Grammar Exercise #8


  • In planning your writing think about the logical organisation of letters. Remember to mention your reason for writing in the first sentence in the letter.
  • Once you have decided whether you are writing a semi-formal or more formal letter, be consistent in the register of language you choose.
    Remember in this part of the exam you are assessed on:
    • Task Achievement (how well you answer the question)
    • Coherence and Cohesion (the layout, and ordering and linking of ideas in your letter)
    • Lexical Resource (use of appropriate vocabulary)
    • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (the accuracy and range of the grammar you use)
  • You should only spend 20 minutes on this task. Task 2 counts for twice as many marks.
  • Remember that the task will always clearly tell you who you are writing to. Think carefully about what or how much this person already knows about you, what you need to tell them and what register to use.
  • Try to leave yourself a few minutes to check through what you have written. Check for mistakes in spelling, grammar endings, punctuation, etc. and make sure you have not repeatedly used the same words.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You stayed with a family in another country while you were studying.

Write a letter to the family. In your letter:

  • thank the family for your stay.
  • say what you enjoyed about your stay.
  • ask the family to stay with you in the future.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Here is a model answer. Look at the words or phrases in capitals. Choose the most appropriate word or phrase.

Dear Luca and Alexandra,

I'm to thank you for the lovely time I had in your gorgeous house in Patras while I was Greek Winter.

As you know, I'd to Greece when I arrived Athens, and I was thrilled to so many wonderful and amazing archaeological sites. I really had no idea about Greece's . Almost all the stereotypes we in London of Greece soon proven wrong. I met many people worldview is pretty much the same as my own. I've everyone back home about the and generous community of Patras.

My most memorable experience was the Patras Carnival with you - that incredible Saturday evening and those bonfires, as well as the live music in four . I'm so you shared those things with me.

Please a small token of my gratitude, enclosed, and , if you're ever in London, I'd be delighted and show you around.

Your friend,