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Letter Samples

GENERAL MODULE
writing task 1 (letter)

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Letter Samples

1- One of your neighbor’s children has accidentally broken the front


window of your car.

You should write a letter to his/her parents and in your letter you should
• introduce yourself
• explain how it happened
• and what they should do.

Dear Ms. Grimes,

I am your next door neighbor and I am writing to inform you that your
daughter, Sarah, broke the front passenger window of my Chevrolet Caprice
while playing softball yesterday afternoon. The car is brand new. As you know
it is winter now and this also aggravates the situation since I am not able to
use the car. Hopefully, your homeowner's insurance will cover this kind of
damage. Please check with them to see if it is covered. If they do not pay for
it, I will get two repair estimates for you so that you can determine how you
will pay for the repair.

Perhaps we could meet this Saturday afternoon to discuss our options. In


case you are not available at that time please let me know so that we would
be able to make an appointment for some other time.

Thank you in advance for your kind and considerate attention towards the
matter.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Green

(163 words)

Letter Practice

You recently had your car repaired and now it is not working properly. Write a
letter to your mechanic and in your letter,

• Introduce yourself
• Explain the problem
• And say what you need him to do

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2- You recently received your grade from your instructor and you are
dissatisfied with your score.

Write a letter to your instructor and


• introduce yourself.
• let him know that you are dissatisfied with your grade.
• mention the reasons to convince him that you deserve a better
grade.

Dear Mr. Sockman,

This letter is to express my dissatisfaction with the grade that I received for my
class project. I know you made it clear that individuals in each group would all
receive the same grade; but I would like to ask you to reconsider your
decision about my grade.

I put a lot of effort into this project. I spent numerous hours in the library and at
the computer working on my research. My project partner, Jack, apparently
did not approach the project with the same dedication as I. Enclosed, you will
find copies of my notes and sources that I used in my research.

You encouraged us to speak with you if we encountered any problems within


our groups, and I made two appointments with you to discuss the situation.
Unfortunately, you were unable to attend either one. Considering that I did
attempt to contact you, and that I put a lot of effort into this project, I hope that
you will be generous enough to raise my project grade.

I would like to thank you for your considerate attention in advance.

Yours sincerely,

S. Dent

(189 words)

Letter Practice

One of your friends has just had a twin and for some reason you cannot go visit
them in their town.

You should write a letter to your friend and in your letter you should
• congratulate them on the new-born babies
• explain why you cannot go visit them
• offer to help in case they need help

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3- You recently went shopping at a department store and you were


disrespected by one of the employees.

Write a complaint letter to the sales manager of the department store In


your letter you should

• let him/her know about the rude behavior of the clerk


• clearly state how it happened
• and tell the manager about the bad behaviour.

Dear Sales Manager,

This letter is a complaint concerning the actions of one of your salespersons.


On Tuesday, May 1, 2009, around 3 PM. I went to your store to look for an
outfit. When I asked an available salesperson, Ms. Maria Johnson, for help in
finding my size, she informed me that she was busy and that I would have to
find it myself. I explained that the reason I came to her was because I couldn't
find it. She then said in a rude tone that if I couldn't find it, it means that your
store did not have it, and that I needed to look somewhere else.

I felt that Ms. Johnson was rude and unnecessarily curt with me. If she was
busy, she could have simply and politely told me that she would be able to
help me in a moment. I hope that you will confront Ms. Johnson about her
behavior. I shop frequently at your store and I look forward to a more
pleasurable shopping experience next time.

I appreciate your wholehearted concern with regard to this issue in advance.

Regards,

Mrs. Betty Arthur

(190 words)

Letter Practice

Write a letter to one of your colleagues has recently been appointed as the new
manager of the company. In your letter you should,

• introduce yourself
• congratulate him/her on the promotion
• and ask for an appointment to discuss the problems in your section

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4- You have recently moved to a new company and you want to write to
the manager. In your letter,

• introduce yourself,
• mention what you have done since you moved to the company
• and ask to meet the manager to discuss your needs and
concerns.

Dear Mr. Stevenson,

The purpose of this letter is to briefly introduce myself as Dynatek's new Sales
Representative, Business Accounts. I very recently joined the company and
am taking over your account from Jack Winters who has moved on to other
challenges in this industry.

I have just completed Dynatek's management orientation program and am


now keen to meet face-to-face with all of my key customers.

Accordingly, as the first step in my customer familiarization process, I would


like to meet with you personally, for about an hour or so, to discuss Office-
Tech's needs and concerns.

To set up a meeting at your convenience, I propose to call your office by the


end of this week. It is my hope that we will be able to arrange to meet at your
office before the end of the month.

I look forward to meeting with you and learning more about your company in
the near future.

Sincerely,

Jim O'Malley

(158 words)

Letter Practice

You just used a website to gain some information about an issue; write an email
to the institute and in your letter,

• appreciate the institute for the informative website


• ask if they can help you with your problem in other ways
• make some recommendations in order to improve the website

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5- You recently heard about the pass-away of your colleague’s father.


Write to your colleague and in your letter

• offer your condolences,


• mention how honorable his father was
• mention the reasons to let your friend know that you understand
the situation.

Dear Robert,

I would like to express my sincere condolences on the recent passing of your


father. Pamela and the children also send their thoughts and prayers to you
and your family at this difficult time.

Although I didn't know your dad that well, on the half dozen or so occasions
that I spent time in his company over the years, I did come to realize his great
kindness and compassion towards those less fortunate than him. And I do
know that he was very highly respected throughout this community and
profession, and his good works changed the lives of many. You were truly
fortunate to have such a man as a model in your life.

As you know, it was not that long ago that my own father passed away, so I
have some idea of what you and your family are going through. No comfort is
quite enough to replace the loss.

Please pass my deepest sympathies on to your mother, and brother, and


sister, and to all of your father's grandchildren.

Yours sincerely,

Gord Henderson

(178 words)

Letter Practice

Last night you attended a party thrown by your manager. Write a letter to him
and in your letter

• appreciate for the party


• say that you particularly enjoyed the party
• and apologize for arriving late at the party

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6- Write a letter in response to a job advertisement of a company, in your


letter,

• let them know that their advertisement has interested you,


• tell them about your qualifications
• and try to convince them that you fit in the position.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to apply for the position you advertised in today’s newspaper. I


found the wording of your advertisement with emphasis on leadership,
innovation and change quite intriguing. It is in response to such challenges
that I have excelled during my career.

Most recently, I was the President of a troubled company which I turned


around and led to the best performance in its history. Before that, I had
worked successfully in a variety of unusual situations, including the startup of
a significant division of a large insurance company in London. In each of these
situations, the problems (or opportunities) differed widely. They had in
common, though, a requirement of an ability to size up the situation, assess
the reasonable alternatives and execute a plan of action. I have also worked
14 years in mining and milling operations, where I obtained an in-depth
exposure to production problems.

I am free to travel and open to relocation. I would welcome the opportunity to


meet you and to further discuss your requirements. Thank you for you
interest.

Sincerely,

Robert S. Rosenthal

(182 words)

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You just saw the advertisement of a course in a newspaper and you are willing to
attend the course. Write a letter to the institute; in your letter you should

• introduce yourself
• say why you are interested in the course
• and ask for some more information about the course

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7- Write a letter to someone you met at your company’s meeting. In your


letter you should

• thank him for taking part in the company's meeting.


• try to elaborate on the importance of his role in the meeting
• and let him know about another meeting to be held next month.

Dear David,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you for
your very active and influential participation in our recent meeting in Montreal.

Your skill in chairing the controversial panel was very much appreciated by
those representing all sides of that extremely sensitive topic. As well, we have
received numerous post-conference requests for the paper that you delivered
in the beginning of the conference.

On both a professional and a personal level, I really appreciated the time that
the two of us were able to spend together for fun and reflection during
conference down times. I certainly learned a lot about the unique aspects of
your profession (not to mention the things you taught me about the backhand
on the squash court!).

I would also like to let you know that another meeting is going to be held next
month in New York and I would be glad to see you at the meeting.

I am looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Very Sincerely,

Peter Smithfield

(176 words)

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You just received a product you had ordered a few days ago. You just found out
the product does not work properly. Write a letter to the company and in your
letter

• introduce yourself
• say what the problem is
• and mention what action you need the company to take

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8- Write a resignation letter to your manager to let him know that you
have started to cooperate with another company. In your letter,

• Let him know the exact time that you are leaving
• the actions you took in order not to cause the company any
problems
• and also let him know that you appreciate the time you
cooperated with the company.

Dear Mr. Hopkins,

This is to advise you that I have accepted the position of Marketing Manager,
with an oil company, based in Buffalo New York. Accordingly, please regard
this as my official letter of resignation.

My last day of work here will be June 28, 2008. This will give me three full
weeks from next Monday to complete the current marketing program design
that I have recently been putting the finishing touches on. In addition, during
this period I will be able to bring you all of the operations and outstanding
issues in the department.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you as my


manager, as well as to my many friends and colleagues. I have truly enjoyed
my years working with all of you, and am grateful for the many learning and
growth opportunities I was given over the years.

I wish all of you success.

Sincerely,

Ryan Alexander

(156 words)

Letter Practice

You are going to throw a birthday party for your new-born son and you are
writing to invite your friends. Write a letter to an old friend of yours and in your
letter

• have a warm greeting


• invite him to the party
• give him the direction so as to find your new house

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9- You want to sell some of your furniture. You think a friend of yours
might like to buy it from you.

Write a letter to your friend, In your letter

• explain why you are selling


• describe the furniture
• and suggest a date when your friend can come and see the
furniture.

Dear Jane,

As you know, we’ll be moving to a new house soon and there are a few things
that I won’t be able to take with me. The new house is a bit smaller so I have
to sell some furniture and I was wondering if you might be interested.

In particular I want to sell my big dining table. Do you remember it- the one in
the living room? It has wooden legs and a grey glass top and it’s big enough
for six people. There are six matching chairs to go with it. I know you’ve
always liked this furniture so I could let you have it at a good price. I’d rather
sell it to you than a stranger!

Why don’t you come around and take another look at them on Saturday? We’ll
be here all day, so maybe we could have some lunch together?

Give me a ring and let me know,

Love,

Katherine

(159 words)

Letter Practice

You are going to take a tour of a historic place. Write an email to a travel agency
you usually travel with and in your letter

• introduce yourself as an regular customer


• ask for more information about the city
• ask them for more information about the tour (e.g. price, dates etc.)

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10- You borrowed some books from your school or college library.
Unfortunately you have to go away to visit a sick relative and cannot
return the books in time.

Write a letter to the library.


• introduce yourself
• explain what has happened
• and tell them what you want to do about it.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing this letter to explain why I have been unable to return the three
books I have out on a three-day loan, which are now overdue.

After taking the books out on 16th March, I had an urgent call from my elderly
aunt’s neighbor to say that my aunt had had a fall and had been taken into
hospital. I am her only surviving relative in this country, so I felt I had to go
and see her immediately. I traveled down to Dallas the following morning,
thinking I would stay for only two or three days. Unfortunately my aunt’s
condition has only improved very slowly, so I have had to stay here longer
than I expected. However, the hospital says that if all goes well, she should be
able to go home in two or three days’ time, in which case I will be back at the
beginning of the next week.

Bearing in mind the circumstances, I trust you will kindly waive any fines that
may have accumulated.

I would like to apologize for the inconvenience that I have caused you. And I
trust that you understand.

Yours sincerely,

Thomas Anderson

(199 words)

Letter Practice

You have already booked a tour of London and for some reason you are not able
to take the tour. Write an email to the travel agency and in your letter

• introduce yourself
• say why you cannot take the tour
• apologize for the inconvenience caused.

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11- You have had a bank account for a few years. Recently you received
a letter from your bank stating that your account is $240 overdrawn and
that you will be charged $70 which will be taken directly from your bank
account. You know that this information is incorrect.

Write a letter to the bank. In your letter


• introduce yourself
• explain what has happened
• and say what you would like them to do about it.

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am your bank customer and I am writing in reply to a letter I received from


you a few days ago. In your letter you state that I am $240 overdrawn and that
you will be charging me $70.

I would like to point out that the reason I am overdrawn is because of a


mistake made by your bank. If you look through your records you will see that
I wrote several weeks ago explaining the situation. For the last twelve months,
I have been paying $300 a month for a car I bought last summer. The monthly
payments were taken directly from my bank account. However, two months
ago I sold the car and I wrote to you instructing you to stop paying the monthly
installments. I received a letter from you acknowledging my request, but for
some reason, nothing was done about it. Another $300 installment has been
paid this month and this is the reason why I am overdrawn.

I would like you to contact the garage where I bought the car explaining your
error. I would also like you to ask them to return the money.

I am looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Yours Faithfully,

P. Stoft
(212 words)

Letter Practice

You recently travelled to New York and you were completely dissatisfied with
the hotel service you stayed at. Write a letter to the hotel manager, in your letter

• introduce yourself
• mention the problems you had at the hotel during your stay
• say what action you need the hotel manager to take

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12- You have just been qualified for a position in a company. Write a
letter to the manager, in your letter you should

• show your willingness to accept the job


• mention when you can start the new job
• ask for an opportunity to discuss your employment terms.

Dear Mr. Happy,

I am pleased to inform you that I will accept the graphic designer position you
have offered. Thank you for choosing me.

I will follow up with a phone call to discuss other issues related to the job,
including when you will need me to start, salary, and accommodations while I
am relocating. Please keep in mind that I will need adequate time to resign
from my current job. As I said before I have been working there for quite a
long time and I definitely have to take care of a few issues before leaving.

I am excited about starting at your company and I look forward to talking to


you again. If you need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to call
me, fax me, or send me an email.

I would like to thank you again for your offer and I hope to have great
cooperation with your company.

Yours sincerely,

Marisa Bookman

(162 words)

Letter Practice

As a public relations manager of your company trying do a public survey on


your company’s public image, write a letter to your customers. In your letter.

• introduce yourself
• say what you are trying to do
• and ask what your customers suggest the company should do to better
satisfy the customers

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13- Write a complaint letter to a telephone company and let them know
how their services failed to fulfill your expectations.

In your letter you should

• introduce yourself
• mention what the main problem is
• and say what you want them to do

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing this letter to complain in the strongest terms about the poor
service that I have received from your company.

We signed up to your telephone and internet service package two months ago
because your advertising suggests that you are better than Telco. In addition,
you promised to deal with problems quickly and efficiently, something that
Telco was unable or unwilling to do. However, in the first month of service you
managed to cause me to lose two days worth of business because of poor
administration. The main problem was that you failed to provide me with the
correct telephone number, 9818 8747, that you had promised when I
completed the contract. This phone number was an established business line
which I had been using for the last three years. Obviously this meant that my
clients were unable to contact me and it cost me many hours of phone calls to
resolve the matter with your support centre.

I would appreciate it if this situation could be resolved and a substantial rebate


offered on my first three month's account.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours Faithfully,

Charlie Williams

(197 words)
Letter Practice

Your father underwent a medical operation and now he has completely


recovered. Write a letter to your father’s surgeon and in your letter

• appreciate the surgeon


• and explain some of the post-operation complications your father has
been facing
• ask the surgeon what action you should take

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14- Write a letter to a magazine and express your opinion about a


problem you are faced with in your neighborhood. In your letter

• introduce yourself
• say what the problem is
• and recommend a solution to the problem

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am one of the senior citizens and I have lived in the city of Pertshire since I
was born. I would like to give my opinion on the environmental impact of
tourism as someone who has traveled throughout Asia on business and
holiday. Having visited Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia I understand that
tourism can bring money to developing countries. However, I cannot ignore
the environmental problems that are affecting my hometown’s ecosystem.
Unfortunately the department of tourism has not taken any effective measures
to counteract the adverse effects of tourism in our town.

I would like to warn the local people of the possible dangers and I want to
urge them to check that any tours or excursions we offer have minimal effect
on the natural surroundings. Besides, we even need to attempt to change the
behavior of tourists by sharing our environment-friendly opinions with them. If
we follow these simple steps we can be sure that our business is not causing
any harm to our town’s ecosystem.

I would like to appreciate your concern in this regard.

Yours faithfully,

Charlie Williams

(187 words)

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You have been working for a company for some time, and other rival companies
are willing to employ you with a higher salary for all the practical experience you
have gained. Write a letter to your company manager and in your letter

• Explain the situation


• Say what you would like the manager to do (increase the salary etc)
• say what action you would take in case the manager fails to meet your
demands

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15- You saw a job advertisement on a website. Write a letter and apply
for the job;

• let them know your qualifications for the job.


• also mention the places you have worked for
• and try to convince them that you are the one they are looking for.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing this letter to apply for the position of student assistant that I saw
advertised on your website. I am interested in working in the teachers'
resource library, or in the accommodation department.

I have recently graduated from the WSB Business School in Warsaw and
received high grades in both my English and Business Courses. In addition,
we had to use all of the Microsoft Office programs in the preparation of our
finished assignments, so I am able to do most things with computers.

Since I was 15 years old I have helped my father to run his small import-
export business. I have been involved in helping a variety of clients and also
the general administration of the business. In the past 2 years I have worked
in the WSB library, helping teachers and students to find and use the
resources there. This experience has given me the ability to deal with the
needs of all types of people.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Powel Herbert

(174 words)

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You are faced with an increasing workload in your company due to a growth in
the number of orders placed daily. Write a letter to the company manager and in
your letter

• introduce yourself
• explain the problem you are facing
• and ask if the company could hire a new employee to help you with the
job

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16- Write a letter to a friend whom you haven’t met for some time.

• let your friend know what is going on to you.


• also ask your friend to tell you about himself/herself
• and ask him the questions you want to know.

Dear Leo,

It's been a while since we wrote, so I thought I'd drop you a line to bring you
up to date with what's been happening here.

I suppose the most important thing is that Jane's job is more secure than we
thought. At the beginning of the year, when she got the job, we thought it
might only be for one semester, but we just found that she has a permanent
contract. Obviously this is great, as it means we can relax a little. I still don't
have the job I really want, but it will happen soon. You have to stay positive,
don't you?

So, what about you these days? Are you still stuck in that old job? Since I've
been having so much trouble getting a job I understand your reluctance to
change. There's nothing worse than filling in endless application forms, with
no idea of what it will lead to.

Anyway, I've got another form to fill in so I'll love you and leave you.

Best wishes,

John

(173 words)

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You have been faced with an increasing number of wild animals in your
neighborhood. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and in your
letter

• introduce yourself
• say what the problem is
• and mention what you would like the city authorities to do

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17- There is an institution that is offering a free journalism course and


you have applied for it. They want to talk to one of your friends who
knows you well as a reference.

Write a letter to your friend in your letter,


• explain the situation
• say why you chose him as a reference
• ask him if you can give them his/her name as a reference

Dear mark,

I'm writing this letter because I really need your help. You're the only person
who knows me well enough to give me a reference for a course I want to do.

I saw an advertisement in a paper recently offering a free journalism course to


successful applicants. I sent in an article I wrote for the student newspaper,
you know, the one about legalizing drugs? Anyway, they really liked it, but as
there are only five places they want a reference as well. I haven’t given them
your name yet, as I expect this would be the first reference you've been asked
to give. Is it OK if I send them your phone number? I think they want to phone
you so they can have a proper conversation with you and really check me out.

I know it's been a while but if you could do it, it'd really help me out. I've got a
new phone number, 09957 234 563, so you can get me on that, and my
address is still the same.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Patrick

(185 words)

Letter Practice

As a teacher, you would like to take your students on a field trip to a museum.
Write a letter to the museum manager and in your letter

• introduce yourself
• say what you are planning to do and why
• and finally ask for a discount

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18- You are about to leave your company. Write a farewell letter to one of
your colleagues, in your letter, you should write

• let him know that you are leaving


• also let him know how much you appreciate the time you have
been working together
• let him/her how he/she can contact you at your new place

Dear John,

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I am leaving my position at


Simpson's Corporation. I will be starting a new position at Newville Company
next month.

I have enjoyed my tenure here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to
work with you. Thank you for the support, guidance and encouragement you
have provided me during my time at Simpson's Corporation. Even though I
will miss my colleagues and the company, I am looking forward to this new
challenge and to starting a new phase of my career. I think the position they
are offering at this new Company is what I have been looking for since the
beginning of my career.

Please keep in touch; I can be reached at my personal email address


(Sama13@gmail.com) or at my new place, 555-121-2222.

I would like to hear from you and once again I would like to thank you.

Yours truly,

Samantha

(158 words)

Letter Practice

You have recently opened up a shop in your area and as an advertisement


campaign you would like to send a letter to all potential customers

• introduce your shop


• introduce your services
• and offer a special discount for the new customers

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19- Write a letter to a colleague who is hospitalized at the moment.

In your letter you should

• ask about his/her health


• let him/her know what changes occurred since he/she has been
hospitalized
• also try to make him/her happy in some ways

Dear Jane,

I hope you are feeling better. Are you able to sit in the garden and enjoy the
sunshine?

We all miss you in the office and look forward to your return. There have been
a few changes since you went into hospital. Eric Johnson has now retired
(lucky man) and Matthew has taken over Eric's job. He is struggling at the
moment. As you know he is not as experienced as Mathew was. He hopes
you will return soon to rescue him from the muddle.

I thought you would like the book I'm sending you with this letter I saw it in the
bookshop and thought it would make you laugh. I know you’ve always wanted
to live in Greece. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and find time to read it before
you return to work

Take it easy and look after yourself I'll write again soon.

Best regards,

Sheila

(153 words)

Letter Practice

You live on the fourth floor of a five-storey building which is not equipped with
an elevator (lift). Write a letter to your neighbors and in your letter

• introduce yourself
• say what the problem is
• ask the neighbors to agree on the installation of an elevator.

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20- You recently registered for a course, and you cannot attend the class
for some reasons.

Write a letter to your course instructor and in your letter


• introduce yourself
• explain the situation
• and say what action you would like to take.

Dear professor Moss,

I am Sandy Lee, an undergraduate student of the department of Electrical and


Computer Engineering. At the beginning of this semester, I registered for one
of your courses, African Literature and Culture. It is a two-hour course held on
every Thursday afternoon. Yesterday, I received a notice from my department
that a major course, Computer Principle, would be changed to Thursday
afternoon. This major course conspicuously influences my credits and it is
very important to me. Unfortunately, I can not study your course this
semester.

Because of your reputation and my enthusiasm in literature, I hope I could


study this course in the next semester. I also heard that another course of
yours, China Literature, is held every Friday afternoon. If the registration of
this course has not closed yet, I will be so glad to participate in your class.

Sorry to bother you, your help will be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Sandy Lee

(157 words)

Letter Practice

You and classmates have been trying to find a book for a while and the book is
out of stock. Write a letter to the publisher. Write a letter and in your letter

• say why you need the book


• mention what the problem is
• and ask the publisher to republish the book or provide you with copies of
the book

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GENERAL MODULE
writing task 2 (essay)

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1- Some people believe that we can use animals the way we want while
others believe animals have rights and we must respect their rights.

What is your opinion?

Use specific reasons o support your point of view.

Animal rights is a topic that is very important to me. I simply think that everyone
should have the decency to treat animals with kindness and respect, and not
make them suffer in any way. I believe that animals deserve to live according to
their own natures, without harm, abuse or exploitation.

It has been shown that animals are capable of feeling pain, hunger, thirst,
loneliness, and kinship. It breaks my heart when I see people wearing fur. Fur
belongs to its original owner. Some fur comes from animals caught in horrific
traps called leg holds. Leg holds are spring-loaded steel jaws that clamp shut on
an animal’s foot once it is sprung. It causes injuries and blood loss. Animals are
stuck in these traps for hours and even days before the trapper comes to pick
them up. Some animals try to chew and bite their own limbs off just to get out of
it.

Fur also comes from ‘fur farms’. Millions of animals are killed each year in these
farms. The farms force them to live in extremely close contact with the other
animals, which is completely against their instincts. This lifestyle causes severe
stress that can lead to cannibalism and self-mutilation. They are killed by
poisonous gasses, electrocution, suffocation, and neck breaking.

Then there is also the subject of animal testing. Humans are important, but that
does not give anyone the right to inflict endless pain and suffering on the animal,
especially for stupid reasons like makeup testing. If animal testing were to stop
now, the progress of medical progress would speed up, because the
alternatives such as in-vitro techniques are less time-consuming, more accurate,
and less expensive than using animals

In conclusion, I believe that we are not allowed to make animals suffer. Animals
have rights and we must protect them under any circumstances.
(307 words)

Essay Practice

Some people think that human needs for farmland, housing, and industry are more
important than saving land for endangered animals. Do you agree or disagree with this
point of view? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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2- Nowadays many people are trying to earn more and more and to get
rich.

In your opinion what are the advantages and disadvantages of being rich
and what’s your opinion?

Everybody wants to be rich; that is a fact. People try hard to earn as much
money as they can in order to be affluent and powerful; and they believe wealth
can benefit them in many different ways.

First of all, you can enjoy a lot of things that money can buy; you do not have to
worry about matters related to money such as controlling your expenses, etc.
Also, you do not have to worry about your living, for example: you will neither
experience the fear of losing your job, nor do you need to save money to raise
your children. In addition, you can choose to study where you want, get a
bachelor’s or master’s degree without having to worry about the tuition fees and
payments.

However, being rich does have some disadvantages, perhaps when you are
rich, you and your family members are always in danger. I mean there are
people who may plan to kidnap your relatives in order to earn some money.
Clearly, the accounting system in your head tells you that you should save some
money for some future purposes, but the temptation to spend money
immediately is so overwhelming that you can’t resist and actually you go on a
shopping spree and possibly, you will become materialistic. As a matter of fact,
things will get boring, since you can afford everything that money can buy, so
you will take up activities that can entertain you, for example, risky activities
such as gambling. That’s why there are people who get addicted to gambling.

In conclusion, I prefer to live a poor but a happy life, because money does not
create happiness. Money does not buy you love. Money does not solve your
problems. The more money you have, the more things you have to worry about,
so, just treasure what you have.
(308 words)

Essay Practice

People work because they need money to live. What are some other reasons that people
work? Discuss one or more of these reasons. Use specific examples and details to
support your answer.

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3- Some people believe that comic books are trash and they waste our
children’s time and energy.

What is your opinion? Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

Comic books are cheap entertainments that trash the minds of our children. I
have seen this many times and each time I have disagreed with it. If people
were willing to go beyond that old stereotype, they would see that comic books
are not that much different from other books.

First, let us all remember that the authors, regardless of what type of writing they
do, can always influence the minds of their young readers. So if it is true that
some comic books are sexist or violent, it is also true that some of them are, to
put it simply, fine. It would be wrong to accuse all comic books of prejudice and
violence, as it would be wrong to do the same with novels.

In the same line of thought, one of the great things about books is that they can
teach you a lot of things, they teach you facts that you did not know; they
broaden your horizon. Well, that is also true of some comic books. And it is not
so surprising, when you think about it. For example, I had never heard of the
country of Tanzania before I read a comic book in which it was the birth place of
one of the main characters. Even you can find more complicated and
philosophical concepts being taught in some comic books, even though it is less
obvious. For instance I read a particular comic book titled “understanding those
who are born different from us”; It can easily be related to racism and its
disadvantages. Thus, comic books, like books, can teach us great lessons.

On a different note, it has often been said that literature is a form of art and that
the writer is an artist and should be looked upon as such. What about comic
books? Shouldn’t the writers of comic books also be praised for their work? At
least because it demands a lot of talent and hard work. After all, how many of us
could write good dialogues and scripts to keep the reader hanging month after
month or pencil the characters so well?

In the end, comic books can help us learn things in their own way; and they as
well require hard work and talent. So, if you could forget the old stereotype for a
minute, you might want to try and read one.

(396 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should read only those
books that are about real events, real people, and established facts. Use specific reasons
and details to support your opinion.

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4- Nowadays more and more teenagers are becoming addicted to drugs or


alcohol.

In your opinion what are the reasons?


And how can we prevent them from becoming addicted?

Everyday more and more teens are turning to drugs and there is no simple
answer to why a teen might begin using drugs or alcohol. Many times, it is a
combination of several things.

They may turn to drugs to escape stress or loneliness or to overcome shyness


in social situations. They may want to be seen as grown up, or they may simply
be curious. Teens often want to be like their role models as well; so, if their
favorite music group or a "cool" friend at school uses drugs or alcohol, they may
also use drugs or alcohol to be like them. Adolescence is often a time of low
self-esteem, which can develop as a result of not being able to grow and change
as quickly as desired. A young person with low self-esteem may feel they are
not as smart, attractive, talented or popular as their friends. They may also feel
pressured by parents, teachers or others to achieve goals. To help deal with the
pressure, a young person with low self-esteem may be more likely to put aside
his/her good judgment and turn to drugs or alcohol to escape.

If some parents suspect that their teen is using drugs they may feel the need to
catch them. So, they search their room, or control their activities and friends.
These are all normal feelings, after all parents want their kids to be safe.
However, it might be more helpful to talk with them and let them know about the
changes they have observed and what the cause is. Preventing teen drug use is
possible; parents and guardians need to learn the warning signs and dangers;
therefore, parents must be aware of its symptoms.

In conclusion, I think that every single individual must try to avoid drugs for the
simple reason that it ruins our lives and society.

(309 words)

Essay Practice

In some countries, teenagers have jobs while they are still students. Do you think this is
a good idea? Support your opinion by using specific reasons and details.

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5- As the first step to combat obesity among students, Health authorities


intend to remove all the unhealthy foods from school canteens and
introduce new kinds.

To what extent do you agree with this scheme?

Nowadays the number of students suffering from obesity and obesity-related


diseases is increasing at an astonishing rate and I think it is a good idea to
promote healthy living and eating habits among students today, but in my
opinion removing the food most children love from school canteens is not going
to work.

Would children want to buy something they have never heard of? Most of the
items that may be introduced are strange to students. If the government forces
schools to provide this kind of food, most children will definitely not buy them. It
is not the government’s business what students eat. Education is the best way
to promote healthy living, not prohibition. Therefore, instead of starting with
schools and banning the school canteens from selling the unhealthy foods,
authorities must inform the students of the harmful effects of such foods.

Furthermore, the ill-conceived plan could wipe out a great deal of money a year
from school revenues and force schools to close canteens. Therefore, school
communities and parents should as well choose what is best for their students.
Hence, abandoning the foods most children are fond of is not an alternative.

However I do believe that canteens should gradually try to provide foods suited
to students’ ethnic and religious backgrounds and try to improve their health and
reduce alarming rates of obesity among the students.

In conclusion, serving nutritious food might improve children’s health and reduce
obesity. But the move to ban such foods from canteens will have a negative
feedback.

(253 words)

Essay Practice

People do many different things to stay healthy. What do you do for good health? Use
specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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6- Obesity is turning into a serious national program.

Suggest some solutions in order to prevent people from getting obese?

Obesity is on the rise, and it is becoming more and more of a national health
concern. It affects more than 1/3 of the population, and an additional 1/3 is
overweight. With obesity becoming more and more of a problem each year, the
people in Iran are going to suffer from a catastrophic health problem.

I believe that the Iranian Government should take action to manage its people’s
diets because they will not do it on their own. If the Iranian government stepped
up its campaign on obesity, many of the country’s obese people could stop
getting heavier and will shed pounds.

I think that the problem with people in our country is the lack of motivation to diet
and exercise. I believe that the public policy for people would be such that
people who exercise regularly should be rewarded. I believe that people who put
forth effort in an exercise program should be rewarded with tax deductions. This
would bring a lot more people into the world of exercise.

The next most-important solution is education. Education is the key if lowering of


the people’s weight is wanted. Providing them with the knowledge of what foods
do what, how, and why would allow the public to be more educated on how to
lose weight properly. Habits are established at a young age, and if healthy
habits can be established, then the country can be much better off.

And the final step is to pass laws requiring fast food and chain restaurants to
post nutrition information such as caloric, fat and sugar content on menus. After
being thoroughly educated about dieting, Iranians must have access to the
information to be able to know what foods are good or bad and why. Knowing
how to read is not relevant if there is nothing to read.

(303 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Universities should give the
same amount of money to their students' sports activities as they give to their university
libraries. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

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7- Many people believe that playing games teaches us about life while
others believe that children waste their time by playing games.

What’s your opinion?

Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

No one can deny the importance of playing games in our lives. Some people
argue that playing games teaches us many valuable things about life, while
others believe that playing games teaches us nothing about life. I strongly
support the idea that playing games is beneficial in our life for the following
reasons.

One reason why I believe so is that playing games teaches us teamwork


especially in team games. In team games, the individual team members should
not only play for personal achievements but for the sake of the team as well.
Moreover, playing games teaches us cooperation, organization and loyalty to
our team, which in turn affects positively our relationships with other people.

Another reason that can make playing games valuable is that it teaches
participants to have goals and to work very hard to accomplish these goals. In
life, everyone has many goals and he/she puts them in front of his/her eyes and
tries day and night to achieve them. Thus, there is a strong relationship between
playing games and learning about life. In addition, when people practice team
sports they come into contact with people who have different characteristics and
personalities.

However, I much acknowledge that children must not spend all their time playing
games. They must not ignore their school lessons and their responsibilities in
life; they must certainly have a program and try to abide by their programs in
order to succeed in life.

To sum up, I still believe that playing games teaches us many useful things
about life such as cooperation, loyalty, organization, and achievement of goals
in life.

(267 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Games are as important for
adults as they are for children. Use specific reasons and examples to support your
answer.

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8- Nowadays an increasing number of students prefer to extend their


studies abroad.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad? Use


specific reasons to support your opinion.

Education is essential in order to secure as good an employment position as


possible. Studying abroad is a popular choice among students today; however,
is it the best choice? Studying abroad has both its advantages and
disadvantages.

There are several advantages to studying abroad. Firstly, one can have more
knowledge about different cultures. It is also the best way to learn foreign
languages since one has the chance to speak with the native speakers. In
addition, one can learn about various traditions and customs. And all these can
help one to have better employment positions, because foreign language skills
and knowledge of foreign traditions are important when working with foreigners.
Besides, it can help one become more organized and self-confident. There are
many good and bad things in every society. Living abroad is like learning what
the big world is like. And finally Students learn to take good care of themselves
and learn what they should do for a living in different situations.

On the other hand, one of the main disadvantages of studying abroad is living in
a different place and culture. When students go to study abroad they are living
somewhere very different and it is not easy to do so. They may come across
many problems e.g. strange food, bad weather and no friends. Also when they
go back to their countries they need to get used to the culture again. It can
become a big problem if they cannot, because they might not be able to work
with others. Another disadvantage of studying abroad is selfishness. Self-
confidence could be self-destructive. Almost all students that study abroad are
very confident. It is good to be self-confident but at times it may become self-
destructive, since these students will not hear the ideas of others and believe in
only what they think which might make working with other people hard.

In conclusion, studying abroad is a good opportunity, but the advantages and


disadvantages must first be considered very carefully before deciding whether
or not to enter foreign universities.
(340 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Teachers should be paid
according to how much their students learn. Give specific reasons and examples to
support your opinion.

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9- The government is planning to set a higher driving age. The law will not
allow young people below 21 to drive.

Do you agree or disagree with this scheme? Use specific reasons to


support your opinion.

The media seem to have developed a grudge against teenage drivers recently.
They claim that these young people should not be allowed on the road because
they cause accidents, while teens cause no more accidents than adults do.
Incredibly the government seems to share this blind prejudice and is going to set
an unacceptably high driving age. Even if teens cause as much mayhem as the
government claims they do, they should be given a chance to improve on
themselves, not wait for themselves to become safer.

An extremely obvious fact that both the government and the media have
overlooked is that age does not make a person safe. This is why adults cause
just as many accidents as teenagers do. However, the government refuses to
see what is plainly under its nose and is going to set an unjust driving age in the
hope that it will reduce the country’s number of road accidents. Bear in mind that
adults, who have the exact same rate of accidents, are allowed to roam freely
on the road. This shows how biased the government is.

The high driving age also creates problems for all the young people who will not
be allowed to drive on their own, especially university students. They are usually
forced to take the highly unreliable and mismanaged public transport. As the
services are usually delayed or overloaded, it causes the young people to be
late for their daily commitments. They also have to pay more and suffer the
added frustration.

In conclusion, I believe instead of taking the easy way out, the government
should tackle the problem at its roots. Young people usually cause accidents
because of the lack of experience or awareness, or both. So the government
should provide education of some sort to help young people build these things.

(303 words)

Essay Practice

A friend of yours has received some money and plans to use all of it either o to go on
vacation or to buy a car. Your friend has asked you for advice. Compare your friend's
two choices and explain which one you think your friend should choose. Use specific
reasons and details to support your choice.

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10- Some people say that physical exercise should be a required part of
every school day. Other people believe that students should spend the
whole school day on academic studies.

What are the benefits of exercise? Use specific reasons to support your
opinion.

Most people need some motivation to get off the couch and begin exercising.
They have started to work out and then stopped their workout routine so many
times that they cannot keep track of the number of programs they have tried. In
fact, by statistics these people are among the average Iranians. There are many
benefits that arrive from the presence of exercise in our daily routine. Improved
strength, improved cardiovascular fitness, and an improved immune system are
just three of the many benefits that come from exercise.

First, strength is the power to resist strain or stress. Strength training, also
known as resistance training, has many benefits. By training over a regular
period of time your muscle tone will increase the muscle's readiness for work.
Increased muscle tone improves posture, which can help lead to a better-
developed physique. Following a resistance-training program you can expect to
find changes in your body shape.

Another benefit might also be the cardiovascular fitness. The heart is a muscle
that responds to exercise by becoming stronger and more efficient. The muscles
demand more energy and oxygen due to the increased workload that comes
from exercise. This causes the heart rate and respiratory rate to increase in
order to provide the required additional fuel to the muscles. In addition, the
entire circulatory system works more efficiently due to vascular dilation and
cholesterol reduction. By improving the condition of your cardiovascular fitness
you are also helping yourself live longer, decrease the risk of heart diseases,
lower the blood pressure, strengthen your cardiovascular system, and the list
goes on.

Regular physical activity appears to improve the functioning of the immune


system. Recent research suggests that people who exercise regularly come
down with fewer colds and flues than their sedentary friends. Regular physical
activity seems to strengthen the immune system so that it is better able to fight
the foreign germs that make our bodies sick.

In conclusion, exercise can be very beneficial if performed correctly and


efficiently.
(331 words)
Essay Practice

Why do you think some people are attracted to dangerous sports or other dangerous
activities? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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11- Despite all the government’s efforts to decrease the number of car
accidents, this number is still on the rise.

In your opinion, how can the government help reduce the number of car
accidents?

Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

The number of vehicles on freeways and streets is increasing at an alarming


rate. This influx of motor vehicles is creating hazardous conditions. Moreover,
drivers are in such a rush to get to their destinations that many become angry or
impatient with other motorists who are too slow and although law enforcement
authorities warn motorists against aggressive driving, the number of drivers who
act out their angry impulses has not declined.

The first reason indeed is not legislating serious punishments for aggressive
driving. Legislating punishments for foolish behaviors is very crucial in order to
decrease the number of such accidents. At the same time police officers, who
have the right to arrest any driver who is drunk, should also have the right to
capture aggressive drivers as both drunk and foolishly behaving drivers threaten
the safety of motorways. In my opinion, the government should play its role in
controlling this phenomenon.

Besides, ignoring the traffic laws and regulations leads to more road accidents
and to decrease the number of road accidents, our drivers should be more
accurate in obeying these rules. For instance, they should look and signal
before overtaking other cars. They should also stop when they come to a
junction. This, consequently, would reduce the number of accidents which take
place daily on our motorways.

To conclude, careless and irresponsible drivers are endangering everyone


because they create hazardous conditions by acting and driving foolishly, the
drivers should control their anger and learn to drive safely. After all, the lives
they save could be their own.

(258 words)

Essay Practice

Should governments spend more money on improving roads and highways, or should
governments spend more money on improving public transportation (buses, trains,
subways)? Why? Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay.

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12- Many students think school classes are boring and useless.

What are the factors leading to this problem?

Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

Students often remark that school is boring. This remark could be fueled by a
lackadaisical and truly inappropriate set of mandatory credits, lack of interest
towards subjects and an extremely boring method of teaching.

The main problem, Mandatory Credits, starts right at the top of the ladder.
Students are forced into classes they will not need and are taught skills that will
never be used. If a child is to become a mathematician why is he/she forced to
sit through classes where a teacher rambles on and breaks down a story that
will never be picked up in life again? Once this problem is figured out, students
will be more interested and encouraged in classes.

The second problem, lack of interest, is fueled by the same


mandatory credits. Why should a student be forced into taking a class where
they will simply be caught "snoozing" due to lack of interest. By this time a
student has given up and starts to hate school in general.

The third problem, drilling students, is found with the teachers themselves. A
student has to sit in class with his books open rewriting the same words being
said by the teachers. Why cannot they make it more hands-on, keep the
students into it? If teachers want results they should involve their students in the
learning process and avoid promoting passive leaning by using more practical
and interesting teaching methods.

In conclusion, I think in order to interest the students in school, the school


principles need to make significant changes in their education programs.

(258 words)

Essay Practice

It has recently been announced that a new high school may be built in your community.
Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details in your
answer.

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13- Some people believe hunting animals as a sport should not be


illegalized while others disagree.

What’s your opinion? Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

How many animals will be slaughtered before it is decided too many are dead?
Will species die out and fade into obscurity? With the large prevalence of
hunters in today's world, it is time to define what hunting is. Hunting is not a
sport due to its inability to follow the definition of a sport, the waste of precious
animal lives, and moral ethics.

Many people think that a sport should be fair to both sides. There should always
be a chance for the other team to win; otherwise there would not be a point.
Also, a sport should be fun for both sides. If it is not, then the sport stops being
recreational. A third reason is the fact that people participate in sports by choice.
An animal does not choose to be hunted, it is chosen by the hunter. It would
seem that hunting is no longer a sport: it is unfair to the animal, the animal is
definitely not having fun and the animal has absolutely no choice about
participating.

In addition, when People in the past hunted an animal, they would honour its
spirit. This was done because they believed that all creatures, including
humans, were equal in life. One of the ways they honoured the animal's spirit
was to use every portion of the body. They would use the skin for clothing or
shelter, the stomach for cooking, the meat for eating and many other portions for
various uses. This practice continued for hundreds of years. It still exists today.
Many modern day sport hunters do not follow this ideal. A lot of hunters stuff
and mount their kills as trophies, or decorations. This is a waste of the animal.

And finally if people believe that killing humans is wrong, why do they not
believe the same about wild animals? If a person walked into a gun store and
told the clerk that he/she was going to go hunting, the clerk would start setting
up the license. If the same person told the clerk that he/she was going to hunt
humans, the clerk would immediately set off the alarm and summon the police.
Then If it is wrong to kill humans in this manner, then it must be wrong to kill
animals in the same way.

In conclusion I believe to kill an animal out of necessity is understandable, but to


kill an animal for sport! That is unjust and should never occur.
(408 words)

Essay Practice

Many parts of the world are losing important natural resources, such as forests, animals,
or clean water. Choose one resource that is disappearing and explain why it needs to be
saved. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

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14. Humans are producing an increasing amount of trash everyday and the
world is becoming full of the landfills we use to get rid of our trash.

In your opinion, how can recycling save the environment and help the
people on Earth?

Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

Recycling means to use again and again. Recycling helps the world because we
are reusing things instead of using energy to make more things. Paper, tin,
metals, plastic, glass & miscellaneous items can be recycled.

Paper is cellulose, which is in plant fibers. The cellulose is made by cutting down
trees, grinding them up, and dumping the wood pulp in acid. Paper can also be
recycled from other paper. Old paper is sent to factories, where it is shredded
and mashed into pulp, which is then turned back into paper. Recycling uses
cellulose over and over again, this saves trees from being cut down. Recycling
can also save energy because making recycled paper uses 30% to 40% less
energy than producing paper from new wood pulp.

Tin is a metal and is mostly in the form of cans and tin foil. Tin cans are actually
99% steel, with a thin layer of tin added to prevent rusting. In Iran, they throw
away enough metals (including tin) to build new cars. Aluminum can recycling
saves 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum. Also it will save our
mineral resources from depletion. And finally Plastic is the material that makes
up many things. Bottles, Cups, cell phones and many other items are made of
plastic. Plastic is used so much, and recycling it can save our oil resources as
well as the energy used to produce plastic.

There are many more things which can be recycled. Recycling is good for us
because we reuse products and we do not waste energy which we can use in
the future. Recycling is good and you should recycle as much as you can.

(279 words)

Essay Practice

A company is going to give some money either to support the arts or to protect the
environment. Which do you think the company should choose? Use specific reasons and
examples to support your answer.

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15- Nowadays almost every student who graduates from high school tries
to attend college or university.

Why do you think people attend college or university?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Entering higher education is nowadays regarded as one of the most important


aims of most teenagers in Iran, it is indeed considered so essential that most
teenagers, upon graduation from high school, take the university entrance
examination which is administered annually in the hope that they can pass it and
enter university. Of course they have many different reasons for sitting the test
many of which are not educational purposes.

I believe most students struggle for success for occupational purposes. I mean
they would like to have better employment opportunities with a higher salary;
consequently, their favorite field of study is usually based on market demand.
They are fond of the specialties that are in higher demand in society. Another
reason for entering college and university is achieving a higher social status.
Holding a university degree is these days associated with a relatively superior
status.

There are also some teenagers who try to keep up with the Joneses; they do not
have any justifiable reason for their decisions; however, they do so since they
do not want to fall behind others. Some other teenagers study their lessons hard
to pass the university entrance exam since they are forced to. It is an obligation
imposed on them by their parents to which they have to conform.

On the other hand, there are many others who prefer to extend their education
for some better reasons. There are teenagers who continue their studies in
order to broaden their knowledge; they try to obtain academic, professional
knowledge in their favorite fields, they love their major and try to obtain as much
information in the field as possible.

In conclusion, I believe each single teenager may have his or her reason for
entering college or university, and a reason that may or may not seem
convincing for others.
(303 words)

Essay Practice

You have been told that dormitory rooms at your university must be shared by two
students. Would you rather have the university assign a student to share a room with
you, or would you rather choose your own roommate? Use specific reasons and details
to explain your answer.

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16- In the modern world today the rate of divorce is rising dramatically in
most societies.

In your opinion what are the most important reasons for getting divorced?
Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

Marriage is known to be a lifetime commitment towards love and caring among


people. However, most marriages these days seem to be failing due to the
increasing number of problems with the modern world.

Why do people get married? Well it is a known tradition in humanity that a


woman and man will come together and live their lives as one. The most
important element that seems to have disappeared is love not just any love, but
true, deep-feeling love. To keep a relationship clear, the love itself should be
clear, not artificially placed. If there is no well-defined understanding of love,
then it should obviously not be a marriage. In some traditions, they have what is
known as an arranged marriage. This is the process where love is somewhat
“forced” to exist between two people.

Disloyalty is another reason leading to divorce. Nowadays adultery is one of the


most popular reasons for most divorces and it usually has the worst outcome as
well. These include physical and verbal fights, splitting of a family including
children, lawsuits, and much more.

Financial problems can also end a good marriage. This cause leads to fights on
spending too much money, making a bad investment, and purchasing useless
things. Being stingy can also be another bad reason. No matter what the reason
is, the causes of failing marriages are practically endless,

Unexpected health deterioration is still another problem. In the Modern world


women or men would rather get a new life than stay with a husband that will
sooner or later die. Physical illness is pretty bad as well. If a man is impotent or
a woman is infertile, this means that they cannot conceive a child. Some people
believe that the main reason for marriage is to have children, and if there is no
potential of having children, then why should they stay together?

Finally, I believe that the young people must change their attitudes towards
many things such as love, life, loyalty and so on before they end up in divorce
themselves.

(341 words)

Essay Practice

Some people think that the family is the most important influence on young adults.
Other people think that friends are the most important influence on young adults. Which
view do you agree with? Use examples to support your position.

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17- Some people believe that people’s choice of leisure activities is to a


great extent affected by fashions, while others believe that people still
choose their favorite leisure activities regardless of fashions.

With which opinion do you agree? Use specific reasons to support your
opinion.

By comparison with even the recent past, the choice of leisure activities on offer
today is vast, but while it may seem reasonable to argue that some of these
activities reflect the trends and fads of the day, I believe the majority still choose
to take up their hobbies out of interest.

While some may fall victim to fashion in the modern world, many people of all
ages and backgrounds take up hobbies for social reasons. Traditional hobbies
range from participation in active sports like tennis to old favorites such as chess
and stamp collecting, and these continue to be popular. There are still people
who collect shells as a hobby and they eagerly pursue their hobbies irrespective
of the fashions that catch on and fall out day in day out.

Where sports is concerned, most people know what they like and participate out
of love of the game, rather than because it is currently fashionable. People have
been interested in a particular sport during their whole life and changes in
fashion have rarely affected their interests. It is worth mentioning that children’s
games such as hide and seek and tag are still widely appreciated by most
children all around the world regardless of the new games that are being
introduced on a daily basis.

However, for some people as new hobbies and activities are introduced, other
hobbies are history. For example, sports such as rollerblading lose their
fascination after a few months. Current trends are always overshadowed by the
new ones being promoted through massive advertisement. Electronic games go
out of date almost as soon as you have bought them and this is so because
manufacturers promote the fact that only the latest version is worth having, and
so ensure continued sales.

Therefore, I feel that while fashions have an influence, particularly among the
young, the majority of people enjoy their hobbies for their own sake.

(317 words)

Essay Practice

Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. Others choose not
to make any plans at all for their free time. Compare the benefits of planning free-time
activities with the benefits of not making plans. Which do you prefer-planning or not
planning for your leisure time? Use specific reasons and examples to explain your
choice.

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18- Some parents believe that students must work hard at school and
spend their free time learning their school lessons, while others believe
that students need to spend their free time playing and developing other
skills.

With which opinion do you agree? Use specific reasons to support your
opinion.

Today education has become a priority for many parents seeking to secure a
good future for their children in this rapidly changing world. Most parents believe
that if their children work hard at school, then they will increase their
opportunities for going to higher education and eventually getting a good job. Of
course they are right. However, they must know that there are other things to
learn except the academic skills at schools.

The parents, who do not allow their children sufficient free time for leisure
activities outside school hours, are misguided. Such activities are far from being
a waste of time for the children for the simple reason that they are not academic.
It is important to remember that children need to develop skills other than
intellectual ones, and the best way to do this is through activities such as sports,
games and playing with other kids.

Moreover children must develop their imagination; make-believe games can


help children to inspire their imagination. Besides, they must learn physical
coordination through the games they play with their peers. They must taste
victory and failure, how can they learn important social lessons about winning
and losing if they do not practice any sports? Many children form strong,
personal relationships with their friends they play with, and without the
opportunity to do this, they could grow up emotionally immature and unformed.

However, In the world today, students need to be educated in order to survive in


this world; they must be skilled and knowledgeable; therefore, allowing children
to ignore these fundamental needs and waste their time will not help them, so as
access to the best education and best jobs is becoming more competitive, then
it is true that children have to make the best of their study time when they are
young.

Finally I think it is important to remember that children need to relax as well as


work. If everything they do must have educational or academic relevance, then
they will soon get tired of studying altogether, which is the last thing parents
would want.
(344 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? All students should be required
to study art and music in secondary school. Use specific reasons to support your answer.

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19- In the fight against crime, police forces and governments are
increasingly using security cameras in public places. Some people are
opposed to this, saying that it invades our privacy.

Discuss both these views and finally give your opinion.

Security cameras have become ubiquitous in many countries. Whereas before


they appeared only in banks and at high-security areas, they are now entering
public places such as malls, streets, stadiums and transport. Many people feel
they intrude on citizens’ privacy while others believe they may help increase
social security.

Some people believe security cameras are far from being a perfect solution. The
biggest objection they can lodge concerns privacy. Many people feel that they
should be free to travel or move around a shop, mall, street or country without
being photographed or recorded. They feel that being watched constantly is like
being in a jail, and that ordinary people are losing their freedom because of
these security devices. Another point is that although the police say that only
criminals have something to fear from the cameras, many people do not trust
governments with too much information. Corrupt authorities could use the
information in the wrong way or twist it to victimize some groups, and finally I
think cameras and computers can make mistakes.

However, others believe that surveillance cameras have several benefits. An


obvious benefit is that the police can catch criminals in the act, and reduce
crime. This will make the streets safer for ordinary people. Catching a criminal
red handed will also greatly reduce the police costs as the police do not need to
conduct large scale investigation to prove a criminal guilty. A more important
point is that criminals, particularly young offenders or petty criminals will be
deterred. They will not be tempted to carry out crimes, and thus society will be a
lot safer. Cameras are also cost-effective and unobtrusive. Authorities do not
need to spend large amounts of money on police.

In conclusion, although there are definite disadvantages to using surveillance


devices such as cameras, but considering the rapidly increasing crime rate in
our society and the critical need for enhancing our social security, I think the
merits way outweigh its demerits.

(327 words)

Essay Practice

Some people believe citizens should be allowed to carry handguns in order to protect
themselves, while others think this can lead to many social security problems in the
society. What’s your opinion? Use specific reasons to support your answer.

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20- Some people believe that starting school at an earlier age is very
beneficial for children, while others believe that children must stay home
and attend school at the age of 7.

In your opinion, what are the advantages of attending school before the
age of 7?

In many places today, children start primary school at around the age of six or
seven; however, because it is more likely now that both parents work, there is
little opportunity for children to stay home up to that age. Instead they will
probably go to a nursery school when they are much younger. While some
people think this may be damaging to a child's development or to a child's
relationship with his or her parents, in fact there are many advantages to having
school experience at a young age.

Firstly, a child will learn to interact with a lot of different people and some
children learn to communicate very early because of this. They are generally
more confident and independent than children who stay at home with their
parents and who are not used to strangers or new situations. Such children find
their first day at school at the age of six very frightening and this may have a
negative effect on how they learn.

Another advantage of going to school at an early age is that children socially


develop faster. They make friends and learn how to get on with other children of
a similar age. This is often not possible at home because they are the only
children, or because their brothers or sisters are older or younger.

So overall, I believe that attending school from a young age can benefit children
in many different ways. Moreover , they still have plenty time to spend at home
with their parents, so they can benefit from both environments.

(260 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Self-confidence is the most
important factor for success in school or at work. Use specific reasons and examples to
support your opinion.

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21- Research is an essential part of completing assignments.

Write a report for a course tutor suggesting some good places to obtain
useful information. Give reasons for your choices.

The most important step in the completion of a class assignment is researching


the topic. Some assignments require you to give written answer, and others
require spoken presentation. However, finding useful information is only
possible if you know where to look.

To begin with, there is the reading list that the tutor gives students in class.
Reading lists show the essential book titles you should read to complete a
written task, and are useful because they contain the books that the tutor
recommends.

Secondly, there is the library in the school where you are studying. Most good
colleges have libraries containing a wide range of books, newspapers,
magazines and reference material. These days, modern well-equipped libraries
have banks of computers with CD- ROM disks on a variety of subjects.
Alternatively, if you are researching information for a spoken presentation, you
might borrow a video to show your class. If you cannot find the books you need
in the school or college library, you can go to the local library and ask the
librarian there to help you.

Additionally, the internet allows us to obtain information from a huge number of


sources all over the world. It might take a long time to search for what you want,
but once you find it you can print out only the pages you require.

Finally, people can be good sources of information, too. By interviewing people


with particular knowledge, or conducting surveys, you can obtain information
that is the most current and suitable for your needs.

(253 words)

Essay Practice

A university plans to develop a new research center in your country. Some people want
a center for business research. Other people want a center for research in agriculture
(farming). Which of these two kinds of research centers do you recommend for your
country? Use specific reasons in your recommendation.

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22- Nowadays more and more research results show the positive effects of
sports in our life, and people are strongly advised to take up a sport as
soon as possible.

What are the major effects of getting exercise?

Practicing a sport is much more than the sole act of pushing your body through
exhaustion or using your skills to reach your goal. There are many effects that
show after you get involved in a sport.

The first major effect of practicing a sport is that you will develop physical
abilities. Your body will be in better shape, and you will be able to achieve things
that physically you could not accomplish before. For instance your speed,
muscular mass, stamina, lung capacity, and elasticity will all increase
enormously. By exercising on a regular basis your body will be healthier, which
means fewer diseases and fewer injuries. People with a healthy life tend to live
longer and more happily.

The second effect has to do with your personal life. Yes, sports will get very
deep into your life. Practicing a sport requires some time, so you will be
entertained for a while everyday instead of watching television or surfing on the
internet. By practicing a sport you will get the chance to travel to new places
where competitions are held. And that’s not all because once you enter a better
level of competition; you may compete in national or international tournaments,
attract sponsors, and even make a profit out of it!

Practicing a sport affects you as a person as well as your social life. You will
meet a lot of people in the business, from beginners to professionals; however,
only a small group of individuals will become your friends to the point of turning
into your second family. That is having a team. As an athlete you will develop a
strong character and a competitive spirit. Besides you will become more
disciplined and responsible, which will certainly help you in your professional
life.

In conclusion, sports can shape your body, your life, and your mind in good
ways. Practicing a sport keeps you entertained and far away from boredom. In
addition you will have the chance to experience the amazing feeling of beating
all your opponents down from the quarterfinals or crossing the finish line ahead
of everyone else.

(350 words)
Essay Practice

People have different ways of escaping the stress and difficulties of modern life. Some
read; some exercise; others work in their gardens. What do you think are the best ways
of reducing stress? Use specific details and examples in your answer.

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23- Unfortunately nowadays many school students drop out of school


before they graduate.

In your opinion what are the reasons for school drop-out?


And what ways can you suggest in order to solve the problem?

Today, although most students in Iran complete their education, a large number
still drop out because of family, social and work pressures. This problem
requires serious action from both individuals and the government.

Most students who do not complete school do so because of family problems.


Girls, especially, want to get married and start a family. Some parents are not
interested in education and do not support their children in studying. Social
problems are also a contributing factor. Education is compulsory but, despite
this, some people do not take it seriously. Furthermore, jobs are available even
if students do not have a good education. The third reason is work pressure.
Some families are poor and need their children to work in order to increase the
income. All these problems will create young people who do not have any skills
and who will not be able to improve their lives for the family and the country.

There are several things that can be done about these problems. Parents
should be encouraged to send their children to school. Schools with baby-
minding facilities should be opened specially for married students. The
government needs to stress the importance of education and even offer financial
support to students to continue. This will encourage students to stay at school
rather than start working.

In conclusion, there are several things that the government can do to allow more
people to finish school. However, a number of society attitudes also have to
change if the country’s young people are to achieve their full potential.

(256 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students
to study history and literature than it is for them to study science and mathematics. Use
specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

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24- Television is now widespread in all communities. Almost everyone has


access to this medium on a daily basis. However, the effects of television
are not always positive.

What are some of the negative effects of television?


What can be done to minimize these bad effects? Give reasons for your
answer.

One can say that television is one of the most important technological
developments and nowadays almost everyone in the world has access to TV.
Television has caused significant changes in family life and education some of
which have been negative.

Certainly TV can be a powerful educational tool which can benefit the people;
however, the effect that TV has had on our lives have not all been positive.
Before television was widely available, families spent more time together talking
and playing games. They seemed much closer to each other than modern
families. Now many children even have their own TV in the bedroom so they
spend very little time with their parents or brothers and sisters. Some people
might argue that this helps young people to be independent, but I think this is a
negative effect because they will be unable to communicate effectively or relate
to others emotionally. Also the fact is that many people waste a lot of time
watching poor quality programs which do not have a positive influence.
Advertising, too, can have very negative effects. Furthermore TV is sometimes
used to deliberately misinform people, for example when it is used as a
propaganda tool by governments.

I am sure there are some very practical ways in order to reduce the negative
effects of TV in society. First off, I think the government must legislate rules
according to the religious beliefs of the nation preventing the people in charge
from broadcasting poor quality programs. Another thing the government can do
is to provide education programs for parents and children instructing them about
the negative effects of TV. And finally I think every single individual must
understand that it is time to kick the habit of watching TV and take up a more
beneficial and active hobby.

In conclusion even though it can benefit the members of the society, I believe
the one-eyed monster is doing a great harm which we must not ignore.

(326 words)

Essay Practice

In the future, students may have the choice of studying at home by using technology
such as computers or television or of studying at traditional schools. Which would you
prefer? Use reasons and specific details to explain your choice.

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25- Addiction to TV is becoming more and more common worldwide. What


are some of the problems associated with this and what recommendations
can you offer?

The word television comes from Greek and means "seeing far away". However,
the more we watch it, the more short-sighted and narrow-minded we become.
Unfortunately, TV is fast becoming as popular and dangerous as drugs. In this
essay, I will outline some problems linked to TV addiction and suggest some
viable solutions.

Starting with the dangers, health is one of the biggest. To clarify, people who
watch too much TV frequently develop problems with their eyes and back and,
too, many become obese. A further negative effect is that a lot of time is wasted.
In fact, statistics show that frequent viewers watch TV for an average of three or
more hours daily. A final issue is that TV addicts may become antisocial,
spending little quality time with family and friends. Indeed, this is particularly
detrimental to children who need to learn good social skills.

Fortunately, there are remedies for this dangerous addiction. One answer is to
budget the amount of time spent watching TV For example, people can set
aside one hour a day and schedule other activities, such as sports or reading, in
their leisure time. Yet another alternative is to limit the number of televisions in
the household, even covering screens with a sheet or blanket when they are not
in use. Last, the best solution of all could be to kill the contraption! If you don't
have a TV, you won't watch one!

To conclude, addiction to TV is a widespread disease, but with the right


medicine, it can be cured. Individuals must take a long view towards the future,
recognizing that short-term actions have long-term consequences.

(271 words)

Essay Practice

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television, newspapers,


magazines, and other media pay too much attention to the personal lives of famous
people such as public figures and celebrities. Use specific reasons and details to explain
your opinion.

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26- A company has announced that it wishes to build a large factory near
your community.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this new influence on your


community. Do you support or oppose the factory?
Use specific reasons to support your opinion.

These days I hear news about a big company which intends to build a large
factory in the proximity of my neighborhood. I think living close to a large
manufacturing firm certainly has a lot of considerable merits, even though it
might cause some problems for the residents of the neighboring communities.

The factory can help decrease the rate of unemployment in this area.
Unfortunately recently there have been few employment opportunities in my
community and most people go downtown in search of employment; therefore,
the construction of a large factory can save people from commuting to and from
work in the city center. The factory will also place more importance on our town.
I mean more people will be traveling to our neighborhood and therefore the local
businesses will flourish as well.

However, there will be some problems for the residents too; For example, if
accurate measures to combat pollution are not taken the area may be
threatened by pollution. Chemical wastes produced by the factory will
contaminate the water resources and may endanger the lives of people as well
as the ecosystem. The people may as well face more traffic jams in the
neighborhood as more people rush into the town in the morning.

On the whole, I believe we need this factory; people have been suffering from
financial problems in recent years, and the low unemployment has led to an
increasing rate of crime and violence among the youth. Many people spend
several hours commuting to and from work and many people have emigrated to
other cities and have settled down there. Our town is disappearing and we need
this factory to save it.

(277 words)

Essay Practice

Some people like doing work by hand. Others prefer using machines. Which do you
prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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27- Some people prefer to live in a small town. Others prefer to live in a big
city.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a big city? Which
place would you prefer to live in?

Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.

Most people live in places where they can enjoy their lives; even though some
people like living in small rural areas, some people prefer to live in large modern
cities and while the wide range of facilities available in a large modern city can
benefit its inhabitants in so many different ways, it certainly causes some
problems for them.

Most people prefer to live in a large modern city since there is a wide range of
facilities in a large modern city including transport facilities, social and
recreational facilities, educational facilities and a lot more, such as medical
facilities; there are large up-to-date hospitals and schools and other community
facilities most of which are not available in a small town. Public facilities existing
in a large modern city also include disabled facilities and sports facilities which a
small town lacks.

Nevertheless one can’t ignore the disadvantages either, consider the hustle and
bustle of a large modern city for instance, most large cities are crowded, noisy
and at times polluted, and you can never find the peace and quiet of a small
town in a large city. There is also usually a higher crime rate in large modern
cities. Living expenses are also much higher in large cities and this forces the
residents to work harder in order to earn a living.

In conclusion, I do prefer to live in a large modern city; of course I realize the


fact that there are some disadvantages in living in a large modern city. However,
you cannot compare the facilities available in small towns and modern cities, the
existing facilities in a modern city are far more extensive that those in a small
town. There are enough employment opportunities in a small town and finally I
cannot extend my education in a small town since there are not enough
universities and colleges.

(309 words)

Essay Practice

It is better for children to grow up in the countryside than in a big city. Discuss both
views and give your opinion. Use specific reasons and examples to develop your essay.

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28- In general, people these days live longer in most countries of the
world.

Discuss the causes of this phenomenon. Use specific reasons and details
to develop your essay.

Living longer has always been a dream for most human beings, and they have
tried throughout history to find ways to achieve longevity; luckily their efforts
have led to some good results and now according to official figures, average life
expectancy in many countries of the world has increased. In my opinion the
most important reason for this phenomenon is adequate healthcare and better
hygiene.

In the past most people who contracted the formerly fatal diseases would die in
no time. There were no remedies for such diseases and only a very small
proportion of the people afflicted with a fatal disease would survive. Infant
mortality rate was, therefore, extremely high since children were more
vulnerable and their immune system was the weakest. But these days most
children are vaccinated against most fatal diseases and their immune system is
stronger. Nowadays there are treatments for most diseases or at least people
can take preventive measures against most of them.

Furthermore, nowadays the food that we eat and the water that we drink are
hygienic. Most people in the past did not have access to clean water recourses.
In areas where people were not close to mountainous areas, they had to
consume even dirty water. Nowadays people carry their foods in sterilized
packages and keep them in their fridges; hence the chances of contamination
are low. People nowadays can use fruits and vegetables from far-away places
transported in refrigerated containers and can take in a range of vitamins and
minerals therefore they are healthier.

In conclusion, I think the technological advances in different fields have helped


people live longer than before and they will certainly pave the way for still a
higher average life expectancy, and people will live a longer life providing they
pay attention to their lifestyles, healthcare and hygiene.

(301 words)

Essay Practice

Some people believe that the Earth is being harmed by human activity. Others feel that
human activity makes the Earth a better place to live. Discuss both views and give your
opinion. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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