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Reading tests – how to approach them

Reading comprehension tests

Many tests have been already published here, but never any hints on how to do these lightbulbparticular tests. I do clarify on that but only face-to-face with my students. Based on the lessons already conducted, I prepared a bunch of tips you should find handy. The presentation below is based on level 3 exam with the main focus on task 1. Firstly, texts in task one are short so it’s easier to analyze them, secondly if you do task one correctly, you will have almost the required number of points to pass the exam. The presentation (and this post alike) is bilingual; each slide is played twice: in English and Polish, to be sure that the Polish students will understand all nuances.

The slides will lead you through the desired way of reasoning which will help you find the good answer. Once you learn the proper methodology, you will be able to deal with the subsequent two slides with some tasks for you. Some hints are still given, but the whole process is up to you. Finally, general prompts are on the last slide which should shape up your preparation and expectations. Good luck!


Wiele testów już tu publikowaliśmy ale nigdy żadnych wskazówek jak je rozwiązywać. Wprawdzie udzielamy takich wskazówek ale zawsze odbywało się to przy osobistym kontakcie ze studentami. Bazując na przeprowadzonych lekcjach, przygotowaliśmy dla was zbiór przydatnych porad. Poniższa prezentacja została oparta na egzaminie z poziomu 3 i skupia się na zadaniu pierwszym. Po pierwsze, dlatego, że w zadaniu 1 mamy do czynienia z krótkimi tekstami, które łatwiej przeanalizować, a po drugie jeśli dobrze wykonamy to zadanie, to już mamy prawie całą wymaganą ilość punktów, wymaganą do zaliczenia. Prezentacja (jak i sam post) są wykonane w dwóch językach: po angielsku i po polsku. Chcieliśmy być pewni, że polscy studenci zrozumieją wszystkie niuanse językowe, które zostały omówione na przykładzie tekstów. Continue reading “Reading tests – how to approach them” »

Reading test – level 3

Test your reading comprehension skills with this new set, courtesy of PASFL. In Poland, you have 65 minutes to read and mark the right answers. You can find the answer key at the end of the page. If you prefer to do the test online, you can go directly to the interactive version of task 1, and task 2, where you will get the final score immediately. Good luck!

Level 3 – reading

(L3/R/005)

TASK ONE

You are going to read short texts. For questions 1 to 13 choose the answer (A, B or C), which fits best according to the texts.

1. The world has let down the people of Syria. Continue reading “Reading test – level 3” »

Immigrants – vocabulary exercises

Editorial note:
Before you unleash the wave of criticism and unfavourable comments please, be informed that the lesson presented below was designed by me last year, in August, just after an attack in a train in France. This event triggered some immigrants-oriented discussions with one of my students and was meant solely to practise useful vocabulary. It does not promote any racism, nor political affiliation or social movements. It is to facilitate the students with useful expressions while discussing pressing social problems or recent events (the actual beliefs or opinions are not important here). That is why you will find references to France and its immigration policy. On the other side, it shows the good examples from the same country, even from the history of Poland, which unlike in the past it is rather homogeneous country now. So leave your political correctness and social sensitiveness aside and learn some new vocabulary because this site is about a language itself, not about politics. I hope that English teachers will immidiadetely get it and appreciate it, using the lesson as it is, or after their own modifications.

Terrorist attack in France

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Advising on security issues – speaking activities

Fort security issues – advising

Military sentry with a dog. Security issues in the military forts - English speaking activitiesThis time I would like to share my idea for an English lesson on security issues and advising. The whole lesson is based on an article online, additional multiple choice exercise created on kubbu.com and the presentation where I presented necessary grammar and vocabulary. The presentation was used during online teaching session via Skype.

Fort Carson – new security rules

First, as usual, I send the link to the base article. This time I chose the recent article from Military.com. You can find it here. Since the following exercise has imposed time limit for each question, I advised students to read the article at least twice before moving on to the exercise.

Security related exercise

Then I asked students to do one exercise accesible on Kubbu.com prior to our Skype session. If  you want to check on this exercise you can go to a direct link to the exercise and do it as an anonymous user. (link to the exercise here). Kubbu.com helps you monitor each student’s progress and has basic accesibility settings. And my favourite options – deadlines for the students and the time limit setting for each question!

Advising via Skype – English speaking class

Then I conducted 60 minutes session on Skype during which I shared my desktop displaying the following presentation:

If you like my ideas for English lessons, try them yourselves. Do not forget to share your comments to improve my lessons too.

Google Chrome users must use different browsers to see the presentation or go to SlideShare website where it is played properly (link).

Car-related vocabulary – follow on

Military English exercise. A crossword on vocabulary related to cars.Vehicle-related vocabulary – a crossword

If you did the previous exercises (link here), you will be able to do this refreshing exercise – the crossword with all entries taken from the previous lesson. Hidden answer will tell what will be the subject of the next exercises to prepare you for better handling of speaking tasks on level 2-3-4.

 

12
13
18
2 14
4 6 9 11 15
1 7 8
10 16 17 19
5
3
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Entry definitions:

  1. Feature important for the family cars
  2. Old model, but with new elements, upgraded
  3. Uses satellites to position in space
  4. This type of vehicle can roll easily
  5. Prevent heavy injuries in case of crash
  6. Rotate around a given axis
  7. That type of vehicle can move on land and water as well
  8. Not wheeled vehicle, but with wheels
  9. Individually prepared according to customer’s wishes
  10. How far your car can go
  11. Not self-propelled and not pushed but still moving
  12. How fast you can gain speed
  13. Prevents backbone injuries when accidents happen and increases comfort of driving
  14. The more spacious the car is it is bigger
  15. All terain, cross-country
  16. You pour gas there when refuelling
  17. Military vehicle with great ambush protection and resistance to mines explosions
  18. How long an item can resist damage or remain unchanged
  19. Anti-lock braking system

Reading test – level 2

Below, you’ll find a level 2 (SLP 2222) reading comprehension test. It’s a courtesy of CKEJO MON. The answer key is given at the end of the test.

READING test, level 2

(L2/R/005)

Task One

Read the text and choose the right answer.

The Big Biggs

In 1963 Ronald Biggs, together with other gang members, stole £2.6 million from a mail train, the equivalent of around £40 million today. After being convicted and jailed, Biggs escaped from prison on 7 July 1965. He then fled to Paris, where he acquired new identity papers and underwent plastic surgery. Continue reading “Reading test – level 2” »