You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You recently became a member of your local leisure centre but you are unhappy with the services and facilities.
Write a letter to the Centre Manager. In your letter:
- explain the circumstances
- say why you are dissatisfied
- what action you would like the leisure centre to take
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
Write at least 150 words.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the centre.
I have only recently become a member, having seen your advertisements in the local newspaper. These advertisements claimed that you have the most modern equipment and personal training sessions for all new members. However, in the two weeks I have been attending your facility, it has become apparent that the machines are far from up to date and I am still waiting for an appointment with the personal trainer.
At this point I am asking you to either make a full refund of all the fees I have paid up to this point or to take immediate action to reflect the facilities you claimed to have in your advertisement. This would mean new equipment would need to be purchased and personal trainer sessions to be organised without delay.
However, I would like to add that I have always found your staff courteous and helpful, even if they are a little overworked.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
There are many benefits to a good education. Therefore, a university education should be offered to all students, not just students with good high school grades.
Do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
You should write at least 250 words.
Although some people believe that tertiary education should be open to all students, there are overwhelming arguments which make this impractical, as will now be presented.
The primary reason why offering a university place to all students, regardless of prior academic performance, would not be effective is in the sheer numbers of potential students. Tertiary education is an average of 3 years in most countries, and offering courses to all students for this period of time would be financially crippling.
In addition, education beyond compulsory levels should not be considered a right but a privilege for those who have worked hard in high school and have good results. This motivates students throughout their academic career to study hard. If any student was allowed to enter university, the pressure to achieve good grades at high school would be lost and students would be generally less inclined to study hard.
However, it must be considered that there are some students who, despite hard work and being diligent students, simply do not perform well during examinations. For these students, a system of demanding good high school grades is perhaps unfair, as their test results may not be a reflection of their true academic abilities. Nonetheless, the pressure to achieve these grades is all part of the learning process essential for university graduates.
In sum, therefore, there are only limited reasons to support the open entry of university regardless of previous grades, and although a system of requiring good grades does have disadvantages, it is more effective than an open door policy.