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Reading and listening exam practice 2

Course: Exam practice, Unit: Reading and listening

  • 91 mins
  • In class
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Practise reading and listening components for exams

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Read and answer questions on a novel extract
  • Answer questions on stylistic devices in a novel extract
  • Transform sentences using a key word
  • Listen to and answer questions on six monologues with different accents

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Activities (8)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 1 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The activities in this lesson practise general language skills which are required for many exams. You may only need to use the activities which cover the areas that your students need help with.
Activity timings are only suggestions. You may need to give your students different amounts of time to complete each activity. You may also want to modify questions to better suit your students.

 

Read: Comprehend

Read: Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the extract from a novel. Answer the questions by choosing the best answer. Base your answers on information in the text.
After you have finished, review the activity using the answer key.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise answering comprehension questions on a literary text.
If necessary, set students an appropriate time limit to complete the activity.
Answers are deliberately difficult and ambiguous. If necessary, tell students that they will not be totally sure of their answers, but should choose the one which looks most likely to be true.

 

Read: Short answer

Read: Short answer

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the extract from Heart of Darkness. Answer the questions based on the information in the text.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise the short answer format found in many exams, and to focus on stylistic devices like metaphors, similes, and syntax in the extract.
If necessary, set students an appropriate time limit to complete the activity.

 

Read: Language use

Read: Language use

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Complete the second sentence with between three and five words so that it has the same meaning as the first. You must use the key word in the given form. Contractions (I'm, it's) count as two words.
Example:
He was the only one of us who still 'followed the sea.'
remained
He was the only one of us who remained a follower of the sea.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise the sentence transformations which are found in some exams. The sentences are adapted from the extract.
After students have finished the activity, go through the answer key together to understand some of the techniques that can help to complete activities like this.

 

Read: Interpretive writing

Read: Interpretive writing

Recommendations

  • 15 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read the extract from a novel. Then choose one question to answer. Write at least two paragraphs for your answer, giving as much detail as you can.
After you finish, discuss your answer with another student, using the answer key to help you.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise answering questions about the main ideas of a piece of text.
If necessary, set students an appropriate time limit and word-count to complete the activity.
After students have finished the activity, go through the answer key together to understand some of the techniques that can help to complete activities like this. Variation

 

Listen: Matching 1

Listen: Matching 1

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

You are going to hear six different speakers talking about being fans. Match each speaker to the thing or person they are a fan of. You have 45 seconds to look at the options first.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise listening for basic general ideas.
If you feel your students will find this too easy, try the more challenging Listening: Matching 2 activity,
Play the audio twice if this is what happens in the exam students will be taking, or if they find the exercise too challenging.

 

Listen: Matching 2

Listen: Matching 2

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

You are going to hear six different speakers talking about being fans. Match each statement to the speaker it corresponds to. You have 45 seconds to look at the options first.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise listening for more advanced general ideas.
This is a more challenging version of Listen: Matching 1. It may not be necessary for students to do both.
Play the audio twice if this is what happens in the exam students will be taking, or if they find the activity too challenging.

 

Listen: Comprehend

Listen: Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

You are going to hear six different speakers talking about being fans. Answer the questions by choosing the best option. You will have 60 seconds to read the questions before you start.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise listening comprehension.
Play the audio twice if this is what happens in the exam students will be taking, or if they find the exercise too challenging.
After students have finished, have them work in pairs or groups to identify when each speaker says something which answers a question. Students can refer to the listening script if necessary.

 
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