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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English YLE No 8.

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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 eighth post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: YLE.

Alfredo Alvarado, Mexico

Job role:
Elementary School English teacher

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

1. Select a range of children’s books suitable for your students’ level and read them as a class.
2. Discuss the style, content and language used.
3. Encourage the students to write their own stories, using the books as a model.
4. Help the students to edit their stories, and ask them to illustrate them.
5. Record the students reading their stories, then create electronic books.

Materials needed:
Paper and pens or document on computer

Young authors – a story based on English wordlists

“To incorporate all the major skills in language learning my students have written their own children’s books using the official vocabulary list published by Cambridge English.

We start by reading various children’s books suited to their level, for them to get a sense of style and content, with an emphasis on descriptive language and proper sentence structure. We then use those books, along with some simple books we write together, as models to help them create their own stories.

One of the requirements of their writing assignment is to use a minimum number of words from the list provided by Cambridge. The students illustrate their stories in fun and creative ways. I also help them edit their stories for proper grammar usage.

Finally, in order to help their speaking skills, the students record their stories using the best pronunciation and intonation possible. The books are then published digitally for classroom usage – the pages are scanned or photographed, and their voice recordings  attached to create an electronic book of their work.

It is a fun and engaging activity that prepares them for the Cambridge English: Young Learners exams. I’ve always received a positive response to this activity and my students have done amazingly well in their exams.”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

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