These are real 'problems' taken from an Agony Aunt website in relation to the topic of dating. They can be cut up and given to different Students who then work in pairs to discuss the problem, suggest a variety of solutions and write a letter in response, giving advice to the writer.
Ss should be provided with a variety of ways of giving advice before they begin writing (e.g. It's (high) time you. You'd better.. You ought to If I were you.. You should/shouldn't have..) and also for suggestions (eg. why don't you.have you though about.. It'd be a good idea if you..) and help them as they try to decide which ones are appropriate for different suggestions or pieces of advice.
On the final page there are some (abridged) responses which were also taken from the website. As an optional extra they can be read out and Ss have to listen and identify which response is related to their problem, then read it and see how it compares to their answer. They could discuss if it was good advice or not and why.
There are some very useful phrases and vocabulary and it would be good to get students to note them down.
This was used in relation to the topic of relationships and dating.