Intermediate Writing Lesson 1
Take turns asking your partner different questions to find out one piece of information from anywhere below. Please use full questions (e.g. “What is your family name?”) and write their answers down.
NB. When two words or expressions are given divided by a slash (/), that means both are possible ways of saying it, not that you should use both in your question
Surname/ Family name/ Last name (in BLOCK LETTERS)
Maiden name/ Previous surname, if any
First names/ First and middle names (in BLOCK LETTERS)
Place and country of birth
Country of permanent residence
Place of issue
Date of issue
Date of expiry
Date of birth
Age on 30 September 2009
Do you have any disability or special needs? If so, please specify.
Appearance/ Distinguishing features
Are you on any regular medication? If so, please specify.
Present address for correspondence:
House name or number
Town or city
Postcode/ Zip code
How long have you been at this address?
Permanent home address (if different)
Tel. No. Daytime
Best time to contact you
Best method to contact you
Father’s name and profession
Mother’s name and profession
Mother’s maiden name
Who should we contact in case of an emergency?
Address and contact telephone number
What relationship are they to you?
Please give the names, addresses and positions of two referees:
1. Professional/ Educational Referee
2. Personal Referee
How do you know these people?
Ethnic background (this will not be used for the selection process)
Do you have any credit cards?
Bank account number and branch/ sort code
Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist party?
Were there any parts of the form you didn’t understand? If so, first ask your partner and then the whole class.
What does N/A stand for and mean? Are there any spaces above you could use it in?
Are there any other questions which might be on those forms and are not included here? How might they be worded on the form and as a full question?
Which questions above seem unusual to you? Are there any you wouldn’t want to answer? What kind of form might they be included on?
Work together to make a list of all the different kinds of forms you might need to fill in in English:
Suggested answers for questions that are not on this form
Port of departure
Port of arrival
Date of arrival in UK if from overseas
How much cash are you carrying on you now?
Are you carrying any alcohol or cigarettes?
Food and plants
Do you live with anyone else?
foreign languages and level
Purpose of your visit
Where will you be staying?
Place of employment or study
Why did you choose X?
How long have you been using X?
Position you are applying for
Suggested answers for different kinds of forms
Online application for a website
Immigration and/ or customs form
PDF version for easy printing: FormFilling