Most reviews at FCE level can follow the same 4 paragraph writing plan: introduction, brief description, opinion and finally, recommendation. By learning this format and a few set expressions, it is a relatively easy option to choose even for those “unimaginative” students. I encourage my students to learn the plot of a film or book taken from “Wikipedia” and we go over a review of a hotel and restaurant in class from their course books. So, most bases are covered except for a webpage.
Hey presto! Here’s a powerpoint based lesson I prepared earlier based on a question from the old edition of First Certificate Trainer (Cambridge).
Step 1: Give out page 1 of the student’s worksheet and ask them to read the question carefully. The review has been divided up into sentences, so the students have to put these in the correct order and then divide them into paragraphs.
Step 2: Now give out page 2, so that the students can see the full review.
Step 3: Present the powerpoint – encouraging the students to find and highlight the content points, useful expressions, etc. on their worksheets. Note: each slide gives the students a chance to say the set expressions, linkers themselves before revealing the answers. Don’t forget to remind them of the structures that follow some linkers /expressions- for example, after however and recommend.
First Certificate Trainer, Peter Kay (2010)
Free Lesson Plan