How to write an article for the New FCE exam? Here’s a sample topic that has been divided into paragraphs and each of the sections explained.
You must answer this question.
You see this competition in an international magazine.
Imagine you were on a desert island. What would you miss most? Write an article briefly describing an important object, person or place in your life and give reasons for your choice.
The best article will be published and the writer will receive £500.
Write your article in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.
Life away from home
How would you feel about living on a desert island? I can’t imagine anything worse. I would miss a lot of things, but most of all I would miss my home.
My home is a small house on the outskirts of a city. It was built about fifty years ago and has a small garden. In the summer our country gets very hot but our house is always cool.
You would probably think our house is nothing special, but I have lived there all my life and all my friends live nearby. It is a happy place, where I feel completely safe. Whenever I go away, I look forward to coming back, lying on my bed, reading a book and listening to my brother and sister arguing downstairs!
I love travelling and meeting new people, but if I were on a desert island I would be away from the place I love most — my home — and I would hate that.
Over to you:
You have seen this advertisement in an international magazine.
Tell us about a person you admire and why they inspire you.
We will publish the most interesting articles next month.
Write your article . Write your answer in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.
Once again, over to you:
You have seen this advertisement on an international travel website.
What’s your favourite city, and why? Write us an article:
• describing the city.
• saying why it is special for you.
We’ll publish the most interesting articles online next month
Write your answer in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.
* write a catchy title that gives the main idea
* try to involve the reader by using lively, chatty, semi-formal style, don’t sound too formal
* you can address the reader directly (I’m sure you’ll agree that …) or ask one or two questions (Have you heard …?)
* make your article more interesting by including a range of language, e.g. adjectives and adverbs, phrasal verbs, collocations, relative clauses, linkers, one or two idioms.
* give personal opinions, include description, examples, stories to support your views. Think of a suitable start and finish for your article
* use colourful language, such as phrasal verbs, collocations and idioms
*make sure you answer all the points in the question
*use the correct number of words
*check your work for accuracy