Tips from the experts below!
Check out this onestopenglish.com resource: http://www.onestopenglish.com/community/lesson-share/pdf-content/exams/exams-article-writing-cae-and-cpe-lesson-plan/147546.article
Here’s a nice example of an article, including the planning: https://timjulian.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/cae-article-new-technology1.pdf
And here’s some tips and examples for the CPE that are relevant to the CAE!: http://cpesamplewritings.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/an-article-fun-way-to-learn-english-by.html
Have fun with this entertaining and dynamic writing genre!
Just follow the steps in my Prezi: Acing the Speaking Test!
Practise your formal and informal register: Flo-Joe’s formal and informal register practice activities
Use apostrophes correctly: The Oatmeal’s apostrophe comic
Use semicolons correctly (and then teach native English users how to do it!!): The Oatmeal’s semicolon comic
Practise your proofreading!!! Flo-Joe’s proofreading practice activities
Academic writing involves the communication of complex and nuanced ideas and arguments, and therefore tends to require particular words and expressions to do so effectively.
Knowing such language is step one. Step two is knowing how to use it in a sentence! In other words, each expression creates or modifies meaning in its unique way and appears in different positions in a sentence.
Here are some resources to help you with both:
|When you want to state an opinion:
|When you want someone to repeat or explain:
|When you want to agree with someone:
|When you want to disagree with someone:
||Informal disagreement (between people you know very well):
|When you want to persuade someone:
When you want to interrupt someone:
- Sorry, can I just say…
- Sorry, can I jump in here?
- I just wanted to add…
- Sorry to interrupt, but…
When you want to bide time:
- Hmm, good question.
- Let me think about that for a moment.
- I’ve never thought about that before.
- I’ve not given that much thought.
- Well, …
Downloadable version: Debate language.
If you want to know what Cambridge expects of you for each style of writing in the Advanced Certificate exam, check out their model answers (materials are from GlobalELT’s Succeed in Cambridge CAE: Practice Tests – Model Compositions).