the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.'
Yes, so true.
Besides, students are not expected to have fun at an exam, they are supposed to prove they are able to think and write logically using their rich knowledge about life and its matters. After all, the high school final exam is called MATURA.
Effective writing in English expresses strong opinions and is deliberately one-sided
No, maf, it is an aggressive American approach. :) We, British oriented teachers, try to adopt a more conciliatory and balanced attitude. Because that is the essence of British high culture - being aware of and remaining neutral about all sides of the problem and the rejection of blind fanatism. That`s what I have always liked in cultured Brits. :):) And Irish, too, of course.
But don`t worry - pro and con essay isn`t the only type possible at the exam. Students can also write an argumentative text in which they deliver a one sided opinion. It can be an article or a formal letter, too.
Last year`s topicYou recently watched a talent show finale. You consider the person who won not the best at all. Write an article where you justify why the winner's performance did not deserve to be awarded the first prize and propose another way to select a winner in such programs than the audience voting.
I already mentioned there are two topics to choose from so students are free to write what they prefer.
the same reaction as Peter when he was invited to join a book club...
I don`t understand it. Has Peter got a health problem? :):
Yes, of course, as a native, you can`t get it wrong. :):) But imagine some poor Polish students. Students who have chosen the advanced level deliberately didn`t have a problem with it, in contrast to others who took it accidentally as a last chance coz no other school subject suited them for an exam.