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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English: KET No 1.

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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 first post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: KET.

Lourdes Martinez-Cerda, Mexico

Job role:
Teacher, Cambridge English: Key (KET)

Exam preparation idea for:
Cambridge English: Key (KET), Reading and Writing Part 6, word completion

1. Find out which social networking sites your students use, e.g. Facebook.
2. Post a list of the vocabulary you have worked on, together with definitions, example sentences and pictures.
3. Include a quiz on vocabulary from the previous lesson, using paraphrase.
4. Encourage students to save, share and comment on the vocabulary.
5. Post new material after each lesson.

Materials needed:
Internet access outside of the classroom

New vocabulary via social media
“In this activity, the teacher uses social media to post new vocabulary with a description/definition of the word, and if possible a very graphic example of the meaning and a picture.

Every day you can post the words you have worked on in class, and a quiz using a definition slightly different from the original (paraphrases) from the previous day. By using a social network such as Facebook, where most students spend time every day, we  einforce new items of vocabulary, and it allows teachers and students to save, share and comment on any of the vocabulary presented. A personal blog would be a variation of this idea. Nevertheless, I consider Facebook to be the best choice, since it is very friendly to use, even for inexperienced or technophobe teachers. It’s a resource students are already using for other purposes, so we can just take advantage of it. You might need to explain the activity to the class so they can understand what you are doing and why, and how it will help them.”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

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