Sunday, 2 February 2014

Speakout Advanced p 125. Writing: Character Reference. Model


You see this advert on the British Council website:

Have you ever wanted to teach abroad and improve your English? Can you think of classroom activities that would help students in the UK to improve their language skills? If so, the Foreign Language Assistants programme might be for you.
Your role will be to work with the teacher in the classroom or on your own with small groups of students in order to help them gain confidence in your language. It is also a good chance for them to learn more about the culture in your country.
If you are a language assistant wishing to teach Spanish in the UK, you must apply to the office in your home country:

Ms Conchita Hernandez
Ministerio de Educación
Subdireccion General de Cooperacion Internacional
Paseo del Prado 28-2
28014 Madrid


You will need to send a letter (or email) of application and at least one character reference (letter/email).

Your task:
You decide to apply for the job. Write an email or letter to apply for the job in which you explain what experience and special skills you have and why you are interested in the job.
Write also a character reference.
reference: a letter written by somebody who knows you, giving information about your character and abilities, especially to a new employer. E.g. We will take up references after the interview.

Click here to see how to write a letter of application.

Useful language for the character reference:

To Whom It May Concern

I am writing this letter of recommendation for _________________ who has worked as a ______________ in ___________ for quite some time.

As the ______________, I have observed her and have spoken to her about her philosophy of _______________ and her strategies in working with _________________.
At each stage in her career here _______________has shown great enthusiasm for her work and has always managed to combine a friendly, outgoing nature with a dedicated, professional approach. Her willingness to respond to circumstances and work extra hours if required has been a major asset to the company
In addition, we were fortunate to have her in _______________ because her contribution in ___________________________ was very helpful for _____________.

She is an outstanding model of ___________________ at many different levels.

Her keenness to learn and dedication to work are two of the main characteristics which paved the way to success.
Indeed, her ability to work accurately and with attention to detail is one of her greatest strengths, particularly in this field of work

I am in no doubt that ____________ has the makings of an excellent ______________. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, but she also has a talent for ____________, with an enthusiastic combination of___________.
She is at all times very approachable and enjoys the affection and respect of her colleagues. She is also extremely adept at dealing with difficult ____________
She would make a valuable contribution to _______________

My colleagues and I were impressed by her wealth of knowledge, her level of experience, and her unbridled enthusiasm for ________________.

Not only is she a highly talented ________________ but she is also an exceptionally gifted ____________
She is a skilled __________
She is a proficient ______________
She is an expert ____________
She is a promising ___________
She is an accomplished ______________
She has a talent for ___________
She has a flair for ____________
She has a gift for ___________
She has acquired outstanding computer skills.
She has the necessary managerial skills
She has developed the necessary interpersonal skills.
She has advanced problem-solving skills
She has excellent organizational skills

Naturally, with her experience she is familiar with all aspects of ___________, and quickly assimilates new developments.

In addition to her obvious passion for ____________, ________________ has a very warm, friendly manner and always shows great patience and sensitivity towards others. These qualities enable her to communicate easily and effectively with _______, and he would be just as at home talking to _____________ as he would be to _______.

She has a helpful nature
She has an outgoing nature
She has a sensitive nature
She is highly approachable
She is attentive
She is caring
She is dedicated
She is easy-going
She is flexible
She is industrious (Diligent and hard-working)
She is likeable
She is loyal
She is outgoing
She is responsible
She is also an excellent listener and voracious reader, capable of assimilating large amounts of new information with great ease. This would undoubtedly help her acquire the relevant background knowledge about _________________ in a very short space of time.

She has a determined nature
She has all the necessary personal qualities.
She shows great patience
She shows great sensitivity towards others.
She shows great enthusiasm
She shows great potential
She shows strong leadership qualities
She has adopted an enthusiastic approach to her work

I have continued meeting up with ___________________ with regard to her project in ________________________. __________________ has continued to demonstrate that spirit that has always been so evident in her. She believes in _____________.

She is committed to _________________ and is passionate when talking about all aspects of ______________. She is well liked by my colleagues and she shares her knowledge with all of us through her interesting ____________ and with me through our meetings. She is indeed a very good resource for the staff.

She settled into this position quite easily in ___________ because of her enthusiastic response to new experiences.
She displays the right personal qualities_____________
These qualities enable her to ___________________
For these reasons I am more than confident that ________ has the necessary qualities for this job and she would be a great asset to your _________. She has always been a faithful and trustworthy ___________ and I am sure she would make an equally loyal and reliable ______________.
In light of my personal experience with her, I am confident that she is well suited for the post in your company.
I wish that she were staying in _____________ next year but I wish her well in her new post.

Useful language for writing: here , here and here.

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