Writing FCE part 1 Sample Essay 1

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You recently had a discussion in class about going abroad to improve your English. Your teacher has asked you to write a composition giving your opinions on the following question.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad?

Write your composition in 140-190 words in an appropriate style on the opposite page.


Essay   Sample Answer 1

My Essay Plan

Introduction:  In recent years it’s a fashion. Is it effective?

Paragraph 1: Advantages       Au pairs with a family. Working and going to classes.

Paragraph 2: Disadvantages  Drawbacks. Bad family. Native speakers. Expensive.

Conclusion:  Choose the right place and family. Avoid speaking your own language.



In recent years studying English in Britain or the U.S.A seems to be the latest fashion for students who hope to improve their language skills. According to tour operators, it is the quickest and most effective way of learning. Whether this is true remains to be seen.

Living with an English speaking family as an au pair or doing a summer job are currently the most popular choices. Older students generally prefer to stay with a family while attending ‘intensive’ English courses at a language school. In theory, this means speaking English 24 hours a day.

It could be argued, however, that looking after children can actually be stressful and even a negative experience unless you stay with the right family. Although going to classes will obviously improve your level, in many schools you may meet people from your own country and end up communicating in your mother tongue.

In conclusion, therefore, it could be said that studying abroad is only a good option if you avoid mixing with people of your own nationality. Language courses can be expensive and living with the wrong family could be a serious mistake.