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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English YLE No 5.

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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 fifth post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: YLE.

Guadalupe Amores, Argentina

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

Exam preparation idea for:
Cambridge English: Movers (YLE Movers), Speaking test, Part 2

1. Find a selection of stories comprising four pictures each.
2. Mix up the order of the pictures in each story.
3. Divide the class into pairs and give each pair a story.
4. Encourage the students to connect the pictures to make a story.

Materials needed:
Four pictures printed and cut out

Story makers

“I looked for stories consisting of a sequence of four pictures each. I had 16 students so I needed eight different stories, as the idea was for students to work in pairs – at least in this first stage.

Once I had the stories, I mixed them up, got students in pairs and gave each pair four pictures at random. Then students were told to make up a story using those four pictures. At the beginning they thought they wouldn’t be able to connect the pictures, but gradually they came up with brilliant ideas and consequently, original stories.

By doing this activity, students noticed they were able to tell a story just by looking at some pictures, and this strengthened their confidence. After this activity we started working with mock exams. In the first two, students were given some time to look at the pictures in Part 2 of the Speaking paper, and in some cases they wrote one or two sentences before speaking; but after the second mock exam, they were able to tell the story without any support. In the end, they took the exam and all of them passed it with top marks.”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

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