Sample Character Reference Letter for Advanced Students Preparing for CAE

Character references for Advanced students preparing for CAE
1. Lead-in: Adjecves rock mp3. Students listen and try to write down all the adjecves
that they hear. There are 16 in total (stubborn, generous, paent, polite, honest,
talkave, grumpy, upght, moody, phony, clumsy, glum, stylish, sensive, eccentric,
dumb). In pairs, students check that they have all of them and try to decide if they are
posive or negave characteriscs. Teacher tries to elicit meaning of potenally new
vocab – ‘glum’,grumpy’ and ‘upght’ or pre-teaches these.
2. Brainstorming – students add other personality adjecves to the whiteboard under
the heading s of ‘desirable’ / ‘undesirable’.
3. Teacher introduces idea of a character reference and why you might be asked to write
one.
Student task: If the purpose is that someone you know has applied for a job, which of the
following would be relevant:
how you know the person
her hobbies
we get along really well
she speaks English well
children like her
what kind of food she likes
honest and hardworking
Students jusfy the reasons for their choices.
4. Ask students what they think are good qualies for a language teacher to have.
Introduce the authenc text which I wrote for a former teacher here. Task: Read
through and see if there are any of the qualies they thought were important. Then
decide if you were the director at ih, if you would employ her as a teacher. Jusfy
opinion in groups.
5. Closer examinaon of the text. Students look through and complete the following
tasks:
circle all the adjecves used
How does a character reference begin?
How does it end?
What kind of linking words are used?
9nd examples of a parciple clause and the passive
underline any new vocabulary
highlight any phrases or expressions that you might like to use in your own wring
6. Students read the exam task (from New Advanced Expert, Pearson, p20) which
follows, underlining the key points:
A family in Britain is looking for someone to take care of two young children and to do some
light domesc work during the summer. A friend of yours has applied, and the family has
asked you to write a reference. Your reference should indicate your relaonship with the
applicant and how long you have known him/her, and include relevant informaon about
your friend’s
personal qualies
a>tude to children
relevant skills and experience
Write your reference in 220 – 260 words.
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