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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English: PET No 3.

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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 third post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: PET.

Guillermina Grondona, Argentina

Job role:
Teacher, Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)

Exam preparation idea for:
Computer-based Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET), Writing paper, Parts 2 and 3

1. Email a writing task to your students.
2. Ask them to complete the task and email it back to you.
3. Email them to confirm receipt of their work.
4. Assess their work, highlighting any errors, adding comments and using pre-agreed correction codes.
5. Return their work, asking them to correct the mistakes and resubmit the task.

Materials needed:
Access to the internet

Writing tasks by email
“My students are teenagers and it is very difficult to get them to write, not to mention re-write. Therefore, I have started sending writing tasks by email. Students complete the tasks and send them back to me. As soon as I receive their files, taking into account that teenagers are used to instant messaging and responding, I let them know that their files have arrived. In the first part of the assessment phase, I just highlight mistakes and use a correction code they can interpret. In fact, we create the correction code together before they start receiving the writing tasks. I always write an overall comment or point out specific details to revise. I send the file back to them and they are expected to correct their mistakes, re-write the text and send it back to be marked.

There are some specific tips:
use an email address different from your personal one
ask students to identify their files clearly (e.g. adding their surname to the file name)
be strict with deadlines
teach them how to count words using their word processor tools.”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

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