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Use of English

FCE CAE CPE: Open Cloze Battleships

An alternative to the work through it together option... Basically, you need two different open cloze tasks from a test book (or you can use the examples given in the exam handbooks available from Cambridge ESOL's teacher support site). You... Continue Reading →

Twenty-Six different ways to do Gapfills / Cloze tasks

UPDATED - from fifteen to twenty six!  Many thanks to all those who contributed their ideas! Does what it says on the tin!  As part of a recent seminar -  I have collected, invented, developed and stolen these fifteen alternatives... Continue Reading →

Dependent Prepositions

It's a slightly strange phrase that - dependent prepositions - gives you the slight air of a bunch of small words hanging around a much larger word who feeds and clothes them and goes and and earns a wage with... Continue Reading →

To see what condition your conditionals are in

Covering a colleague's class today and opened the book at the required page to see:  "Grammar - conditionals".  Hmm.  So what's attached here is what I came up with as a bit of a "Conditionals review", which (with any luck)... Continue Reading →

One Word – Multiple Meanings

One of the things that often bothers learners is the idea that there is more than one meaning associated with a particular word... A while back I was sent this link: which has great videos showing multiple meanings of... Continue Reading →

The Domination Game

This was something that I originally cooked up as a comparatively fun way of doing revision / practice of an entire FCE Use of English paper without melting the learners' brains or causing everyone in the room to lose the... Continue Reading →

FCE Use of English: Open Cloze

This is a lesson I've used a lot over the years - it's designed for use with FCE classes, but can easily be adapted to a CAE group. The main idea behind the lesson is to try and introduce a... Continue Reading →

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