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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English YLE No 6.

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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 sixth post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: YLE.

Everton Malvesi, Brazil

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

Exam preparation idea for:
Cambridge English: Movers (YLE Movers) and Cambridge English: Flyers (YLE Flyers) Speaking tests

1. Ask students to use their mobile phones to take a selection of photos at the beginning of their break.
2. Ask them to photograph the same scene 3 minutes later.
3. Display the pairs of photos on an interactive whiteboard.
4. Encourage the students to compare and contrast the pairs of photos.

Materials needed:
Students’ mobile phones

Comparing/contrasting with your school

“Living in a world where technology is all around, I like to use technology in class. I use students’ mobile phones to gather the necessary material for a Speaking mock test.

When students are on their breaks, I ask them to use their phones to take pictures of the cafeteria, library, sports court, etc. at the beginning of their break and then 3 minutes later. This way, the pair of pictures is used for comparing/contrasting. I save these pictures on my computer and display them side by side on the board. Then I act as Speaking examiner: ‘In this picture, there is a girl running.’ Students are supposed to say what is different in the other picture: ‘In this picture, the girl is eating.’

This activity usually works really well because not only does it mix moving around the school and using their gadgets, but also practising their English in a meaningful way. A variation of this activity is to ask students to take five pictures in a sequence in order to create a story. Despite being a little more challenging, students usually try hard to snap a story! Then I display the pictures on the board and ask students to tell a story based on what they see in the pictures.

It is interesting that they can be really creative at times. By using these two activities, I help my teen students to become better prepared to get the most shields in the Speaking exam.”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

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