This is a powerpoint based lesson on how to write a report at B2/FCE level. A report is fairly easy to write, as it’s formal, with many set expressions and layout. I’ve used a question from the old edition of First Certificate Trainer (Cambridge) and rearranged the answer so that it follows the new FCE samples.
Most of my students have difficulties making suggestions, so it would be a good idea to use the powerpoint I posted earlier on how to use suggest, recommend and advise in conjunction with this lesson. (https://proffsenglishworld.com/2016/03/09/how-to-use-suggest-recommend-advise/)
Step One: Briefly explain what a report is, what style it is written in, etc.
FCE Handbook: “A REPORT is usually written for a superior (e.g. a teacher) or a peer group (e.g. members of an English club). Candidates are expected to give some factual information and make suggestions or recommendations. A report should be clearly organised and may include headings.”
Step Two: Emphasise that the examiners expect the students to use set expressions. Ask the students the complete the table with the useful expressions listed.
Step Three: Now ask the students to complete the report with the useful expressions given below.
Step Four: Ask the students to read the question, the advice on how to write a report and the sample report. 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 suggest & recommend.
Step Five: Ask the students to write a report for homework. Possible question, taken from Sample Papers 2 available on the Cambridge page:
First Certificate Trainer, Peter Kay (2010)
Free Lesson Plan