IHWO Writing Portfolio - Level 6 Upper Intermediate
Learners write a positive description of a friend to a potential employer.
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Phrasing things positively
Sample character reference letter
Being tactful is a useful skill (as, it could be argued, is bare-faced lying) and this task
aims to develop learners’ abilities to phrase negative things in a positive way. Before
writing their own reference, learners look at an example and discuss how it manages
to recommend a fairly unlikeable character convincingly.
1 Ask learners if they have ever had to write/request a character reference about/from a friend. Was it ea
sy to write? If not, elicit when a character reference might be requested and whether learners would ask fo
r character references for new staff if th