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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English YLE No 2.

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Cambridge English Language Assessment UK and Bell ran a global competition inviting teachers of English from all over the world to submit written practical teaching ideas for preparing their candidates for a range of Cambridge English examinations.

We would like to share with you these teaching ideas as in a series of posts in our blog as we believe they are practical and useful tools to integrate into your classroom experience and will help to inspire you now and in the future.

This is the second post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: YLE.

Winner of the Teacher Competition 2012

Julieta Caffarel, Uruguay

Job role:
Teacher, Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE)

Exam preparation idea for:
Cambridge English: Starters (YLE Starters)

Summary:
1. Draw a picture on the interactive whiteboard and stick a large sheet of paper next to it.

2. Encourage each child to come to the front of the class and follow your instructions to colour in or draw an object on the paper.

3. Ask questions about the picture.

4. Create a worksheet using a photograph of the picture.

Materials needed:
Whiteboard or piece of paper with coloured pens

Students’ drawing exercise

“These activities help to integrate the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

First I stuck a big sheet of white paper on the whiteboard where I had already drawn a big tree and a small pond with some flowers around. I asked the children to come to the front in turns and draw/colour what I told them to, e.g. ‘Draw two fish in the water.’ ‘Colour the fish red.’ ‘Colour the water blue’, etc.

My aim here was to give them practice on Part 5 of the Listening paper in a motivating way (they enjoyed themselves a lot being creative). Afterwards, I used their picture to practise Part 3 of the Speaking paper by asking them questions such as ‘What’s this?’ ‘What colour is it?’ ‘How many flowers are there?’, etc.

Finally, I took a photograph of their big picture and used it at home to produce a worksheet. I placed the picture on the top and wrote several Yes/No sentences below to give the students the opportunity to practise Part 2 of the Reading and Writing paper. They loved seeing their drawings in the worksheet!

If you have any further teaching tips please submit these to: teachersupport@cambridgeesol.org

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

February 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

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