First Certificate – An essay

TASK

You have listened to a radio programme about the impact of smoking on people’s health. Now, your English teacher has asked you to write an essay. Write an essay using all the notes and give reasons for your point of view.

Smoking is responsible for many health problems throughout the world. Do you think it should be made illegal?

Notes

Write about:

  1. lung cancer
  2. passive smoking
  3. your own idea

Write your answer in 140-190 words in an appropriate style

It is often argued that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and a major risk for a number of health problems but should it be illegalised?

There is no denying that smoking causes lung cancer. Moreover, the chemicals in a cigarette can also attack other organs such as the oesophagus or the larynx when they enter our blood stream. However, many smokers who are aware of this fact do not give up smoking.

It could be argued that, while smokers may be free to harm their own health, there is no justification for their actions if these affect others. Such is the case of passive smoking and, on these grounds, smoking should be forbidden.

Though it is reasonable to ban smoking from public spaces like restaurants, it is not equally reasonable to completely illegalise it. Educating people about the risks that smoking entails is a better way of addressing the issue.

To conclude, I would say that paternalist solutions such as making smoking illegal are hardly the best approach. Educating people in healthy habits is a wiser measure as far as I am concerned.

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PET WRITING A STORY

TASK. Your English teacher has asked you to write a story. Your story must have the following title: A terrible holiday. Write about 100 words.

A terrible holiday

Last summer I went on a trip to the beach with a few friends. We decided to go by coach because it was cheaper than going by car but, as soon as we got to the station, I realised that I had forgotten my swimsuit.

From then on, things only went from bad to worse. Our bus was delayed due to heavy traffic and we had to wait for almost two hours before finally setting off.

Eventually, we managed to get to our destination. We left our stuff at the hotel and went to the beach but, no sooner had we set foot on it than it started raining. I couldn’t believe our bad luck! In the end, we had to spend the rest of our holidays inside the hotel.

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Matrícula abierta curso 2015/2016

¡Buenos días!

Hoy queremos informar de que la matrícula para el curso 2015/2016 que se iniciará en septiembre ya está abierta. Recordad que ofrecemos cursos de inglés para todos los niveles desde los 4 años, así como preparación para los certificados de Cambridge, incluyendo KET, PET, FCE (First Certificate), CAE (Advanced) y CPE (Proficiency). Asimismo, disponemos de clases de refuerzo para todas las asignaturas y todos los cursos de primaria, secundaria y bachillerato.

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Aprovechamos para recordar también que la matrícula de cursos de verano intensivos tanto de inglés como de refuerzo y recuperación de otras asignaturas ya está abierta y que las clases darán comienzo el 13 de Junio.

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CAE Rephrasing 1

I still have to post the answers to the FCE rephrasing so the ones to these will delay for a bit, but I’ll upload them ASAP.

Use from 3 to 6 words including the word in capital letters. Do not change the word given

1. The present government has never promised to lower taxation.

TIME At ……………………………………………….. promised to lower taxation.

2. Helen’s report is rather unclear in places.

LACKING Helen’s report …………………………………………. in places.

3. William tried to remain impartial in the quarrel between his two cousins.

SIDES William tried ………………………………………. in the quarrel between his two cousins.

4. Andrew is the most generous person I have ever met.

MORE I have yet to ………………………………………………………… Andrew.

5. Jason did not hesitate for a moment before he accepted the offer.

SLIGHTEST Jason did not ………………………………………………… accepting the offer.

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