Below is attached a document with instructions and guidelines for this year

We will use Ready for First 3rd edition ( Macmillan)as from Unit 9.

FCE BOOKLET 2 MOCK TESTS 1&2

BOOKLET 1 MOCK TESTS 3 AND 4

MOCK TESTS 1 AND 2

MOCK TESTS

THE STORY IS ATTACHED

BELOW THERE IS INFORMATION ON THE INTERNATIONAL EXAM FIRST B2

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/first/

 

This part of the test is your opportunity to collaborate with your partner and show your ability to interact in English. You should ask and answer questions to your partner while connecting your ideas together. Topics in Part 3 start to get a little bit more complex and more abstract.

LISTEN AND DO THE EXERCISES

 

 

 

Look at the pics

Work on the questions to develop your exercise

Picture description

Work on the questions to develop the exercise

read the following instructions to develop your report.

FROM https://teacherphill.com/fce-how-to-write-a-report/ 

Cambridge B2 First (FCE): How to Write a Report

FCE - How to Write a Report

Contents  hide 

Introduction

Don’t be scared of reports

What a typical report task looks like

How to organise your report

Plan before you start writing

The different parts of a report

Introduction

Topic paragraphs

Your suggestion/recommendation

How your report is marked

Get ready to practise

Introduction

 

A report is usually written for a superior (e.g. a teacher) or a peer group (e.g. members of an English club). Candidates are expected to give some factual information and make suggestions or recommendations. A report should be clearly organised and may include headings.

from: Cambridge English First Handbook for Teachers

 

Reports are part of the second section of the FCE writing exam. While you have to write an essay in the first section you can decide if you want to write a report or choose one of the other options which could be an article, a review, a letter/email or a story (Stories are an option only if you take the FCE for Schools exam, but there you don’t write reports).

 

Don’t be scared of reports

 

Writing a report is better (and easier) than you might think. The requirements are not very complicated and my students don’t usually complain too much when we practise in class.

 

As with all the other writing tasks, reports follow a specific structure and they are normally quite similar, which means that if you know the most common characteristics, you can become very good at it in a very short time and, therefore, score really high marks.

 

So, in this post we are going to find out what reports look like, all you need to know about their typical structure and language and things you should be careful with in order to avoid easy mistakes. With all that being said, let’s get right into it.

 

What a typical report task looks like

 

As mentioned above, report tasks always look similar and once you know what to search for, you will see that there are patterns which you can take advantage of. A typical task might be like the one below:

Example task of FCE report writing
Example task of FCE report writing

With all the different writing tasks in the FCE exam you have to check two things when you read the information given:

 

  1. What do you have to include in your report?
  2. Who is going to read it?

 

Read the task carefully and underline the key information to find the answers to the two questions above. Because I’m a nice person I’ve already done it for you:

Example task of FCE report writing with the key information underlined
Always read the task carefully and underline the key information.

So, what do you have to include? In almost every writing task in the FCE exam you will find that there are three main points. In this example, you have to include the best (1) and the worst (2) aspects of the club as well as your suggestions for new facilities (3).

 

Making a suggestion/recommendation is the one piece of content that we can see in every single report because, after all, reports are usually written to make a suggestion, aren’t they? To sum up, while each task talks about a different topic there are clear similarities for you to benefit from, especially making a suggestion.

 

The other question was about the reader of your report. As you can see above, the manager of the club is going to be the person you are going to write to.

 

You might ask yourself why this bit of information is important. The short answer is: register. When we speak or write in English there are different levels of politeness and/or formality and in the FCE writing exam you have to be careful to choose an appropriate tone depending on your target reader.

 

Because the manager of the club has authority we should be polite and use formal to semi-formal language. This means you shouldn’t use contractions like ‘I’m’, but instead write ‘I am’ nor colloquial expressions like ‘Cheers!’, but rather ‘Thank you’. This also includes phrasal verbs so try to avoid those too. (I am going to give you some useful expressions for report writing further below in this post so just continue reading 😉 .)

 

How to organise your report

 

OK, now that we know what to include and how formal/polite we have to be we can start organising our report. Luckily, reports can always be organised in a similar way because most tasks ask you to do the same (just with a different topic).

Example task of FCE report writing

If you remember, there are three main points we have to include in our report:

 

  1. The good aspects of the club
  2. The bad aspects of the club
  3. Your suggestions for new facilities

 

It probably makes sense to give each of these main topic points an extra paragraph so we’ve already got three. Let’s add a title and an introduction to this so we get to four main sections, which work in almost every single report:

 

  1. Title and introduction
  2. First topic point (The good aspects of the club)
  3. Second topic point (The bad aspects of the club)
  4. Your suggestions/recommendations (Your suggestions for new facilities)

 

In a report we also give each section a heading so your text will look like my post here clearly separated in different parts so it becomes easier for the reader to find a specific piece of information.

Plan before you start writing

 

There is one mistake that I see so often that I can’t even count it anymore, but way too many students practise and practise the different writing tasks and feel confident going into the exam, but then they simply forget this super important step and mess up their test.

 

Of course, I’m talking about planning what you are going to write. It is so easy to do, takes only 3-4 minutes and saves you so much time and frustration. Please, always make a plan before you start writing. Just make a list with the different paragraphs like the one above and add just a few notes to each section. This way, you know the structure of your text, what you want to include and I promise you will feel more relaxed once you begin.

The different parts of a report

 

Using our example task from above we are now going to go through each part of an FCE report so you know exactly what is expected and what mistakes you need to avoid. Please note that these are general guidelines for report writing and you will have to adjust a little bit from task to task, but I’m going to try and help you with some general advice and useful language.

 

Introduction

 

A report is always based on facts (even though you will normally have to invent those ‘facts’) so it is not so much about making it sensational, but to be very clear and to the point. In your introduction, therefore, you should clearly state why you are writing the report and what is going to be includedAlso, try not to repeat the words as you find them in the task, but instead paraphrase and use your own words. You can also say where you got the information from, but this point is optional.

 

Useful phrases to start your report with include:

 

  1. The purpose/aim of this report is to …
  2. The report is intended to show/discuss/suggest/outline …
  3. In this report I will …

 

Keeping all of this in mind, the introduction to our example task could look like this:

 

Introduction

The purpose of this report is to outline the best and worst parts of our club, which I gathered speaking to other members, as well as to recommend improvements to the facilities.

 

And that’s it. Focus on the task and state very clearly what your report intends to do…nice and easy.

 

Topic paragraphs

 

The topic paragraphs are where you give most of the information of your report. Again, it shouldn’t sound like a great story, but be factual and clear. In the example we have to describe the best and worst aspects of the leisure club. From this information we will later make our recommendations so we want to tie everything together nicely.

 

Of course, there are always things to be careful with:

 

  1. Only write about things related to the task.
  2. Support your points with reasons and examples.
  3. Don’t write from your personal perspective, but rather from the group’s point of view.
  4. Use some language to generalise your arguments:
    • In general, …
    • Generally speaking, …
    • Most (members) seem to …
    • It appears that …
    • According to …
    • Passive voice (be + past participle)

 

OK, let’s see what Teacher Phill came up with:

 

The best aspects of the club

Most members seem to enjoy the swimming pool with it’s daily water exercise classes and the opportunity to swim in 50-metre lanes. It also appears that offering a child care programme is appreciated by the majority of our members since many of them have families, but still would like to use the facilities of the club.

 

The worst aspects of the club

According to most of the members I have spoken to, the café does not meet their expectations with below-average food and slow service. Another problem is the state of the gymnasium which, in general, is avoided by many because of broken equipment and a lack of staff during peak times.

 

There you have it. I included formal language and expressions to generalise as well as some passive structures (is appreciated, is avoided), which helps to make the report sound more formal and also moves it away from my personal perspective. I focused only on the task and expanded a little bit on each point that I made.

 

So far so good, but we still have one last part to look at so let’s go!

 

Your suggestion/recommendation

 

Last but not least, we need to finish off our report with our suggestions to improve the clubs facilities. You should always base your recommendations on the things you wrote in the previous paragraphs to make sure that your report as a whole makes sense.

 

You can do this by using some specific language:

 

  1. Based on the findings of this report I recommend/suggest +ing
  2. I (would) recommend/suggest that …
  3. The following (improvements) are recommended: …
  4. The best ideas/solutions seem to be …
  5. It would be (highly) advisable to …
  6. If it is decided to follow my recommendations, …

 

One last time, check out my idea for a nice final paragraph:

 

Suggestions to improve the club’s facilities

Based on the findings of this report the best solutions seem to be to improve the quality of the menu and the service at the café as well as the maintenance schedule and number of staff at the gymnasium. If it is decided to follow my recommendations, I am sure that the experience for our members can be improved even more.

 

As you can see, my suggestions are well connected to the two topic paragraphs (problems with the café and the gym). I also used specific language (Based on the findings …, If it is decided to follow my recommendations, …) and some passive voice to keep the report formal until the end.

 

If you take my advice and put all the parts together, your report will be well connected with lots of useful language and the right tone for a report. Examiners will love it. 🙂

 

 

Attached is our speaking session

Look at this video and extract ideas for your article

 

CONNECTORS

Have a go! These are extra exercises for the grammar on Reported Speech we have seen in Unit 12 of our Coursebook : Language focus 3 ( page 156)and language focus 4( 157).

INTERACTIVE SET 1) https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/reporting-verbs-exercise-1.html

INTERACTIVE SET 2) https://elt.oup.com/student/solutions/upperint/grammar/grammar_07_022e?cc=ar&selLanguage=en

INTERACTIVE SET 3) https://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/4g11-reporting-verbs-exercise.php

Have you tried any of the measures featured in the video? What´s the eco measure you like the most? Enumerate the verbs related to recycling used.

 

Let´s dive into it!!!

We are going to work with this pics and instructions today!

https://www.eslprintables.com/teaching_resources/tests_and_exams/fce_exam/FCE_exam_Speaking_Paper_4_763097/

TIPS for the speaking tasks

https://teacherphill.com/fce-speaking-part2/

Let´s record our vocabulary leads for this activity. Leave your comments!

This video is a summary of reported speech. You can get to it whenever you need to revise

 

REFLECT: a) What do you think of Mary and Patrick? b) Is Mary a victim? c) How is she experiencing the same as Mrs Foster in the story " The Way up to Heaven"? d) Are their relations healthy? Why?

 

LOOK AT THESE TIPS TO DEVELOP YOUR ESSAYS

Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Essay

Content
Should include a discussion of both the points in favour and against zoos. Include a short conclusion giving your opinion and offering an idea of your own.
Communicative achievement
Semi-formal. The teacher would be informed and would know what your own opinion is.
Organisation
Could include a brief introductory paragraph. The points in the main body of the essay should be in a logical order, i.e. the positive role of zoos to begin with, the negative view later. The final paragraph should be a conclusion with an idea of your own.
Language
Language of opinion ('In my view....'), and argument and comparison ('On the one hand....'; 'However, a major criticism is ....'). Aim for a variety of language (e.g. advantages and disadvantages = pros and cons; pluses and minuses). Should not contain major errors that lead to misunderstandings or that irritate the reader.

 

 

Work in teams and answer the following

1) What is the theme of the story?

2) What do the following symbolise? the house- the cab- the elevator

3) What does the narrator say about  Mrs Foster? What can you say about her personality?

4) What does the narrator say about Mr. Foster?What can you say about his personality?

4) how many words related to nervousness can you find in the story?

What do you think of these symbols present in the story? Leave your comments!

How many crimes are featured in this video? leave your comments below!

 

Let´s see if the speakers go about all the questions and how they interact.

 

Watch this video and listen to it carefully

 

Let´s have a look! What can we bust myths about Argentinian people? Leave your comments!

 

 

Look carefully

Modals of Deduction: here are some self-correction exercises and funny notes! have a go!

Exercise: https://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/4g3-modals-deduction-exercise.php

 

Funny notes on Modal verbs of deduction: https://www.slideshare.net/DavidMainwood/present-and-past-modals-of-deduction

Let´s have a look at the way question tags work. Whys is it important to make use of them? leave your comments!

 

Follow the instructions in the attachment. I have attached grammar rules so that you do not get lost.

Reading (multiple choice) and vocabulary

Deal with this article. Go about the reading exercise and the vocabulary part.  I will upload the answers tomorrow

Some fun with ways of looking. What is your favourite? Leave your comments!

 

Look at the video and the exercise on https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/articulo/1210717/fce-training-2. What do you think of social media and networks? How many pros and cons can you think of?

 

FCE training 2: go about this interactive reading exercise

SOCIAL NETWORKS: FRIENDS OR FOES?

https://www.examenglish.com/FCE/fce_reading.htm

 

Follow the instructions in your booklet ( test 1 - Listening parts 1 and 2) and listen to the audios 2 times

PART 1. QUESTION 

QUESTION 2

QUESTION 3

QUESTION 4

QUESTION 5

QUESTION 6

QUESTION 7

QUESTION 8

PART 2

QUESTIONS 9 TO 18

 

These are the audios you need for FCE listening mock 1 Part 2

PART 3

PART 4

 

DOWNLOAD THE AUDIOS. WE WILL WORK WITH FILES 1-18 FOR THE LISTENING TEST PART 1

https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/formulario/1318663/fce-listening-test-mock-1

Let´s have a go to these exercises. Choose 1 word from each exercise ( no matter whether it is a NOUN, a VERB, an ADJECTIVE, etc.) combine the three of them in a sentence. Leave your sentence in the "comments" section below. Leave your name and surname.

1) https://www.englishrevealed.co.uk/FCE/fce_vocabulary/fce_vocabulary_word_building_1.php

2) https://www.englishrevealed.co.uk/FCE/fce_vocabulary/fce_vocabulary_word_building_2.php

3) https://www.englishrevealed.co.uk/FCE/fce_vocabulary/fce_vocabulary_word_building_3.php

Here you will find the activites in chronological order.

  1. WEEK MARCH 18-20 )a)https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/articulo/1210606/revision, and then tackle these 2 exercises b) an interactive FCE reading practice https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/articulo/1210717/fce-training-2 and c) a video on social media anxietyhttps://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/articulo/1210771/social-media-anxiety. You can leave your answer on the video exercise here: https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/tp/1210819/social-media-anxiety.
  2. MARCH 25TH Activity 2) https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1216709/focus-on-reading-and-vocabulary and https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/articulo/1207042/ways-of-looking
  3. MARCH 26TH Activity 3) Verbs of deduction ( theory and mini- sentences)    https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1220094/activity-3-verbs-of-deduction and KEYS to MARCH 25TH activity 2 (Focus on reading) https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1220111/answers-to-activities-25-3-focus-on-reading-
  4. MARCH 30th: ACTIVITY https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1224467/fce-word-formation-practice
  5. APRIL 1ST: ACTIVITY. Superstition (Listening activity + question tags theory and practice- Ready for first unit 9. page 118- CB) and extra videohttps://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1227185/question-tags
  6.  APRIL 2nd: FCE Writing part II. Reviews https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1229627/reviews. Extra self-correction exercises: https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1229116/clueless-
  7. APRIL 6th: We dealt with connectors of contrast https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/articulo/1233473/connectors-of-contrast and the follow-up exercises https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1233434/linking-words-to-express-contrast and coursebook page 120 Language Focus 3.
  8. APRIL13th: Coursebook page 116: expressions and phrasal verbs with GIVE.s, you can watch:https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1239908/why-are-phrasal-verbs-so-complicated-  If you have trouble with phrasal verb Listening practice page 124-5( classwork).Homework: page 122-123. :).
  9. APRIL 20th : Listening FCE exam, Ready for FCE Coursebook,  page 124 ( pre. listening exercises).
  10. APRIL 22nd: Listening FCE Exam, Ready for FCE Coursebook, page 124 and 125.
  11. APRIL 23rd: Speaking exercise and homework correction.
  12. APRIL 27th. Listening exercise Coursebook page 125-127
  13. APRIL 29th Coursebook. Page 129 Working on vocabulary. Types of Crime. Page 130-132 Reading
  14. APRIL 30th Video https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1271804/it-s-the-law Speaking, pronouncing and commenting
  15. MAY 4: Coursebook page 133 and 127: Passive Voice. Explanation and exercises on page 133
  16. MAY 5: Coursebook page 134-135.Writing: Articles
  17. MAY 6: We started discussing The way up tp heaven. We watched the first 20' fo the video: https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1283342/the-way-up-to-heaven. Homework: Finish Video and write Article https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/tp/1271631/assignment-6-mock-test-book-page-135
  18. MAY 11:We worked on A)  https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1288119/symbols-in-the-way-up-to-heaven  B) the questionnaire after reading the story "The way up to heaven": https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/formulario/1287801/the-way-up-to-heaven and watching the video https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1283342/the-way-up-to-heaven assigned last week.
  19. MAY 13 AND 14: We worked on the Way up to heaven activities on campus
  20. MAY 19: REVISION : passive voice and instructions for homework ( essay Writing #7) TIPS ESSAY Writing : https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/articulo/1301983/essay-writing-for-fce and  TASK #7https://campus.belgrano.ort.edu.ar/ingles/tp/1302012/-writing-task-7-essay-for-fce