Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Writing Part Two- Planning Email Tasks

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Planning Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Writing Part Two Email Tasks

Look at a real FCE Writing Part Two formal or informal emails task and follow all the steps 
below in the order given, on your own or in small groups.  

Stage 1 What are the most important words in the question? Underline them.

Stage 2 Plan (only) the body of the email and write the topic of each paragraph below:

Topic of main paragraph 1: __________________________________________________

Topic of main paragraph 2: __________________________________________________

Topic of main paragraph 3 (sometimes not needed): ______________________________

Stage 3 What level of formality do you need? Circle the correct one below:

Very formal

Fairly formal

Medium formality

Fairly informal/ casual/ friendly

Very informal/ casual/ friendly

Stage 4 What functions does the body of the email need? Write names of the functions 
(e.g. “
Requesting”) and suitable functional language for that function at the right level of 
formality (e.g. “
Could you possibly… if it’s not too much trouble?”) in the spaces below:

Function: ______________________________________________________________

Suitable phrases with that function: _________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________

Function: ______________________________________________________________

Suitable phrases with that function: _________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________

Function: ______________________________________________________________

Suitable phrases with that function: _________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________

Use the list of functions at the bottom of the next page to help you come up with ideas if 
you need to.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015

Stage 5 What opening greeting, opening line, closing line and closing greeting do you 
need for that email? Write suitable ones at the right level of formality below:

Opening greeting (like “Hi”):_________________________________________________

Opening line (one or two sentences after the greeting and before the body): 

_______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Closing line: ____________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Closing greeting: _______________________________________________________

Suggested functions for the body of the email

Apologising

Asking for information

Attaching documents

Complaining

Demanding

Giving advice/ recommendations/ suggestions

Giving information

Making arrangements

Offering

Requesting

Thanking 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2015