Useful information and examples.


In both proposals and reports, you are expected to write in clearly organised sections and include factual information leading to a suggestion, recommendation or conclusion.



When you write a proposal you are trying to persuade readers to follow a course of action. Your readers may be a boss or teacher (in which case you will need quite a formal style), or colleagues or members of your club (in which case the style will be a little less formal – you can address your readers more personally, perhaps use contractions). In both cases the format should be the same. You will have to make a suggestion or suggestions based on some factual information.


You are a member of the Student’s Council at the college where you study.

The principal of your college wants to make it easiser for new foreign students to integrate into college life and has written you an email asking for your suggestions. Read the email from the Principal an the notes you made.

Then write a proposal with your suggestions and the reasons for them.






Don’t spend a long time counting words, but keep within the word limit: if you write too little, you are probably missing important things.

If you write too much, you risk being irrevelant.





You have been studying in an English-speaking country for some time as part of an educational exchange. The director of the exchange programme is interested in improving the experience for future students. He has asked you to write a report outlining why you have been doing the exchange, what you like and dislike about it and making recommendations for how it could be improved.





  • I would suggest + verb + -ing: I would suggest including a section on our academic system.

  • I suggest that …: I suggest that we ask for volunteers.

  • should: Its activities should be advertised more widely.

  • I would recommend + verb + -ing: I would recommend canvassing student’s ideas.

  • I recommend that…: I recommend that we start a social club.

  • It would be a good idea + to infinitive: It would be a good idea to instigate a mentoring system.



  • Why not + infinitive without to: Why not phone one of your friends?

  • Why don’t we /you + infinitive without to: Why don’t we just send them an email?

  • How about + verb + -ing: How about meeting up after work tomorrow?

  • Let’s + infinitive without to: Let’s have a party.



Fecha: 10/6/2012 | Creado por: Adriana Isabel
Categoria: USEFUL TIPS
Etiquetas: cae, ingles, belgrano, ort, proposals and reports