Skills

Here you can find practice materials and activities to improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Improving your skills will help you use English more effectively so that you can do well in your studies, get ahead at work and confidently communicate in English in your free time.

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Are you an upper intermediate (CEFR level B2) learner of English? Practise and improve your writing skills with these texts and exercises.

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A blog – The X Games

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

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writing skills british council

A for and against essay about the internet

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

writing skills british council

A magazine article

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

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A more formal email

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

writing skills british council

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

writing skills british council

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

writing skills british council

An informal email

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

writing skills british council

Life skills essay

Look at the essay about life skills and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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Skyfall film review

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

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Teen stress

Look at the exam question, bar chart and model answer and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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Writing about a bar chart

Look at the bar chart, question and sample answer and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

writing skills british council

Writing about survey results

Look at the pie chart and text and do the exercises to improve your writing skills.

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  5. Writing

    Practise and improve your writing skills for your school studies and your English exams. There are activities for different levels, so find your level and

  6. B2 writing

    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.

  7. A1 writing

    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.

  8. B1 writing

    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.

  9. C1 writing

    Writing practice to help you write clear, well-structured texts about complex subjects. Texts include essays, proposals, articles, reports

  10. A1 writing

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

  11. Skills

    Practise your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at your level.

  12. A2 writing

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

  13. B1 writing

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

  14. B2 writing

    Are you an upper intermediate (CEFR level B2) learner of English? Practise and improve your writing skills with these texts and exercises.