 204 Words
Card 13
“Life is short, art is long”, the saying goes. Write an essay (150-200 words) about art. Include the following:
• What is art to you?
• Do you appreciate some forms of art over others? In what ways?
• What is your favourite piece of art?

Art is the universal language of mankind which many people from different countries in the world understand. I do believe that it has the power to bring people together despite their differences.
More than any other form of art, I enjoy music the best. [Many young people watch music programmes on TV or attend live performances and I’m not an exception.] There are a number of things I enjoy about listening to my favorite kind of music. For example, I can escape from reality I live in when I’m listening to music. The only thing I’m thinking about is the music and how it makes me feel. I can feel relaxed or energized depending on my mood.
There are a number of bands that I listen to, for example, Oasis, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys. As for my favourite piece of music, I think it’s Wonderwall by Oasis. It’s just great! 150 Words
CARD 14 COMPUTERS
Nowadays young people can’t live without their favourite gadgets (mobile phones, MP3 players and computers). Write an essay (150-200 words) about them. Include the following:
• What they are used for on a daily basis.
• How these inventions changed the life of young people.
• What would the life without these gadgets be like?
Can you imagine a world without your favourite gadgets? These days, many young people are becoming increasingly dependent on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones. I strongly believe that devices have made our lives a lot easier.
Many young people can use various appliances in their jobs or studies as well as for entertainment. We rely on computers in almost every area of our lives on a daily basis. Computers are used in all sorts of jobs to store and process information. [Most of today’s technology would be impossible without them.] In addition, the Internet is a world-wide communication device where any information is available at any time. [It can be used day and night in a variety of languages. This means that all forms of content – books, magazines, newspapers, music and home videos – are instantly available anywhere in the world on demand.] Furthermore, you can meet people from all over the world online who share the same interests and hobbies as you. Finally, it is quick and easy to shop online. Young people can visit a lot of different websites and order at the click of a button.
Our favourite gadgets have really changed the world and improved our lives. They have already revolutionized everything in the modern world. They allow us to do thousands of things that seemed impossible a century ago.
Without computers, the life would be much more difficult. We would still waste valuable time waiting in long queues instead of shopping online. In addition, we would still pay expensive phone bills or rely on the old-fashioned postal service instead of communicating quickly, cheaply and easily with people all around the world. 277 Words
CARD 15 BERDYANSK
You are on holiday in a seaside town. Write a letter of 150-200 words to an English friend of yours. In your letter, you should:
• describe where you are staying;
• say what facilities the town has got;
• tell your friend what you are going to do these days.

Dear Oliver,
Hi! How’s everything going? Guess what – I’m in Berdyansk with my parents. We’re staying with our relatives. The weather’s fantastic. Berdyansk is an amazing place and we’re having a great time here.
Berdyansk is a resort town located on the coast of the Sea of Azov in the south-east of Ukraine. With its warm climate and excellent beaches, it is a popular resort and the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday. [The warm and shallow sea and famous mud baths attract visitors during the tourist season]. A great number of sanatoria and rest homes offer various facilities [such as equipped beaches, swimming pools as well as facilities] for renting boats, bikes and water scooters. Among the natural wonders are Berdyansk Peninsula and Dzendzyk Island. Tourists can travel to Dzendzyk Island on a boat. The most famous Berdyansk’s tourist attractions are the Aquapark, the Dolphin Aquarium, the Safari Park and the Observation Wheel.
There are plenty of activities and we are planning to try lots of things. We’re going to swim and sunbathe on the beach every day. [Perhaps we’re going to try parascending.] We’re also going to have fun at the Aquapark, watch a show at the Dolphin Aquarium, visit the Safari Park and take a ride on the Observation Wheel. We’re going to dance at the night club and we’re going to eat at the restaurants which offer a variety of dishes from around the world.
Well, that’s all for now. Can’t wait to see you.
Best wishes,
Vika 252 Words
Card 16 My Hobby
Your English-speaking friend is interested in your hobby. Write him a letter of 150-200 words telling about your hobby. Include the following:
• What are the most popular free time activities among Ukrainian teenagers?
• What is your hobby and why do you like it?
• What advice would you give to your friend who wanted to take it up?
Dear Alice,
Hi! How’s everything going? What have you been up to recently? You wrote that you got interested in basketball which I also enjoy playing.
Most Ukrainian teenagers prefer surfing the Internet and going out with friends in their free time. We also enjoy activities connected with music and sport. My friends and I play team sports such as football, basketball and volleyball.
More than any other sport I’ve ever played, I enjoy basketball the best. It helps me to keep fit and stay in shape. Team sports also teach us to work together to achieve a common goal. We learn how to be tolerant, considerate and respectful to others.
If you are looking for a sport to take up for yourself, why not try basketball or volleyball? It would be a good idea to join a team where you will learn the rules of the game. I also think you should use every opportunity to play it in a team or in the yard with your friends. This would help to develop vital skills and you will know each other better and learn to respect each other.
Well, that’s all for now. Write me soon.
Best wishes,
Sasha 199 Words
Card 17 Celebrating Christmas in Ukraine
You have invited your English-speaking friend to spend Christmas holidays with you in Ukraine. Write a letter of at least 150-200 words including the following points:
• weather in December and January;
• Ukrainian Christmas traditions;
• activities you are going to do.
Dear Tom,
Hi! How’s everything going? I’m really glad you’re coming to stay with us for the winter holidays. As for the weather in Ukraine at this time of the year, the forecast says it’s going to get even colder soon so don’t forget to bring warm clothes.
You’ve also asked me about Ukrainian Christmas traditions. On Christmas Day most Ukrainian families get together and have parties [based on certain customs and special foods]. All the members of the family should be at home. It is forbidden to quarrel during the day. On Christmas Eve the family gathers around a table for a holy supper of twelve symbolic dishes. The menu includes beans, fish, mashed potatoes, dumplings, stuffed cabbage rolls, mushrooms and desserts made from dried fruit and honey. There should be no meat or fat. No one starts eating till the first star in the sky.
As for the activities, we’re going to enjoy Christmas celebration in the peaceful atmosphere of the Ukrainian home. We’re also going to eat a lot of delicious Ukrainian dishes and spend a lot of time outside in the snow of the Ukrainian winter. [On Christmas Eve a carol is sung by a light of a beeswax candle. Ukrainian people enjoy singing Christmas carols called “Koliadky”. Some people stage special performances about Christ’s birth called “Vertep”.]
Well, that’s all for now. I can’t wait to see you again.
Best wishes,
Samvel 243 words/ 213
CARD 18 Planning a Trip to England
You’re planning a trip to England in spring. Write a letter of 150-200 words to your English-speaking friend in which you:
• inform him/her about your visit (month, number of days, place of arrival, etc.);
• ask him/her about the weather at this time of the year and the clothes to take.
Dear Max,
How are you? It seems a long time since I heard anything from you. Anyway, I have some news for you!
I am planning to visit you in June for a couple of weeks as I will be in the country. I’m arriving at Heathrow Airport on 31 May. I’ll be staying in a small hotel near the centre so it will be easy for us to meet up. I’ll call you when I arrive and arrange to meet you.
I was wondering if you could give me some advice. First of all, what is the weather going to be like at this time of the year? What clothes should I bring? I don’t want to bring a lot of things I won’t need! [I want to bring a present for your parents, too. Do you think they would like some Ukrainian chocolate? Let me know!]
Well, that’s all for now. Can’t wait to see you!
Love,
Jane 138/160 Words
Card 19 Eragon
Write a review (150-200 words) of your favourite book. Include the following:
• Who are the main characters?
• What main ideas do you take from this book?
My favorite book is a fantasy called ‘Eragon’. The book was written by Christopher Paolini in 2003. The main characters are Eragon and Saphire, his dragon. The villains are Durza and Galbatorix. The story is set in an imaginary place called Alagesia. It’s about a 15-year-old boy who finds a strange blue stone in the mountains, which is actually a dragon’s egg! The boy and the dragon become friends. It’s the start of an adventure full of magic, wars and death. In this book we see a darker side to Eragon as he fights the evil Durza and Galbatorix.
I really like the story because it teaches us how to be a reliable friend, a brave fighter and an impartial peacemaker. The book is well worth reading. Like other fantasy books, Eragon is full of action and adventures and really exciting. It’s imaginative and magical. It is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I can recommend you to read it. 164 Words
CARD 20 BERDYANK
Write (150-200 words) about a town you have visited on holiday.
Describe:
• where it is;
• buildings and streets;
• restaurants and shops;
• the people.
Berdyansk is a resort town located on the coast of the Sea of Azov in the south-east of Ukraine. With its warm climate and excellent beaches, it is a popular resort and the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday.
Berdyansk is an amazing place. Its main street Lenin Avenue with its beautiful buildings and enchanting views is worth visiting. Among the natural wonders are Berdyansk Peninsula and Dzendzyk Island. Tourists can travel to Dzendzyk Island on a boat. The most famous Berdyansk’s tourist attractions are the Aquapark, the Dolphin Aquarium, the Safari Park and the Observation Wheel.
Tourists can also go shopping in Berdyansk. There are a number of large markets and small boutiques. There are also several flea markets where tourists can buy attractive Ukrainian towels and embroidered shirts as well as jewellery and souvenirs. Nightlife in Berdyansk is exciting. There are plenty of music and dance clubs which are extremely popular with young people. The area is also well-known for restaurants which offer a variety of dishes from around the world.
What I like the best about Berdyansk is its unique atmosphere. The people are nice, friendly, hospitable and helpful. Berdyansk has something to offer for everyone. 199 Words
Card 21 A Football Match
You want your friend to join you for a football match. Write an e-mail in which
* inform your friend about the match (teams, place, date, time);
* say that you've already bought three tickets;
*ask if your friend's brother would also come with you.
Dear Tom,
I’m so sorry I haven’t written for ages. Have you heard about the Champions’ League Finals? The match takes place on 6 June in Berlin. Barcelona will play against Juventus so I’m sure this is going to be a spectacular game.
I’ve got some good news. Guess what! I’ve already bought three tickets for the match. Why don’t you come and see the championships with me? And of course, we will visit lots of historic buildings and museums in Berlin as well.
I know that your brother is a big Barcelona fan. Could you ask him to join us and fly to Berlin together? I think that will be really cool because he is a funny guy.
I do hope you’ll come. Write soon and let me know.
Best wishes,
Dasha 133 Words
Card 22 Personal Profile
You have registered in the «My Space» chatroom on the Internet. Write a personal profile of 150-200 words including:
— your general personal details (name, surname, age, town/village, school, class);
— brief information about your family, friends;
— information about your hobbies, interests, sports;
— description of your personality.
My name is Samvel Sedrakyan, and I live in Berdyansk, Ukraine. I’m 17 years old and I’m a school-leaver now. The school I go to is a really nice place. My favourite subject is English - at the moment we’re getting ready for independent testing. I also like History and Physical Education. I don’t like Maths. I find it extremely difficult!
I live with my parents. My dad owns a wholesale store and my mum is a housewife. I’ve got some very good friends at school.
In our free time my friends and I play team sports such as football, basketball and volleyball. . Apart from sport, I love surfing the Internet and going out with friends. I also enjoy watching TV, going to the movies and listening to music. My favourite group is Kasabian. I think there are absolutely amazing!
I am considered to be a responsible and hardworking person who is also reliable and polite. I want to meet people from all over the world, so please send me an email if you’d like to be my e-pal. 188 Words
Card 23 A Thank-you letter
Imagine that you have received some holiday presents. Write a thank-you letter to your aunt according to the plan below: PLAN
Introduction
Para 1: greeting; a few words about the purpose of your writing.
Main body
Para 2: describe what a special day it was; what presents you received.
Para 3: which present you liked most; why you liked it. Conclusion
Para 4: thank your aunt; closing remarks; your signature.
Write a letter of at least 100 words. Do not write any dates and addresses.
Dear Auntie,
Hi! How’s everything going? This is just a quick note to say thank you for the lovely present you gave me.
It was my birthday, you know. I had a big party at a restaurant. There were a lot of guests and I received plenty of presents. It was just great!
What I liked most was certainly the golden chain you gave me. How did you know what I was dreaming of? Why don’t you come and stay with us for your birthday? I promise to buy a nice present for you.
Well, that’s all for now. I can’t wait to see you again.
Best wishes,
Vika 109 Words
Card 24 Team Sports
Your physical education teacher asked you to write an essay discussing pros and cons of team sports. Write:
— whether you and your friends play sports; what sports you play;
— whether you like playing in a team or you prefer exercising on your own;
— what the advantages and disadvantages of playing sports in a team are;
— give advice on how to develop skills working in a team.
Write an essay of 150-200 words.

These days, many young people choose to play team sports such as football, basketball or volleyball. So do my friends and I. Without a doubt, playing team sports can be exciting, but what are the disadvantages?
I certainly prefer playing on a team to exercising on my own. I am a very sociable person and playing a team sport is an opportunity to make new friends and spend time together.
There are many good reasons why playing team sports can be a positive experience for me. Firstly, we like playing football or basketball as team sports teach us how to work together to achieve a common goal. Secondly, several of the key life skills are developed through working in a team. For example, you learn how to be tolerant, considerate and respectful to others.
On the other hand, playing team sports can have distinct disadvantages. To begin with, [there’s a high risk of injury while playing football or basketball.] It can sometimes be dangerous to participate in a team sport. For instance, you can get injured by accident or at least you put yourself at great risk. In addition, it is difficult to deal with failure or to balance competitiveness so there are often arguments, even fights.
If you are looking for a sport for yourself, try basketball or volleyball. It would be a good idea to join a team where you will learn the rules of the game. I also think you should use every opportunity to play a team sport. You could play on the school team or in the yard with your friends. This would help to develop vital skills and you will know each other better and learn to respect each other. 290 Words

Card 25 A FILM
Write a letter to your pen friend describing a film that you enjoyed. Write 150-200 words and follow the plan:
PLAN Introduction
Para 1: greeting; a few words about the purpose of your writing.
Main body
Para 2: title, type and actors of the film.
Para 3: summary of the plot; acting; special effects.
Conclusion
Para 4: your overall opinion; closing remarks; your signature.
Dear Max,
How are you? It seems a long time since I heard anything from you. Anyway, I have some news for you!
Recently I’ve seen an exciting film called Eragon. It’s a fantasy starring Ed Speleers and Jeremy Irons. I really like Ed Speleers who plays the part of Eragon.
The story is set in an imaginary place called Alagesia. It’s about a 15-year-old boy who finds a strange blue stone in the mountains, which is actually a dragon’s egg! The boy and the dragon become friends. It’s the start of an adventure full of magic, wars and death. In this book we see a darker side to Eragon as he fights the evil Durza and Galbatorix. The film is fast-paced. The plot is thrilling with lots of twists and turns. The special effects are amazing, especially in the fight scenes. The acting is excellent, too.
The film is well worth seeing. Like other fantasy films, Eragon is full of action and adventures. It’s really exciting. I can recommend you to watch Eragon. I’d better go now. Write me soon.
Love,
Jane 183 Words
Card 26
You are a member of a local environmental group. Write a leaflet entitled « Keep Your City Clean! » using the following points:
— draw readers' attention to the problems your neighbourhood is facing;
— tell about the existence of some possibilities to solve the problems;
— invite people to take part in a « clean-up day» and write the date, the time and the place of the gathering.
Write a leaflet of 150-200 words.
[Our town is very popular with tourists, especially in the summer. Unfortunately, tourism has had some negative effects on the environment.] The conditions in our neighbourhood are getting worse every day. We have a number of problems, the problem of litter, in particular.
[There are a number of solutions to our neighbourhood’s problems.] I believe the best suggestions would be to increase the number of litter bins and to initiate a clean-up day. Firstly, the problem of litter could be solved quite easily by providing more rubbish bins in public places. As a result, people would stop dropping litter on the ground. [Furthermore, we could also pay our road sweepers overtime to work extra hours during the tourist season. This would be more expensive but would also help solve the problem.]
The best thing we can do to solve the problem of litter is to initiate a clean-up day in our neighbourhood. The event will be held at 10 am this Saturday. We are going to start from Schmidt’s Park [which is full of litter and it doesn’t look very good.] Bring your friends and family and help clean up your neighbourhood. All you can do is pick up every last piece of litter and throw it in the bag. We can’t wait to see you on Eco-Saturday! 226 Words
Card 27 Kyiv
You have recently visited a place of interest in your country. Write an article for a school paper describing:
— the place you have been to;
— the tourist attractions that are in the place;
— the sights and the places of interest you have visited;
— whether the place is worth visiting and why.
Write an article of 150-200 words.
Kyiv, the historical capital city of Ukraine, lies in the north of the country on the beautiful Dnipro River. With its fascinating culture, spectacular monuments and friendly people, Kyiv is the ideal holiday destination.
Kyiv has many tourist attractions which are not to be missed. Tourists can visit Khreschatyk and the impressive museums and art galleries which surround it. St. Sophia’s Cathedral and the Golden Gate as well as Kiyv Pechersk Lavra are also very popular with visitors to the city.
There are many shops at Andriyivsky Descent where you can buy beautiful souvenirs. The city also has many large modern shops and fashionable boutiques.
Nightlife in the city is really exciting. Kyiv has amazing music and dance clubs which are very popular with young people. If you would like something more peaceful, then there are plenty of places to eat and the fashionable restaurants serve some of the best food in the world.
Kyiv is a city that has something to offer everyone. It is the perfect place for a holiday to remember. 174 Words
Card 28 A Rewiew of a Book
Write a review of a book you enjoyed. Give information about:
— the title, the author and the type of the book;
— when and where the story took place;
— who the main characters of the story are;
— explain why you find the book interesting.
Write a review of 150-200 words.
My favorite book is a fantasy called ‘Eragon’. The book [which was recently made into a film] was written by Christopher Paolini in 2003. [The young author began writing his first novel, Eragon, when he was only fifteen. Eragon was originally an idea for a movie!]
The story is set in an imaginary place called Alagesia. It’s about a 15-year-old boy who finds a strange blue stone in the mountains, which is actually a dragon’s egg! The boy and the dragon become friend. It’s the start of an adventure full of magic, wars and death. In this book we see a darker side to Eragon as he fights the evil Durza and Galbatorix.
The main characters are Eragon and Saphire, his dragon. The villains are Durza and Galbatorix.
The book is well worth reading. Like other fantasy books, Eragon is full action and adventures and really exciting. It’s imaginative and magical. It is one of the most interesting books I have ever read.
Card 29 Christmas in Britain
You are on holiday in a foreign country celebrating Christmas with your host family. Write a postcard to your parents according to the plan below: PLAN
Introduction
Para 1: greeting; a few words about the purpose of your writing.
Main body
Para 2: where you are staying; what you think of the place; what the weather is.
Para 3: how people celebrate the event; what people wear; what they eat. Conclusion
Para 4: whether you like it or not; closing remarks; your signature.
Write a postcard of 150-200 words.

Dear Tom,
Hi! How’s everything going? I’m writing to tell you about the way of celebrating Christmas in Great Britain. We’re having a great time here, in London.
As you know, I’m staying with my pen-friend called Ann in her beautiful large house. It’s a marvellous place .The rooms are spacious and light. The location is really convenient as there are lots of shops, cafes and restaurants in the area. The weather in London is so changeable. It’s been quite cold, grey and wet but the forecast says it’s going to snow soon.
People try to celebrate Christmas together with their family and exchange presents. Weeks before Christmas people start buying gifts for their friends and families. Most people also decorate their homes. Everyone wears waterproof warm clothes, warm hats and scarves. Many families eat Christmas lunch together. It is traditional to cook turkey and roast potatoes followed by special pudding and mince pies.
I’m really enjoying taking part in Christmas celebration in Great Britain. What I like best is its unique atmosphere. Well, that’s all for now. I can’t wait to see you again.
Best wishes,
Dmytro 188 WORDS
CARD 30 Asking About Your Friend’s Health
You have called your friend and found out that he/she caught a cold. Write an e-mail letter to your friend according to the plan below:
PLAN
Introduction
Para 1: greeting; some words about the purpose of your writing.
Main body
Para 2: express your sympathy and ask your friend when he/she caught a cold.
Para 3: whether the doctor has examined him/her; what medicines he/she is taking.
Conclusion
Para 4: give him/her advice what to do until he/she is well; closing remarks; your signature.
Write a letter of 150-200 words.
Dear Alice,
Hi! How are you? I thought I`d drop you a line to ask you about your health.
I was sorry to hear that you didn’t feel very well. When did you catch a cold? [Do you have a temperature today? Do you still have a headache and a cough? Is your throat still a bit red? Is it sore?]
Have you seen the doctor yet? What medicine are you taking? I guess you have to stay at home. Do you have to stay in bed?
The best thing you could do about your illness is to have more hot drinks. It would be a good idea to keep warm. [I also think you should use this opportunity to relax a little so you can listen to music or read for pleasure.]
Well, that’s all for now. Get well soon! Can’t wait to see you!
Best wishes,
Vika 161 Words
Card 31 A LETTER OF APPLICATION
You saw an ad asking for a babysitter. You need some extra money so you have decided to apply for the job. Write your letter of application according to the plan below:
PLAN
Introduction
Para 1: greeting; the purpose of your writing.
Main body
Para 2: mention where you saw the ad and the job you are applying for.
Para 3: give information about your age, qualifications, previous experience (if any) and
personal qualities.
Conclusion
Para 4: ask when you can come for an interview; when you could start working; closing
remarks; your signature.
Write a letter of 150-200 words.

Dear Mr Griffin,
I am writing to apply for the position of babysitter.
With reference to your advertisement in the Ring Express on Thursday 16th May, I am interested in applying for the job.
I am a 17-year-old student currently studying at Odessa National Maritime Academy. In addition, I am fluent in English. I have been studying the language quite extensively in preparation for my exams. I have gained a valuable experience of working with the public. I had the responsibility of dealing with children in my part-time job last summer as an organizer of outdoor activities at a summer camp. I am keen on sport and I am good at football, volleyball, cycling, swimming and hiking. I am considered to be a hardworking and responsible person who is also reliable and polite and enjoys working with the public.
Could you please let me know when I could come for the interview? I am also interested in finding out when I could start working. I attach a reference from my previous employer. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours faithfully,
Kate Brown 189 Words

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