Each year IH Bydgoszcz holds a Cambridge Day to give ideas to teachers in the local area to help them teach Main Suite exams. Recently, our sister school, IH Toruń, has become an exam centre too, so to celebrate, we held events in both cities this year. My session was designed to share some (perhaps) less well-known online resources which can be used by teachers who are preparing students for both exams. These are the sites which I shared:
Cambridge Phrasal Verbs apps
Amusing cartoons and a matching game designed to help students remember 100 phrasal verbs. As far as I know they’re a different hundred in each!
The Phrasal Verbs Machine (cartoons in a historic style)
Phrasalstein (cartoons with a comedy horror inflection)
A one-man activity-writing/worksheet-producing machine, and everything I’ve tried so far has been good quality!
Key word sentence transformations advice and activities (including TEFL Reversi, which you can try by printing this Quizlet set: click ‘more’>’print’>’small’ and ‘double-sided printing’ and you’ll get cards you just need to cut up
A collection of FCE resources for students and teachers which I recommend, including among other things a link to FCE: The Musical!, a 60-minute webinar by Andy Scott with lots more ideas of ways to make exam preparation interesting.
Various FCE activities I’ve shared on my blog, many of which could be adapted to other exams.
Richer Speaking is my ebook, which includes a section with activities for extending speaking, aimed at encouraging students to produce longer stretches of language. This is especially useful for the picture tasks in Cambridge exams.
A Hive of Activities
Emma Gore-Lloyd has a range of Cambridge exam activities on her blog. One of my favourites uses pictures as a prompt to remember pairs of sentence transformations.
One of my all-time favourite resources, which is great for vocabulary learning in general, and which can be exploited for Use of English practice too.
How to use Quizlet, including links to classes/groups organised by CEFR level.