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Published on March 7, 2014

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What every Language assistant needs to know to prepare official exams Jennifer Wilson Madrid 1st March

At the end of this presentation, you will hopefully: 1. Have learned what each official exam entails in primary in year 2, 4, 6 2. Have learned a few strategies to improve how effective you are in the classroom. 3. Have some activities and websites to take away and try out in your own classes..

People Bingo Ahead of us four hours of pure torture on a Saturday morning in March. So Time to liven things up.

You are an essential element in the bilingual project in Madrid

Things that work

Use all the skills at your disposal  Hot shots with new technology  Youth  Common interests with students  Experience in other educational systems

An adult can learn between five and seven new words in an hour and retain them

Pair share is a great way of trying out language without pressure.

The Tools of the trade  Lots of imagination  Hot with new technology “  Know which websites to go for  You Tube  Blue-tack  Post-its  Scraps of paper

A Wise man once said: “ You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” Yogi Berra

Don’t keep your teaching aims a secret

Plenary and feedback  Always leave a few minutes at the end of the class to sum up the lesson  Focus on new vocabulary and give positive feedback

Work from students previous knowledge  Brainstroming and KWL Grids

Tell students how to be successful. Success criteria Use models- show them what 10 should look like.  Must have………………..  Should have…………………..  Could have……………………… 

Present material in interesting ways  Treasure hunts  Reading races  Loop games  Barrier Game  Roleplays  Key word bingo

How to ensure group work goes smoothly.  Always give language structues and important vocabulary.  Always assign roles within the group to keep everyone on-task.  Provide essential voacabulary

Roles for group work to keep everyone On Task

Use these structures to talk about your profession I HAVE BEEN TEACHING I WAS WORKING…  I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO…  I HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT STUDENT…  I HAVE HAD A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION WITH A COLLEAUGE…  CO-ORDINATION HAS BEEN …  MY HEAD OF STUDIES TOLD ME…  THE HEAD TEACHER CALLED ME INTO HIS OFFICE…  I HAVE BEEN FEELING….  I WENT TO… Use this vocabulary to help you  Fresh, dynamic, engaging, exhausting, knowledge of the subject, frustrating, rewarding, strong rapport, delighted, nervous, classroom management

Trinity Grade 2/3 This oral exam is given to children in year 2 They are 7 years old. It is individual  Always encourage students to ask the examiner questions  Provide grammar structures and vocabulary that children will need. With games  Ensure that students can use the present tense to talk about routines,present continuous to describe actions, the simple past and the future. Use prepositions, know their numbers and be able to give simple directions and tell the time.

How can I help children ?  Encourage them to watch t.v in English a little everyday. T:V serials are a good option  Motivate them with songs and stories.  Get parents involved using exam diary to practise questions for each topic. On aweekly basis at home  Use voice recording if parents don’t speak English (Nicky’s blog)

Trinity Exams Grade 2 and 3  http://nicky-iloveenglish.blogspot.com.es/  http://limfabweb.weebly.com/trinity-gece-materi  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Ptz_5363Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0Ptz_5363 Grade 2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA_gYMukk6 Grade 3

Trinity Grade 4-5 is given to children in year 4. It is individual.     This is also an oral examination . It begins with personal questions and then students have to present a topic they have prepared not memorized. Again encourage students to ask the examiner questions. Make sure students explain why they have chosen this topic. They must include a variety of verb tenses. Present, past, future comparitives,and adverbs of frequency. They should include I’d prefer or I’d rather….

Trinity Grade 4 and 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOi9V6LeZc http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=cd6mpAvga7Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srzBXPnGwHI Shreya

In year 6 children are given the KET exam  This exam has 4 parts. Reding, writing, listening and speaking.  The oral exam is done in pairs. Children have to answer individual questions from the examinar and then complete a task together.

http://es.examspeak.com/KET-Test  Part 1:  5-6 mins The examiner asks you questions. You answer them. The questions are about you, your family, your job or studies and where you live. You will be asked to spell a word – usually your name.  Some examples: • What’s your name? • Where do you live? • Why are you learning English? • What do you usually do at the weekend? • What sports do you like? • Tell me about your family*

Part 2 : 3-4 minutes  Two candidates take the KET Speaking test together. The examiner gives you a sheet, usually with a picture and some information. You ask and answer questions with the other candidate, not the examiner. These questions are not personal; they are about the information on the sheet. You take turns, Student A asks the questions. Student B answers the questions. There is a new sheet of paper. Student B asks the questions. Student A answers. To help you making the questions, there are question words on the sheet. You will need to know how to use the following question words: What, When, Where, Who, Why, How.?

Ket Oral Exam mountains. ◊Horse Rides Where? Sundays. For children? What where? Price? Horse rides in the Saturdays and 3-5pm 25 pounds per person Children must be over 10 Must wear warm clothes and boots.

Ket exam http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=ycc2G4Ryn3Y

Treasure Hunt Information cards stuck around the wall then in pairs complete a question sheet using the information that is displayed.     Just allowing students to get up and move around the classroom to complete a task completely changes the focus of the lesson. Students will be much more motivated to complete the task. Around this room are twenty cards with information you will work in groups of two’s three’s to complete the question sheet.

Memory game The simplest way to practise vocabulary.  Make pairs of cards with each vocabulary word you are learning. Place the cards face down on the table. With small groups of children take turns to choose two cards.  When they find a matching pair, they have to say the word and pronounce it correctly. The player with the most pairs at the end is the winner

Key Word Bingo Bingo games are a wonderful way to motivate young learners.  Prepare bingo sheets with topic vocabulary .  I usually use an A4 sheet in a transparent plastic folder.  Students choose 6 words and place blobs of plasticine on these words.  . The team who gets rid of all plasticine first is the winner

Barrier Game  The idea of a barrier game is to exchange information to complete a text every other line is missing.  This very complete activity works on the four skills reading, writing, listening and speaking.  You can use any text, poem, rap, song or conversation.

William The conqueror  In pairs you will complete the poem of William the conqueror  Student A will Begin to dictate line 1 to her/his partner.  Student B will dictate line 2 until the text is complete.  DO NOT CHEAT!!!!

Loop I /Circle Game I’ve got……..Who’s got………….?  This is a wonderful game and can be used to reinforce vocabulary or grammar structues and played over and over ?”  It’s important to use a stop watch to measure the time and each round students have to get quicker and quicker. I usually play one class against another

Play the Loop game  We’re now going to play the loop game  The first version is to work on irregular past tense verbs.  The second is questions and answers found in the Trinity exams.

Games to play in the classroom Tell students to add realism not just be grammatically correct. The idea is to get personal , individual ideas. People Who ……………  Bully other people……  Drink and drive…..  Speak five languages……  Eat crisps in the cinema………  Go to the opera……………  Hunt whales………….  Take drugs………….  Smoke…………………..

Question Forming  One of the most difficult tasks for young learners is forming Questions.  Prepare a mind map with simple pictures and words and encourage student to ask questions about the mind map.

Tell me about myself Laura Glasgow Rangers La Jarosa Elena singing All about me Evaristo Paella 162 37 Augu Robin

Add a word Too practise grammar and syntax The teacher suggests a topic to get things started.. Teacher:The topic is pets Student 1”My……………….. Student 2”………………..dog” Student 3”……… ……….has” Student 4 …… ……… ……..spots” Student 5”…. … ...... ……… brown” The sentence stops when someone makes a mistake.

Name 6 This game is fun and challenging  Arrange 6 chairs in a circle choose one person to stand outside the circle  Give someone inside the circle a stuffed animal. (The funnier the better)  The person outside has to say what to name 6 of.  The student holding the animal has to name 6 objects before the animal passes around the circle back to him/her.

Who am I?  This game can be played to reinnforce grammar or vocabulary.  Start with interview format.  Take notes about your partner then after the chat do the who am I using students’ names.  Or use famous people. A volunteer please!

Famous people  Snow White  Paco de Lucia  Marilyn Munroe  Muhammad Ali  Bill Gates  Audrey Hepburn  Tiger Woods  Shakira

Word grab with songs  Choose a song student’s haven’t heard before:  Choose 10-15 words of vocabulary from the song then play a line from the song Two students run down to the board and grab that word (this can get quite violent).  They take the word back and the next pair prepare!! Always put in a few red herrings.

Rate the apparatus  Household machines make life easier.  With your partner, make a list of the most common household appliances.  So when put to the test which machines/aparatus could we do withoutIf we had to  Now make a list of the ten most important.

My Top Ten           Toilet Light Bulb Refrigerator/ Fridge Shower Washing Macine Cooker Microwave oven Telephone Hair drier T:V

My Town      Activity A :Do you like your town/city? Why? Why not? Activity B: Teacher makes a list of positive points mentioned by students. Discuss common and original comments. Activity C: Teacher makes list of negative comments Activity D :The perfect Town- The class now makes a list of characteristics of a perfect town Activity E compare your town with another you know

My Town continued       Perfect town should have : Cycle paths, no smoke/smog, No cars, Sports facilites, no violence, beautiful parks, buildings, Culture Use comparitives to compare towns My town is noisier than………..because My town is more boring because….. Pollution, poverty, wealth, transport, amenities, health, crowding, cost of living.


http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org /es/

http://moviesegmentstoassessgr ammargoals.blogspot.com.es/

Super Simple Songs  This is a wonderful resource found in youtube and ideal to work with 3-5 year olds  And in supersimplelearning.com


http://www.learningchocolate.co m/ Vocabulary platform Phonics

Isabelperez.com Webquests, teaching with songs

http://www.ego4u.com Grammar Quizzes and online exercises


http://www.manythings.org/voca bulary/games/i/

http://www.flojoe.co.uk/preliminaryengli Good exam practise tests

http://www.funenglishgame  Dictionary Game  Make your own book  Poetry Quiz


http://a4esl.org/  Grammar Quizzes  Grammar - Easy  Grammar - Medium  Grammar - Difficult


http://perso.wanadoo.es/autoenglish/freeexe Grammar and question forming

http://www.mrshurleysesl.com/# Links to loads of pages

The Grammar Blast http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_ 5/grammar/ Quiz 10 Grammar questions to earn 100 points

http://www.primaryresources.co. uk/english/englishE3.htm

More Great Websites  Padlet.com (graffiti the wall)  Socrative.com (make your own quiz)  http.www.powerupthegame  Http.memorize.com

Before you go you must see this Taylor Mali is my hero! taylor mali miracle worker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSDPhhfEY5A

THANK YOU! You will find the contents of this presentation in my blog. Jenny-learningshouldbefun.blogspot. com In the Teaching Resources file.

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