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Essay - Do we really need computer games II variant

Do we really need computer games II variant

Have you ever wondered whether computer games are a waste of time and money, or just a source of entertainment? If you still have any doubts on the negative aspects related to playing in the “virtual reality” the following essay may bring about changing your mind.

Nowadays, a vast majority of adults consider computer games ridiculous and useless. Moreover, researchers even claim that these games can easily damage children’s brains, especially when they are still too young. The most common opinion, however, is that computer games are a complete waste of both time and money. As for this statement, the people, who agree with it, may have their own reasons to do so. For example, there are hardly any parents who are happy with their children spending so much time at the PC. At present, there are lots of spoiled kids whose one and only source of amusement is exactly these games. The negative sides of this is the fact that, as these children grew up they have become addicted to playing on the computer, which may lead to serious health problems later.

So there are certainly disadvantages that come with pc games, but what about the other side of the coin?

I’ll never forget my childhood – the period I used to spend playing on the computer. Due to this fact, personally, I can understand both children’s and their parents’ attitude to the topic.

So what’s the answer? On balance, I think using computers for playing games by the youngsters should be reduced to some extent as we all want to provide a healthy way of living for the kids.

Note: very few positive aspects!

Report - Suggestions for World Awareness Day

Report - Suggestions for World Awareness Day


The aim of this report is to take into consideration the suggestions made by students for the World Awareness Day in the school and make recommendations for what should be included in that day.

Survey results:

The suggestions were collected from approximately 80% of the students via a questionnaire. Some of them felt sceptical of the day, saying it was a waste of time and suggesting playing sports games instead. On the other hand, there were a lot of students who gave very useful ideas for making the day interesting and funny. Suggestions were divided into two categories – recommendation for the day and ideas for the school, which will have an effect in the long term. The former included the following ideas:
  • giving lectures that will inform the students about the life of the endangered animals, some of which can be sponsored
  • making a healthy lunch menu including fruit , bread and no meat
  • inviting student from other schools so that the message could be spread wider

Ideas for improvement of the school in general included:

  • fines for litter not thrown away in bins and using the money to renovate the school
  • a clean up of the school, which will make students aware of the amount of rubbish around it 


The proposed timetable for the day has two slots for activities. Recommendations for using the allocated times are:

  • From 9 A.m. to 10 am – lessons
  • From 10 am to 12 pm – educational activities
  • From 12 am to 1:00 pm – healthy lunch
  • From 1pm to 4 pm – activities again


In my opinion, the suggestions given for the day are very useful and will not have an effect on that particular day only, but in the long – term, too.

How can we protect endangered animals?

Extinct Animals

In your English class you have been talking about endangered species, animals or plants that will likely become extinct. Your English teacher has asked you to write an essay.

Write an essay using all the notes and give reasons for your point of view.

Around the world many wildlife species are in danger of extinction. How can we protect endangered animals?

Write about:

  1. pollution
  2. hunting wild animals
  3. . .......(your own idea)

These days even more and more animals and plants are becoming extinct. That means they must be protected in order to maintain the number of animals or plants, which are threatened by extinction.

The real question is how to protect them. For example, pollution is a huge threat to every single animal or plant. Pollution is the reason for global warming, which causes the destruction of many animals' habitat. For example, the icy parts in the north and south are melting very slowly, which puts penguins and polar bears in danger. In order to prevent that people shouldn't throw away junk in the nature and should start recycling more.

Pollution is not the only reason for the extinction of animals. Unfortunately, many wild animals are being hunted nowadays. This is mainly because of their beautiful fur, which is "perfect" for making coats. In order to help many people have decided not to wear leather or fur at all.

Every year dozens of forests are being destroyed by people who need to open more place for construction. If they want to save animals from extinction, they first have to reduce the construction, which will save a lot of forests and therefore – animals's habitat. (!!!)

All these problems have solutions. Animals and plants are very important for our planet and, since we are the ones who destroy them, it is up to us to do the right thing and protect them.

Notes !!! - You are supposed to make only one suggestion.

Formal Letter - to the Editor, version 2

Formal Letter to the Editor (Model Answer)

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to an article you published in your newspaper. There were several aspects the “Medieval Society” fair you misdescribed and, since I helped out on the committee, I’d like to make some corrections.

First of all, I think that this year’s “Medieval Society” fair was a failure, given the number of visitors and the fact that the parking place was full of cars and there was no space for everyone.

Secondly, the archery display was actually pretty interesting and appealing to the visitors and especially the kids, who care absolutely fascinated by it.

Thirdly, you point out that the cookery demonstrations were unattended. In fact, there was again not enough space for everyone to see them.

Last but not least, you failed to describe the event as a whole and you have said that the medieval dancing display wasn’t impressive. Well, the truth is that, according to our visitors, it was not only lovely but also really professional. Some of them also express regret about not having the opportunity to attend the event since it was full of people and there was no place for them.

To sum up, I’d like to say that the event went brilliantly and everybody loved it. Therefore, I would ask you to rewrite your article about the “Medieval Society” fair since you presented it untruly in your previous article.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Wilson

Informal Letter - Advice on saving money

Informal Letter - Advice on saving money

CAE Exam

Dear Sam,

How sensible of you to put some money away for rainy days! I wish I were a bit more like you about things like that! It may sound hilarious to you, but I haven’t saved anything since I started working in my father’s shop. Yet, I can imagine how difficult it is for you to decide what to do. Well, I ‘ ll try to help you.

Taking a break from the big city is irreplaceable as you probably are tense and fed up with your daily routine. And moreover, starting a college completely relaxed will be a great advantage (too formal). Because you will be fresh and full of energy to do all the stuff, required.

On the other hand, not having a car might be unpleasant shortcoming, especially, if you house is away from the collage (too formal). Why don’t you buy a cheap, second-hand car and have a holiday with the left part of the money. I know that you will have to put up with not so luxury vacation, but in this way you can have two things instead of one. I shared your problem with my mother and she thinks it will be a good idea to check if there are buses or trams which can be useful. And thus, driving your classmates won’t be a problem.

Don’t get confused, I believe you ‘ ll make the best of your savings. Write soon and let me know what’s happening.

Loads of kisses,


Note !!!: The letter is formal rather than informal. It has to be changes. 

Proposal - Nominate area to prevent tourism damage

Nominate area to prevent tourism damage

CAE Proposal 


I would like to nominate the area I am living in to receive some money to prevent it from damage caused by tourism. It is an area of beautiful coastline on the north – west coast of Scotland. 

The area and its problems:

Recently more and more tourists have been visiting my area because of the beautiful nature. However, they cause a lot of damage to it, especially families with children on the beach. They also pollute the area by throwing away their rubbish everywhere and not into bins. What is more, there is a little harbour, which is becoming more and more crowded with the boats of some of the tourists. 

If we had some money, we could pay for a guard to protect the area and check the sand dunes. We could also pay for rubbish collection on the beach. In addition, we could set up a permit system for boats, so that we could limit their number in harbour. 


If the area is to be prevented from the negative impact of tourism it is vital that we apply the above suggestions. I strongly believe that they are economically justified and would be very effective and this is the reason why I urge you to support our area by investing in these solutions.

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