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My students are doing a mock CAE writing exam tomorrow so I’ve made them this worksheet to revise for it. I’ve also made a kahoot quiz to test them on some of the language.
CAE Essay Revision Key
On the first page there is a true/false quiz for students to complete in pairs, followed by two exercises on formal language and linkers.
Answer the questions with your partner:
- What is the word limit?
- This is a formal writing task True/False
- You can use contractions (Wouldn’t/don’t etc.) T/F
- You have to write about all 3 bullet points in the task. T/F
- An essay needs a title. T/F
- You have to include the 3 opinions from the task. T/F
- You can use the same language to express the opinions from the task. T/F
- An essay has paragraph titles (Introduction/conclusion) T/F
- An essay should be factual and objective T/F
- In your conclusion you must state which of the bullet points is most important/has the biggest influence. T/F
Put the missing words back into the essay.
Hardly a week goes by without another report of the recent increase in online shopping appearing in the papers. The decline of the high street shop is undoubtedly a major issue in this day and _____. However, which aspect of shopping has the biggest influence ____ where people shop?
The first area to take into _______ is convenience. It is undoubtedly the ______ that shopping online is much more convenient than shopping on the high street. A clear example of this is that you can shop from the comfort of your armchair without lifting a finger. In _________, the goods are delivered directly to your door whereas when you shop in physical shops you have to carry it home yourself.
Another _______ to consider is cost. There are ______ who argue that cost has the biggest _______ on where people decide to shop. This is _________ by the fact that during the sales many people buy things in shops they would not normally enter. __________, for some people the cost is not an issue, they buy what they want to buy no matter the price.
In ______ of the above, it is probably _____ to say that cost has the biggest impact on where people decide to shop due to the fact that most of the time, if you cannot afford something then you will not be able to buy it.
|On case age nevertheless those aspect account addition impact illustrated light true
Match the formal words or phrases (1-10) that can replace the words/phrases in bold (a-j) .
|1. It goes without saying that
2. In light of the above,
3. It is widely believed that
5. A great deal of + (uncountable noun)
6. Due to the fact that
7. A large number of + (countable noun)
8. There are those who believe that
9. In spite of the fact that
|a) Lots of people think that museums are out-dated.
b) Many museums do not cater for young children so they must be updated.
c) The majority of public gardens are badly-maintained because local governments cannot afford to employ more gardeners.
d) Although many youngsters still play sports, participation id decreasing due to the influence of video games.
e) To sum up, it is vitally important that local governments invest more in museums.
f) Obviously having access to good sports facilities makes it easier to participate in both individual and team sports.
g) Some people think that investing in public gardens is a waste of money.
h) Also, many sports facilities are overcrowded due to a rise in demand.
i) Local governments have already spent a lot of money on upgrading the city’s parks and gardens.
j) A lot of local people have expressed their disappointment with the cuts in public spending for museums.