Review

How to Write a Review

Have you ever been asked to write a review about a place you’ve visited? We have some activities so that you can write a review about a shopping centre. Then you can have a go at writing a review for a new place in your town or city. Time 50-60 minutes Main Skill Writing Topic Media and Entertainment: Shopping Centre Download Q&A Warm up Video Reading Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exam Practice Vocabulary Watch the video to learn how to write a successful review. Read this review and answer the questions that follow. A Shopper’s Paradise: A Review of the Magnolia Plaza Shopping Centre ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Magnolia Plaza Shopping Centre stands out as a beacon of modernity and convenience in the heart of our bustling town. Boasting an impressive array of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, it has become a destination for locals and tourists alike. Magnolia Plaza promises a delightful shopping experience with its sleek architecture and inviting ambience. Let’s delve deeper into what makes this shopping centre a must-visit.   The sheer variety of shops at Magnolia Plaza is a significant draw. From high-end fashion boutiques to quirky speciality stores, there’s something to cater to every taste and preference. Fashion enthusiasts will be delighted by the latest trends, while tech-savvy shoppers can explore the latest gadgets and electronics. Additionally, the centre features diverse dining options, from gourmet restaurants to casual cafes, ensuring that visitors can refuel and refresh during their shopping spree.   Moreover, Magnolia Plaza’s commitment to quality is evident in the products on offer. While prices may be on the higher side, the superior quality of goods justifies the cost. Whether you’re searching for a statement piece for your wardrobe or a unique gift for a loved one, you will find something that catches your eye. However, the centre could benefit from adding a dedicated sports shop to cater to the sporty community in the area.   In conclusion, Magnolia Plaza Shopping Centre offers a premium shopping experience that is hard to match. With its wide selection of shops, excellent dining options, and commitment to quality, it has firmly established itself as a shopping destination of choice. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor passing through, a trip to Magnolia Plaza is highly recommended, as it will be a rewarding experience. Listen to the audio and answer the questions that follow. You recently visited a new shopping centre in your town. You have decided to write a review of the centre for your school magazine. Here are some comments about the new shopping centre from other young people: It’s easy to get to.  Everything seems quite expensive.  It’s a good place to meet friends.   We couldn’t find a good sports shop.  Now write a review of the new shopping centre for your school magazine,  giving your views.  The comments above may give you some ideas, and you should also use some ideas of your own.   Write about 120 and 160 words. Here are the keywords and phrases to learn: a beacon of modernity catches your eye convenience culinary journey delightful shopping experience diverse dining options high-end fashion boutiques impressive memorable experience rewarding experience sheer variety shopping paradise spacious sprawling vibrant food court How to Write a Review IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever been asked to write a review about a place you’ve visited? We have some activities so that… Read Full Story… Fast Food for Teens IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever wondered whether fast food is good for you? We have some activities so that you can write… Read Full Story… Cinema World IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever been asked to write a review about a place you’ve visited? We have some activities so that… Read Full Story… Art Exhibition Trip IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever been asked to write a report about a trip by your teacher? We have some activities, so… Read Full Story… Sports Lessons IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever wondered if sports lessons are a waste of time? We have some activities, so you can decide… Read Full Story… Going Vegetarian IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever wondered about going vegetarian? We have some activities, so you can decide if you would like to… Read Full Story…

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Writing Blogs

Writing Blogs: The IGCSE ESL listening exercise 4 is a multiple-matching task. Listen to six speakers and select from a choice of eight statements. To excel in this exercise, you must understand the details, opinions, ideas, and implied information expressed by the speakers. Time 10-15 minutes Main Skills Listening Topic Media and Entertainment: Writing Blogs Question Sheet Questions 33-40 Vocabulary You will hear six people talking about how writing a blog can be beneficial. For questions 27–32, choose from the list (A–H) which idea each speaker expresses. Write the correct letter (A–H). Use each letter only once. There are two extra letters, which you do not need to use.   You will hear the recordings twice.    Now read statements A–H. A Other people will change your attitudes towards things.B It will help you remember things you’ve done.C You will make healthier life choices.D You can inspire other people to share their ideas.E You will become more confident. F Your writing style will improve.G You get positive feedback from people reading your posts.H You will become more empathic.  Here are the keywords and phrases covered in Listening Exercise 4: blogging commitment communication discipline fascinating experience followers persevered writers TeenCode IGCSE ESL, Listening Skills TeenCode: The IGCSE ESL listening exercise 5 is an interview between two speakers. You have eight multiple-choice questions to answer.… Read Full Story… Book Reviewer IGCSE ESL, Listening Skills The IGCSE ESL listening exercise 3 is a monologue, e.g., talk or presentation, followed by eight multiple-choice questions with three… Read Full Story… A Demonstration in a Town IGCSE ESL, Listening Skills The IGCSE ESL Listening Exercise 4 A Demonstration in a Town is a multiple-matching task. Listen to six speakers and… Read Full Story… Writing Blogs IGCSE ESL, Listening Skills Writing Blogs: The IGCSE ESL listening exercise 4 is a multiple-matching task. Listen to six speakers and select from a choice… Read Full Story… Plastic Waste IGCSE ESL, Listening Skills Plastic Waste: The IGCSE ESL listening exercise 5 is an interview between two speakers. You have eight multiple-choice questions to… Read Full Story… City or Countryside IGCSE ESL, Listening Skills The IGCSE ESL Listening Exercise 4 City or Countryside is a multiple-matching task. Listen to six speakers and select from… Read Full Story…

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New Restaurant

You will have the chance to discuss eating out or at home during these activities. Which is better, going to eat at a new restaurant or getting it delivered? You will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each choice. Time 25-35 minutes Main Skill Speaking Topic Entertainment: New Restaurant Audio Script Exam Practice Listening Speaking Vocabulary Here is the card for the short talk about a new restaurant. The short talk for the IGCSE ESL Speaking Test takes about 3–4 minutes. Short Talk Card   New Restaurant A new restaurant has opened in town, and there are two options to eat: order the food to be delivered to your house go to eat at the restaurant in town. Compare the two options and say which one you would prefer and why. Listen to the short talk about a new restaurant and answer the questions that follow. Here is a chance for you to practise Part 2 of the IGCSE ESL speaking test.  Short Talk Card  New Restaurant A new restaurant has opened in town, and there are two options to eat: order the food to be delivered to your house go to eat at the restaurant in town. Compare the two options and say which one you would prefer and why. Here are the keywords and phrases to learn: atmosphere buzz catch up convenience comfort cosy delicious food delightful smells deliver dining experience freshly prepared food lasting memories New Restaurant IGCSE ESL, Speaking Skills You will have the chance to discuss eating out or at home during these activities. Which is better, going to… Read Full Story… Home Choices IGCSE ESL, Speaking Skills These activities will prepare you for Part 3 of the IGCSE ESL Speaking test, in which you will discuss home… Read Full Story… Moving House IGCSE ESL, Speaking Skills You will have the chance to discuss moving house in these activities. Which is better, moving to a house in… Read Full Story… Shopping IGCSE ESL, Speaking Skills In these activities, you will have the opportunity to talk about shopping in general, including where you shop, what you… Read Full Story…

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Shopping

In these activities, you will have the opportunity to talk about shopping in general, including where you shop, what you bought most recently, and your thoughts on shopping online. Time25-35 minutes Main SkillSpeaking TopicEntertainment: Shopping Audio Script Exam Practice Listening Speaking Vocabulary These are the questions that will be asked in the interview about shopping. The interview for the IGCSE ESL Speaking Test takes about 2–3 minutes. Interview Questions Can you tell me about your favourite place to shop? Can you tell me about something you bought recently and why you purchased it? Do you think all shopping will be online in the future? Why? Why not? Listen to the interview about shopping and answer the questions that follow. Here is a chance for you to practise Part 1 of the IGCSE ESL speaking test. Interview Questions Can you tell me about your favourite place to shop? Could you tell me about something you bought recently and why you purchased it? Do you think all shopping will be online in the future? Why? Why not? Here are the keywords and phrases to learn: bustling place handmade crafts hand-embroidered shawl local sellers online shopping physical shopping products purchase stalls traditional markets trying on clothes vendors vibrant Shopping IGCSE ESL, Speaking Skills In these activities, you will have the opportunity to talk about shopping in general, including where you shop, what you… Read Full Story…

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Cinema World

Have you ever been asked to write a review about a place you’ve visited? We have some activities so that you can write a review about a new cinema Then you can have a go at writing a review for a new place in your town or city. Time 30-40 minutes Main Skill Writing Topic Media and Entertainment: Cinema World Download Q&A Exam Practice Video Email Quiz Vocabulary You recently visited a new cinema in your town. You have decided to write a review of the cinema for your school magazine. In your review, mention the positive and negative points and whether you would recommend the cinema. Here are some comments about the new cinema from other young people: The seats are so comfortable. The price of a ticket is expensive. There is a long line for popcorn. It shows all the latest movies. Now write a review for the school magazine. The comments above may give you some ideas, and you should also use your own ideas. Write about 120 to 160 words Watch the video to learn how to write a successful review for a school magazine. How much do you know about cinemas? Try this quiz to find out. Here are the keywords and phrases to learn: cinematic experience concession stand cutting-edge technology get crowded hotspot latest addition movie enthusiasts premium showings minor drawbacks steep unforgettable Cinema World IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever been asked to write a review about a place you’ve visited? We have some activities so that… Read Full Story… Art Exhibition Trip IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever been asked to write a report about a trip by your teacher? We have some activities, so… Read Full Story… Sports Lessons IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever wondered if sports lessons are a waste of time? We have some activities, so you can decide… Read Full Story… Going Vegetarian IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Have you ever wondered about going vegetarian? We have some activities, so you can decide if you would like to… Read Full Story…

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Birthday Party

Birthday Party, have you ever had to arrange one? We have some activities to get you ready to write an email to a friend to help organise one.  Time 30-40 minutes Main Skill Writing Topic Entertainment- Birthday Party Download PDF Learn to write an informal email Exam Practice Video Email Quiz Vocabulary Your friend has asked you for suggestions on celebrating someone’s birthday party. Write an email to a friend giving some advice. In your email, you should: Describe how you feel about your friend’s ideas. Give some suggestions about the food or gifts. Say whether you can help with the birthday. Write about 120 to 160 words. Watch the video to learn how to write a successful email. In this email, you are asked to include the following: Describe how you feel about your friend’s ideas. Give some suggestions about the food or gifts. Say whether you can help with the birthday. Here is an example: How much do you know about Birthday celebrations around the world? Try this quiz to find out. Here are the keywords and phrases to learn: apologies amazing surprise birthday party expensive give someone a call preparation resources suggestions travelling weekend Shopping Online IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Shopping Online, have you ever had a problem with a product you bought online? We have some activities to get… Read Full Story… Birthday Party IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Birthday Party, have you ever had to arrange one? We have some activities to get you ready to write an… Read Full Story… Transport Systems IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Transport Systems – there are many types of transport that you can use to get around. At the end of… Read Full Story… Bonfire Night IGCSE ESL, Writing Skills Bonfire Night, have you ever heard of it? We have some activities to learn about this annual tradition in the… Read Full Story…

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Pizza Companies

Pizza Companies

Pizza Companies, you have to read texts about four pizza companies and decide if statements are correct about each one of them. Time 20-25 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Media and Entertainment – Pizza Companies (Exercise 2) Exam Session 2024-2026 Click Here Pizza Place Pizza Top Pizza Shop Family Pizza At Pizza Place, Gordon felt that his double cheese pepperoni pizza he ordered was “salty and greasy”. The amount of grease on the box exceeded that of all the other pizzas he tried. Family-oriented marketing clearly works, as the film proved the overall winner with the Street children. They agreed with their parents that the pepperoni pizza they had was “salty and greasy”, but insisted, with typical childish logic, that they liked Pizza Place best “because they give you toothpaste and shower gel and they let you eat as much ice cream as you like” – even though the gifts aren’t available with take-aways. The branch closest to the Streets took 25 minutes to deliver the pizza, but it arrived hot and the Streets found the telephone reception “friendly and helpful”. Maria judged her choice of pizza – with ham and pineapple topping – the best value and flavour of all. It was, she said, “filling and tasty, with just the right proportion of topping to base.”  A “Mega Week” promotion at Pizza Top outlets meant that Gordon was able to buy an enormous extra-large pizza with his own choice of pineapple, tuna and olives topping at a reduced price. He judged it “virtually tasteless; the only distinguishable flavour is that of the strongest ingredient – in this case, pineapple.” The Streets had their cheese, tomato and bacon pizza rushed around in 17 minutes. They found it “slightly tasteless but very fresh”, and though the base was tough, at least it wasn’t greasy. The children thought it was better than most because it had “more topping.” Maria complained that her mixed grill pizza was delivered lukewarm after 40 minutes because they had taken down her address wrongly, and she couldn’t spot any mushrooms. At the Pizza Shop, Gordon thought the coloured peppers on his small, mixed pizza made it look “quite jolly”. The base was fine in texture but he pointed out that the meat had an unappetizing appearance, although it tasted fine. The Streets thought their cheese, tomato and mushroom pizza had a good base, “which was just as well, as there wasn’t much else to it. The topping was tasteless and we had no inclination to finish it.” Maria went back to her pineapple and ham theme by ordering the Tropical, but it didn’t have much flavour. “It wasn’t greasy, but the pineapple tasted odd.” Family Pizza outlets belong to a central ordering service called the Family Pizza Hotline. This seemed like a good idea to Gordon until he discovered he was outside the delivery area. When he picked his tandoori chicken pizza, he was disappointed to find out that the brown crust was a result of using lots of cheap oil in the dough. He was feed up because he felt that is terrible to see a dish taken out of another culture and ruined in this way. The Streets said that the cheese, tomato and bacon pizza had too much and not enough tomatoes plus the base was very greasy. Maria thought her Hawaiian pizza was ‘really disgusting’. It looked like it had been put together without any care and in a hurry. The topping was watery as there was too much pineapple. Questions Crossword Vocabulary Read the text about pizza companies. Choose the statements which are correct about the shops. Here are the some words and phrases covered in this exercise: childish logic distinguishable flavour inclination ingredient pepperoni pizza promotion proportion topping unappetizing Pizza Companies IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Pizza Companies, you have to read texts about four pizza companies and decide if statements are correct about each one… Read Full Story… Collectors IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Collectors, you have to read texts about people who collect things and decide if the statements are correct about them.… Read Full Story… Summer Camps IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Summer Camps read texts about four summer camps some teenagers went on and decide which statement is correct about one… Read Full Story… Growing Up IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Growing up you have to read texts about four children and decide if statements are correct about each one of… Read Full Story… Different Shops IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Different Shops, you have to read texts about four shops and decide if statements are correct about each one of… Read Full Story… Sports at School IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Sports at School Extended Paper, you have to read texts about sports at school and decide if the statements are… Read Full Story…

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Collectors

Collectors, you have to read texts about people who collect things and decide if the statements are correct about them. Time 20-25 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Media and Entertainment – Collectors (Exercise 2) Exam Session 2024-2026 Click Here John Hill Will Smith Kate Williams Jane Bruce John Hill shares his home with about 200 sewing machines. His passion began when he was searching for bits of second-hand furniture and kept seeing ‘beautiful old sewing machines that were next to nothing to buy’. He couldn’t resist them. Then a friend had a machine that wouldn’t work, so she asked John to look at it for her. At that stage he was not an authority on the subject, but he worked on it for three days and eventually got it going. Later he opened up a small stand in a London market. ‘Most people seemed uninterested. Then a dealer came and bought everything I’d taken along. I thought, “Great! This is my future life.” But after that I never sold another one there and ended up with a stall in another market which was only moderately successful.’ Nowadays, he concentrates on domestic machines in their original box containers with their handbooks. He is often asked if he does any sewing with them. The answer is that, apart from making sure that they work, he rarely touches them. As a boy, Will Smith collected hundreds of vintage cameras, mostly from jumble sales and dustbins. Later, when the time came to buy his first house, he had to sell his valuable collection in order to put down a deposit. A few years after, he took up the interest again and now has over a thousand cameras, the earliest dating from 1860. Now Will ‘just cannot stop collecting’ and hopes to open his own photographic museum where members of the public will be able to touch and fiddle around with the cameras. Whilst acknowledging that the Royal Camera Collection in Bath is probably more extensive than his own, he points out that ‘so few of the items are on show there at the same time that I think my own personal collection will easily rival it.’ Kate Williams is one of the foremost authorities on plastics in Britain. She has, in every corner of her house, a striking collection of plastic objects of every kind, dating from the middle of the last century and illustrating the complex uses of plastic over the years.  Kate’s interest started when she was commissioned to write her first book. In order to do this, she had to start from scratch; so she attended a course on work machinery, maintaining that if she didn’t understand plastics manufacture then nobody else would. As she gathered information for her book, she also began to collect pieces of plastic from every imaginable source: junk shops, arcades, and the cupboards of friends. She also collects ‘because it is vital to keep examples. We live in an age of throw-away items: phones, computers, hair dryers – they are all replaced so quickly.’ Kate’s second book, Classic Plastics: from Bakelite to High Tech, is the first published guide to plastics collecting. It describes collections that can be visited and gives simple and safe home tests for identification. She admits that ‘plastic is a mysterious substance and many people are frightened of it. Even so, the band of collectors is constantly expanding.’ Jane Bruce already had twenty years of collecting one thing or another behind her when she started collecting ‘art deco’ fans in the 1990s. It happened when she went to an auction sale and saw a shoe-box filled with them. Someone else got them by offering a higher price and she was very cross. Later, to her astonishment, he went round to her flat and presented them to her. ‘That was how it all started.’ There were about five fans in the shoe-box and since then they’ve been exhibited in the first really big exhibition of ‘art deco’ in America. The fans are not normally on show, however, but are kept behind glass. They are extremely fragile and people are tempted to handle them. The idea is to have, one day, a black-lacquered room where they can be more easily seen.  Jane doesn’t restrict herself to fans of a particular period, but she will only buy a fan if it is in excellent condition. The same rule applies to everything in her house. Questions Crossword Vocabulary Read the text about collectors. Choose the statements which are correct about the people. Check your understanding of the words and phrases before you complete this exercise. acknowledge astonishment big exhibition black-lacquered room commission domestic fragile machinery mysterious substance passion personal collection sewing machines valuable collection vintage Walking to the North Pole IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Walking to the North Pole is an article about an extreme journey which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Keeping Bees in the City IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Keeping Bees in the City is an article about bee-keeping which you read and then answer questions to check your… Read Full Story… Living for 200 years IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living for 200 years is an article about extending our life span, which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Living Stone Plants IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living Stone Plants is an article about an unusual type of plant. Read it, and then answer questions to check… Read Full Story… Finding time to do things IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Finding time to do things, read this article about managing your time and make notes under the three headings after… Read Full Story… Being Bilingual IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Being bilingual, read this article about the advantages of speaking another language and make notes under the three headings after… Read Full Story…

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Review

Different Shops

Different Shops, you have to read texts about four shops and decide if statements are correct about each one of them. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Media and Entertainment – Different Shops (Exercise 2) Exam Session 2022-2023 Click Here Fancy Flowers Kind Hearts Coe's Sport The Key Booth You will find us on the second floor, where we have flower arrangements to suit everybody at all prices. Established in 2002, Fancy Flowers has branches all over the country. This means that when we say your flowers will be there the next day, they will. Whether it is birthdays, weddings, or even the sad times like funerals, Fancy Flowers is there to make it easy. We also make paying easy, too, and we accept all major credit cards at the shop or you can pay online at www.fancyflowers.com Books, clothes and toys. Raising money for the homeless, Kind Hearts shop, between Masha’s and the Earth Shop hopes you will find time to visit. As well as our ranges of second-hand goods, we have new, quality products made by homeless people themselves. We also need your donations, so think about us before you throw it away. Donate to Kind Hearts and put your second-hand goods back into circulation. Come on down to Coe’s and discover the new you! We have got all the best trainers, sportswear and equipment at unbeatable prices. Best of all, you get Carl Coe’s personal guarantee that either you are completely satisfied or you get your money back, no questions asked! Whether you are a professional or just beginning, we have got something for everyone. Our staff are players and athletes themselves, so you know you will be getting the advice that is right for you. At Coe’s we are not just selling sports equipment. We are giving you a whole new, healthier lifestyle. Don’t wait until you get locked out before calling us. Get your keys copied now. We will do any current key type, and even throw in a key ring free! And it’s not just keys! We sell a full range of locks, key rings, chains and penknives. And if you do leave it until it’s too late, our call-out service means you can be back inside your house or car before you know it. Leave your keys with us and pick them up an hour later. You can be sure they’re safe and, with our hi-tech cutting equipment, you can be sure they’re accurate. Please note that it is not possible to copy electronic security keys. Questions Vocabulary Read the text about different shops. Choose the statements which are correct about the shops. Here are the some words and phrases covered in this exercise: accurate branches call-out service circulation credit cards donations electronic security keys flower arrangements homeless people personal guarantee quality products  second-hand goods unbeatable prices More reading tasks available now! Growing Up IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Growing up you have to read texts about four children and decide if statements are correct about each one of… Read Full Story… Living Stone Plants IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living Stone Plants is an article about an unusual type of plant. Read it, and then answer questions to check… Read Full Story… Pizza Companies IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Pizza Companies, you have to read texts about four pizza companies and decide if statements are correct about each one… Read Full Story… Different Shops IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Different Shops, you have to read texts about four shops and decide if statements are correct about each one of… Read Full Story… Sports at School IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Sports at School Extended Paper, you have to read texts about sports at school and decide if the statements are… Read Full Story… Different Seaside Towns IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Different Seaside Towns, you have to read texts about places in England and choose which statements are correct about them.… Read Full Story…

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Different Writers

Different Writers – you read about four writers who talk about how they started to write and their experiences becoming writers. Time 10 minutes Main Skills Reading Topic Media and Entertainment – Different Writers (Exercise 2) Click Here Sally May Justin Becker Robert Martin Tim Winter I started keeping a diary when I was eight years old, and have done it more or less continuously for almost ten years now. The first few entries were all about my first ever trip abroad – I went to New York with my family and remember that there was so much to take in, so many new experiences while we were there. I decided to write it all down each evening so that I wouldn’t forget any of it – and I’m really glad I did! These days I try to spend around half an hour on my diary each evening, writing about the day, but also looking back over what I’ve written previously. Sometimes that can be quite amusing. But after I caught my brother trying to read my diary a few years ago, I wrote all sorts of horrible things about him. I can’t quite believe I did that! After that, I kept my diary in a safe place for a while, though I don’t bother now as I’m sure my brother wouldn’t be interested in reading it any more. I’ve always got a diary with me – a notebook and pen in my bag, or sometimes just my phone. It means that when there’s something I want to note down, I don’t have to worry about remembering it until later. That suits me much better than having a fixed time for diary writing each day – though I know some people say that’s the best way to keep it up. I’ve always loved reading other people’s diaries – famous actors or politicians, even. And there are two or three blogs that I look at quite regularly, though I’ve never been tempted to write one myself. I think that as soon as you know you’ve got an audience, it’s very hard to avoid adding extra details, or changing bits here and there to make something sound more interesting or more shocking. It’s funny because I’m quite happy to read all about someone else’s private life, but if it was the other way round, I’d be really embarrassed about it. I’ve just started writing a diary again after a gap of a couple of years – I stopped when my schoolwork was taking up more and more of my time, and only recently realised I missed it. I think that putting everything down on paper gives you a chance to reflect on what’s been going on, and to make sense of how you’re feeling. If I look back at a page I can tell instantly how I was feeling that day – from the size and shape of my writing, or from how neat and tidy it looks. And sometimes I’m quite surprised by the detail of things I’ve written – who I met, who I talked to, what I ate even. Sometimes I write it all down, with clear headings, points one below the other. This helps me to remember all of the details – it’s great for keeping a record of events for the future, even if none of it is all that remarkable. I’ve always loved writing, and would love to write a novel in the future – I have all sorts of stories in my head. Some of them are based on real-life events, and when I describe them in my diary, I often add a note about an idea I’ve got, or a possible character. Then I’ve got a list on another piece of paper where I record these, so I don’t forget them. I always write by hand – I think using a computer makes the process seem so much more business-like, and less personal. But I do try to keep my diary writing to a maximum of an hour a day – one of my teachers told me that if you’re not careful, you start living for your diary, rather than the other way round. There’s some truth in that – my diary is one of my most precious possessions, and so it’s always in a safe place in my bedroom. It’s not that I’m all that bothered about someone else reading it, but I’d be lost without it! Questions Vocabulary Read the text about different writers.  Choose the statements which are correct about the students. Here are the some words and phrases covered in this exercise: audience blogs character diary heading keep a record new experiences looking back precious possessions suits me reflect on More reading tasks available now! Different Writers IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Different Writers – you read about four writers who talk about how they started to write and their experiences becoming… Read Full Story… Cheating in Exams IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Cheating in Exams, you have to read texts about students views about cheating in exams and decide if the statements… Read Full Story… Walking to the North Pole IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Walking to the North Pole is an article about an extreme journey which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Living for 200 years IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Living for 200 years is an article about extending our life span, which you read and then answer questions to… Read Full Story… Keeping Bees in the City IGCSE ESL, Reading Skills Keeping Bees in the City is an article about bee-keeping which you read and then answer questions to check your… Read Full Story… Educating Early IB English B, Listening Skills, Reading Skills Educating Early provides you with the opportunity to consider the value of educating early and if schools are preparing students… Read Full Story…

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