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  1. 1. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza GETTING READY FOR B1
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  3. 3. http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/ natalialzam@gmail.com Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  4. 4. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Methodology • Real materials (mostly) • Free resources • Writing down, recording • Making the most of time
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  6. 6. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) 1. What’s my level of English? 2. Structure of exams, samples 3. Reading 4. Listening 5. Writing 6. Speaking 7. Vocabulary / grammar
  7. 7. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza IMMERSION
  8. 8. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Use English in everyday life •Mobile phone settings/ computer… •Watch TV shows / films in English •look for recipes •Any internet search •Wikipedia •youtube tutorials / how to •follow British or American institutions, media, celebrities…on Twitter
  9. 9. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza 9 Online courses » https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/aprendizaje-de-idiomas- online/
  10. 10. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza 10 » https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/examenes-nivel-b1-y-b2- ingles-validos-en-aragon-fechas-modelos-de-examen/
  11. 11. 1. MY LEVEL OF ENGLISH Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  12. 12. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza 1. Level of English
 http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/cual-es-mi-nivel-en-un-idioma/
 • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) • DIALANG / DIALANG web • Instituto Nacional de Evaluación Educativa (INEE) -preguntas de comprensión (desde A1 a B2)
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  15. 15. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Other tests • https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/duolingo-test-center-cual- es-mi-nivel-de-ingles/ • http://www.britishcouncil.org/aptis/preparation-material (Aptis, British Council certificate)
  16. 16. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) 2. STRUCTURE OF THE TESTS
  17. 17. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. • Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  18. 18. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) PAPER TOTAL MARKS PASS MARK reading comprehension 20 10 listening comprehension 20 10 written expression / interaction (writing) 20 10 oral expression / interaction (speaking) 20 10 EOI
  19. 19. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) SPEAKING 25 % LISTENING 25 % WRITING 25 % READING 25 %
  20. 20. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) RESULT
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  22. 22. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) EEOOII- official documents » information for candidates (2015) » ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
  23. 23. sample tests / past papers » past papers (1)(Aragón) » past papers (2)(Aragón) » compilation of sample tests and past tests (whole of Spain)
  24. 24. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza 24 PET (Preliminary English Test)
  25. 25. further training resources for PET »http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/preliminary/ preparation/ »http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/ activities-for-learners/?rows=12 (actividades todas destrezas, todos niveles) »http://www.examenglish.com/PET/index.html »http://www.flo-joe.com/preliminaryenglish/index.htm
  26. 26. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza 26 ACLES B1 » CULM Unizar, CUID UNED… » MOOC- Cómo preparar un examen B1 inglés » Descripción examen UNED » Modelo de examen inglés B1: sin soluciones; con soluciones.
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  28. 28. 3. READING COMPREHENSION Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  29. 29. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza • Reading: – To understand – get information – To improve writing / speaking – For fun • making notes, underlining, highlighting>>>> incorporating expressions into your vocabulary • Types of texts: – news – literary – pedagogical
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  37. 37. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza 37 READING COMPREHENSION- MULTIPLE CHOICE • Highlight/ underline / circle the fragment where the answer may be found • Be sure you really understand • all 4 options: only one of them is the best. • the question (beware of negatives, opposites…)
  38. 38. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza news 
 • http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html • http://www.guardian.co.uk/ • http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/ • http://www.newsenglishlessons.com/ (B1) • http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ (B1) • http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/news-report • http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/lingohack
  39. 39. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Pedagogical texts
 • http://www.gcflearnfree.org/reading/readingcomprehension • http://www.eslfast.com/ • http://www.5minuteenglish.com/reading.htm • http://www.world-english.org/english_reading.htm
  40. 40. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Literary texts • http://www.world-english.org/stories.htm (Classic short stories) • Roald Dahl: Lamb to the Slaughter / The Landlady
  41. 41. 4. LISTENING COMPREHENSION Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
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  45. 45. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) tips » read the questions before the first listen (you’ll be given time) » don’t try to understand every single word- just the information you really need. » careful with multiple choice questions (slight differences) » beware if the answer contains the exact same word you heard
  46. 46. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Podcasts • http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts • http://learningenglish.voanews.com/podcast/0.html
  47. 47. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza BBC PODCASTS (A2-B1)
 http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/bbc-podcasts/ • The English We Speak • 6-minute English • 6-minute Grammar • 6-minute Vocabulary
  48. 48. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza 48 BRAIN OF BRITAIN (QUIZ) sample questions
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  50. 50. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) other podcasts » Vaughan radio
  51. 51. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Digital radio • Phone-ins • News bulletins
  52. 52. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) News • http://www.cnn.es/studentnews/ (transcribed and subtitled) • http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/international • http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/ (BBC news for children / teenagers- easier to understand) • http://www.newsinlevels.com/ (Euronews,transcription) • http://www.englishblog.com/ (words that appear on the media, updated almost daily) • http://www.reuters.com/news/video/reuters-tv (transcription)
  53. 53. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Watch TV online • http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/ver-programas-tv-otros- paises-por-internet/
  54. 54. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Real videos subtitled in English
  55. 55. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Songs • Musixmatch • http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/musixmatch-lyrics-player/
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  58. 58. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza • http://musicenglish.co.uk/ • http://www.lyricstraining.com/ • http://www.lyricsgaps.com/ • http://www.its-teachers.com/interact/songs/default.asp
  59. 59. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) Films • http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/peliculas- para-aprender-ingles/ • http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/ (trailers subtitled in English for people with hearing loss) • http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com/ • http://cinema.clubefl.gr/ • http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/eslvideo/index.html • http://www.multimedia-english.com/contenidos/listado/videos • http://dvd-subtitles.com/trailers.html
  60. 60. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) TV shows • http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/series-para- aprender-ingles/ • Watch TV shows (online; free; English subtitles): http://ororo.tv/en
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  62. 62. TED TALKS » http://lingorank.com/talks/ (TED talks by level) » Must-see TED talks for kids » Talks by brilliant kids and teens
  63. 63. Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza) listening comprehension exercises • http://www.listenaminute.com/ • http://www.listen-and-write.com/ • http://www.examenglish.com/index.html
  64. 64. 5. WRITING Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  65. 65. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza DOs AND DON’Ts Don’t just answer the question show off! Don’t think about what you want to say in Spanish (the exact sentence) and then translate •What can I say in English? •What ideas do I want to express?
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  71. 71. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Tips for writing • There’s no need to give your true opinion about a topic>>> show your strategies, and your level of English • Draft- plan your writing (structure, guide your text towards where you want it to go)
  72. 72. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Tips for writing • Simpler sentences than in Spanish (less subordination) • Use commas, colons, stops, full stops… • Group ideas in paragraphs • Coherence inside the paragraph/between paragraphs • Use links properly • Proper use of grammar and vocabulary • Self-correction / external correction
  73. 73. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ • English-Spanish / English-English • British / American / Learner’s / Advanced… • Phonetics/ pronunciation • Take the meaning / word you need (not necessarily the first one)
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  76. 76. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza LANGUAGE EXCHANGE
ver también: http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/para-profesores-en-apuros/
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  80. 80. 6. SPEAKING Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  81. 81. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Tips • Record yourself speaking • Think in English/ talk to yourself in English • Speaking groups (people learning)
  82. 82. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Language exchange with native speakers
 • Skype, e-mails, chats… – http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/ (voice and text Exchange) – http://www.conversationexchange.com/ (live practice, pen-pals and voice / text chats) – http://www.sharedtalk.com/ (voice / text exchanges) – Other websites: http://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/ your-top-10-language-exchange-websites-for-speaking- english-fluently/
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  85. 85. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza PRONUNCIATION • Wrong pronunciation can hinder understanding • http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ • http://www.forvo.com/ (native speakers have recorded themselves pronuncing words, names, place names…)
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  87. 87. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Tips for the exam • = writing- use expressions that will make you “look good” (show your level) • Monologue: use of discourse markers (now then, I mean, you know…). • Interaction: it’s not 2 monologues, one after another!
  88. 88. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Expressions to use in an oral test • https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/expressions-to-use-in-a- speaking-test-monologue-interaction/ • http://mythatsenglish.blogspot.com.es/2014/11/madrid-teacher-talking- about-classifieds.html • https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/fillers-para-examenes- orales-de-ingles/
  89. 89. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Interaction • question tags, to engage the other speaker in the conversation / give the floor / ask opinion • Expressions such as don’t you think? • Expresssions such as no, not really (instead of a plain “no”) • Showing agreement: definitely, absolutely… • Showing disagreement: I’m sorry to disagree but… • Show that you agree partly, but still…: I see your point, but… Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  90. 90. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza • Usual topics: http://englishinguiaintermedio.wordpress.com/ 2014/01/21/topics-for-the-speaking-test/ • interaction practice: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/projects/ examreform/Pages/ST_InduvidLT.html • individual long turn practice: • http://iteslj.org/questions/ • http://www.esldiscussions.com/
  91. 91. 7. VOCABULARY Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  92. 92. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza • Supports production • Active & passive vocabulary • Vocabulary in context: lists without a context, not very useful • Sources: texts, articles, films, series, radio, songs …
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  94. 94. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza How? • Writing down expressions / jotting them down (notebook, Evernote…) • Flashcards: http://quizlet.com/ • Mind maps: – https://bubbl.us/ https:/ – /www.text2mindmap.com/ – http://popplet.com/ • Visual dictionary: http://visual.merriam-webster.com/index.php • How many words do you know?: http://testyourvocab.com/
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  97. 97. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Expressions in context • http://fraze.it/: find expressions, set phrases, in real contexts • Oxford Online Collocation Dictionary
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  99. 99. 8. GRAMMAR Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  100. 100. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Support for skills • http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/6min_gram (BBC 6-minute grammar, podcast) • http://www.agendaweb.org/ • http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/ • http://www.roadtogrammar.com/welcome/winload.swf • http://autoenglish.org/basicgrammar.htm • Use of English : http://www.flo-joe.com/preliminaryenglish/index.htm
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  102. 102. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza • http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps/learnenglish-grammar-uk- edition • https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/murphys-english-grammar-in/ id848215354?mt=8
  103. 103. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza Resources organized by categories • https://delicious.com/natalialzam/
  104. 104. 9. DON’T BE A TOURIST Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)
  105. 105. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza • “solo se aprende el idioma yendo al país”
  106. 106. Natalia López Zamarvide CIFE Juan de Lanuza LISTENING & SPEAKING • Greeters: • http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info/ • http://www.londongreeters.org/ • Google the name of the town / city you’re going to visit + greeter, for example, “Canterbury Greeters”.
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  108. 108. http://natalialzam.wordpress.com/ natalialzam@gmail.com Natalia López Zamarvide Asesora C. lingüística CIFE “Juan de Lanuza” Natalia López Zamarvide, CIFE Juan de Lanuza (Zaragoza)

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