An exercise for b2 first preparation of writing skills with questions 5.




An exercise for b2 first preparation of writing skills with questions 5.

Dialogue Writing Skills 5

Dialogue 14: Writing a review

GORDON: Ok, Emma. Now, we will move on to reviews. So, I want you to think of the last film you saw. Whether it’s negative or positive, I want you to write a review of this film.

EMMA: Ok, so I’m going to write a review of “The Great Gatsby”, a film that I watched at home on Saturday.

GORDON: I watched that in the cinema when it first came out. What did you think of it?

EMMA: I really enjoyed it. My favourite aspect was the costume design, all of the 1920’s dresses which the girls wore were so beautiful and they added to the overall glamour of the film. I thought all of the actors gave brilliant performances, especially Leonardo DiCaprio who was sublime! Did you like it?

GORDON: Honestly, I really didn’t. Maybe it’s because it is based on one of my favourite books of all time. For me, it just didn’t do the book justice. Crucial elements of the story were not included in the plot of the film. If I were you, I would read the book and you will see that it is a million times better! Anyway, I take it you’re going to write a positive review.  I would like you to articulate your opinion into the correct structure of a review. Make sure to start off by giving a brief summary of the film’s plot, then add your opinion and justify this with examples from the film.

EMMA: Ok. I will use lots of positive phrases such as “breakthrough performance”, “excellent directorial debut” and general positive adjectives to describe aspects of the film like the actors, the plot and the direction. I’m ready!

Vocabulary for the b2 first preparation writing skills 5.

ENGLISHSYNONYM or DEFINITION
a reviewa critique, an article
to come out (a film)to become available
a performance (an actor)acting
sublimeexcellent, grand
of all timeup until now and still now
to articulateto express something well
the plotthe story line

Exam tips First Writing Skills 5

EXAM TIP FOR First Writing Skills 5

How to write a review. The main difference between the report and the review is that you give your opinion in a review. A review is to express your point of view on a book/film/etc., being informative yet giving an assessment of value based on your technical knowledge of the matter. You have to take into account your audience and the number of words required. Make sure that you make your experience relatable and that your draw comparisons so as for your readers to be able to judge the product on its own merits. When writing a review, there is a firm structure to be respected:

  • Brief introduction with the Title and Sub-Title
  • Introduction of contents (brief summary)
  • Opening paragraph expressing your “controversial” point of view: using a chatty, informal style
  • Assessment of value (Body of the review) with a comparison with others (positive and negative)
  • Conclusion (which echoes the introduction and gives your opinion)

Some more useful vocabulary:

LIKESWhat I enjoyed most was…
If you get a chance….
I was pleasantly surprised by… The thing I liked most was… …. would appeal to….
DISLIKESWhat I found disappointing was… I was disappointed by… What I disliked most was….
BOOK VOCABULARYThe main character…/The protagonist… The story is set in…. In this chapter…
Fiction/ comedy/science fiction/comedy… The plot…
FILM VOCABULARYThe lead role/The star role
He plays a…. This movie starring (name of actress/actor)… true-to-life/far-fetched/science fiction/romance…
TRAVEL VOCABULARY (hotels, restaurants)The location…
The service…
The setting… (attractive/disappointing)
The staff… (waiters, staff at reception, room service…) The prices… (reasonable/expensive)
Good/poor value for money
Book in advance
The hotel facilities….
Run by/owed by…

Template Review:

Title: i.e. A place to be avoided / A place to be visited ASAP…

Introduction: I recently (summarise the film / experience etc. and give your general opinion) ……………………………………

Paragraph 1: (your viewpoint on one aspect/theme) What I most liked was ………

Paragraph 2: (your viewpoint on one aspect) What I most disliked was ……………… ……………………………………

Conclusion or recommendation(s): To conclude ………………………………………………………

I therefore recommend ……………………………………

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