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2019 - March and april teacher activities - Cambridge Assessment English -number 53

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Spring has started and it is the perfect time of the year to think about how we want to change our lives. University students may decide to go and study abroad, high school students may want to volunteer during the summer break or even take a gap year to explore the world. In general, we all feel more willing to go out and meet new people now that the days are longer and sunnier. At Cambridge Assessment English we also feel optimistic and adventurous so we have designed some activities to practise all skills while learning about different options to expand your horizons. Happy teaching!

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2019 - March and april teacher activities - Cambridge Assessment English -number 53

  1. 1. 1 Travelling Spring has started and it is the perfect time of the year to think about how we want to change our lives. University students may decide to go and study abroad, high school students may want to volunteer during the summer break or even take a gap year to explore the world. In general, we all feel more willing to go out and meet new people now that the days are longer and sunnier. At Cambridge Assessment English we also feel optimistic and adventurous so we have designed some activities to practise all skills while learning about different options to expand your horizons. Happy teaching! 1. Travelling abroad .............................................................................................................................2 2. Studying abroad...............................................................................................................................7 3. Nice to meet you!...........................................................................................................................11 4. References......................................................................................................................................13
  2. 2. 2 1. Travelling abroad Level: B1 Preliminary Skills: speaking, reading Interaction: whole class, individual Time: 30 minutes Warm up (10’) – whole class activity • Have you studied / worked abroad? If so, what was your experience like? • Would you like to study / work abroad? Why (not)? • What advantages may studying / working abroad have? • What disadvantages may studying / working abroad have?
  3. 3. 3 Reading (10’) – individually The young people below are looking for a programme to study / work abroad. On the opposite page there are descriptions of six programmes for young people. For questions 1 – 4, choose the correct letter A – F. Underline the lines where you found the answer. 1. My name is Rachel. After a hard time I am looking for a way to change my life. I do not have much time, probably two or three months, because I want to continue with my university degree but I want to make a visible difference while meeting new people and trying local food. 2. My name is Tim. I want to experience a new culture and travel with my son and wife. I would like to give my family some stability so we would like to stay in our new country for at least three years. After working for several companies for the last 10 years I want to use my professional experience to research and teach at university level. 3. My name is Mike. I have a C1 in English and I have just finished my degree in Economics. I would love to work for a foreign company to gain some work experience and improve my social skills. 4. My name is Lucía. I have a degree in Spanish Studies but I have never worked as a teacher so I need some training. I am looking for an option that includes both studying and working. I would like my daughter to learn English in an English-speaking country for one academic year.
  4. 4. 4 A: Study abroad Thanks to Study Abroad programmes you can experience the world as your classroom. Rather than studying from books or the Internet, living in another country will open your eyes to new cultures and new languages. This programme will help you grow personally because as you learnto communicate in a foreign language, make new friends and try great local food, you will be increasing your confidence and going outside your comfort zone! The duration of the programme is one semester. B: Do an internship abroad This programme will develop your professional knowledge while expanding your academic and cultural horizons. You will be placed in a field which is relevant to your degree, where you will get used to the day-to-day work environment and make the most of your skills in real- life situations while improving your language and interpersonal skills. C: Volunteer abroad This programme is a fantastic opportunity to gain unique work experience, while making new friends and seeing the world. Through international volunteering, you could take part in a construction project, gain teaching experience, or provide essential medical care. In fact, the skills and experience you develop could help you find a better job or progress in your academic career! If you want a short trip to open your mind, this is the best option! D: Teach Spanish abroad If you choose this programme you will develop your teaching experience as well as your students’ language skills. The programme includes 10 teaching hours a week and 10 hours studying. As a student you will learn methods to help non-native speakers better understand the Spanish language and as a teacher you will be able to put that knowledge into practice. This programme has a duration of nine months, from September to May.
  5. 5. 5 E: Study your university degree abroad Many students study abroad for a semester as part of their undergraduate education. While this is a super experience, you can also take your entire degree abroad. Full degree programmes are available in a wide range of disciplines and are offered in United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. F: Study your PhD abroad Japan has a lot to offer when it comes to postgraduate studies and research. More than 10 of its universities are in the top 50 in Asia so it is a great opportunity to experience its unique culture while you expand your horizons. This programme lasts between three and four years if you are a full-time student. Family visas are offered. Weaker groups can compare their answers in pairs before correcting as a whole class. Students will have to justify their answers. Speaking (10’) – in pairs • Which option would you choose? Why? • Talk to a partner and discuss your options. Explain your choice. KEY 1 – C 2 – F 3 – B 4 – D * If your students are interested in studying or working abroad they can find more information here: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/es/cmp/study-english-in-the-uk/
  6. 6. 6 https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/es/why-cambridge-english/study/study-abroad/
  7. 7. 7 2. Studying abroad Level: B2 First / C1 Advanced Skills: reading, speaking and writing Interaction: whole class, individual Pre-teaching: how to write letters of application Classroom equipment: digital board Time: 75 minutes Warm up (10’) – whole group activity • Have you studied / worked abroad? If so, what was your experience like? • Would you like to study / work abroad? Why (not)? • What advantages may studying / working abroad have? • What disadvantages may studying / working abroad have? • Which option would you choose? Why?
  8. 8. 8 Writing (40’) – individual activity You want to apply for a place on one of these programmes. Contact the company Abroad and: 1. explain the programme you are applying for, 2. describe yourself and say why you are a suitable candidate, 3. ask for further information about accommodation. Write you answer in 140 – 190 words. A: Study abroad Thanks to Study Abroad programmes you can experience the world as your classroom. Rather than studying from books or the Internet, living in another country will open your eyes to new cultures and new languages. This programme will help you grow personally because as you learnto communicate in a foreign language, make new friends and try great local food, you will be increasing your confidence and going outside your comfort zone! The duration of the programme is one semester. B: Do an internship abroad This programme will develop your professional knowledge while expanding your academic and cultural horizons. You will be placed in a field which is relevant to your degree, where you will get used to the day-to-day work environment and make the most of your skills in real- life situations while improving your language and interpersonal skills. C: Volunteer abroad This programme is a fantastic opportunity to gain unique work experience, while making new friends and seeing the world. Through international volunteering, you could take part in a construction project, gain teaching experience, or provide essential medical care. In fact, the skills and experience you develop could help you find a better job or progress in your academic career! If you want a short trip to open your mind, this is the best option!
  9. 9. 9 D: Teach Spanish abroad If you choose this programme you will develop your teaching experience as well as your students’ language skills. The programme includes 10 teaching hours a week and 10 hours studying. As a student you will learn methods to help non-native speakers better understand the Spanish language and as a teacher you will be able to put that knowledge into practice. This programme has a duration of nine months, from September to May. E: Study your university degree abroad Many students study abroad for a semester as part of their undergraduate education. While this is a super experience, you can also take your entire degree abroad. Full degree programmes are available in a wide range of disciplines and are offered in United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. F: Study your PhD abroad Japan has a lot to offer when it comes to postgraduate studies and research. More than 10 of its universities are in the top 50 in Asia so it is a great opportunity to experience its unique culture while you expand your horizons. This programme lasts between three and four years if you are a full-time student. Family visas are offered.
  10. 10. 10 Check your letter before submitting it with Write&Improve. For correction, students can swap their letters and use peer correction. Speaking (25’) – in pairs Preparation time: 10 minutes Students should decide whether they will be the interviewer or the interviewee. Once this has been decided, they can work in pairs. Interviewer: You are a member of the Abroad staff. You are going to interview a candidate who is interested in taking part in one of the programmes your company offers. Prepare 10 questions to obtain information about: • the candidate’s CV • the candidate’s personality and interests • how the candidate will make a positive contribution to the programme. Be ready to talk about accommodation, price, dates, activities included in the programme and travel arrangements. Interviewee: You want to take part in one of the programmes offered by Abroad. Choose the programme you are interested in and prepare 10 questions about: • accommodation • price • dates • activities included in the programme • travel arrangements • and any other areas that you would like to know about. Be ready to talk about your studies / professional experience and your personality. It is important that you make a good impression as there are other candidates interested and places are limited.
  11. 11. 11 3. Nice to meet you! Level: Pre A1 Starters, A1 Movers, A2 Flyers Skills: speaking, listening and writing Content: names, greeting vocabulary, alphabet Interaction: whole class Classroom equipment: digital board Time: 30 minutes Lead in (10’) – whole class activity Students should stand in a queue. The teacher can use the random name picker. Students will have to go to the right if it’s a boys’ name, they will have to go to the left if it’s a girls’ name and stand still if it could be both. Speaking (10’) – whole class activity The teacher should write each of the names on a little piece of paper. Students will pick up one piece of paper and they will be assigned the name on it. Once everyone has a different name, the teacher will start the game. S/he will say his/her name, turn to the right and clap (for example). Then, the child who is on his/her right will say his/her name, turn to the right and clap. The child who is on his/her right will do the same and so on.
  12. 12. 12 Once the students are comfortable with the game, they will have to change directions at random, so sometimes turning to the right and other times turning to the left. The idea is that they all become familiar with their names. Speaking (10’) – whole class activity (older students: A1 Movers/ A2 Flyers) Students should stand up and mingle. They should get in pairs and say: A: Hello! My name is Bill. Nice to meet you! B: Hello! Nice to meet you too! My name is Grace. When they are finished, they should go and find another person who is alone. However, this time they will not use the name that was assigned to them, but the name of the person they shook hands with before. A: Hello! I’m Grace. Nice to meet you! C: Hello! My name is Alice. Nice to meet you too! The game continues in the same way. Hangman (10’) – whole class activity Students will practise the alphabet while they learn how to spell names in English playing the hangman.
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