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Feb Exam Format Practice: What we did & upcoming lessons

February 7, 2013

Edited for Avanzado 2 Martes on the 7th of February at 21:50

All students should PRINT the PAPER COPIES of the ONE & ONLY EXAM EXAMPLE WE HAVE at the EDUCAMADRID WEBSITE. + DOWNLOAD THE KEY of the Reading Test, too. (There WON’T be any CLASSROOM COPIES for this, I’m afraid, so that is why you need to plan in advance if you are going to ask a classmate for help.) At home, timing yourself, DO the READING TEST in the time you’ll actually have in your June exam (follow the info on my Pack if you find differences). Then check your work, write down your marks.
♥ Last, BRING the PAPER COPIES (including the checked Reading Test) to class on FEB 18 & 19. ♥

WEEK 1

Monday Feb 4

Tuesday Feb 5

  • Intermedio 2: Read /red/ Exam Format Pack. And…? OMG! Can’t remember!
  • Avanzado 2: same as Mon group.

Wednesday Feb 6

  • Avanzado 2: repeated the first animal listening (because of my Big Woops) and we did the Burton listening, at an Advanced level (Longman New Proficiency Gold Exam Maximizer). Then we finished (?) reading the Pack. 
  • Intermedio 2: Finished reading Exam Format Pack and suggested people work on scenarios of communication problems during the speaking test. Used the Exam designed by teachers to practice Exam Format: Reading Comprehension 45min (there is a mistake in the marks for one of the tasks, it’s not 1, but I’m not sure it’s 2 – I’ll find out on Friday and remind me next week, OK?), checked it on the spot. (You should analyze your mistakes at home, and see if you understand why you made a mistake.) We did the Writing (150 words, 20 minutes) – I took it home.

Thursday Feb 7

  • Intermedio 2: same as Wed group + I have to give you the two cloze tests (homework for Week 3 Feb)
  • Avanzado 2: Read Writing Test in our Pack, and reviewed what’s important about Reviews, Proposals, Reports. Tried to do first a B2 and a C1 listenings from FCE and CAE, but failed once more due to technological problems. I’m very sorry about this. It seems something in the installation of Windows is not working properly, or the VCL needs updating or something. I or the machine have failed us almost every day in February, so I think I should go back to our old machine… 😦 Anyway, we managed to do to C1 listening on friendship (which is certainly hard), but I’m not happy about things (methodologically speaking) because I wanted to do with you the two B2 listenings first, to help you gain confidence. Now things have turned out to be worse for your confidence — which was noticeable when people talked about how difficult exams were. Your June exam is not hard, even if there are questions you may not get right. This happens in any exam. But it’s simply not hard. In EOI’s the percentage of people passing the B2 is the highest. The lowest percentage of pass marks happens at the A2 level (Básico 2). Your B2 exam is an Upper Intermediate exam and I’m sure most of you have achieved that level in the very many years you’ve been learning English: you are ready! So please, let’s see how you do when you take the “real” exam in Week 3 February. If you fail it, let’s worry then, but just for a couple of minutes. Then you’d just have to get to work.

WEEK 2

Monday Feb 11

  • Avanzado 2:  a B2 and a C1 listenings from FCE and CAE. The only sample the authorities sent us in 2009 of Listening Task 3 + working on its transcript (vocabulary from the news)
  • Intermedio 2: Your questions about the Reading Comprehension: did you understand why you made a mistake? Exam designed by teachers: We’ll do the Listening Test, check it and analyze/analyse if the techniques worked and what you need to do to improve. Extra time?: Working on the comm. problem scenarios.

Tuesday Feb 12

  • Avanzado 2: the Burton listening (C1) and then the only sample the authorities sent us in 2009 of Listening Task 3 + working on its transcript (vocabulary from the news). OR (pending): the two B2 listenings (FCE).
  • Intermedio 2: Intermedio 2: Your questions about the Reading Comprehension: did you understand why you made a mistake? Exam designed by teachers: We’ll do the Listening Test, check it and analyze/analyse if the techniques worked and what you need to do to improve. Extra time?: Working on the comm. problem scenarios.

[13, 14 BREAK: V-girls: stories of girls around the world]

WEEK 3

Monday Feb 18

Avanzado 2 and Intermedio 2The ONE AND ONLY TRUE EXAM we have to practice Exam Format! bring copies YOU PRINTED AT HOME + checked Reading Test + Paper copies of Listening. We’ll do the Listening, and then analyze the Reading Test you did at home, and check and analyze the Listening.

Tuesday Feb 19

Intermedio 2 and Avanzado 2: same as Monday group.

AN EXTRA LESSON…

  • Then we’ll check the different cloze tests you did at home (Avanzado 2, 1, on environmental issues, Intermedio 2, 2 – smart phones and eating habits (?)) And then we’ll try to see what we can about about UNIT 5 – THE FEBRUARY UNIT. Next Friday I’ll be meeting my colleagues to see if we can select a few exercises from the second half of the book, so we can skip stuff, but use the most useful exercises, so that we can do intensive timed speaking activities in May + listenings, or readings, depending on your needs/questions.
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  3. […] spite of the fact that I explained our plans in the Exam Format Pack and in the February agenda, today, in both Intermedio and Avanzado groups, far too many people had not printed the Sample Exam […]



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