Today we looked at writing part 1 of the exam: how to write an essay. We began by discussing in pairs about topics 1, 3 and 5 of the link below. Students made 5 minute plans for each of these essay questions, in preparation for their homework.
We then went looked at the criteria used to mark the essay, and what students have to do to fulfil this criteria. This is found on page 34 of the handbook:
Using this information, students analysed three answers to the same essay question, before we compared with their real marks.
HW: Complete either question 1, 3 or 5 from the following link:
Today we continued to focus our efforts on the speaking exam, moving on to part 3 of the exam. We revised format and what students have to do, before watching part 3 of the exam (found in the video above). We then discussed the good, the bad and the ugly, and how students can avoid their mistakes. Next we looked at expressions useful for this part of the exam on page 60, and debated a number of topics as a class.
HW: Students are reminded that there are a couple of writings that have not been handed in. Please take this weekend as an opportunity to catch up with all of this writing. They are: Writing part 2 of the exam. If you no longer have the exam paper, please complete two of writings from this link: