This is a recent writing assignment from the Flo-Joe link (http://www.flo-joe.com/fce/students/index.htm) which you may find of interest.
Writing Paper Part 2.
Task Type: Discursive Composition
Question: In your English class you have been discussing different ways of studying English. Your teacher has asked you to write a composition with the following title:
The advantages and disadvantages of learning English abroad compared to learning in your own country. Write your composition for your teacher (around 120-180 words). What you need to do to pass is to understand what the examiner wants you to do.
Ideas for writing. Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:
What are the advantages of learning English abroad, especially in an English-speaking country?
What are the disadvantages? (E.g. Cost? Being homesick?)
What are the advantages of learning English in your own country? (E.g. Being with friends and/or people who have similar language problems to you?)
What are the disadvantages?
What is your final conclusion?
Drafting and proofreading your workYou should look at your first draft of the task and decide:
Have you answered the question?
Is the composition organised in a clear and logical way?
Is the language correct with a good range of structures?
Will the reader enjoy reading your composition?
Is the style OK?
If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' you will need to do some more drafting!