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You have received a letter from your English speaking pen

friend David who


writes:
... Tell me all about your school. What are the teachers
like? What sports facilities does the school have?
My school has just built a new gym; its great! Have you
joined any school clubs?
Its my basketball teams first match of the season on
Saturday ...
Write a letter to David. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about his basketball match
Write 110-140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear David,
Thanks for your letter. It was great to hear from you.
I really like my school. Most of the teachers are quite
relaxed and friendly. As for the sports facilities, they are
so much better than at my previous school. There are
clay and grass tennis courts, and best of all an
Olympic-sized swimming pool!
I havent joined any school clubs yet because Im trying
to work out which ones I can fit into my schedule. I have
to do swimming practice most days.
Who was your first basketball match against? What
position
did you play? Most importantly, did your team win?
I have to go now as Ive got a swimming lesson this
evening. Hope to hear from you soon.
Best wishes,
Tom

You have received a letter from the mother of an English


host family you have just stayed
with while doing a summer English course, Mrs Sampson,
who writes:
... We all really enjoyed having you to stay with us. How
was your journey back home? Do you
feel that you improved your English as much as you
hoped? What did you enjoy most about your
stay in England?
As for our latest news, weve just bought a puppy ...
Write a letter to Mrs Sampson. In your letter answer
her questions
ask 3 questions about the new dog
Write 100-140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear Mrs Sampson,
Thank you for your letter. My journey back home was
fine. My plane was on time and I chatted with a really
nice
girl who was sitting next to me. I had a wonderful time in
England. I felt that I learnt a lot of English and really
improved my accent, too. As for what I enjoyed most, I
really loved the day I went to London with you and Mr
Sampson. I enjoyed all of my English classes, too!
Its great that youve got a puppy! Is it a male or a
female? Have you chosen a name for it yet? What kind
of dog is it?
Thanks again for having me. Write back soon.
Love,
Anna

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


penfriend Mark who writes:
... Its not long now until I come to visit you! How do I get
to your house from the airport? I would
like to bring a gift for your parents to say thank you for
letting me stay with them any ideas?
Is there anything else that I should bring?
My grandparents will be celebrating their fortieth wedding
anniversary next week
Write a letter to Mark. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about his grandparents
Write 100-140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear Mark,
Thanks for your letter. I cant wait for your visit! Dont
worry about getting to my house from the airport if my
dad isnt working he will come and pick you up and if he
is, I will come and meet you and we will catch a bus to
my house. As for a gift for my parents, what about
something traditionally English, such as some
shortbread biscuits or a nice box of English tea? Also,
dont forget to pack some warm clothes. Moscow can still
be quite cold in spring!
How are your grandparents going to celebrate their
wedding anniversary? Have you bought them a gift? Do
you get along with your grandparents?

Well, I have to go now. See you next month!


Best wishes,
Alex

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


pen-friend Julie who writes:
... Tell me about the kind of food you eat in Russia. What
do people eat at home? Can you
Describe a traditional dish to me? Are eating habits
changing?
Hey, guess what?! Im going on holiday with my two best
friends this summer
Write a letter to Julie. In your letter answer her
questions
ask 3 questions about her holiday
Write 100-140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear Julie,
It was great to hear from you. You asked me about the
food we eat in Russia. Well, at home we eat many
different kinds of meat and potato dishes. We also eat a
lot of salads, such as cabbage salad, pickled vegetables
and different kinds of soups. A traditional Russian dish is
Borsch, a kind of beetroot soup. In my family, we eat this
with a spoonful of sour cream in it. Its really delicious!
Although many people still eat a lot of traditional foods,
I think that we are all eating more fast food and
readymade
food these days because we lead busier lives than
in the past.

So where are you going with your friends this summer?


What are you going to do there? What kind of
accommodation will you stay in?
Write back soon.
Love,
Ivan

You have received a letter from your English-speaking


pen friend Steve who writes:
I cant believe we are finishing school this year! What
are your plans after you have finished
school? What career interests you? What do most
students in Russia do after finishing school?
Here in Britain some students take a gap year before
continuing their studies or starting a job. I
have decided to spend a year volunteering at an
orphanage in Nepal
Write a letter to Steve. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about his gap year
Write 100-140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear Steve,
Great to hear from you! I can hardly believe it either that
we are finishing school soon. I plan to go to university
immediately after my summer break. At the moment, I
am preparing to take the very difficult entrance exams. I

hope to study Computer Science at Moscow State


University. I would like to be a software designer
someday and work at a top IT (Information Technology)
company. Higher education is considered very
important in Russia, so most students work hard to get
into one of the many excellent higher education
institutions.
Im sure your gap year will be fantastic! Why did you
choose to volunteer in Nepal? What sort of things will
you be doing at the orphanage? How long will you be in
Nepal?
Hope to hear from you soon.
Take care,
Victor
You want to attend a summer English language course at
a college in Britain. Write a
letter to the course director asking about the cost of
the course, when it is and if
accommodation is provided.
Write 100-140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to inquire about the summer English
language course offered by your college. I am interested
in attending the course and would like some more
information about it.
Firstly, I would like to know the cost of the course and if
there are any additional costs for textbooks or other
materials. I would also like to know when the course
begins and when it finishes. Finally, could you please tell
me if accommodation is provided for students or if it is
necessary for students to find their own?
Im looking forward to receiving this information. Thank
you in advance.
Yours faithfully,

Igor Petrov

You have received a letter from your English speaking


pen-friend Julia who writes:
Im a gymnast so I train almost every day and I travel a
lot to competitions, so I dont have
much free time. Are you involved in any clubs or sports?
How much free time do you have and
what kinds of things do you like to do? Do you get
together very often with your friends?
In two weeks, Im going to Ireland for a gymnastics
competition
Write a letter to Julia. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about his gap year
Write 100-140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear Julia,
Thanks for your letter. You sound very busy. I used to go

to ballet classes three times a week, but now I have


started modern dance classes instead. I only go once a
week so I have more time to do other things now. In
particular, I really enjoy reading novels and playing my
guitar.
I dont go out a lot in the week, but at weekends I usually
meet up with my friends and we go to the cinema or just
walk around the town.
How long will you be in Ireland? Have you been there
before? Ive heard that its a beautiful country. How
many people are going on the trip?
Anyway, good luck in the competition and please send
me a postcard from Ireland.
Love,
Anya

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


penfriend Harry who writes:
... I have to catch two buses to get to school. I dont mind
though, because the buses usually
run on time and they arent too crowded. How do you get
to school? Do you find the journey
tiring? Whats public transport like in your area?
Our school just had its first ever Environment Day...
Write a letter to Harry. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about his gap year
Write 100140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.

Hi Harry,
Thanks for your letter. I cant believe you have to catch
two buses to get to school. I actually live quite close to
my school so I walk there with my two friends. I dont
really find the journey very tiring because its only a
fifteen-minute walk. As for public transport in my town,
well, there are plenty of buses, but most of them are
quite
old and dirty and there is usually a lot of traffic. There is
a new metro system though that is fast and clean.
Thats a great idea to have an environment day! Did it go
well? What kind of activities and events were there?
What did you like best about the day?
Well, I have to go now but I hope to hear from you again
soon.
Best wishes,
Dimitri

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


penfriend Tom who writes:
... Sometimes I feel lonely because I am an only child. I
often wonder what it would be like to
have a big family. How big is your family? What kinds of
activities do you like to do together?
Do you have a favourite relative who you like to visit?
Ive just come back from a fantastic trip to Scotland ...
Write a letter to Tom. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about his trip to Scotland

Write 100140 words. Remember the rules of letter


writing.
Dear Tom,
Thanks for your letter it was great to hear from you!
You asked about my family. Well, there are five people in
my immediate family. Theres my mum and dad, myself,
my younger brother Jack whos 13 and my younger
sister Emily whos 8. We often go to the park altogether
at weekends and we fly kites or play football. In the
evenings, we always eat together and then watch TV. As
for my favourite relative, well, thats easy! I love going to
visit my grandma on Sunday afternoons I like sitting in
her beautiful garden chatting to her or helping her to
bake a cake.
So where exactly did you go in Scotland? Did you go to
Loch Ness and see the Loch Ness monster? What was
the food like; did you try haggis? Write again soon.
Love,
Diana

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


penfriend Jack who writes:
... Well, my exams start next week and Im feeling a little
stressed even though Ive studied
hard. How often do you have exams at your school? Do
you like taking exams? How do you
cope with the pressure?
Its my best friend Johns birthday this weekend ...

Write a letter to Jack. In your letter answer his


questions
ask 3 questions about his best friends birthday
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writing.
Hi Jack,
Thanks for your letter. At my school, we take exams
twice a year at Christmas and again in the spring.
Some of my friends like taking exams because, they say,
it gives them a chance to show what they can do, but
personally I dont like them at all. I find they make me
feel a bit stressed out! I try to play basketball, however,
a few times a week during exam time. I find this really
relaxes me a lot and helps me to cope with the pressure.
I also try to get plenty of sleep.
So, its your best friends birthday this weekend! How is
he going to celebrate it? How old will he be? Are you
going to buy him a nice gift?
Good luck with your exams. Write back soon.
Best wishes,
Gary

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


penfriend David who writes:
I only get a little pocket money from my parents
because they cant afford to give me a
lot. Do you get pocket money? Do you think parents
should give their children pocket

money? I dont have a parttime job, but my best friend


does. Is it common for teenagers in
Russia to have a parttime job?
So, I have a new hobby Im learning to play a musical
instrument
Write a letter to David. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about his new hobby
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writing.
Hi David,
Thanks for your letter. You asked me about pocket
money. Well, I do get some pocket money, but like your
parents, mine dont have a lot of extra money so they
cant give me very much. I think its good for parents to
give their children some money if they can afford it,
because it teaches them about managing money. Some
teens here in Russia have part-time jobs in the evenings
or at weekends, but its often quite difficult to find work.
Personally, I dont want to work because Im too busy
with my schoolwork, but it would be nice to have some
extra money!
So, what musical instrument are you learning to play?
Are you taking lessons? Can you read music?
Well, I have to go now. Write again soon!
Best wishes,
Alexandra
You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking
penfriend Sally who writes:
The environment group that Im part of have
organised some different events this year

like a treeplanting day and a littercollecting afternoon.


What environmental problems are
there where you live? How do you help the environment?
Do you think we can save the planet
or is it too late?
At the moment Im planning a surprise birthday party for
my friend, Anna
Write a letter to Sally. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about the surprise birthday party
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writing.
Hi Sally,
Thanks for your letter and I hope youre well! Your
environment group sounds great. We have a big
problem in my neighbourhood; there are no green
spaces at all. Also, its quite a busy area so theres a lot
of pollution from cars and factories. I think that I help the
environment in a few ways; I always turn off lights when
Im not in a room and I try not to waste water. I also
recycle newspapers and plastic. I think we can save the
planet but we have to educate everybody and we all
have to work together.
The surprise party sounds like good fun! Where are you
going to have the party? Are you going to invite lots of
people? Do you think Anna suspects anything? Write
back soon.
Lots of love,
Laura
You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking
penfriend Alex who writes:

... So, what type of music do you and your friends like to
listen to? I love rock music, but I usually
have to listen to it on my headphones if I want the music
loud. The television is on most of the time
in our house. Does your family spend a lot of time
watching television? What kind of programmes
do you like best?
Last weekend there was a music festival in our town and
some of the local bands played ...
Write a letter to Alex. In your letter answer his
questions
ask 3 questions about the music festival
Write 100140 words. Remember the rules of letter
writing.
Dear Alex,
Thanks for your letter. It was great to hear from you!
I love listening to rock music, too! Sometimes I listen to
techno with my friends, as well. One of my friends is a
big fan!
As for TV, I have to say that our house is the same as
yours! The TV is on a lot, especially after school. We
generally watch TV as a family in the evenings for about
two hours. We usually like to watch soap operas or
comedy programmes.
Were there a lot of people at the festival? What type of
music was played? Did any famous bands play at the
festival? Write soon.
Best wishes,
Dina

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


penfriend Becky who writes:
In towns and cities in Great Britain, houses and flats
are often quite small with only 2 or 3
bedrooms. I have to share my bedroom with my younger
sister. What about you do you have
to share too or do you have your own room? Would you
rather live in the town or in the country?
What are homes like in Russian towns and cities?
I have just come back from staying with my uncle in
Wales. Hes a dairy farmer with a herd of
about two hundred cows
Write a letter to Becky. In your letter answer her
questions
ask 3 questions about her holiday with her uncle in
Wales
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writing.
Dear Becky,
Thanks for your letter. How are you?
It was interesting to hear about homes in Great Britain.
Weve just moved to a bigger flat, so now my sister and I
have our own bedrooms. Its great I have enough
space
for all my belongings now. Most people in Russian towns
and cities live in apartment blocks and unfortunately,
often
the apartments can be a little small for a family. I think I
would rather live in the countryside than the town. Its a
lot

quieter, there isnt a lot of traffic or pollution and people


are
usually friendlier than in towns and cities.
Did you have a nice time staying with your uncle in
Wales? Did you get up early to help milk the cows? Does
your uncle have any other animals? Write back soon.
Love,
Maxim
You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking
penfriend Monica who writes:
Im going to a wedding this weekend. It should be a lot
of fun. Any ideas about what gift I
could give? What are weddings like in Russia? What is
your favourite Russian celebration?
Oh, I almost forgot, Ive just started taking a creative
writing course
Write a letter to Monica. In your letter answer her
questions
ask 3 questions about the course
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writing.
Dear Monica,
It was great to hear from you! Im sure youll have lots of
fun at the wedding. What about giving a traditional gift
made of silver that the couple can keep forever? Or
some money, which is what Russians usually give? A
traditional Russian wedding is a huge celebration that
can last several days. It starts with the groom picking up
the bride at her home. The couple usually has a church
ceremony followed by a civil one. There is usually lots of
dancing, food and drink at the reception afterwards.
Weddings are great but my favourite Russian celebration

is New Years Eve because of all the gifts and parties.


Your creative writing course sounds very interesting!
What
made you decide to take the course? Is it expensive?
What do you write about? Write soon.
Love,
Irene

You have received a letter from your Englishspeaking


penfriend Jamie who writes:
I just got a new computer for my birthday. Im so
excited about it! How about you do
you have a computer? What do you use computers for?
What other hightech gadget would
you like to have?
My latest news is that Ive broken my arm
Write a letter to Jamie. In your letter answer her
questions
ask 3 questions about her broken arm
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writing.
Dear Jamie,
Thanks for your letter. Enjoy your new computer! I dont
have my own computer, but I often go to an Internet caf
near my house. I usually do research on the Internet
there for my school work. I also send a lot of emails to
friends and family. Also, when I have free time, I like to
play some of the online games with my friends at the

caf. We have a great time! I would love to have an MP3


player, so I could download my favourite music from the
Internet to listen to whenever I wanted.
Im sorry to hear about your arm. Get well soon. How did
it happen? Are you wearing a cast? How long will it take
to get better? Hope to hear from you soon.
Best wishes,
Sergey

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