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Practical classroom exam tips and ideas for the preparation of Cambridge English FCE No 10.

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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 tenth post with teaching tips for Cambridge English: FCE.

Patrícia Mara De Carvalho Costa Leite, Brazil 

Job role:
Teacher, Cambridge English: First (FCE)

Exam preparation idea for:
Cambridge English: First (FCE), Reading paper, Part 2, gapped text

1. Select one student and ask them to choose an interesting text.
2. Ask the student to remove seven sentences from the text, and write options A to H – the seven sentences plus one extra.
3. Check the appropriacy and accuracy of the text and sentences before distributing the activity to the class.
4. Evaluate the students’ answers and discuss.

Materials needed:
Students to bring in texts from a song or film or magazine

Sentence identification

“We asked each person from a group to bring any text they thought might be interesting for that specific group (the text could be a song, a film review, a story etc. but they needed to specify the source of information).

Then, this student takes seven sentences out of the text. Next, he/she writes options from A to H with an extra sentence for students to complete the gaps (as in Cambridge English: First). The teacher checks the appropriacy and accuracy of the texts before handing it to the students.

Every week, there was a different text on a different topic that led to interesting discussions. When it came to the mock exams, students felt really comfortable to do this part and also the others from the Reading one as they had been practicing their reading skills in a pleasant way. It was a huge success!”

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Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

April 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

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