Sunday, 12 November 2017

F.A.Q: CPE Essays

Hi Gustavo, I'm going to take the CPE soon, I'm in doubt about something regarding CPE Essays.

I have understood that it's not necessary to refer to text 1 and text 2 when writing the Essay, but I have seen that you say that we have to refer to them, is it a norm or a recommendation? 

A professor once told me that it was fine if we just addressed the points of the two texts, that it's not necessary to refer to them. 

I will appreciate an answer.  

Andres  M.


Dear Andres, 
Your professor is right. You need to address the points of the two texts.
That is why I always recommend using 4 paragraphs:

P1 Intro (maybe say what the common point of both texts is)
P2 Summarise text 1 + your own thoughts
P3 Summarise text 2 + your own thoughts
P4 Conclusion 

I hope my answer helps.
Best Regards


Sunday, 22 October 2017

CPE Exam Writing an Essay "Music"

Good morning!
I have written an essay summarising two texts.
I would be incredibly grateful (to receive some feedback) as I have no one that could verify whether my papers look like the CPE papers should look or not.
Lidia Konasiuk

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( You should write a title )

'Life without music would be a mistake', said Friedrich Nietsche. Therefore, he would probably agree with authors of both texts, as they outline the importance of music in an individual's emotional life and in their educational development. Its vital role in various fields has been scientifically proved. Science, however, applies to music only to a limited extent.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

CAE Essay Sample, feedback and comments.

Hello Gustavo, 
I would be very thankful if you could check this Essay and this article, 
thank you in forwards.



In today’s consumer society, people place too much importance on things that cost a lot of money. Write an Essay about it.

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(Write a title!)

It is often said that in today’s society, people place too much importance on expensive objects, others claim that it is necessary on a daily basis to get a life with more quality. But, why do they feel like this? (Feedback: Intro doesn´t make much sense. Not clear what your point is.)

Monday, 4 September 2017

CPE 2017 Letter to an Editor Sample and Feedback

Dear Gustavo,

after having read my proposal task in your blog, I would like you to check a shorter composition. In this case, I have written a letter to an editor about an article published in her magazine. The article outlines the Spanish teachers´ lack of quality. 
The number of words has to be less than180.
I would appreciate if you could take a brief look at it at least.

Thank you for your free time and your consideration



Letter to an editor: disagreement with a newspaper article 

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Dear Editor,

As a teacher of sciences, I would like to express my disagreement with the article about the teachers from Spain (which) you published two days ago.

First and foremost, the author, who is not an expert in the issue field, offers an unbelievably negative picture of the Spanish educators rather than criticize suggesting some improvable aspects of for the teaching community in this country. Particularly, I also think that the data that he provides is inaccurate. He places the Spanish educators in a very low position in the European ranking, which is a misled fact. (say why/ give the right numbers)

Notwithstanding, I agree up to a point with some of the author´s ideas. As far as academis (?) success is concerned, there is no doubt that much more has to be done, especially in terms of school drop-out. (Why? give us some numbers) However, nothing is mentioned about the achievements in professional training, and they deserve to be remarked inasmuch as Spanish students are given today a wider range of qualifications to be chosen. (I don't understand what you mean)

I am requesting you to persuade you (???) from publishing articles which, like this one, do not truly reflect the reality of our education system.
Thank you for your time and consideration

(Yours sincerely)
Rubén Gracia