Article writing in Cambridge First is a Part 2 writing task and is now typically written for a website. Like all other forms of writing, it has a word limit of 140-190 words. While you can be asked to write a article about anything, they are commonly examples of events or activities you might have experienced.
Let’s now look at a sample question. You can typically expect something like this.
In our example above we are asked to include answers to the questions. In addition to this, we need to provide an introduction and of course, a suitable ending to our article.
This is extremely important in an article as this is where a reader decides if they are interested in what someone has written. We need to present our topic and invite readers to read more. This is often a very good place for a direct question. Here’s a possible introduction.
In our example here, we’ve made it personal, added some details we think readers can relate to and asked a question.
Answering The Questions
In the following paragraphs we then provide explanations and answers to any questions we are asked. As always, we recommend writing a paragraph for each point you write about. While it is not an absolute rule, it does make your writing easier to plan and easier to understand.
When we come to the end of an article we want to remind our reader what they’ve read and often give them something to think about. This is one way we could finish our article.
This is a key element in article writing. The simplest way to think about it is to ask why the reader wants to read your article. What you need to do is think of a reader and how they feel about what you have written. So what does this mean?
Music has always been a big part of my life and I don’t know what I would do without it. I like all kinds and I often have a big selection on my phone. So what is it that makes us choose the type of music we listen to?
When do you listen to music?
From early in the morning, with my radio to my bus journey I always have music in my ears. Where I work we are also allowed to listen to the radio. However, in the evenings I often I have to decide between TV or listening to music. Sometimes the TV wins!
How do you decide what to listen to at different times?
I think it’s true that music affects our mood. Sometimes you’re tired and you just want something a bit quieter. There are also times where you try to find something new. Even so, like everybody else I have my favourite music and I love listening to it again and again.
Music is all around us. It makes us happy, sad and there is so much choice. It is also something we can share with other people and use to make our lives feel good. So why not make it a bigger part of your life?