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Read the following question from part 2 of the writing paper.

 

Approximately how much time should you allow for planning and note-taking before you begin to write your composition? minutes.

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Planning

Divide the following points into two groups; the advantages and the disadvantages of watching TV. Follow the examples.

can be addictive
affects children – violence/sex
people don’t go out (cinema)
watch sports, international competitions - Olympics
activity for family together
watch videos, DVDs, home movies
passive not active (relax after a hard day)
passive not active (‘watch’ and not ‘do’)
news influences the public – brainwashing
stops conversation
cheaper than cinema, theatre
see the world from your home
educational – news, nature programmes, documentaries
arguments about which channel to watch
company if you live alone

Advantages

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

  Disadvantages

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

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Match the linking words (conjunctions) on the left with their Spanish equivalents.

nevertheless
however
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although
even though
even if
 
whereas
 
despite
in spite of
 

Now read the following sentences and choose the best linking words to connect the ideas. Follow the example.

Example:

watching television could be an activity for all the family to enjoy together, there are often arguments about which channel to watch and about who has the remote control.

1. Television is cheaper than going to the cinema or the theatre. , it can be addictive and it may stop people from leaving their houses and socialising.

2. Television often stops people talking to each other if you live alone it can provide company.

3. being criticised for being a passive and lazy activity, watching television and be relaxing and help you to unwind after a long hard day at work.

4. young children could be affected by the violence and sex on TV, there is also a wide selection of educational programmes such as documentaries and nature programmes.

5. With a television you can travel the world in your living room, and also see world sporting events such as the Olympics and the football World Cup. , TV can have a huge influence on the way we think, the things we buy and who we vote for.

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Now read the completed composition and focus on the expressions in red.

Is television a positive or a negative influence on our lives?

To begin with, watching television is cheaper than going to the cinema or the theatre. However, it can be addictive and it may stop people from leaving their houses and socialising.

Another point is that television often stops people talking to each other whereas if you live alone it can provide company. It is worth remembering that despite being criticised for being a passive and lazy activity, watching television can be relaxing and help you to unwind after a long hard day at work.

In addition to this, even though young children could be affected by the violence and sex on TV, there is also a wide selection of educational programmes such as documentaries and nature programmes.

To sum up, with a television you can travel the world in your living room, and also see world sporting events such as the Olympics and the football World Cup. In spite of this, TV can have a huge influence on the way we think, the things we buy and who we vote for. If we are not careful it could brainwash us.

 

Useful Expressions

To begin with......

On one hand…….On the other hand…

In addition to this…..
Another point is that…

It is worth remembering that..
As far as I am concerned….

In conclusion…
To sum up…
On the whole…

 

addictive
= adictivo
lazy = vago / perezoso
to unwind = relajarse
to brainwash = lavar el cerebro
(convencer a alguien)

Now repeat the process by yourself. Read this exam question about the mobile phone.

An internet ‘virtual classroom’ is investigating the opinions of people in different countries on the question:

Is the mobile phone a positive or a negative influence on our lives?

Write a composition and give your views on this question.

Write your composition of between 120 and 180 words.

Make notes below. Time limit – 6 minutes.

Advantages of the mobile phone

 
Disadvantages of the mobile phone

Expand your notes into paragraphs. Connect your ideas using the linking words from the previous exercise and use some of the ‘useful expressions’ above. Time limit – 35 minutes.

Finally, check your writing for grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes (4 or 5 minutes).
(Total time to answer the question– 45 minutes).

Remember to add new words to your vocabulary lists!

 
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