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Are you a pre-intermediate (CEFR level A2) learner of English? Practise and improve your writing skills with these texts and exercises.

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A chat

Look at the chat and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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A postcard from New York

Look at the postcard from New York and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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A postcard from Scotland

Read about Jenny's holiday in Scotland and do the exercises to practise and improve your writing skills.

picture of a pasta dish

Look at the recipe and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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A social network site

Look at the messages and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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An email about sports

Look at the email and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

An invitation

An invitation

Look at the email and do the exercises to improve your punctuation and writing skills.

Film review

Film review

Look at the film review and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

Invitation messages

Invitation messages

Look at the exam question and letter and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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Summer jobs

Look at the job advert and email and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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The school trip

Look at the information about a school trip and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

Trains and travel

Trains and travel

Look at the two messages and do the exercises to improve your message writing skills.

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Travelling abroad

Look at the email and do the exercises to improve your writing and spelling skills.

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Do you like writing in English? In this section you can practise writing different types of texts with an example to help you. Read, write, play games, print activities and post comments!

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LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics Stories (School Edition) is a phonics-based story app which helps children learn to read and speak English. Each story practises phonics sounds and includes a game and dictionary. A teachers guide offers expert advice on how to use the app in the classroom.

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B2 writing

Are you a learner at B2 English level (upper intermediate) ? This section offers writing practice to help you write clear, detailed text on a wide range of topics related to your interests. Texts include essays, reports, reviews, messages and emails.

Each lesson has a preparation task, a model text with writing tips and three tasks to check your understanding and to practise a variety of writing skills. Make a start today.

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A covering email

A covering email

Learn how to write a covering email to accompany a job application.

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A CV

Learn how to write a curriculum vitae, often called a CV in the UK or résumé in American English. 

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A letter of complaint

A letter of complaint

Learn how to write a letter of complaint.

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A report on working abroad

A report on working abroad

Learn how to write a report on working abroad.

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A summary of a line graph

A summary of a line graph

Learn how to describe a line graph.

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An advert

Learn how to write an advert.

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An email to request time off

An email to request time off

Learn how to write an email to request time off work.

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An email to your professor

An email to your professor

Learn how to write an email to your university professor.

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An informal email to a friend

An informal email to a friend

Learn how to write an informal email to a friend.

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An opinion essay

An opinion essay

Learn how to write an opinion essay.

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Comparing two charts

Comparing two charts

Learn how to write about and compare two pie charts.

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Giving instructions by email

Giving instructions by email

Learn how to write an email to give instructions.

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  2. TeachingEnglish: How to teach writing

    How to teach writing is a free self-study training course, which is divided into three hour modules. It also includes: A dedicated Facebook community of course participants with up-to-date insight, resources and innovative ideas for you to try out. Engaging discussions taking place in the Facebook community

  3. Planning a writing lesson

    Catherine Morley But teaching writing is not just about grammar, spelling, or the mechanics of the Roman alphabet. Learners also need to be aware of and use the conventions of the genre in the new language. What is genre? Stages of a writing lesson Generating ideas Focusing ideas Focus on a model text Organising ideas Writing Peer evaluation

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  6. A2 writing

    Practise writing with your classmates in live group classes, get writing support from a personal tutor in one-to-one lessons or practise writing by yourself at your own pace with a self-study course. Writing practice to help you write short, simple texts, notes and messages. Texts include messages, forum posts, personal profiles, forms and emails.

  7. PDF Using product and process approaches to teach writing ...

    Staging writing lessons with the main aim of developing students' writing. Product Approach: Students see an example of the 'final product' before they start writing. Lead in This stage sets the overall context of the lesson. It should be quick and easily accessible to all, requiring no teaching of new grammar or vocabulary.

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    A1 writing Are you an elementary (CEFR level A1) learner of English? Practise and improve your writing skills with these texts and exercises. A2 writing Are you a pre-intermediate (CEFR level A2) learner of English? Practise and improve your writing skills with these texts and exercises. B1 writing

  9. A1 writing

    This section offers writing practice to help you write short, simple texts about known topics and fill in forms. Texts include messages, emails and forms. Each lesson has a preparation task, a model text with writing tips and three tasks to check your understanding and to practise a variety of writing skills. Make a start today.

  10. Teaching reading and writing

    Unit 1: Getting your learners reading and writing Welcome to the Teaching English Reading and Writing Video Training series! Here we are going to explore different ways of developing reading and writing skills. Unit 2: Motivating students to read and write Reading and writing in a second language is a challenging task for any learner.

  11. A2 writing

    41 An email about sports Look at the email and do the exercises to improve your writing skills. 44 An invitation Look at the email and do the exercises to improve your punctuation and writing skills. 19 Film review Look at the film review and do the exercises to improve your writing skills. 58 Invitation messages

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    Print and make Read and write Writing practice Writing practice Do you like writing in English? In this section you can practise writing different types of texts with an example to help you. Read, write, play games, print activities and post comments! Level 1 writing Read, write, play games, print activities and post comments!

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    C1 writing. Are you a learner at C1 English level (advanced)? This section offers writing practice to help you write clear, well-structured texts about complex subjects. Texts include essays, proposals, articles, reports, reviews and emails. Each lesson has a preparation task, a model text with writing tips and three tasks to check your ...

  14. IELTS Writing: Grammar Tips for Teachers

    Our videos on teaching IELTS writing will help you to prepare your students for their IELTS exam - this section covers grammatical range & accuracy.

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    Beginner A1 Writing activities On these pages you will find ideas for classroom activities which involve writing. Author Jo Budden Writing activities Text lingo Writing correction code Guided writing: Writing a story on the OHP Guided writing: Writing an article using the OHP Chat A business letter Poems for the future

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    Our lesson plans give you a series of activities to use in your classroom, including procedure and worksheets to download. If you are an English language teacher looking for materials, the British Council can help you with regularly updated lesson plans and classroom materials. Learn more about lesson plans.

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    B1 writing. Are you a learner at B1 English level (intermediate)? This section offers writing practice to help you write simple connected text on familiar topics that are of personal interest. Texts include forum posts, reviews, messages, short essays and emails. Each lesson has a preparation task, a model text with writing tips and three tasks ...

  18. IELTS Writing tips for teachers

    Cohesion in IELTS writing. Individuals taking the test should be encouraged to use a wide range of linking words or phrases to connect different paragraphs and sentences. Some of the most common cohesive devices are listed below (and there are plenty more examples in our coherence and cohesion download): adding similar ideas - e.g. 'in ...

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    At first, planning lessons took a really long time and I was not happy with the results. Classes seemed to be too difficult for some students and too easy for others, who finished quickly and got bored. I found it was better to teach without a course book, adapting materials I found online to suit their needs.

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    43 A letter of complaint Learn how to write a letter of complaint. 55 A report on working abroad Learn how to write a report on working abroad. 54 A summary of a line graph Learn how to describe a line graph. 50 An advert Learn how to write an advert. 38 An email to request time off Learn how to write an email to request time off work. 30

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