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How to Write a CV
The purpose of a curriculum vitae (CV) is to provide a prospective employer with a summary of your education, employment history, skills, achievements and interests. This article will highlight the importance of each of these sections, and give tips on how to make your CV stand out.
First and foremost, you should research the company you are applying to. You will want to customize your CV to the beliefs, values and needs of the company and the position you are seeking. Always include your name and contact information at the top of your CV. Some applicants also include personal statements as an introduction to their CVs. This statement essentially sells you to the person reading it, and highlights your experience and skills.
Some people choose to list their education at the beginning or their CVs, and others further down. Regardless of where you include your education and qualifications, you should list your degrees and accomplishments, with the most recent being listed first, per the UCLA graduate website. You should always include the name of the school you attended, the dates you were there and the degree achieved. You could also list other achievements, such as your GPA, dissertation titles or research work performed.
The section for employment history should begin with your current position, and then list employment history in reverse chronological order. As this is the section that potential employers will study to see how well your qualifications and experience fit the job they are trying to fill, you’ll want to make sure it is comprehensive. You should list the company you worked for, the dates you were employed and the responsibilities you held. Researching the company and the position you are applying for in advance will help you tailor this section to the potential employer’s needs.
This section of your CV can be utilized to show potential employers the other skills that you are proficient in and can bring to the job to ensure success. You should target your skills to the job you’re applying for. Relevant research or teaching experience, publications or computer skills are examples of what you would list in this section of your CV.
Interests and Hobbies
You may choose to list personal hobbies or interests at the end of your CV. This should be a concise list of interests that give the reader a better picture of who you are. You should aim to list those activities and interests that show that you are well-rounded and reflect who you are, according to the UCLA graduate website.
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Cambridge B1 Preliminary (PET): How to write an article in 2021
- Mandatory task: no
- Word count: around 100 words
- Main characteristics: title, interesting/engaging language
- Structure: introduction, main paragraphs, ending
- Language: interesting adjectives & adverbs, questions
Home or cinema – How do you watch your favourite films? I know many people who love animated or romantic films, but for me, there is nothing better than an amazing drama or adventure movie like ‘Indiana Jones’ because I’m a big fan of stories with a fascinating plot. In my opinion, watching a film at home isn’t the same as going to the cinema to enjoy a great movie on a huge screen with popcorn and cola. If it wasn’t so expensive, I would go every week. So, if you want to give me some money to go to the cinema more often, or to tell me which you prefer – the cinema or the TV screen, leave a comment.
In the PET exam you always have to write an email, but you can choose if you want to write an article or a story.
In an article task you get the topic from a website or magazine and there is some information or questions that you have to write about. Also, your language should normally be between neutral and informal.
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What does a typical article task look like?
In every writing task in the PET exam there are a few things you have to analyse before you can start to put your pen to paper.
- What is the situation?
- What do I have to include in my article?
- Who is going to read my article?
It is really important and helpful to answer these question first because you get a lot of useful information so writing the article becomes easier from the beginning.
A typical article task might look like the one below:
Now that we have a task, let’s answer the questions from earlier.
Firstly, your article needs to be about films and secondly, there are two main questions that you have to answer in your text (films you enjoy  and if you prefer going to the cinema or watching films at home with reasons ).
Last but not least, the readers of the English-language website are the people you write your article for. That means your language should be neutral to informal because it is not for your friends, but neither for your boss or teacher.
In neutral English you can use contractions like ‘I’m’ or ‘she’s’, phrasal verbs or informal punctuation (e.g. ‘!’), but no slang words or anything that is not in the dictionary.
How to organise your article
You can always organise your articles in a similar way. This makes it a lot easier for you because you will know how to complete this kind of writing task step by step.
In the last part we saw that there are normally two main questions that you have to cover. In our example the two questions are:
- What kind of films do you enjoy?
- Do you prefer watching them at the cinema or at home? Why?
As there are two main points it is probably a good idea to have two main paragraphs in your article. In addition, you should always have an title and a final sentence so we get to four parts in total :
This works for every article writing task so you can relax and really focus on what you want to say instead of worrying about the structure of your text.
Always make a plan
It happens too often that students have bad writing tasks or make unnecessary mistakes because they just start to write instead of taking just a few minutes to think about their article first.
If you plan your article, you can save a lot of time because you know exactly what the different parts of your text are and what you want to include.
Don’t make the same mistake. Plan your writing tasks and be ready.
The different parts of an article
In this part I’m going to show you examples of the different parts of a PET article. As I said before, every article uses a similar structure so you just have to adapt it to the topic of your specific task.
Look at the task again and remember what we have to do. With this in mind, are you ready?
Every good article has a title . When you read a newspaper, magazine or website you always find titles (and sometimes even subheadings) at the top of an article.
Try to make the title interesting so the reader wants to see what you have to say. For example, in our task from earlier we could choose one of the following ideas:
- Films I like (and how I watch them)
- How to best watch the films you love
- Home or cinema – How do you watch your favourite films?
You can see that the topic is clear and it creates some interest for the reader. However, don’t feel stressed. If you just use the title “Films”, you won’t lose any marks . It is more important to give your article some kind of title.
The main paragraphs are the most important pieces of your article and you should always think about these two things:
- Does the paragraph talk about about one of the main questions in the task?
- Do I use good language (neutral/informal, linking words, good grammar and interesting vocabulary)?
One of the most important things in the PET Writing exam is that you have to answer the questions in the task very clearly. Don’t talk about things that are unrelated, but focus on the topic . An example for one of the main paragraphs could look like this:
I know many people who love animated or romantic films, but for me, there is nothing better than an amazing drama or adventure movie like ‘Indiana Jones’ because I’m a big fan of stories with a fascinating plot. In my opinion, watching a film at home isn’t the same as going to the cinema to enjoy a great movie on a huge screen with popcorn and cola. If it wasn’t so expensive, I would go every week.
You can see that I answered the question about what films I enjoy. I only focused on the question and gave some examples .
In the first paragraph I talk about film genres (animated, romantic, drama, adventure) as well as one specific film (Indiana Jones). I also tried to include some interesting grammar (I know many people who…, nothing better than) and vocabulary (amazing drama, I’m a big fan of…, fascinating plot). On top of that, I used different linking words to connect my ideas (who, but, because).
In the second paragraph I say how I prefer watching a film (going to the cinema) and I explain why (huge screen, popcorn and cola). I also included a conditional sentence for good grammar (If it wasn’t so expensive, I would go every week.).
This sounds like a lot of information, but is you practise regularly, it will become easier and easier for you to do the same.
As soon as you finish your main paragraphs, you should end your article with a nice final sentence. It can be a little bit funny or surprising, but you can also just summarise your article. Remember, the more interesting your article is, the better it is for your marks .
So, if you want to give me some money to go to the cinema more often, or to tell me which you prefer – the cinema or the TV screen, leave a comment.
In my final sentence I try to be funny (I’m not a very good comedian 🙂 ) and I speak directly to the reader . This is a good way of making your article more interesting because the reader feels as if they are part of the text.
Before we finish this post, think about the other parts of B1 Preliminary as well. Apart from Writing, one of the most difficult papers is Reading. I have written posts for each task and I definitely recommend having a look at them too. Just check the pictures below.
Start to practise today
Don’t wait until the last minute to practise your writing skills. Start today and practise as much as you can. Use the information in this article to help you improve yours.
Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think about writing articles.
Lots of love,
Teacher Phill 🙂
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You’re very welcome. 🙂
Please keep giving teachers this supprt!
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How to write an article? | B2 First (FCE)
FCE, CAE, CPE
Practice tests online.
In the B2 First Writing Paper you could be asked to write an article about a variety of topics. However, it’s often something you’ve recently learned to do or know a lot about. For example, the question might be about a concert you’ve been to recently, you favourite hobby or your hometown.
The idea is to write in a way that grabs the reader’s attention and keeps them interested until the very end.
Differences between articles and essays
- In an article, you need to constantly be telling the reader what you think .
- The article is informal, the essay is formal and neutral.
- The essay has a clear organisation, whereas the article might not .
B2 First (FCE) Article: Structure
Practice, write & improve, b2 first (fce) article: writing guide.
Articles usually have a title. The title should be informative (give the reader an idea of the subject) and attractive ( make the reader want to read the article ).
- No need for a complete sentence
Title A: The Internet: A Great Invention
Title B: Keep It Healthy!
The start of the article should be linked to the title, introduce the topic and engage the reader. Often, an article starts with a question that introduces the topic which will be discussed in the article.
- General statement about the topic.
- Start with a question, problem or quotation.
Introduction A: The Internet has changed the way we live. It started as something that we could access only through a computer, but nowadays it is everywhere, and I love it!
Introduction B: Are you a busy college student? Do you struggle to keep fit and eat healthily? Don’t worry! I am going to tell you exactly what you should do. Keep on reading, you will thank me later!
Each should be clearly defined, not too long and clearly linked.
- Describe issues in detail and use one paragraph per issue.
- Use linkers, sequencing and sophisticated vocabulary.
Paragraph A1: One of the cool things about the world wide web is that you can ….. Paragraph A2: However, the greatest thing about the Internet is how you can learn tons of things… Paragraph 1B: First of all, you must start moving your body. You could go to the gym if ….. Paragraph B2: Secondly, your diet is just as important. I suppose you live on a low budget
An ending can state an opinion, give the reader something to think about, summarise the article or even end with a quotation.
Conclusion A: If you follow all these tips, I’m sure you will keep fit easily! And if you already tried that, let me know how you feel now
Conclusion B: In conclusion, the Internet has a lot of great things. For me, the best are finding information and learning online. What about you? What are your favourite things about it?
Let’s summarize! – How to write an Article?
- Try and engage the reader’s attention and interest. Ask questions at the beginning.
- There should be a link between the opening sentence and the title.
- Personalise the article using true stories or anecdotes.
- If you decide to take a light-hearted approach or a more serious one, maintain the same style throughout the article.
- Check your work for accuracy, punctuation and spelling.
Article could be light or serious (but should be consistent), depending on who the target reader is. May use some rhetorical questions e.g. Can you imagine a school where every student enjoys themselves?
More than Practice Tests
B2 first (fce) article: model answers, fce article example 1.
A local magazine has asked readers to write an article about their favourite things about the Internet. Write the article talking about the things you do with the Internet and recommend a website to other readers.
Write your article.
Student’s FCE Article Answer:
The Internet: A Great Invention
The Internet has changed the way we live. It started as something that we could access only through a computer, but nowadays it is everywhere, and I love it!
One of the cool things about the world wide web is that you can look up anything you want and nd out the answer straight away. Isn’t that fantastic? For example, imagine you are arguing with your friends about how to do something. Easy solution! Go online and find the answer.
However, the greatest thing about the Internet is how you can learn tons of things very cheaply or even for free! In fact, my favourite website is www.udemy.com,where people register to teach and learn about different things: music, website design, making apps, history, etc. So I totally recommend it to everyone!
In conclusion, the Internet has a lot of great things. For me, the best are finding information and learning online. What about you? What are your favourite things about it?
Get Your (FCE) Article Checked!
Fce article example 2.
Fitness bloggers wanted!
Our fitness magazine is looking for influencers to write an article on how to stay fit when you are a college student. So if you have any cool ideas, send us an article in which you:
• Explain the type of exercise you recommend • Recommend a healthy but cheap diet • Give other ideas you like
Write your article .
Keep It Healthy!
Are you a busy college student? Do you struggle to keep fit and eat healthily? Don’t worry! I am going to tell you exactly what you should do. Keep on reading, you will thank me later!
First of all, you must start moving your body. You could go to the gym if you have the time. But if you’re busy – you’re a student, you should be busy! – don’t sign up for a gym. Instead, start cycling to college and give up using elevators. You’ll see how your fitness improves quickly!
Secondly, your diet is just as important. I suppose you live on a low budget, so I suggest you don’t eat out much. Eating out can be unhealthy and expensive. Sogo to your local supermarket and buy healthy, inexpensive vegetables and fruit.
Finally, pay attention to how you sit when you are studying. Posture is super important to feel well, especially if you are a student or an office worker.
If you follow all these tips, I’m sure you will keep fit easily! And if you already tried that, let me know how you feel now
B2 First (FCE) Article: Example topics
Fce sample article topic 1.
You see this announcement in the Leisure and Entertainment magazine.
Could you live without internet for a month? Write and tell us what difference this would make to your life. We will publish the best article.
FCE Sample Article Topic 2
You see this announcement in a magazine.
We invite you to write an article on ‘The City of the Future’. In what ways will Cities be different in the future? In what ways will they be the same? The writer of the best article will receive a prize.
FCE Sample Article Topic 3
You have seen this notice in an international magazine.
Inventions have affected all our lives! Write us an article about one invention, explaining why you think it is important and saying how it has affected your own life.
The best article will be published in the magazine.
B2 First (FCE) Article: Writing Checklist
After writing your text, you can check it yourself using the writing checklist below.
How to do that? Simply check your text/email by answering the questions one by one:
- Have I covered all the key information required by the task?
- Have I written only information which is relevant to the task?
- Have I developed the basic points in the task with my own ideas?
- Have I achieved the main purpose(s) of the text (for example, explaining, persuading, suggesting, apologising, comparing, etc.)?
- Have I communicated a balance of straightforward and more complex ideas?
- Have I used a suitable style and register (formal or informal) for the task?
- Have I used paragraphs appropriately to organise my ideas?
- Have I used other organisational features appropriately for the genre of the text (for example, titles, headings, openings, closings, etc.)?
- Is the connection between my ideas clear and easy for the reader to follow? (For example, have I used appropriate linking words, pronouns, etc. to refer to different things within the text?)
- Are the ideas balanced appropriately, with suitable attention and space given to each one?
- Have I used a wide range of vocabulary?
- Have I avoided repeating the same words and phrases?
- Have I used a range of simple and more complex grammatical structures?
- Have I correctly used any common phrases which are relevant to the specific task or topic?
- Is my use of grammar accurate?
- Is my spelling accurate?
B2 First (FCE) Article: Tips
- PLAN your article.
- Give your article a title.
- Ask rhetorical questions to get your readers’ attention. Eg. What would the world be like without oil? What will life be like in 20 years time?
- Speak directly to your readers. Eg. Let’s just imagine some of the possibilities.
- Give examples where appropriate.
- Use humour where appropriate
- Give a conclusion and summary in the last paragraph.
- Finally, give your opinion where appropriate.
- REVISE your article to correct mistakes
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B2 first (fce) article: useful phrases & expressions.
We will finish it with some useful vocabulary mostly used to organize information. Although it is taking a shortcut, if you learn several expressions for each paragraph in each type of text that could be on your exam, you will certainly be able to create a very consistent and well-organized text.
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Have you ever ……..? What do you think about ……..? Are you one of those people who thinks that ……? Are you one of those people who …….? What would life be like if ……? Will the future bring us ….. ?
Introducing your first point:
Firstly In the first place First of all The first thing to consider is One thing to consider is To begin with
Introducing more points:
Secondly Another consideration Yet another consideration Another thing to consider is Added to that Apart from that In addition to this
Introducing your final points:
In conclusion To conclude To sum up So
Introducing your opinion:
I think In my opinion Personally, I believe that In my view If you ask me To my mind My personal opinion is
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