Choose one of the following topics:

1. Write an article for the school magazine about an experience you have had recently. It can be scary, funny, happy or sad.

Answer these two questions:

-          What happened?

-          How did you feel about it?

2. Write an email to a friend you haven’t been in touch with for a few months giving him/her all your news. Answer the following questions:

- Work/studies

- Personal life

- what else?


Here you have some examples of both types of text:

An experience you had recently:


I suppose after living in Spain for almost 5 months as an exchange student, there are some occasions where I can very effortlessly ‘do as the Spanish do’ and not worry about a thing! My friend Katie and I (another exchange student here from UCLA) put away our worries and headed right down to Alicante, Spain for a few days this past week to relax, and remember why we enjoy Spain before embarking on our dreaded finals. I must say that while sun-bathing on the beach and swimming in the clear, beautiful blue water I was most definitely not thinking about finals, because I simply wasn’t thinking about anything!
Alicante is the capital of the Spanish province of Alicante, which is the southernmost province of the region of Valencia…put in Holly terms, it is a cute, beautiful little Spanish town located right on “La Costa Blanca”. Our hostel was so perfect, and had air-conditioning!! I realize this might not be very exciting to some people, but now that Spain is so hot, not having air-conditioning in my apartment has proved to be a little uncomfortable, so we definitely took advantage of it and cranked that thing until we were freezing. As a result, we got our best sleep ever. Another small exciting thing (very un-Spanish) was that Alicante had a Subway-and I am not ashamed to say that I also indulged in a delicious turkey footlong, or four… After spending a lovely day just soaking up the sun for the entire first day, we got ready and headed to the port to look for some delicious sea-food. We found a wonderful little restaurant, we had the most delicious croquetas (still my favorite tapa) and also some ‘arroz con gambas’ or rice with shrimp.

The next day, we walked around the little town some more and found a wonderful boat excursion that allowed us to take a little ride out on the Mediteranean Sea, snorkel a bit, and then enjoy the sunset over a few glasses of Sangria It just doesn’t get too much better than that! The next morning we got up, packed and then went and toured the Castillo de Santa Barbara, an old medieval castle that once stood as a fortress against the Moors. I just love ruins, so I enjoyed being able to see it and walk around for a bit. Alicante was beautiful and like most places in Spain leaves me so content and happy to be able to see, experience and truly enjoy so many little treasures of the world.

An email to a friend giving news:

Hi Alethea,

It was lovely to get your message and to hear all your news. I’m sorry that I haven’t been in touch for so long, but I’ve been on the go non-stop and haven’t had time to catch up with any of my friends.

So, you asked what’s going on with me. Well, on the work front, a lot’s happened since we last spoke. Do you remember me telling you last year how fed up I was with my job, what with the long hours and feeling so stressed out all the time? Not to mention Steve, a nightmare of a boss! The worst thing about the job, though, was that I hardly got to see Jo at all during the week-I’d get home at around 10 p.m. and he’d already be in bed.

Anyway, over Easter, I had some time to think and I decided that I really needed to make some changes. So I decided that I’d leave the job and try working freelance from home. I handed my notice in after Christmas and finished the job at the end of April. And so far –five months into it- it’s working out well. I sent the contacts I have some proposals for projects and two were accepted immediately. So I’ve had a lot of work on since May. It’s not completely stress-free, of course –there are still difficult clients to deal with and deadlines to meet, and there’s always going to be the worry about finding the next project to work on or of being out of work. But at least now I get to spend a lot of time with Jo. So things are pretty good in comparison to a year ago.

And quite a lot’s happened on the personal front, too! Did I ever tell you about the guy I met last year at that meeting? Well, he finally got in touch back in the spring, so we met up for a drink and we’ve been seeing each other ever since! Not sure how serious it is, though. We’ll see. We’re talking about going away together somewhere in August, which will be nice if it happens.

Talking of holidays, in July, when Jo was with his father, I took a few days off work and escaped to Italy for a long weekend, to Naples, to see an old friend there. It was a real hassle getting there –flight delays, missed connections, etc., but once I finally got there, it was great. I spent most of the time sitting on Giovanna’s terrace, chatting and just chilling out, basically.

What else? Jo’s doing fine, turned 11 in April –almost a teenager now! How are you two?

Right, I think that’s it for now! I don’t think I’ve got any more news to tell you. What about you? How are you getting on?

Take care.

Rachel xx