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Exam Preparation Guide This guide provides suggestions for what and how to study for your Level 6 exam, which covers Units 7-12 in World Pass, Upper-Intermediate. Vocabulary We have studied a lot of vocabulary this term, and the words and expressions we studied will likely appear in all sections of the exam. To get an overview of what this includes, you can look at the following: Vocabulary List Handouts, one for each chapter (links to these can be found under ‘homework’ on the online course calendar: http://www.unejn.org/L6.htm ) Language Summaries for Units 7-12 on pp157-159 Expansion Pages at the end of each chapter, for which the answers are on page168. o Unit 7 – pp88-89 o Unit 8 – pp100-101 o Unit 9 – pp112-113 o Unit 10 – pp126-127 o Unit 11 – pp128-139 o Unit 12 – pp150-151 Here are some suggestions on how to study vocabulary: Create a vocabulary notebook In Vocabulary Myths, a book written for language teachers and students, the authors suggest using a vocabulary notebook to learn new vocabulary. However, they caution that such a notebook is only useful if it’s well-organized and usable. For each ‘vocabulary notebook’ entry, the authors suggest including: the target word or phrase; a translation; Online Resources www.onelook.com a synonym/antonym and/or key connecting word; www.google.com a brief example (not a full sentence; just a good collocation). Here is suggested way for organizing your entries: 1 Come up with Resultar en, dar un resultado Produce or make (an answer) _____________ a great solution Retake the online quizzes for each chapter. Go to www.unejn.org → Level 6 →Links →World Pass Upper-Intermediate Student Website→Select a Unit (7-12; in box) →Click on Quiz (on left). The first part of each of these quizzes tests vocabulary. Review the workbook exercises for each unit – especially the first (vocabulary) exercise. Do, or redo, the crossword puzzles for Units 7-9 and for Units 10-12 (you can ask your instructor for extra copies of these, if you like); and pp 114 and 152 reviews in your textbook. Other ideas? Grammar Below is a list of grammar topics we have studied, textbook references, and suggested handouts and websites for further practice. Our textbook’s online quizzes for each chapter are also very useful. Grammar Topic Textbook Ref. Suggested Handouts & Websites Unit 7 Past Perfect pp. 80-81 -Unit 7 workbook exercises - Grammar section p. 163 -Unit 19: Past Perfect - handout -Practice with forms: common irregular verbs – handout -English Page Verb Tense Tutorial – click on ‘Past Perfect’ for a lesson, and try quizzes 11-15 -Using English Quiz: Past or Past Perfect? Unit 8 Gerunds & pp. 92-93 -Unit 8 workbook exercises - Grammar section Infinitives p. 163 -Gerunds & Infinitives chart - handout -Test/Review of Gerunds &Infinitives - handout -Gerunds & Infinitives classroom exercise -EFLnet quiz on Gerunds & Infinitives -Internet Language Center quiz on Gerunds & Infinitives Unit 9 Relative Clauses pp. 104-105 -Unit 9 workbook exercises - Grammar section p. 164 -Unit 24: Adjective Clauses and Participles as Adjectives -Relative Clauses classroom exercise -Perdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) lesson Unit 10 Embedded pp. 118-119 -Unit 10 workbook exercises - Grammar section (Indirect) Questions p. 164 -English Zone lesson and quiz -English Zone online lesson and quiz -Grammar Lessons on the Web lesson and three quizzes -Links to more online lessons and quizzes Unit 11 Hypothetical pp. 130-131 -Unit 11 workbook exercises - Grammar section Conditionals p. 165 - Lesson 10: Grammar (conditionals) - handout -Guide to Grammar and Writing online lesson and quiz -English Page Conditional Tutorial – Study lessons on ‘Present Unreal’ and ‘Past Unreal’ and try quizzes 4-6 Unit 12 Reported Speech pp. 142-143 -Unit 12 workbook exercises - Grammar section p. 165 - Dr. Benjamin Stock (reported speech) handout - My English Teacher.net lesson and quiz -The Internet TESOL Journal, quiz 1 and quiz 2 - English Learner quiz on reported speech Reading For the Level 6 exam only, there is a special reading section. It tests your overall reading proficiency in English. Thus, this part of the exam will perfectly match what we have done in class, and the only way to ‘study’ for it is to read as much as possible. For this part of the exam, you will read a series of short paragraphs. Each paragraph will be followed by two or three yes/no questions. You will simply circle ‘YES’ or ‘No’. The best advice I can give you for this part of the exam is to relax. You’ll do much better if you don’t get too stressed out about it. Also, be sure to answer all the questions. Even if you don’t know the answer, you have a 50% chance of getting it right if you try. Listening There are several things you can do to practice listening. Listen to the book’s audio recordings (again). In each chapter, we listened to one long audio recording and you were given a copy of the transcript. To listen again, you can go to our textbook’s student website, click on MP3 audio (on left), click to download a recording, and click on open (just to listen) or save (to save and listen later). NB: You‟ll need to use a „zip‟ program. Visit other websites that allow you to listen to recordings on similar topics (see list below). Listening Topic Textbook Suggested Websites Unit Crime p.79 Listen to related news stories & do exercises: 7 The story of DB Cooper The story about a http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/crime.html famous thief http://www.cdlponline.org/ (Click on ‘Law & Government’) Unit Money p.91 Listen to related news stories & do exercises: 8 We need a plan A meeting with a http://www.cdlponline.org/ financial advisor (Click on ‘Money’) Listen to advice about personal finances http://www.handsonbanking.org/ Unit Family p.103 Listen to related news stories & do exercises: 9 Matters Georgio‟s Ad http://www.cdlponline.org/ (Click on ‘Family’) A news story about an elderly man who posted http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/adopt/storyweek.html an ad to be ‘adopted’ by a family http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/oradopt/storyweek.html Unit Travel p.117 Listen to related news stories & do exercises: 10 There and back again An interview with a http://www.cdlponline.org/ (Click on ‘Going Places’) man who traveled Listen to interviews and answer questions: around the world for a year http://www.elllo.org/months/levels.htm (Click on ‘High Intermediate’ or ‘Advanced’ and listen to stories related to countries and travel) Watch short videos about neighborhoods in major cities: http://www.turnhere.com/ Unit Relationships p. 129 Practice everyday English in conversation 11 Don‟t talk about that! A recording of a blind http://www.focusenglish.com/dialogues/conversation.html date Unit Emergencies p. 141 Listen to related news stories & do exercises: 12 It‟s an emergency The job of a 911 http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/disasters.html dispatcher http://www.cdlponline.org/ (Click on ‘Health & Safety’) Listen to interviews and answer questions: http://www.elllo.org/months/levels.htm (Click on ‘High Intermediate’ or ‘Advanced’ and listen to stories related to emergencies) Writing In each chapter, we focused on a kind of writing. In the workbook exercises for each chapter, there is an opportunity to practice. You can practice and give your writing to your instructor for feedback. Writing Topic Textbook References Unit 7 Narrative p. 86 paragraphs Unit 8 Argumentative p. 98 essays Unit 9 Conclusion p. 110 Sentences Unit 10 Complaint Letters p. 124 Unit 11 Email – both formal p. 136 and informal Unit 12 Short magazine p. 148 articles Speaking In each chapter, we have focused on one speaking situation. Below is a chart showing these. In only 5 minutes, the examiner will not be able to cover all of these situations. In fact, he/she will likely ask you only a few ‘warm up’ questions (e.g. How are you? Where are you from? Where do you work?) and 1-2 questions like those suggested below. By doing so, he/she is checking if you can comfortably talk about the kind of topics we’ve discussed in class. Although it is not necessary for you to use certain vocabulary, using expressions found on the pages listed may make you sound more ‘natural’ and fluent. Unit Topic Possible exam question Unit 7 Suggesting a course The examiner will ask you to imagine a situation in which there of action is no one ‘right’ answer and will ask you what you might do. For example: p.82 and Expressing a point of p.87 view gently “Imagine you and I and shopping together. We see an elderly woman put some over-the-counter medicine into her shopping Considering bag. In such a situation, what do you think we should do?” consequences OR “Imagine you are walking down the street when a frightened young woman carrying a small bag runs past you and hides in a doorway. Moments later, two men who say that they are undercover police approach you and ask if you‟ve seen the woman. Would you tell them where she went?” Unit 8 Making suggestions The examiner will ask you for advice on what to do. For example: p. 94 My 60-year-old aunt, who has never visited New York before, is coming to visit me next week. Where do you think I should take her? OR Can you suggest a place in New York where I can get a nice [your nationality] meal? Unit 9 Stating your case The examiner will ask for your opinion on a controversial topic. (opinion) For example: p. 120 Responding to Do you think marrying someone from another culture brings and p.125 someone who has a more problems or benefits? different opinion OR If you inherited a large sum of money, what is the first thing you‟d spend it on? Why? After your opinion, the examiner will likely disagree with you in order to encourage you to further defend your case. Unit 10 Explaining a plan The examiner will ask you to describe a plan (or very tentative plan) that you have. For example: Taking things into consideration What are you planning to do for your next vacation? (Why?) OR What do you think you might do after you retire? Unit 11 Responding to The examiner may ask you ONE of two things: invitations p.132 and Talking about a To respond to an invitation. For example: p. 137 hypothetical situation I have two tickets to _____________ for tonight. Would you like to go with me? To respond to a hypothetical situation. For example: If you could have dinner will any man or woman, past or present, who would you choose and why? Unit 12 Reassuring someone The examiner will ask you to imagine a situation. For example: Figuring out the situation Imagine that I am at home watching TV when I hear the sound of running water. When I look up, I see a crack in the ceiling and Giving a solution water coming down. Who should I call?[Your answer] Checking the solution OK, Imagine you are [Your answer], and I call you. Let‟s role play the phone call. Ring. Ring. [You answer the phone] Hi, ____________, this is _______ in Apartment 202. We have a BIG problem.
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