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Description An activity for introducing the Academic Reading paper which allows students to explore what will be expected of them in both tasks. Time required: Additional materials required: Aims: 50 minutes § handbook (p7) § sample paper § to familiarise students with the Academic Reading paper § to raise awareness of common mistakes that candidates make, § to raise awareness of how to prepare for the paper Procedure 1. Hand out a sample reading paper to half the class and the handbook p. 7 to the other half. For students with the reading paper, ask them to look at the instructions on the front cover, to count how many texts there are and what question types there are for each text. For students with the handbook, ask students to read the sections on duration and format, task types and marking and assessment. Allow them 5 minutes to do this. 2. Collect the sample reading paper and handbook back in. Put students into pairs, taking one student from each half of the class. Ask them to take it in turns to describe what the reading paper consists of. Their partner listens and at the end adds any other information they can remember. 3. Hand out worksheet 1. Students complete the gapfill. Encourage students to guess any answers they are not sure of. 4. Students check in pairs. 5. Hand out the reading paper and handbook again and students check their answers, using them for reference. 6. Whole class check of the answers. The teacher adds any extra information as appropriate: e.g. about where the texts are from and how they are chosen. 7. Direct students to worksheet 2. Ask students to imagine they are taking the test and to choose the option they would take. 8. Students compare answers in pairs. 9. Ask for volunteers to explain to the class which option they would take and why. Hold a class discussion about any questions which students are unsure about. 10. Ask students to consider what they could do to improve their performance on the reading paper. See list of ideas in the key. 11. Discuss student ideas and write the best ideas on the board.
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IELTS Academic Reading Overview Activity Notes for teachers
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B rub it out and leave it blank. published. © UCLES 2008.IELTS Academic Reading Overview Activity – Worksheet 2 2. made available on another website. You become very upset because you think that one of your answers is wrong. B read the whole passage carefully again. distributed. or otherwise transmitted by any means without the prior written permission of University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. What option do you think is best? 1. recorded. C underline any words you do not understand. You should A give two answers just in case. You A leave it – it is clear what you mean. 3. Read the following situations. reproduced. C rub it out and write it again. photocopied. C forget about it and move on. B quickly check the passage to find a way to eliminate one word. C look calmly for another few minutes before moving on. C read the whole passage carefully again. You are taking IELTS Academic Reading. IELTS Academic Reading Overview Activity – Worksheet 2 www. B draw lines to show which letters should be moved to correct the spelling. You are not sure of the answer and write four words. You do not feel confident unless you read the passage carefully for each answer. The instructions are to answer a question in three words or fewer. You A leave it – the correct three words will probably be among the four. You find one of the questions in Part 2 of the test very difficult and spend more than ten minutes looking for the answer.org/teach Page 4 of 4 . You copy the word ‘student’ onto your answer sheet. This material may be photocopied (without alteration) and distributed for classroom use provided no charge is made. 2.cambridgeesol. You should A remember that time is limited and use reading strategies to save time. B try to read the whole passage more quickly. You A move on to the next question immediately. 5. It may not otherwise be altered. 4. but write ‘sdunet’ by mistake.