Intermediate 2 (B1)

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Examples of good writing by INTERMEDIATE 2 students.

(Some of the texts have been corrected.)

Many thanks to all for allowing me to publish your work.

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RUN FOR THE ANIMALS

Dear friends and family,

Please read this mail as I really need your support.

As you know, I work as a volunteer in a non-profit organization called “Ayuda a gatos y perros de Valencia”. This charity helps abandoned cats and dogs. The team of volunteers provides them with food, housing and medical attention while they are looking for permanent accommodation with a host family.

Regrettably, the organization cannot afford to pay the vet’s bill, which is increasing day by day. That’s why I ask you for help.

As they are going to raise funds through a charity run, I thought it would be fantastic to see you all taking part in the event. You do not need to be fit as a fiddle, you just need to share part of your time with us and have a good time.

It will be really worthwhile; you’ll see!
Regards.

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SCARED OF FAILING?

Hi everyone. What do you regret? 

When I was 20 years old, I wanted to be free (like the “Queen” song), but instead I went to university and studied Psychology. If only I had had the confidence to go out my home. If only I hadn’t been so scared of failing. I wish I had had some time abroad. Who knows, maybe I’d have learned English very well and today I would travel around the world without fear. Then, when I finished my studies I had to get a job and get my dream wasn’t possible.

In conclusion, my life could have been very different if I had taken other decisions. Unfortunately, I can’t change the past, therefore I love my life as it now.

scared

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HAPPY FAMILIES

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE GENERATIONS IN MY FAMILY

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SHOULD GMCs BE PART OF YOUR DIET?

Genetically modified foods (GMCs) are those that have been produced through genetic engineering, and they have been added genes of other living organisms in order to produce certain characteristics.  Some people believe that this kind of food should be part of our diet, while others don’t agree with it.

On the one hand, in terms of production GMCs are more efficient and decrease the price of crops. Besides, they are more resistant to plagues. In addition, some nutrients can be increased, and their colour and flavour can be improved.

On the other hand, is thought that GMCs are unhealthy for human consumption and they could produce cancer, allergies and autoimmune diseases.

In conclusion, there are different opinions about GMCs. In my view, it could improve crops and resolve poverty and famine in some countries.

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SHOULD GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

BE PART OF YOUR DIET?

Some people believe that genetically modified foods (also known as Genetically Modified Organisms – GMOs) are dangerous for your health; others are stronger defenders of their use.

On the one hand, genetically modified crops are cheaper to grow than traditional crops and they increase food production thanks to it makes it possible to grow in inhospitable conditions, so that it means savings for both farmers and consumers. In addition, foods are genetically modified in order to add health benefits.

On the other hand, new foods haven’t been sufficiently tested and some studies have shown GMOs could cause the formation of new allergic proteins and so increase their allergenicity. Furthermore, they are environmental risks due to the impact on other species.

In conclusion, I believe that the strength of the savings pushes industry to use GMOs, however I don’t like to serve as the guinea pigs for this technology.

GMO-Corn

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

WRITING UNIT 2 B1-2

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A LETTER FROM CHINA

Hi Sergio,

I’m in China. I’ve been here for a month and I’m working on a photography project about the most important monuments in China. I got this job through a university scholarship. It is a great opportunity for me.

I usually wake up early in the mornings because I can spend the whole day out and get lots of pictures. Every day I discover a new and interesting place!

When I finish taking pictures, I take my backpack and I go in search of typical restaurants in the area. Then, I go to the hotel to share my daily work with the rest of the university colleagues.

Here everything is very different, from their schedules to their customs, including food, of course.

I hope to see you soon and to tell you in person.

A hug, María

china

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NEW GREEN ZONE

Dear Sirs,

I’m writing to give my opinion about the new green zone in the city, also known as Central Park, between North train station and Giorgeta Bridge.

On the one hand, I think that this area could improve its appearance and connectivity. Nowadays, the railway track and the bridge are obstacles to pedestrians.

On the other hand, I have heard about the cost of this project and, in my opinion, it will be too much. There are more areas in the city with green zone problems, and I think that it would be better to spend the money not only on this project, but also to analyse and choose some other projects in order to improve our city in several areas.

To finish, I would also like to indicate another green zone project: I usually run on the new runners’ track made in the river park, so I think that it could be a good idea to link this to others outside of the river in order to have a “running ring” in Valencia.

Yours faithfully,

5k

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WRITE AN EMAIL  TO YOUR LOCAL TOWN COUNCIL

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to give my opinion about the new green zone in the city. My concern is that there are few places where families can spend time together. So, a park for all ages would be a good idea.

To start with, I think that the old factory could be reconverted into a textile museum. Old photos, machinery and manufactured products could be exhibited there. Also, the port area could be renovated including new buildings for restaurants and cafes.

Finally, the abandoned houses could be demolished and a big park area could be built in this area. For instance, there could be a skateboard area, public gardens and a children’s park. Of course, all of these areas could be connected by a cycle path.

I would be grateful if you could make it happen.

Yours faithfully,

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MY EATING HABITS

Hi everyone. Today I’m going to tell you about my eating habits and how I can improve them. Usually I only have three meals, and I don’t eat any fruit. In addition, I have sleep disorders so I drink a lot of coffee all the mornings because I need caffeine to work, and I have a lot of tasks to do. People tell me that my eating habits may be the reason why I have my sleep problem. I think that I ought to eat five or six times per day so I would feel less hungry during the day. Also, two of these meals should be fruit, because fruit has sugar, and it is energetic. Moreover, I should stop drinking coffee, and I ought to start drinking tea, because tea has less caffeine than coffee.

COFFEE

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SCHOOL RULES I HATED

My school had a lot of rules. Some of the rules were reasonable, but many were not.
One strange rule was that we couldn’t wear sports clothes during classes, we could only use this kind of clothes during gym class, so we needed to change our clothes quickly when we finished the gym class because we couldn’t arrive late for the next class. It was so hard.
Finally, another rule was that all the students had to use the same school materials, we used the same pens, for example, and the brand and model were the ones that the school wanted. I really hated this rule because it was difficult to know the owner of things, you or another student, I wrote my name on my things, but there were many girls with the same name as me at school.

SCISSORS

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OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY?

I think that USB pen drive will be gone in 25 years. I mean, who actually needs USB pen drives any more? I have all my files and documents in the cloud, thanks to internet I can have all my information on the web, and I can have my folders available anywhere and any moment I want. It’s a lot easier to email my files straight to my friends, colleagues, etc. And if internet is not enough for you, you can also use smart phones, laptops, computers and tablets to save your documents. Currently, you can keep a lot of information in these devices because they have a lot of memory integrated.

PENDRIVES

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NOMINATE A SPORTSPERSON

I nominate Olympic synchronized swimmer Ona Carbonell Ballestero for the best sportsperson award. She is Spanish and she was born in Barcelona in 1990, currently she is the captain of the Spanish synchronized swimming team. She won her first medal at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, when she was 17. Moreover, she won her first Olympic medal at just 22 years of age. She is a very successful sportswoman because she really works hard. She usually trains for 5 hours every day, including weekends. She’s an inspiration to young people because she shows them how important discipline and hard work are to achieve your goals. Therefore, my vote is for Ona Carbonell.

ONA CARBONELL

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