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Неофициальное письмо (informal letter) в письменной части FCE — это письмо другу, в котором надо дать информацию или совет.

В этом посте я сделала две части, как и в предыдущем про официальное письмо, letter of application. В первой — образец на высший балл Pass A (19 из 20 баллов) с комментариями по каждому критерию. Вторая  — задания, основанные на сборниках Cambridge 1-4, First Trainers 1-2, Handbook for Teachers. Задания по другим типам смотрите здесь:

Задание и пример на Pass A (высшая оценка)

И задание, и пример — из сборника тестов Cambridge 1. В образце орфография и пунктуация сдающего экзамен сохранены.


You have received this email from your English-speaking friend, Kim.

It’s really kind of you to let me stay at your flat while you’re on holiday. Please could you let me know how to get the keys? And could you also tell me anything else I need to know about the flat and whether there’s anywhere near that I can buy food?

Thanks, Kim.

Пример и оценки

Hello Kim,

It’s my pleasure to let me staying at my place. You know I’m here for everything you may need, and until I come back from holiday, I won’t need it anyway. 

To get the keys, ask to Manuel, my next door neighbour. I asked him to keep the keys before I left, so they were somewhere safe. He is a good and reliable friend. The blue key is for the mani entrance of the building, and the other one is for the flat.

Be specially careful with the heating, because it doesn’t work properly, and sometimes it turns to overheat the place. Just don’t pull the leaver too much, more or less over the middle.

To buy food you can go to the grocery shop which is two blocks from the flat, going south. There you may find whatever you need, and if you say you know me and are living in my place now, I’m sure they will treat you very well.

If you need something, please call me.

See you.

Content — 5. All content is relevant to the task and the target reader would be fully informed. The reader would know where the keys are, what problems to look out for and where to go shopping.

Communicative Achievement — 5. The conventions of writing an informal email are used effectively. There is a friendly, natural tone used throughout; straightforward advice is given and suggestions are clearly made, which would make the stay in the flat easier.

Organisation — 5.  The text is well organised and coherent, dealing with each point in the question in turn and explaining each one clearly. The text uses a variety of cohesive devices to link the ideas across paragraphs and sentences and there are some organisational patterns used to generally good effect, for example the parallel opening phrases of the second and fourth paragraphs.

Language — 4. There is a range of suitable, natural vocabulary used appropriately. There is a range of simple and complex grammatical forms used with control and although there are a few errors, (let you staying), these do not impede communication.


Задания для тренировки informal letter

1. You have received an email from your English-speaking friend, Tom:
As you know, my mum and dad own a restaurant and want me to work there when I leave college. However, I’m still really keen to be a journalist. What do you think I should do?

2.  You have received an email from your English-speaking friend, Robert:
My parents are both 50 next month and I want to do something special for them – I can’t decide whether to organise a surprise birthday party or take them away to a hotel for the weekend. What do you think I should do?

3. You have received this email from your English-speaking friend, Susan:
Write your email.

From: Susan 

Subject: Money!
I’ve just won £1,000 in a photography competition. I could spend it all on a fantastic holiday or I could put it in my bank account, or I could give it to my parents who don’t have much money.
What do you suggest I do?

4. This is part of a letter you received from Fran, your Australian friend.

I’m doing a college project on famous people in different countries. Could you tell me about someone famous in your country. Why is this person famous? What do people in your county think about this person?



5. This is part of a letter you have received from Sam, your English-speaking friend.

In class we’ve been talking about how the places we live in change. Can you tell me about how your neighbourhood has changed? So you think the changes are positive or negative?

See you soon!


6. This is part of an email you have received from your English-speaking friend, Kim.

I heard you’ve moved from the city to a small country village. Can you tell me about it? What are the differences between living in each of the places? How do you feel about the change in lifestyle?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

7.  This is part of an email from your English-speaking friend.

Thanks very much for inviting me to stay with you and your family last weekend. It was fun! Would you like to stay with me and my family for a weekend next month? What would you like to do? Is there anything you can’t eat?

Write soon!

8. You have received this email from your English-speaking frowned Lou.
From: Lou
Subject: my visit

I’m really looking forward to my first visit to your area and I’d very much like to find out more about it.
Can you tell me in what it has changes in the last 20 or 30 years? What are the most interesting things I could photograph when Im here?

See you soon.

9. You have received this email from your English-speaking friend Alex.

From: Alex
Subject: your visit

I’m really pleased to hear that you can spend a week with me and my family here. People say this is one of the world’s most exciting cities!

What kind of places would you like to visit and what would you like to do downtown?

We can either sue public transport or hire bikes to get around. Which would you prefer?

See you soon,

10. Here is part of a letter you receive from an elderly relative who lives abroad.
Actually, wanted to ask you something. As you know, I haven’t got a computer at home. Do you think I should buy one? Will it be easy for me to learn how to use it at my age? And how helpful do you think the internet will be for me?

11. You have received this email from your English-speaking friend, Alex.

From: Alex
Subject: I need your advice

I play the guitar in a band with three friends. We play for fun after school. Now my friends would like our band to play in a music competition on TV, but I’m not sure if I want to. Do you think it’s a good idea? If I say ‘no’, it will upset my friends.

What should I do?

12. You have received a letter from your English-speaking pen friend.

Can you help me with a class project? I have to write about places which are special to people. Can you tell me about a place that is special to you? Where is it? What does it look like? It doesn’t have to be a famous place. Just why it’s important to you.

Write soon, Sam.

13. This is part of an email you receive from an Australian friend.

For my college course, I’m doing a project about public parks in towns and cities around the world, and the benefits they bring to people. What problems do parks face in your country? What can be done to I improve and maintain them, and who should be responsible for this work?

14. This is part of an email you receive from a friend who is a school teacher in another country.

I’m planning a trip with my pupils to your country. Can you recommend one region where we will be able to learn about various aspects of your country, such as its wildlife, history and architecture? What would be the best way to make the trip really educational?
Hopefully we can meet up soon!

All the best,

Пост от меня — Екатерины Зубковой. Пост — Unsplash. 

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