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How to write an article? | B2 First (FCE)

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How to write a B2 First (FCE) article?
B2 First (FCE) Article: Structure
B2 First (FCE) Article: Example topics
B2 First (FCE) Article: Tips
B2 First (FCE) Article: FAQ
B2 First (FCE) Article: Useful phrases

How to write a B2 First (FCE) article?

Article is usually written for an English-language magazine aimed at teenagers, and the reader is assumed to have similar interests to the writer. T

a piece of writing usually written for an English-language magazine or newsletter, and the reader is assumed to have similar interests to the writer.

The goal of an article is usually to talk about a topic you like or in which you are an expert. Also, your article should aim to keep the reader engaged and, in some cases, recommend whatever it is you are talking about


  • Interesting and engaging the reader
  • Giving an opinion or making comments
  • Telling anecdotes
  • Giving examples
  • Giving descriptions

Articles are usually expected to be less formal than essays. Because they are intended to entertain, you can use more relaxed language, using contractions, phrasal verbs and more informal words. Also, it is common to use rhetorical questions and exclamation marks to keep the reader engaged or to make a point.

B2 First (FCE) Article: Structure

Think of an interesting title which will make people want to read your article
Start your article in an interesting way. You could ask the reader a question or make a strong statement.
1 st body paragraph
The first paragraph should involve the reader in some way. Try to end the paragraph in a way which makes the reader want to continue reading
2 nd body paragraph
Build on the interest you have raised in the first paragraph. This may mean answering the question or telling the next part of the story
3 rd body paragraph
Use each paragraph to mark the next stage of your article
Finish the article in an interesting way. This could be humorous or thought-provoking

B2 First (FCE) Article: Example topics

You see this announcement in the Leisure and Entertainment  magazine.

Could you live without internet for a month?
Write and tell us what difference this would make to your life.
We will publish the best article.

You see this announcement in a magazine.

We invite you to write an article on ‘The City of the Future’.
In what ways will Cities be different in the future? In what ways will they be the same?
The writer of the best article will receive a prize.

You have seen this notice in an international magazine.

Inventions have affected all our lives!
Write us an article about one invention, explaining why you think it is important and saying how it has affected your own life.

The best article will be published in the magazine.

B2 First (FCE) Article: Tips

  • PLAN your article.
  • Give your article a title.
  • Make sure you have at least 4 paragraphs.
  • Ask rhetorical questions to get your readers’ attention. Eg. What would the world be like without oil? What will life be like in 20 years time?
  • Speak directly to your readers. Eg. Let’s just imagine some of the possibilities.
  • Give examples where appropriate.
  • Use humour where appropriate
  • Give a conclusion and summary in the last paragraph.
  • Finally, give your opinion where appropriate.
  • REVISE your article to correct mistakes

B2 First (FCE) Article: FAQ

Who will read the article?

Readers choose articles that interest them and ignore those that look dull.

What information should I include?

You may have to describe personal experiences or express opinions and ideas which people of young age can identify with. What you write need not be true.

What is the purpose of the article?

To inform readers about a particular topic in an entertaining way.

What style should I use?

The style can be light or serious, depending on who the target reader is. Magazine articles, especially for young adult readers, are often written in a light-hearted style. The title and opening paragraph should try to capture the reader‟s attention. We may use some rhetorical questions: e.g.
Can you imagine a school where every student enjoys themselves?

What language should I use?

Probably some use of descriptive language and language of opinion.

B2 First (FCE) Article: Useful phrases

We will finish it with some useful vocabulary mostly used to organize information. Although it is taking a shortcut, if you learn several expressions for each paragraph in each type of text that could be on your exam, you will certainly be able to create a very consistent and well-organized text.

Rhetorical phrases:

Have you ever ……..? 
What do you think about ……..? 
Are you one of those people who thinks that ……?
Are you one of those people who …….?
What would life be like if ……?
Will the future bring us ….. ?

Introducing your first point:

In the first place
First of all  
The first thing to consider is 
One thing to consider is 
To begin with

Introducing more points:

Another consideration 
Yet another consideration 
Another thing to consider is
Added to that 
Apart from that 
In addition to this

Introducing your final points:

In conclusion 
To conclude 
To sum up 

Introducing your opinion:

I think  
In my opinion 
Personally, I believe that  
In my view 
If you ask me 
To my mind 
My personal opinion is

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