The BBC has some useful pages you can use for listening and speaking. If you want to work on your pronunciation, there is a section here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/ with some short videos that show clearly how to pronounce sounds. There are also some sections to help you recognise some of the easily confused sounds.
We have talked about the importance of listening as well as using current events to develop vocabulary and ideas. The Pearl report last week focused on Elite athletes – the same topic as the guided practice for Form 4 in Chapter 5. You should try to watch and review relevant episodes of this show. These shows are only available on line for a limited time so make sure you watch them. Note relevant phrases and expressions that you may find useful.
You can find the report from sample schools here. REPORT This can be difficult to read, but there is clear advice in each section about how to prepare for the exam and what you should do during the exam. See the Form 6 Speaking Page for some short speaking and listening activities.
I hope you are all enjoying study break. Make sure to balance what you are doing. Look for times to speak English in a relaxed situation. I’ll see many of you for revision, but make sure you have reviewed these notes as well as the materials on the Form 7 page before you come back for practice. You must set yourself up to learn. Form 7 exam review There are also some links on the Form 6 page you may find useful for general current affairs reading.
Well – let’s start with just 2! This young person is fluent in 11 langauges. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17107435 OK so he is a student! – but how did he do it? Watch the clip. Living in a community helps. (Learning in context). He also talks about learning songs. Most of you are learning three languages. Is it impossible? Not if you find the right method and love what you do!
As you sit on the MTR, you can play games or watch silly YouTube videos – even music. This will help you to relax. Another possibility is to link in to some useful lessons for English. Two I saw in a recent newsletter are:
Rachel’s English and
English with Jennifer
There are lessons on pronunciation as well as grammar. These will reinforce what you learn in class. Looking at something once is not learning it. You need to go back over vocabulary as well as key pronunciation. A little bit every day will make a huge difference.
During the first cycle, many classes watched this video :
In groups, you wrote down the tricks you could remember. We discussed why this task was difficult. Important things we noted were:
1. In the Speaking exam, it is important to pay attention to what the others are saying. Do not sit there thinking about what you are going to say next.
2. VOCABULARY is very important. If you don’t know the words, it can be hard to say anything. If you are taking too long to think of a word, it will effect your fluency.
3. Spelling doesn’t matter in the Speaking exam. Your notes should be short and readable.
4. Get over your bad HABITS. Habits are things we do regularly and often without thinking. Make sure the habits you have for your speaking exam are good ones.
You can find some comments about the Form 6 speaking exam here: final exam 2011 comments Form 6 Oral.
It was great to hear the range of ideas you all had on the topics discussed. This report does focus on areas for improvement. Many of these are similar to the areas we looked at after the first exam. You must take note of this when doing discussions in the future. Make sure you do some speaking / listening everyday.
Go to http://skhsslmc67.edublogs.org/ for examples of short activities you can complete. Also, do the the summer assignment tasks which will include taping and uploading a presentation.
You can also leave comments on current issues – or comment on the comments of others by going here : http://skhsslmc2talk.edublogs.org/