Friday, 4 August 2017

CAE 2017 Letter to the Editor Sample and feedback

Dear Gustavo,

I would be grateful if you could take a look at the letter I wrote.

I'm studying for the CAE exam and your help will be very appreciated!

Kind regards,

You have recently read the following magazine article:
is it the end of the printed book as we know it?

According to internet experts, the book is dead. What they are predicting is that by 2020 90% of everything we read will be in electronic form. So the form of the book that has been around for 1300 years will become extinct...

Letter to the editor of “Future Net” (220-260 words):

Feedback and comments in red

Dear Sir,
I have read the article published in your magazine on August 8th about the future of printed books, and I would like to share my impressions about that with you. (Feedback: say right away why you write: For example... "I would like to express my disagreement with the idea that..."). 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

CPE 2017 Film Review Eat Pray Love

Dear Gustavo
Hope you can have a look at this review and make the necessary comments.
Thanks in advance


Your college magazine has asked people to write a review of a film that they feel presents a positive picture of young people’s lives today. You decide to write a review, describing a film, explaining what it shows about young people and why you chose it.

Feedback and text that needs to be checked is in red

Review on the film Eat, Pray, Love: An insight on today´s young generation

Being a millennial means not only having been born between 1980 and 1995 but also a completely different way of living. Today’s young people –usually known as Millennials or Generation Y- have transformed their lives’ prospects into unstructured lifestyles  which were unimaginable a decade ago. (Feedback: The Intro is about young people, but try to connect it with the film also. The Intro should give us an idea of what you are going to write about, and should engage us to want to read more).

Monday, 31 July 2017

CPE 2017 Restaurant Review Sample and Feedback

Dear Gustavo,

Would you be so kind as to read and comment on my restaurant review. Thanks.


Feedback and text that needs to be checked is in red

Trattoria Mario

Located in the very heart of St. Petersburg, the ‘Trattoria Mario’ happily situates itself amidst the Admiralty building, the Hermitage Museum, and in close proximity to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and other major tourist attractions. Despite being fairly new, the restaurant is never empty. (Feedback: This intro in uninteresting. Try writing something that engages the readers. Give people a reason to want to read your restaurant review. Tell us for example that is the best Italian restaurant in the whole country, so we want to read... to know more.)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

CPE 2017 Writing task Essay Sample and feedback

Dear Gustavo,

Would you, please, be so kind as to read and assess my essay (CPE Writing task 1 format). I'd really appreciate any advice and suggestions.


Read the two texts below.
Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts. Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answer.
Write your answer in 240-280 words.

Unsustainable tourism
We are increasingly familiar with some of the worst effects of unthinking, unmanaged, unsustainable tourism: previously undeveloped coastal villages that have become sprawling, charmless towns, their seas poisoned by sewage, denuded of wildlife, their beaches stained with litter and tubes of sun cream; and historic towns, their streets now choked with traffic, their temples, churches and cathedrals seemingly reduced to a backdrop for holiday snaps that proclaim, Been there. Done that’. Less appreciated, perhaps, is the social dislocation unsustainable tourism can cause: once-cohesive communities disrupted as the holiday industry replaces old crafts, turning fishermen into tour boat operators and farmers into fast-food store waiters or hotel cleaners.

Criticism of the tourism industry
Although its strongest critics view the tourism industry as a rapacious predator - moving on to fresh conquests after one environment has been spoiled, and forever fuelling the desires of holidaymakers with the prospect of a new paradise that must be enjoyed before it’s gone- there are many within the industry who reject the claim. They are at least partly right. There are examples where the travel trade is doing better. Of course, reforming initiatives often come after the damage has been done and in some cases for public relations purposes rather than from a commitment to sustainability.

Write your essay.

Feedback and text that needs to be corrected/re-checked is in red.

Tourism – time for reforms!

Over the past ten years or so the media have frequently carried reports of the appalling side-effects of mass tourism. The analysed texts are in tune with this both exploring the impacts of the tourism industry, yet from different perspectives.

The first extract evaluates the negative effects of unsustainable tourism on local communities from environmental as well as socio-cultural viewpoints. The presented arguments, in my opinion, are quite persuasive (which arguments?). Not only are the places of outstanding natural beauty being polluted and many species being deprived of their natural habitats to feed the insatiable monster of mass tourism, but also people living there have been deemed worthy only when they can serve the beast.