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Approaching Exercise 2 of the IGCSE Reading and Writing Paper
What to expect In Exercise 2 of the IGCSE Reading & Writing paper, you should expect a longer text - usually an article - often with pictures or visual material, such as maps, charts or diagrams. How to approach: 1. Skim the text: have a quick look at the text reading only titles and subtitles and paying attention to visuals. In this way, you will be able to get the gist and have a vague idea of what the text is about. 2. Scan the text: read through the text quickly highlighting the main idea in each paragraph. 3. Read through the text carefully so that you may be able to get more details relating to the main ideas.
4. Read the questions carefully and highlight keywords which will help you find the correct answers. 5. Your answers must be brief and accurate, yet in Exercise 2 some questions may require longer answers. Use only the space provided for your answers. 6. You don't need to use your own words, you can copy the answer from the text. However, do not copy chunks of text which you don't quite understand. Make sure what you copy is clear and answers the question accurately. 7. Don't forget the ABC of the IGCSE Reading Paper: A for Accuracy B for Brevity C for Clarity You might also like:
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Approaching Exercise 1 of the IGCSE Reading & Writing Paper
But you must provide all the relevant information. Read the question carefully! 3. Complete sentences are not necessary. 6. leaflets. Ask yourselves what to expect for an answer : a number? a noun? an adjective? 4. Think of a skimming stone and try to get the gist of the text. Just skim and scan. 7. you do not need to read through the text as if you were reading a book. Sometiems one or two words are enough. 5. Scan the text just like x-rays scan a suitcase at airports or your scanner scans an old photo. look for details by reading the text quickly. For Exercise 1. 2. notices. Skim the text.What to expect: Brochures. Highlight or underline key words which help you look for the right answer. . In other words. advertisements How to approach: 1.
gr/kg/tons for quantity. Examinations. You might also like: Jokes.Answer Key LinkWithin Posted on September 21. Special Difficulties | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) ShareThis Technorati Tags: IGCSE Reading and Writing. IGCSE.Answer Key READING Reference .. 2010 at 10:00 PM in Advanced..8.icio.Approaching IGCSE Reading .watch out! What kind of number is this? Make sure you provide the unit measurement: am/pm for time.November 2009 The Language of Hollywood .us | Tweet This! | September 11.. If the answer is a number.. IGCSE Listening Test .. mph / km for speed/ currency symbol for prices (€? $? £?) etc. ESL. 2010 IGCSE Reading Practice . IGCSE Reading Tips Reblog (0) | | Digg This | Save to del.
it is a nightmare. or that it's a tradition of school life. 2. it causes no problem. it can prove a disaster. my 11-year-old had stomach pains and had been retching into a bowl. 4. with a few races for those who want them. Even for those who enjoy running. but who fall half way down the track in front of the entire school and their parents. but at a large village primary. enormous enthusiasm. I wish sports day could be abandoned and replaced with some other summer event. the children who were not so fast or so nimble at passing the ball were hidden a little from everyone's gaze. Talking to other mothers. I just felt immense pity for those children in tears or in pain. One afternoon in the last week of term. . lots of shouting and were fun to watch. I heard about other children with stomach-ache or difficulty sleeping the night before. or just not good at sport. Perhaps an afternoon of team games. 3. For those who are poorly coordinated. For the children that can fly like the wind. More importantly. I saw three children from my son's school in tears being comforted by teachers. would be less stressful for the children and a lot more fun to watch. Team games at the end of the "sports" produced some close races. 5. That morning. Some of them also had the thrill of being on the winning side.not sports day at a highly-competitive independent school. overweight.1. or it's taking part that's important . Why do we put our children through this annual torment? Some may say competition is character building.not the winning. What caused so much distress? Sports day .
4) B. The reasons why sports days are still a part of school life. being sick. 2) E. Finding the main ideas Match the following main ideas to the relevant paragraphs (1-5) of the article. difficulty in sleeping 2. What symptoms do children who are afraid of sports day show? Stomach pains. What alternative to sports day does the writer suggest? An afternoon of team games and a few races for those who want them. 1. Why do some of the children who like running still find sports day traumatic? Because they fall half way down the track in front of the whole school and their parents.Now try to answer these questions without looking back at the text if possible. (Par. An alternative to the traditional sports day. 3) C. (Par.Georgian Press You might also like: The Present Perfect Simple . How team games produced a positive atmosphere on sports day. (Par. How did the children feel about the team games played after the race? Very enthusiastic 6. A. (Par. The explanation for the children's illnesses and fears. What does the writer feel for young children who are upset by sports day? Immense pity 5.Structure . Remember that complete sentences are not necessary but your answers must be accurate. 4. The physical symptoms that fear of sports day produces. 5) D. Where was the sports day held? At a large village primary school 3. (Par 1) SOURCE : Success International by Marian Barry .
2.All Cold. it causes no problem. ESL. would be less stressful for the children and a lot more fun to watch. What caused so much distress? Sports day . it is a nightmare. or it's taking part that's important . Why do we put our children through this annual torment? Some may say competition is character building. Answer Key. but who fall half way down the track in front of the entire school and their parents. I just felt immense pity for those children in tears or in pain. Team games at the end of the "sports" produced some close races. Even for those who enjoy running. I wish sports day could be abandoned and replaced with some other summer event. IGCSE.us | Tweet This! | September 04. 2010 IGCSE Reading .not sports day at a highly-competitive independent school. but at a large village primary. For those who are poorly coordinated. 4. with a few races for those who want them. Perhaps an afternoon of team games. One afternoon in the last week of term. 5.icio.Practice READING Reference .not the winning.Special Difficulties .Expressions and Meanings LinkWithin Posted on September 11. I heard about other children with stomach-ache or difficulty sleeping the night before. or that it's a tradition of school life. More importantly. That morning. Some of them also had the thrill of being on the winning side. it can prove a disaster. the children who were not so fast or so nimble at passing the ball were hidden a little from everyone's gaze. Reading Comprehension | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) ShareThis Technorati Tags: IGCSE. overweight. I saw three children from my son's school in tears being comforted by teachers. Talking to other mothers. my 11-year-old had stomach pains and had been retching into a bowl. IGCSE Reading Practice Reblog (0) | | Digg This | Save to del. lots of shouting and were fun to watch. . For the children that can fly like the wind.Approaching IGCSE Reading 1. 2010 at 10:47 AM in Advanced. enormous enthusiasm. Practice. or just not good at sport. 3.
Now try to answer these questions without looking back at the text if possible. C. . 1. Where was the sports day held? 3. Remember that complete sentences are not necessary but your answers must be accurate. What does the writer feel for young children who are upset by sports day? 5. B. The reasons why sports days are still a part of school life. Why do some of the children who like running still find sports day traumatic? 4. How team games produced a positive atmosphere on sports day. What alternative to sports day does the writer suggest? Finding the main ideas Match the following main ideas to the relevant paragraphs (1-5) of the article. What symptoms do children who are afraid of sports day show? 2. An alternative to the traditional sports day. How did the children feel about the team games played after the race? 6. A.
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What Examiners Expect You To Do IGCSE examiners expect you to read a variety of texts in order to get the maximum of information and with the minimum of misunderstanding. This will give you a general idea of what the text is about. questions bearing on certain aspects of the content by respecting the word limit which is usually 100 words and by providing all relevant points. They also expect you to show your understanding of the texts by: (a) answering accurately and sufficiently questions on the content of the text. You may use the wording of the text but your answers must be accurate and to the point. as far as this is possible. How To Read (a) Skim the text Read only the title and look at pictures or graphs if there are any. (b) Scan the text .A. B. (b) summarising in your own words.
a few difficult words won't make much difference. write neatly and clearly. C. So it is now easy to guess that a dipstick is the metal rod that is used to measure the oil level in a car engine and a stoat is a kind of animal that attacks and kills other animals. But see what happens when they are put into a context: (a) The car was making a funny noise. do not panic even if there are 15-20 words you don't know. Examiners won't expect you to understand every single word in a text. Dealing With Unknown Words Most IGCSE candidates of English as a second language tend to worry too much about unknown words. Read the sentence the unknown word is in. You are not allowed to use chemical erasers.Read through the text quickly by concentrating on the first and last sentences of each paragraph. As a courtesy to your Examiner.that is how they are used in the text. scan and read the text. Read the questions carefully and highlight question words and keywords which will guide you to look for the relevant information. Believe me. you probably do not know what dipstick or stoat mean. 2. Skim. Dos And Don'ts Dos 1. As long as these words stand alone. Do not expect to be able to guess all the new words in a text. But they will expect you to understand the text as a whole as well as possible since they are testing your ability to understand written English. The most important thing is to understand the main ideas / points and most of the details. the sentences before and after. First of all. Look at the context of these words . (c) Read the text Carefully read the text trying to concentrate on details relating to the main points or main ideas of each paragraph. (b) I heard a noise like a rabbit being killed by a stoat. Reading unknown words in context will greatly help you to guess their meaning. so I got out. . Unless your English is fluent. so make sure you delete neatly. There will be some that you can only get a vague idea of and others will be impossible to guess. This will give you a pretty good idea of the main points. D. 3. opened the bonnet and took out the dipstick to check the oil level. there is no way of guessing their meaning.
5. specify the currency . graphs or small fonts. Complete sentences are not necessary in the answers to some questions but your answers must be accurate. 4:25 pm 6.g. The IGCSE Reading Test Reblog (0) | | Digg This | Save to del.e. Very often. If times are required. Use only the space provided and do not use the margin where it says "for examiner's use!" 5. Do not read the questions before skimming. 2010 at 12:37 PM in Advanced.us | Tweet This! | May 16.e. You will have the chance to express your own viewpoints in the writing test! 2. ESL. so that you find it difficult to separate what the writer says from what you feel. 4. Do not provide long answers unless a specific number of words is required. Reading Comprehension | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0) ShareThis Technorati Tags: IGCSE. Do not be an imaginative reader by interpreting the text in the light of your own viewpoints.g. Do not ignore them! You might also like: The Language of Hollywood . If an amount of money is required. Remember that time spent reading effectively is saved later because you can answer the questions more quickly and accurately. £ 50 Don'ts 1. maps. scanning and finally reading the text carefully.4. Examinations.Answer Key Approaching IGCSE Reading Comprehension IGCSE Writing LinkWithin Posted on June 26. the answer to a question is to be found in pictures. specify am / pm . 3. IGCSE. Reading Comprehension. 2010 . Do not copy chunks of text hoping that the answer to the question will be included! You can use the exact words of the texts in so far as these provide an accurate answer which is to the point and not round the point.icio.
The IGCSE Listening Test . Pre-listening is important! Before you listen take advantage of the time allowed to read the introduction to each question. Remember that you can use the blank area on the paper to make notes while you are listening. you should provide the exact spoken words and the correct spelling. the listening exam is a test mainly of your ability to write down what you have heard. Remember. This will give you a clue on the topic of the recording. You are allowed to use your own words provided you communicate the point / idea clearly.May 2010 The IGCSE listening test is on May 21st. part of the skill of listening is to predict what might be said next. Yet. so let's review some main points about the exam: 1. take a guess and provide an answer. In case you fail to get the point. But this should be your last resort! . Highlight keywords as shown in the example below including question words so that you know what to listen for. What is the aim of the challenge? Ideally. Example: Listen to the following interview about a recent motoring expedition and answer the questions below: "Man and Machine for Nature" is the motto of the challenge.
Answers concerning the cost of an item should provide the original currency spoken not just the numerical amount.five paounts (wrong) . 4. You can make spelling mistakes and still get your mark if the misspelt word is close to the correct word. you won't get your mark if the misspelt word: . Examples: chanse instead of chance / realy instead of really / carefull instead of careful / theater(correct in American English) instead of theatre But even though you provide the correct answer. 2. Bear in mind that where two points / answers are required for one single mark you will get your mark only if you provide both points correctly. And remember that £ (pounds) is not the same as $ (dollars)! Example: -How much did Nuria pay for the CD? .forms another recognised English word plane instead of plain / site instead of sight / heals instead of heels / who's instead of whose 3.five pounds (correct) .In the example above : Protect nature by organising a motoring expedition is much better than leaving it blank as you may eventually get your mark.$5 (wrong) .£5 (correct) . Pay attention to plurals! Thousands is not the same as thousand! 5.5 (wrong) .is very different from the correct word bioutifoul instead of beautiful / rialli instead of really / tsianse instead of chance .five (wrong) .
talks.What time does the train leave the station? . Answers concerning the time should also specify whether it's in the morning / afternoon / evening. Example: . Good Luck to you all! . the news and make some notes while you are listening. Here are a few examples: heard and herd hare and hair peace and piece who's and whose site and sight brake and break brash and brush track and truck mite and might new and knew And don't forget that practice makes perfect. In this way.6.at 6:00 / at six (wrong) . In the remaining few days before the listening exam.at six in the afternoon (correct) . You should thoroughly review vocabulary and spelling paying close attention to the spelling of homophones. you will train your ear to become more familiar with spoken English. Listen to interviews. Review and Practice. take the good habit to listen to an English radio station for twenty minutes every day.at 6:00 pm (correct) . Many candidates wrongly believe that there is nothing to review for the IGCSE listening test.at 18:00 hours (correct) 7.
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your intersts. If there is anything you don't understand. One of the examiner's topic cards might be a good choice for you. current issues that are on your mind. This will help to make the conversation more interesting and might lead to a higher mark for you. Remember that this part of the exam is not being marked.to calm yourself down and get ready. But remember. don't hesitate to ask the examiner but don't overdo it !! You will be allowed to look at the topic card for about 2-3 minutes and think about what you want to say but you won't be allowed to make any written notes. Remember that you don't have to stick to the five or six points listed on the card. This should be your aim in the warm-Up. sentences and phrases accurately? (b) Vocabulary . Warm-Up The examiner will welcome you to the test and will ask you to briefly talk about yourself. Forget all about the test and just try to have a good chat on an interesting topic. things you like doing. It's an informal chat just to get you settled down and make you feel comfortable. things you feel strong about. Then it's likely that you have performed well. 1. therefore. try to involve the examiner in a genuine conversation.can I take part in a two-way conversation by extending the prompts / ideas that the examiner has brought up? The key to success is to be relaxed. You should. your family.am I using a wide range of words? (c) Fluency . Adapted from : Examiner Tips for IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510) . 2. It might be a good idea to mention your particular interests such as hobbies. You can include some points of your own. your school.am I using spoken language. You should think of the three assessment criteria in this way: (a) Structure .The IGCSE Speaking Test consists of three phases and takes about 10 minutes. 3.Papers 5 and 6 by Dean Roberts . The Topic Card The examiner will then give you the topic card and will go through all the points of the topic.examiner for IGCSE E2L and principal moderator for oral tests . The conversation with the examiner The test is certainly not about delivering a speech! Examiners are trained to avoid and stop speeches taking place. it's not you but the examiner who chooses the topic card. But you should remain broadly within the main topic.
What if I know nothing about the topic? . It is important to speak! 2. But should this happen. be sure that the examiner will help out.FAQ .Frequently Asked Questions Here is a list of the most common questions my students usually ask me about the test: 1. What if my mind goes blank and I can't say a word? Don't be negative! Negativity will only lead to failure.
Revise your vocabulary and spoken forms of English. If I forget a word. You might also like: Modals .Answer Key IGCSE Listening Test . don't panic. However. .Take the good habit to listen to a British Radio Station daily.June 2008 . don't forget that the examiner may not speak or understand your native language. 6. you will be penalised if you make too many mistakes or use limited vocabulary. .Use the topics from past exam papers to practise speaking with a friend or your teacher. 3. the news. Use other words you are familiar with to explain. The more you understand spoken English the better you will speak it. The test is not about how much you know about a topic but about how well you can engage in a two-way conversation without digressing from the topic.I mean their natural home. 5. Listen to talks. Am I supposed to have a good accent? No. How can I prepare for the test? . .DO NOT prepare any topics and learn them by heart!! 4. interviews. not at all! But you are expected to have a good pronunciation and a good intonation.You don't need to have any prior knowledge of any of the topics. you can't! This is an exam testing your ability to express yourself in English. However. can I say it in my language? No. if you forget a word.Answer Key Easily Confused Words . Am I likely to get a lower mark if I make mistakes? Worrying too much about making mistakes will hinder conversation. Say: I believe that wild animals should live in the jungle or in forests .Modal Perfect: Practice . Example You want to say: I believe that wild animals should live in their natural habitat. Besides.Part I LinkWithin .
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