FCE Writing Summary

Here is a summary I have prepared for my students. Please note that the review is basically for a film or book but there are “Useful Expressions” included for other types of reviews.

I have posted a powerpoint based lesson on writing a review of a website :(https://proffsenglishworld.com/2016/01/08/fce-review/)

On the left hand side is the writing plan and on the right are some useful expressions.

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Free FCE Writing Summary

FCE Writing Summary


FCE Schools: Story

Many students think that a story is the easy option in Part 2 of the writing but I’m sad to say they are gravely mistaken. Writing a story is probably more demanding, grammatically and linguistically than any other – duh! there are no set expressions, etc! It’s a “free” writing but with many students it’s literally a “free fall”. AAAAAAHHHH!!!

They are alone before the danger of failing – with only a trusty “prompt sentence” and two notes to help them. Uff! The odds are heavily stacked against them ……or not!

Here is a FCE question and answer  (slightly improved) taken from Compact First (Cambridge).

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Step 1: Give out page 1 of the student’s worksheet and ask them to read the question carefully. Ask them to read the plan, paying close attention to what is expected of them.

Step 2: Ask them to complete the story with the verbs given in the correct tense.

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Step 3: Give out page 2 and ask the students to underline or highlight the time words, action verbs, adjectives and adverbs in the story.

Step 4: Present the powerpoint –  encouraging the students to correct their worksheets and to highlight the other information asked for on the pptx.   Note: each slide gives the students a chance to identify the finer points of the story.

Sample Slides







Compact First, Peter Kay (2012)

Free Powerpoint

FCE Schools Story

Free Lesson Plan

FCE Schools Story Teacher

StUdent Worksheet

FCE Schools Story


Past Simple: Kids

I need to proofread better – there were a couple of minor mistakes on the worksheet that have now been corrected. Sorry!

Here is another worksheet covering irregular verbs in the affirmative, negative and interrogative forms and finally, short answers.  This worksheet could be used in conjunction with the “Irregular Wordsearch”.

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Teacher’s Worksheet

Teacher’s Past Simple Exercises – Irregular verbs

Student’s Worksheet

Past Simple Exercises – Irregular verbs

Past Simple: Kids

Here is a worksheet with some simple exercises – covering the verb “to be”, regular verbs in the affirmative, negative and interrogative and finally, short answers.  Point out to your students that although these are regular verbs (excluding “to be”, obviously) they need to pay attention to the spelling rules. This worksheet is related to the past simple posters previously uploaded.

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Teacher’s Worksheet

Teacher’s Past Simple Exercises – Regular verbs & to be

Student’s Worksheet

Past Simple Exercises – Regular verbs & to be


Another Valentine – Wendy Cope


Today we are obliged to be romantic
And think of yet another valentine.
We know the rules and we are both pedantic:
Today’s the day we have to be romantic.

Our love is old and sure, not new and frantic.
You know I’m yours and I know you are mine.
And saying that has made me feel romantic,
My dearest love, my darling valentine.

Wendy Cope (1945 – )

Sonnet 116 – William Shakespeare


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.
William Shakespeare ( 1564-1616)

She Walks in Beauty – Lord Byron


She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
   Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
   Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
   How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
   So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
   But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
   A heart whose love is innocent!
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)