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Aims: - To introduce the update to Cambridge English: First for 2015 - To outline the changes to the exam, while highlighting continuity and teaching implications - To provide a rationale for the revision - To introduce the Cambridge English: Advanced update for 2015 - To outline the changes to the exam - To provide a rationale for the revision - To discuss any implications for teaching

Transcript of Cambridge English - Cambridge English: First and Advanced Changes in 2015

Preparing students for KET and PET for Schools

Changes to Cambridge English: First and Advanced (2015)

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Aims of the 2015 update:

To ensure the updated examinations:

are suitable for use for further education study purposes

are suitable for use for higher education foundation or pathway courses

are suitable for use for work or career enhancement purposes

retain appropriate and specific testing focuses for each paper and ensure that the

skills in each paper are well balanced

are thoroughly validated and reflects the most up-to-date methodological approach to

communicative language testing

are more user-friendly in terms of its length

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Handout 1: Task types

Below are descriptions of the task types in the Cambridge English: First Reading and

Use of English paper. Match the descriptions of the task types in Section A with the

question rubrics in Section B taken from a Cambridge English: First for Schools

paper.

SECTION A

Part 1

A modified cloze test containing eight gaps followed by eight sets of multiple-choice

options.

Part 2

A modified cloze test containing eight gaps.

Part 3

A text containing eight gaps. Each gap corresponds to a word. The stem of the

missing word is given beside the text and must be changed to form the missing word.

Part 4

Six separate questions, each with a lead-in sentence and a gapped second sentence

to be completed in two to five words, one of which is a given key word.

Part 5

A text followed by six 4-option multiple-choice questions.

Part 6

A text from which six sentences have been removed and placed in jumbled order,

together with an additional sentence, after the text.

Part 7

A text or several short texts, preceded by 10 multiple-matching questions.

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SECTION B

TASK A

Use the word given in capitals at the end of some of the lines to form a word that fits in the gap in the same line. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Example (0): Skilful

TASK B

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence, using the word given. Do not change the word given. You must use between two and five words, including the word given. Here is an example (0).

TASK C

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TASK D

TASK E

TASK F

TASK G

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A typical way to tackle multiple-choice questions

Read the text quickly for gist.

Read the questions (but not the options).

Look for the answers to the questions in the text.

Number the area where each answer is found.

(This is especially useful when you are unable to find one answer because the

answers are given in order.)

Choose the correct answer.

Check your work.

A typical way to tackle word formation questions

Read the title of the text.

Read the text quickly for gist.

Read the sentence around the gap (i.e. both before and after).

Work out the type of word needed (i.e. noun, verb, adjective, etc.).

Change the stem word given into this form.

Check if additional changes are needed, i.e. does it need to

be singular or plural, positive or negative?

Re-read the whole sentence to make sure that the word fits.

Check the wider context for reference.

When you have completed the task, re-read the whole text.

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Handout 2: Advanced Reading and Use of English

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Classroom activity: Prove your point

Timing 1015 minutes

Materials worksheet: Prove your point (cut up into A, B, C and D sections)

Rationale This activity is aimed at providing an alternative way to work with

multiple-choice questions.

Procedure

1. Prior to the lesson, choose a text with 4-option multiple-choice questions (see

worksheet: Prove your point as an example).

2. Prepare four versions of the text. Version 1 has only option A for each question.

Version 2 has only option B for each question. Version 3 has only option C for

each question. Version 4 has only option D for each question. So if there are

six questions for your chosen text, each version would have these same six

questions with one option answer for each one.

3. Divide students into groups of four. Students in each group should be numbered

from A to D and given the text and corresponding multiple-choice option.

4. Ask students to read the text individually and decide if their multiple-choice option

is correct or incorrect. They should highlight their proof in the text, i.e. the part of

the text that shows their option to be correct or incorrect, where possible. If there

is nothing in the text that proves that their answer is correct or incorrect, then they

should state that the proof is not given. Allow 5 minutes for this stage.

5. Tell groups to now compare their answers, proving themselves correct. Where

there are differences they should refer to the proof they have found in the text.

(See key to worksheet: Prove your point, below.)

Key (worksheet)

31) C It is only completely cut off at certain times.

32) D His sons arrival is one event he will take time off for.

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Worksheet: Prove your point

Student A

For each question read your option and decide whether its correct or incorrect. If its

correct, find the proof in the text that shows its correct. If its incorrect, find proof in

the text that its not correct, if possible, or state that theres no proof given.

31) In the first paragraph, what is Caitlins main point about the island?

A It can be dangerous to try to cross from the mainland.

32) What does Caitlin suggest about her father?

A His writing prevents him from doing things he wants to with his family.

Student B

For each question read your option and decide whether its correct or incorrect. If its

correct, find the proof in the text that shows its correct. If its incorrect, find proof in

the text that its not correct, if possible, or state that theres no proof given.

31) In the first paragraph, what is Caitlins main point about the island?

B It is much smaller than it looks from the mainland.

32) What does Caitlin suggest about her father?

B His initial reaction to his sons request is different from usual.

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Student C

For each question read your option and decide whether its correct or incorrect. If its

correct, find the proof in the text that shows its correct. If its incorrect, find proof in

the text that its not correct, if possible, or state that theres no proof given.

31) In the first paragraph, what is Caitlins main point about the island?

C It is only completely cut off at certain times.

32) What does Caitlin suggest about her father?

C His true feelings are easily hidden from his daughter.

Student D

For each question read your option and decide whether its correct or incorrect. If its

correct, find the proof in the text that shows its correct. If its incorrect, find proof in

the text that its not correct, if possible, or state that theres no proof given.

31) In the first paragraph, what is Caitlins main point about the island?

D It can be a difficult place for people to live in.

32) What does Caitlin suggest about her father?

D His sons arrival is one event he will take time off for.

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Classroom activity: Odd one out

Timing 10 minutes

Materials five sets of three words, with one word from each set being incorrect

or made up (see examples below)

Rationale This activity is a fun way to work with affixation, which raises

awareness of possible suffixes and prefixes.

Procedure

1. Prior to the activity, prepare five sets of three words with the same root but

different suffixes and/or affixes (see examples below), making sure one word

from each set is incorrect. Please note that the incorrect word is underlined and

the root is given in parenthesis:

misleading/leadership/illeadable (lead)

collection/miscollected/collectable (collect)

unsensible/senseless/sensational (sense)

soften/software/softliness (soft)

takeaway/takingly/take-off (take)

2. Dictate the sets of words. (Alternatively, the words can be written on the board.)

3. Ask students to write down all the words and then, working in pairs, to discuss

which ones they think are the real words and which one they think is invented.

4. Allow 2 or 3 minutes for discussion then feedback as a whole class.

5. Students can be encouraged to look up the words in a dictionary and then record

any new words in their vocabulary books.

Follow up

Students investigate more words with the same roots, creating mind maps for each

word, or keeping a list of affixes.

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Classroom activity: Multiple-choice key word transformation

Timing 5 minutes

Materials worksheet: Multiple-choice key word transformation

Rationale This activity offers an alternative way to work with key word

transformation tasks.

Procedure

1. Prior to the activity prepare multiple-choice options based on a key word

transformation exercise. (See worksheet: Multiple-choice key word

transformation as an example.)

2. In class give a copy of these sentences to each student to answer individually.

Once completed, ask students to review their answers in pairs and then as a

whole group (see key to worksheet, below).

Key to worksheet

1) b because of the preposition to before the museum

2) a because the meaning is closer to that of the original sentence

3) a because (b) doesnt use the given word

4) b because (a) creates a change of subject

5) b grammatical collocation (would rather + bare infinitive).

Follow up

Create a list of tips related to this part of the exam, such as:

1. Use the given word.

2. Use the correct number of words in the spaces (25).

3. Make sure the grammar is correct before and after the gap.

4. Keep the meaning of the two sentences as similar as possible.

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Worksheet: Multiple-choice key word transformation

Decide whether option (a) or (b) is the correct option to complete each sentence.

Say why your choice is correct and why the other is not.

1) Joan was in favour of visiting the museum.

IDEA

Joan thought it would be ____________________ to the museum.

a) a good idea to visit

b) a good idea to go

2) Arthur has the talent to become a concert pianist.

THAT

Arthur is so ____________________ could become a concert pianist.

a) talented that he

b) determined that he

3) Do you know when the match starts, Sally? asked Mary.

IF

Mary asked Sally ____________________ time the match started.

a) if she knew what

b) whether she knew what

4) Everyone says that the band is planning to go on a world tour next year.

SAID

The band ________________________ planning to go on a world tour next

year.

a) said it was

b) is said to be

5) Id prefer not to cancel the meeting.

CALL

Id rather _____________________________________ the meeting.

a) not to call off

b) not call off

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Handout: Texts AD

Text A

Text B

Text C

Text D

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Handout: Classroom activity: Group reading

Timing 2025 minutes

Materials Part 6 texts AD, cut into separate texts (one text per learner)

Rationale By dividing the four texts, the initial reading load is reduced and

teachers can focus students on how they should approach the task, by

skimming the texts and getting an idea of the general meaning, before

focusing on each question in turn and comparing across the texts.

This type of activity also adds a speaking and peer review element to

a reading task.

Procedure

3. Divide learners into four groups. Ask each group to briefly discuss the

question: Can architecture make you happy? Allow 23 minutes for this.

4. Label each group A, B, C and D. Tell them that each group is going to read a

short review of a book on architecture by Alain de Botton. Give out handout:

Texts AD, cut into separate texts. Group A gets copies of text A, group B

gets copies of text B, and so on.

5. Ask each group to read their text quickly and to answer these questions:

Is this a positive or negative review of the book?

What opinion is expressed about the book?

Is any particular aspect of the book mentioned?

Learners must then compare their ideas within their groups.

6. Give each learner in each group a number, starting from 1 each time. Tell all

the 1s to get together, all the 2s, and so on, so that there are four learners in

each new group, one A, one B, one C and one D. Any extras can be added

randomly to existing groups. Ask them to briefly summarise their texts to their

new group.

7. Give out or show the Part 6 questions (see below). Ask learners to work in

their groups of four to answer the questions (allow 68 minutes).

8. Take feedback in plenary (see key to step 6, below), discussing any

strategies or learners questions or observations.

Part 6 questions (step 5)

37) Which reviewer has a different opinion from the others on the confidence with

which Alain de Botton discusses architecture?

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38) What is reviewer Bs opinion of the significance of de Bottons book? Which other

text shares the same opinion?

39) Which reviewer expresses a different view from the others regarding the extent to

which architects share de Bottons concerns?

40) What is reviewer Cs view of the originality of de Bottons work? Which other text

shares the same view?

Key (step 6)

37) B

38) D

39) C

40) B

The full Part 6 task can be found in Cambridge English: Advanced specifications

(SSP):

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/exam-update-

for-2015/

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Handout 5: First Task types

Work with a partner to match the task types below to their definitions.

Task types

5. Article

6. Email/letter

7. Essay

8. Report

9. Review

Definitions

1) The main purpose is to interest and engage the reader, so there should be some

opinion or comment.

2) Its usually written for a teacher, and should discuss different opinions or ideas.

It should be well organised, with an introduction and an appropriate conclusion

and should be written in an appropriate register and tone.

3) The response always addresses a defined situation and should be consistently

appropriate in register and tone for the specified target reader (English-speaking

friend, potential employer, magazine editor, etc.). This means they may be

informal or formal.

4) Description and explanation are key functions for this task. It will normally include

a recommendation to the reader.

5) Candidates are expected to give some factual information and make suggestions

or recommendations. It should be clearly organised and may include headings.

First for Schools Set text for January 2015 - December 2016:

Rosemary Sutcliff: The Eagle of the Ninth (Oxford bookworms edition)

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Handout 6: Linking words and useful expressions for essay writing

Put the following linking words and expressions into the correct column:

1) In order to decide whether to .... or not

2) Firstly/secondly/finally/eventually

3) Besides/moreover/furthermore

4) Similarly

5) To consider the advantages and disadvantages

6) The reason why

7) Last but not least

8) In spite of/despite

9) Whereas

Introduce new ideas

Add information

Comparison Weigh up arguments

Contrast Give reasons

Conclude

first of all

in addition

to/additionally

compared

to/in

comparison

with

on the one

hand ... on

the other

hand

nevertheless

in

conclusion/to

conclude

to draw/make

a comparison

between ...

and

however

for some

reason or

another

to sum up/to

summarise

we can say

to begin with

above all arguments for

and against

though

to outline the

main points

as well as

to discuss the

pros and

cons

although/

even though

I have every

reason to

believe that

finally

in theory ... in

reality

the reason for

this is

not only ...

but also

on the

contrary

as/since

in

fact/actually/

as a matter of

fact

in contrast to

because/

because of

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Handout 7: Whats the task type?

Task 1

Which task type do the following extracts come from? Choose from:

Report Essay Article Informal letter/email Review Formal letter

1) In conclusion, testing on animals is not necessary nowadays.

2) Although reactions were mixed, on the whole students agreed that the term

should finish in May.

3) I recently went to the cinema to see a film. It was the best film I have ever seen.

4) If you try this sport you wont regret it, so what are you waiting for?

5) Im sorry for not answering before Tom, but Ive been very busy with my studies.

6) Twenty-five per cent of the students interviewed prefer eating in the school

canteen to eating at restaurants.

7) The reason for my writing is to apply for the job I saw advertised.

8) Best wishes, Anne

9) The story was thrilling and the characters came alive as soon as you started

reading.

10) Have you ever thought about flying like a bird? Surely most of us have? The good

news is that flying is no longer impossible for simple human beings as we are.

The key word is Paragliding.

11) Yours sincerely, Mrs Lancaster

12) Its easy to claim that country life is better than city life, but a balanced approach

must take in both sides.

Task 2

Below are the plans and structures needed for different task types. Read the plans

and structures and decide whether the information refers to:

A) Articles B) Letters/emails C) Reports D) Reviews

1) Students need to work on planning and structure:

Catchy title and ways of engaging the reader

Generally four paragraphs (Introduction; Main body; Conclusion)

Useful expressions and appropriate neutral language

Vocabulary, expressions and linkers for describing, expressing opinion

and giving examples.

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2) Students need to work on planning and structure:

Style neutral/informal

Catchy title and ways of engaging the reader

Four paragraphs (introduction: relaxed and friendly; main body: detail;

conclusion: summary and opinion)

Useful expressions and appropriate neutral language

Language for describing and expressing opinions, likes and dislikes

Specific vocabulary on topic.

3) Students need to work on planning and structure:

Formal style

Four paragraphs (Introduction; Main body; Conclusion)

Informative title and headings

Formal language, passive voice, etc.

Impersonal, no opinion

Language for making recommendations and suggestions.

4) Students need to work on planning and structure:

Language for: expressing enthusiasm, requesting and giving information,

explaining, apologising, thanking, suggesting and expressing preferences

Candidates assess register and language required from tone of input material

Formal/informal language

Appropriate opening and closing strategies.

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Handout 8: Part 1 task

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Handout 9: Sample Part 1 answer

Nowadays, many facilities could use money from local authorities. There are people

who claim that cultural institutions should receive more money than other

facilities. But which ones should receive more investment is open to debate.

On the one hand, museums should be the institutions that need to receive a lot of

money because people have lost the interest in visiting and promoting them. In a

world where true values are not respected as they should be, it is important to

remember what really matters. Moreover, the young men should be aware of the

importance of knowing basic things in different domains. For example, science and

history museums provide people very interesting informations. Therefore, in order

to have well-informed teenagers, the local authorities should give money to

museums. With that money, it can be organised events like the day of open

museums.

On the other hand, green spaces should also receive money from local authorities.

Mainly because in big cities, where the air is very polluted trees can absorb many

of the gases produced leading to a much healthier environment. Furthermore,

there can be built spaces for kids to play and also running tracks for people who

cannot afford to go to gym. It is important for people to keep doing exercises in

open air and in my opinion, parks are the best place.

All in all, as far as I am concerned the most important facility that should receive

investment from local authority are the museums.

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Classroom activities for Cambridge English: First Speaking

Classroom activity: Know your friend

Timing 2030 minutes, depending on the number of students in class

Materials worksheet: Know your friend

Rationale This relates to Part 1 of the Speaking test. Students practise

answering personal questions about themselves and others, and are

encouraged to use some complex grammatical forms and a range of

appropriate vocabulary.

Procedure

9. Give each student a copy of the worksheet: Know your friend and allow them

2 minutes to read the questions.

10. Ask one student to go outside the classroom for a few minutes while his/her

companions are asked questions about him/her.

11. The teacher selects five questions from the worksheet to ask the remaining

students about their companion. They must try and use extended answers with

some complex grammar (subordination, passives, infinitives, tense contrasts,

etc.) and a range of vocabulary, if possible. The teacher or a nominated student

may take notes of the answers given (see suggested key, below).

12. The student is asked to return and is asked the same questions. This time he/she

should answer and add an extra comment to the answer, e.g. I have been living

here for 10 years but I used to live in Madrid. Again, complex grammar and a

range of vocabulary should be encouraged. Students see how many answers

were correct and how well they know their friend.

13. This activity can be continued with other students leaving the room and varying

the questions.

14. Feedback can be conducted by asking students to comment on grammar and

vocabulary used and ways that they could improve on the answers by extending

or using more complex grammar and vocabulary.

Suggested key

1) He has been living in ............... for ......... years.

2) He has been studying English since ..........

3) His mother was born in ............

4) He likes spending time ................ (because ....................)

5) He would like to be a/an .......................

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6) He would ........................................ if he won the lottery.

7) He enjoys listening to .............................

8) He enjoys watching ...................................

9) Hes going to .................. next weekend.

10) Hes going to .................... for the holidays

11) He will be .................................... this time next year.

12) He would like to get to know ....................... better (because ....................)

13) He has visited

14) He has recently seen a programme called ...........................

15) He regularly uses a website called ................................

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Worksheet: Know your friend

How well do you know your fellow students? Try answering some of the questions

below to find out!

1) How long has (X) been living in ..... (city)?

2) How long has (X) been studying English?

3) Where was (X)s mother/father born?

4) Does (X) like spending time on his/her own or with other people?

5) What job would (X) like to do in the future?

6) What would (X) do if he/she won the lottery?

7) What sort of music does (X) enjoy listening to?

8) What sort of films does (X) enjoy watching?

9) What plans has (X) got for the weekend?

10) What plans has (X) got for the holidays?

11) What will (X) be doing this time next year?

12) Which country would (X) like to get to know better?

13) Whats the most interesting place (X) has visited in his/her country?

14) Tell us about a television programme (X) has seen recently.

15) Tell us about a website (X) uses regularly.

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Classroom activity: Board game

Timing 2030 minutes, depending on the number of students in class

Materials worksheets: Board game; Board game cards (cut into cards); a die;

sticky tack; four different coloured counters; various sets of Part 2

photographs

Rationale This activity relates to Part 2 of the Speaking test. Students will

practise using discourse markers and cohesive devices, which they

often find hard to use naturally, in sentences about two photographs.

It makes them aware of using a variety of discourse markers and

cohesive devices rather than repeating the same ones. The board

game format helps increase their confidence in using these words

while playing a game as a team.

Procedure

15. Divide the class into four teams, each with a different coloured counter.

16. Stick or draw an enlarged board game (worksheet: Board game) at the front of

the class and place the four counters on the Start square using sticky tack. Stick

up a range of sets of Speaking Part 2 photographs so that everyone can see

them.

17. Place the Board game cards (cut up from the worksheet) in a pile at the front of

the class.

18. Ask a member of the first team to roll the die and pick a card. The team needs to

think of a sentence about the two photographs including this word (give them a

30-second time limit before sending their counter back to the beginning and

asking the next team).

19. Encourage the other teams to check that the word is used correctly.

20. The first team to reach the Finish wins.

Follow up

21. Each team can nominate one of its members to talk about one of the sets of

photographs for one complete minute, using comments and discourse

markers/cohesive devices that they have already practised.

22. Each team could talk for a minute about the photographs as a group, taking turns

to comment. This will give them an idea of how long a minute is!

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Worksheet: Board game

START

1

2

3

Go forward two

FINISH

4

14

5

13

6

Go back to START

Miss a turn

12

7

11

10

Go back three

9

8

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Worksheet: Board game cards

actually basically

I mean well

so therefore

as a result and another thing

moreover first

finally in addition

however on the other hand

while whereas

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Classroom activity: Over to you!

Timing 2030 minutes, depending on the number of students in class

Materials worksheet: Over to you!; screwed up ball of paper

Rationale This activity relates to Part 3 of the test. Students will practise

interacting with their peers, turn-taking, initiating and responding.

Particular emphasis will be placed on listening and commenting on

what their companion has said before offering another suggestion,

which is often forgotten in the exam. All students need to be alert and

listening in case the paper is thrown to them so that they can

comment and not repeat a suggestion that has already been made.

Procedure

23. The teacher reads out a situation from worksheet: Over to you! based on a

Part 3 activity.

24. The teacher then throws the paper to student A and says, Over to you.

25. Student A has to make a suggestion and then throw the paper to student B,

saying What do you think?

26. Student B comments on what Student A has said and then adds another

suggestion.

27. If a student forgets to make a comment or has no further suggestions, he/she is

eliminated. A new situation is given and the game starts again.

N.B. If the class is too lively to throw the paper, the game can also be played by

students calling out a name to comment and make a further suggestion. Give less

confident students some time to brainstorm or note down some suggestions for the

situation before throwing the paper to one of them.

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Worksheet: Over to you!

Offer some suggestions for the following scenarios. Try to use the expressions given.

A local shopping centre wants to attract more people. What would attract them most?

An international hotel is looking for holiday staff. Which job would be the most suitable for a

student?

A town wants to become more attractive for tourists. What could it do?

A college wants to produce a magazine for students. Which topics would be the most interesting

to include?

Some friends want to help protect the environment. What is the best thing they could do?

A newspaper is writing an article about noise pollution. Which noise annoys people the most?

A university is organising some after-school clubs to encourage new students to make friends.

Which clubs would be most popular?

A television channel is making a programme about the most useful inventions in the 20th century.

Which inventions should it include?

A mobile phone company wants to improve its most useful feature. What should it improve?

A young couple has just won a competition and can visit any country in the world. Where should

they go?

A small country town is celebrating a summer fair. What events should it offer for all the family?

A newspaper is writing an article entitled Life was easier in the past. Which are the most important

points to include?

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Handout 13: Useful expressions

Making suggestions Agreeing and disagreeing

Why dont they ...

In my opinion the best

idea would be ...

They should/

shouldnt ...

How about .........ing

I agree

I disagree

I dont entirely agree because ...

I see your point but ...

I agree to a certain extent but ...

I agree up to a point but ...

Thats true but ...

I see what youre saying but ...

Exactly

I couldnt agree more

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Handout 14: Advanced Speaking Part 3

Task 21

Interlocutor script

Interlocutor: Now, Id like you to talk about something together for about 2 minutes

(3 minutes for groups of three).

Here are some things that people often have to make decisions

about and a question for you to discuss. First you have some time to

look at the task.

Place Part 3 booklet, open at Task 21, in front of the candidates.

Allow 15 seconds.

Now, talk to each other about what people might have to consider

when making these decisions.

Candidates:

2 minutes

(3 minutes

for groups

of three)

..

Interlocutor: Thank you. Now you have about a minute (2 minutes for groups of

three) to decide in which situation it is most important to make

the right decision.

Candidates:

1 minute

(2 minutes

for groups

of three)

..

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Useful links

1. Main Cambridge website:

www.Cambridgeenglish.org

2. Links to updated information:

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/first/exam-update-for-

2015/

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/first-for-schools/exam-

update-for-2015/

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/advanced/exam-update-

for-2015/

https://www.teachers.cambridgeesol.org/ts/

2. Access to teaching blog:

www.TeachingTogether-CambridgeEnglish.blogspot.com

3. Courses and information:

www.CambridgeEnglishTeacher.org

4. Teaching resources:

www.cambridgeenglish.org/teach

Here you can find the link to handbooks, sample papers, listening recordings, etc.