Arzu - a detailed analysis
of a language learner
by Kendall Peet
Appendix 1: Arzu’z writing samples
Task 1 Completed for homework
You are having a very big party for your birthday next month. Write a letter of invitation to one of your best friends. (100-120 words)
2 I will have a big birthday party next month. I’ll be
3 26 years old. I want to see my best friends in my
4 party. It will be very exciting. I’m sure you won’t be
6 I have bought another dvd player. After party we can
7 watch a lot of new films. Don’t worry about rooms
8 to stay. In my house there are 6 rooms and enough
10 I called our friends from university. If you
11 come to my birthday party you can see all of them.
12 I missed you very much and I’ll be very happy if you come!
13 Write back to me please.
14 Take care
15 Arzu Karatas
Task 2 Completed for homework
You English friend is planning to visit Marmaris in June. Write a letter
giving advice on what he/she should take on holiday. (100-120 words)
17 I’m very pleased that you’ll be able to come to Marmaris
18 in June. Marmaris is a very good place. There are a lot of
19 beaituful and clean beaches. And also you can find many
20 clubs and discos.
21 There is a hotel XL in the city centre. I had stayed
22 at this hotel before. I’m sure you will like it.
23 No need to take many clothes for holiday, you can
24 buy them here. Because clothes are very cheap in marmaris.
25 If you have a credit card no need to carry money for
26 hotel, restaurant and pub. You can buy your camera
27 if you want to take view photos.
28 See you in June.
29 Take care
30 Arzu Karatas
Task 3 Written undertest conditions as part of the 2 hour end-of-course pre-intermediate test.
You’ve seen this advertisement I the newspaper. Write a letter applying for a job. (100-120 words)
Are you 18-30 and physically fit/ Do you want the job of a lifetime? Come and work for Club Ibiza in Spain organising activities for holidaymakers on the island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea. Good salary and accommodation offered.
31 To whom it my concern,
32 I’m 26 years old. I was born in Turkey/ istenbul.
33 I have been working at Arkas as a import customer
34 representative since 1999. I’m still learning English and Spanish.
35 I have to know fluently English for my job but my English isn ’t very good.
36 That’s why I decided to go to different country to
37 improve my English and also Spanish.
38 I’ve seen your company’s advertisement in the
39 newspaper and I decided to write you. I
40 really want to work your company. I likes organising
41 activities. If you have any place for stayed, I can
42 begin as soon as possible. If it is impossible I’ll help
43 from my friends. You can find my details below.
44 If you have any questions pls do not hesitate to contact me.
46 Arzu Karatas
47 Direct phone : 0212 340 5254
48 Mobile Phone : 0505 310 3621
49 Email : email@example.com
Task 4 Completed for homework
You are a journalist for Hurriyet newspaper. Every Sunday they have an article with the title ‘What would you do if you were the Prime-Minister of Turkey?’ and different people write their ideas. Write an article. (100-120 words)
50 If I were the prime minister of Turkey, I would change the education system Because it is not good.
51 And also I would have changed economic and cultural functions. I would have to help to without
52 relations children. They need to compassion.
Arzu was unable to complete this task. She explained to me that she was not motivated enough to do so.
Task 5 Completed for homework
I asked Arzu to write a story about something that happened when she was young.
53 When I was 7 years old my father took a bicycle for me. I was very happy because it was
54 my dream bicycle, red and blue. My father to teached me how can I use the bicycle and he
55 said me “Don’t go to the Ataturk Street by bicycle because it was very big and dangerous
56 for you.”
57 My brother went to Ataturk Street many time thats why I decided to go to Ataturk Street.
58 I left my flat by bicycle and went to Ataturk Street. Unfortunately a minibus crashed me. I
59 stayed there until my family came. I was very afraid of accident. And also my father was
60 very angry at me because I didn’t listened to him.
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