CELPIP Task 1 and 2 Topics

Task 1:
You are studying a short course in another country. Your accommodation was arranged by the course provider. There is a major problem with the accommodation. Write a letter to the course provider. In your letter:
  • Say what the problem is.
  • Describe the accommodation you thought you were getting.
  • Ask the provider to solve the problem.
 
 
You have seen an advertisement in an English newspaper for a job working in the City Museum shop during the holidays. You decide to apply for the job. Write a letter to the director of the Museum. In your letter:
  • introduce yourself
  • explain what experience and special skills you have
  • explain why you are interested in the job
 
 
You are looking for a part-time job at a football club. Write a letter to the manager of the football club. In your letter:
  • introduce yourself
  • explain what experience and special skills you have
  • tell him/her when you think you could start
 
 
You saw an advertisement for a tennis course in England but you have one or two problems and can’t stay the whole course.
Write a letter to the course director. In your letter:
  • explain your interest in the course
  • describe your problems
  • find out if a refund is possible
 
 
You are due to move into a rented apartment next month but you will not be able to because you have some problems.
Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter:
  • explain your situation
  • describe your problems
  • tell him/her when you think you can move in
 
 
You are a student at an English language school in Brighton and are living in private accommodation with other flat mates. You have not had hot water or heating for some time. The landlord’s workmen have tried to fix the problem but without success.
Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter:
  • state your reason for writing
  • describe the problems and explain how you feel
  • propose a solution and risk the landlord to take action
 
 
You are going on a short course to a training college abroad. It is a college that you have not been to before.
Write a letter to the accommodation officer. In your letter
  • give details of your course and your arrival/departure date
  • explain your accommodation needs
  • ask for information about getting to and from the college
 
 
You are looking for a part-time job.
Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter
  • introduce yourself
  • explain what sort of job you would like
  • and say what experience and skills you have
 
 
You had a good meal in a local restaurant with your family. Write a letter to the newspaper to tell them about it, describe the meal you had, and why you think the restaurant is worth visiting.
 
 
An English-speaking friend wants to spend a two-week holiday in your region and has written asking for information and advice.
Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:
  • offer to find somewhere to stay
  • give advice about what to do
  • give information about what clothes to bring
 
 
You eat at your college cafeteria every lunch time. However, you think it needs some improvements.
Write a letter to the college magazine. In your letter
  • explain what you like about the cafeteria
  • say what is wrong with it
  • suggest how it could be improved
 
 
You have a full time job and are also doing a part time evening course. You now find that you cannot continue the course.
Write a letter to your tutor. In your letter
  • describe the situation
  • explain why you cannot continue at this time
  • say what action you would like to take
 
 
Your car is hired from a company and while you are driving on holiday, you have a small accident. You will have to write a report to the company to explain it. In your letter:
  • when and where you hired it
  • describe how the accident happened
  • what kind of action did you take after the accident
 
 
You cannot go to a company where you got an offer. Write a letter to the HR supervisor to
  • explain the reason why you decline the offer
  • express you gratitude
  • explain you like your current job very much
 
 
You have just spent a weekend staying at the Lilo Hotel in Adelaide. When you get home you find that you have left a bag at the hotel.
 
 
You live in a room in college which you share with another student. You find it very difficult to work there because he or she always has friends visiting. They have parties in the room and sometimes borrow your things without asking you.
 
Write a letter to the Accommodation Officer at the college and ask for a new room next term. You would prefer a single room. Explain your reasons.
 
 
One of your friends wants to apply for a job involving working with foreign teenagers.
Write a letter of recommendation for him/her.
  • You should write at least 150 words.
  • You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
 
 
You are writing your first letter to a pen pal. Describe your previous studies and work experience, your current activities, hobbies and interests.
Tell your pen pal that you will be visiting him/her.
  • You should write at least 150 words.
  • You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
 
 
Task 2:
A research suggests that damage to the environment is an inevitable consequence of worldwide improvements in the standard of living.
Write 150-200 words discussing whether you agree or disagree and why do you take that stance. What effects could it have if the government goes with either choice?
Option A: Support the topic.
Option B: Go against the topic.
 
Officials in your city have an empty space and are planning to build a zoo for recreational purposes. Some residents think that the place might be used for something more complex like a shopping mall or a movie theater.
Write about 150-200 words defending one of the two options provided below. You should say why you support the topic and how it would help the residents around you.
What problems are there with the other choice?
Option A: The town’s municipality should build a zoo.
Option B: The town‘s municipality should build something more complex.
 
Some women claim that ladies can be better parents than men. This might be based on different lifestyles and approaches towards nurturing children. However, men have proven to be great parents as well.
Write about 150-200 words explaining one of the two options below. Explain why you choose the topic. Why is the other choice not more suitable? You may also reflect on some personal experiences or other practical examples.
Option A: Women are better parents.
Option B: Men are better parents.
 
A recent study shows that children learn best by observing the behavior of adults and copying it. However, critics of this study argue that children are born with natural intelligence and develop their own habits instead of copying from others.
Write 150-200 words saying whether you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons and
examples to support your answer.
 
Option A: Agree
Option B: Disagree
 
A recent online protest was raged by Dr. Cindy saying arguing that animals should not be kept in the zoo. She claimed that as living creatures, they have the right to be free and not locked up for public entertainment.
Write 150-200 words on one of the options of your choosing. You should say why you chose your stance. What would happen if the other side of your argument would be supported? What can be done to support or disapprove of Dr. Cindy’s claims?
Option A: For Dr. Cindy’s claim; animals should not be kept in the zoo.
Option B: Against Dr. Cindy’s claim: animals should be kept in the zoo.
 
There is a growing trend seen in many countries when someone gets old, they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them.
Sometimes governments pay for this care. A lot of people all around the globe claim that this should not be a practise and the children of these old folks should be responsible for taking care of them.
Write 150-200 words saying really who should be responsible for our old people? Give reasons. Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice. You will have two options to discuss your argument, choose only one.
Option A: The current practise of sending these folks to old age homes is the current way and should continue to be like that.
Option B: The children should be held accountable for their old parents and they should be the one taking care of the parents instead of sending them to old homes.
 
The governor of your state has just recently decided to build a nuclear plant near your area. However, the residents were looking forward towards a forestation project to take place. Many people have serious health concerns over the governor’s new idea.
Write 150-200 words talking about your preference of what should be built. Assume you are one of the residents living in that area and hence explain the reasons for your choice.
Choose one of the two topics below:
Option A: A nuclear plant should be built.
Option B: The forestation project should be undertaken.
 
TV is a very common household item now-a-days. One research has indicated that too much use of TV can lead to various help problems. However, the current generation would put that as a second priority when they consider all the enjoyment they can get out of it. What is your take on it? Do you think TV is more of a bliss than an menace or the other way around.
Write 150-200 words explaining your choice:
Option A: TV is a bliss.
Option B: TV is a menace.
 
We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in businesses, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits? Write about 150-200 words giving specific details and examples in your answer.
Choose one of the two options:
Option A: Computers help us in several areas of life. Not only should we enjoy the current benefits but continue to develop new ones.
Option B: The extensive use of computers can (and currently might) cause harm. We should really be more suspicious of how this is causing harm in our lives.
 
There has been a growing debate about capital punishment being a reasonable punishment for minor crimes. In some cities it is enforced more than in other cities. Do you think capital punishment should be used towards minor crimes or some sort of imprisonment sentence would be a better choice?
Write between 150-200 words on either one of the two choices:
Option A: Capital punishment should be used on as many crimes as possible.
Option B: Capital punishment is very harsh and other methods should be chosen instead as ways of punishment.
 
The new government thinks that it would be a better option to reduce income taxes and instead increase taxes on goods and services. Some people are glad to see this change. While others argue that at the end of everything the net worth of people will not change due to the trade off from GST and HST. They want things to be the way they are. However people with lesser expenses are not really concerned about GST and HST; they are just glad with the idea of a higher take home income. What is your take on this?
Write about 150-200 words:
 
Option A: The government should abolish all income taxes and instead go with the increase in GST and HST.
Option B: Things should remain the way they are as this is fair to everyone.
 
In some parts of your country, people are becoming more and more resentful towards the fact that actors and professional athletes are being paid lots of money. Protests are going on online with people claiming how hard they work day to day and how it is unfair that these superstars are the ones who get to have such luxury lives.
The opposite view is that these professionals deserve what their worth is as they get the harsh job of entertaining millions of people.
Which side do you support? Choose any one of the two options and write between 150-200 words on it:
Option A: The higher salaries of sports professionals and actors is justified due to the nature of their jobs.
Option B: It is unfair to pay such high salaries to these professionals when they are compared to hardworking citizens who work more hours and are paid much lesser.
 
The municipality in your area has some empty space and is debating on how to make use of it. Some people think that a recreation center should be made with swimming pool, sauna and other related facilities. However, others think that a shopping mall would be a
better idea.
Write between 150-200 words on one of the two options. Explain the reasons for your choice-assuming you are living in the area.
Option A: A recreation centre should be built.
Option B: A shopping mall is needed.
 
The concern for losing body weight has been causing females to not take care of their diet as they should and hence losing on productivity at work and life in general. Females doing this generally argue that it is all worth it. What is your opinion on it?
Write about 150-200 words elaborating it:
Option A: The current practice of tedious diet routines is a nuisance and this should really not be taken as a big priority.
Option B: With regards to fashion demands and competition among women, it becomes crucial for them to keep their physical appearance up-to-date with these diet plans.
 
Legalizing Marijuana has always been a big debate. Some say this measure would reduce crimes and really should not matter as it is done anyway. Others argue that legalising Marijuana in Canada would mean that the crime that was hidden first will now openly done and would lead into some serious addiction problems.
Write 150-200 words on the opinion you support:
Option A: Marijuana should be legalized.
Option B: Marijuana should not be legalized.
 
A popular survey suggests that students these days are being more and more annoyed by uniforms. Your community’s educational committee has decided to rule out having to wear uniforms at private schools. It believes that students should be allowed to have more freedom and feel comfortable while having the learning experience.
Others argue that uniforms promote discipline and equality and hence the practice of wearing uniforms in private schools should not stop.
Write 150-200 words on the topic of your choosing:
Option A: Uniforms should be continued in your community.
Option B: The private schools in your community should finish the uniform practice.