Still looking for things to do with Exam Skills
in class? Here are a couple of ideas for activities which require no preparation, and will work with almost any Exam Skills
1. Jigsaw reading / listening
: use one of the areas of the website with more than one programme (e.g. ‘Preparing’). Put the students into groups. Ask each group to listen to or read one of the programmes and take notes. They should then compare these within their groups. Re-group the students so there is one person from each original group in each new group. Ask them to share what they have learned. This could also work well with the ‘Advice from IATEFL’ section of the website.
2. Exam Clinic Roleplay
: ask the class to listen to one of the programmes and take notes. Assign the roles of ‘advisor’ and ‘student’ to half the class each. The ‘students’ should write down five questions they want to ask the advisor about what they have heard. The ‘advisors’ should study their notes and try to anticipate the questions the ‘students’ might ask. Re-pair the class so there is one ‘student’ and one ‘advisor’ working together. The ‘students’ should then ask their questions and the ‘advisor’ should answer as fully as they can. They can then swap roles and re-do the activity with the same or a different programme.
For these and more ideas for classroom activities, download this list of teaching ideas (51 K)
And here's a note-taking template (40 K)
for use with any Exam Skills programme.