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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English YLE No 7.

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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 seventh post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: YLE.

Melania Dui, Italy

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

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

1. Make sets of object flashcards.
2. Practise the vocabulary with the students.
3. Divide the students into pairs and ask them to take turns to say something about the pictures.
4. Collect the flashcards and ask the students to divide them into logical groups.
5. Encourage the students to make an ‘odd one out’ by moving cards into different groups and discussing the differences.

Materials needed:
Cut out pictures or drawn flashcards

Flashcard drilling, groups and odd one out

“Make some object flashcards or cut them out from books. Elicit the vocabulary shown, e.g. ‘It’s an apple’, ‘It’s a t-shirt’ etc. Drill until students know all the vocabulary, then they can take turns to say something more about the pictures, e.g. ‘It’s an orange, it’s round, it’s a fruit’. ‘It’s a t-shirt, it’s red and white, it’s dirty.’ Then collect the flashcards and ask the students to divide them logically: all orange things, all the things you use outdoors, all the things you use in class, etc.

Introduce the concept of ‘odd one out’: take a fruit picture and put it in the vehicle group. Ask, ’Can I put this here?’ Students say, ‘No, you can’t’. Then say, ‘I can’t put this here. This is a fruit, but these are cars and things that move.’ Encourage students to make their own ‘odd one out’ puzzles and repeat the sentence.

Once they know the language, show a Cambridge English: Movers past paper and ask them to do the exercise.”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

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