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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English YLE No 9.

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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 and final post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: YLE.

Elena Voronyanskaya, Russia

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

Exam preparation idea for:
Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE)

1. Give each student a set of word bubbles taken from a Pupil’s Book comic strip.
2. Ask the students to read the comic strip bubbles, find the matching word bubble from their set and place it on the word bubble in the book.
3. Give students a copy of the complete page of the book but with the original bubbles removed.
4. Ask students to try to remember what the characters were saying, find their word bubbles and fill in the gaps.

Materials needed:
A book with speech bubble dialogue (comic book) and a copy of the speech bubbles cut out as well as a copy of the page with blank bubbles.

Bubble memory challenge

“In the Pupil’s Book, stories are presented mostly in comic format. After drilling new vocabulary, listening and repeating, I give each student a set of word bubbles. They have to read the words that the book characters are saying, find the same word bubble from their set and put it on the word bubble in the book.

Next they get a copy of the complete page of the book with the original bubbles cut out. Now the students try to remember what the characters were saying, find their words and fill in the gaps. Sometimes students’ bubbles are broken into sentences.

I get lots of feedback. Children come back after the summer break remembering everything, being able to read, communicate and loving English!”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

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