Some summer study ideas for students on or going into B2 level courses in the next academic year (preparation for Cambridge First).
Grammar and vocabulary / Use of English
- Practise word building with this game from Project 5
- Test/build your vocabulary and help end hunger at the same time with Free Rice
- Review grammar and vocabulary from the Teens 8 course on the Natural English website
- Review grammar and vocabulary from the Upper-Intermediate Adult course at the English File websites here and here.
- Students already studying at FCE level can revise content from the course so far with the CD-ROM in your course book First Certificate Expert
- Try this phrasal verbs test from Cambridge University Press
- This vocabulary trainer accompanies a course book for Cambridge First preparation – try some of the activities here to recycle known vocabulary and learn new words
- The BBC Learning English site has activities with videos, audio and animations to help you improve your English. For FCE candidates, check out their sections on Funky Phrasals, Words in the News, 6 Minute English and Today’s Phrase
- Simple English Videos – short, easy to follow video lessons which focus on commonly confused words and grammar patterns. A really helpful site!
- Cambridge First Use of English Part 3 – Word Formation – online activities with verbs negatives nouns (-ion) nouns (-ance & -ence) nouns (-ment / -ness) “irregular” nouns adjectives (-ful & -less) words related to size, dimension and colours etc.
Speaking and pronunciation
- Watch a video of a Cambridge English: First speaking exam with a commentary from the Pearson Exams Place (scroll down the page to find the video).
- The BBC Learning English website has videos and activities to help you improve your pronunciation
- Focus on word stress with this game: Stress Monsters
- English File (OUP) Pronunciation activities: Intermediate + and Upper Intermediate
- Games to help you practise pronunciation at the Phonetics Focus website
- Spoken Skills is a website which allows you to practise pronunciation by listening and recording sentences including particular vowel or consonant sounds, functional language for presentations, telephone dialogues, and intonation. This menu page has links to various things. Browse, find something you’re interested in practising and give it a try (to record, allow the page to access the mirophone on your computer).
- Check out these videos with tips for the Cambridge English: First Writing paper from students studying at this level at International House Porto and the people who write the exams at Cambridge English.
- For students in our FCE groups from 2012-13, check the edmodo page for some summer writing tasks that you can send to us for feedback over the summer.
- Check out these linking word activities: The Tiny TEFL Teacher linking words Natural English (OUP) Linking ideas Natural English (OUP) Linking words
- Listen and Write is a great place on the web to practise listening skills and hear about the news. Try some of the dictation activities at different levels (try something at level 10 to start off and move up from there). This site is free but you’ll have to create an account to get the most out of it (click on: “sign up”).
- www.elllo.org is an English Listening text library with activities. Find something you’re interested in and practise your listening skills with a variety of accents.
- Follow news stories in English with BBC News: One-minute World News video.
Cambridge English: First – Exam Practice
- We have a wealth of resources within the school available for our students to use. Why not take advantage of our summer opening hours in July and September to come in and do some practice with our extra resource books and CDs?
- Full exam papers are available to download on the Cambridge English website. Click on “Where can I find sample papers?” on the following pages: First First for Schools (FCE level but aimed at younger learners)
- Flo-joe provides online practice for Cambridge Exams: http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/
- If your study group has an online group set up on edmodo (www.edmodo.com) remember to check the page for any quizzes, assignments, posts that you may have missed during the year and anything we post during the summer months. Let us know if you need your password resetting or if you don’t have the group code to access the site: firstname.lastname@example.org
Things to follow on Facebook
You might find these pages on facebook worth following…
- Cambridge English Language Assessment – study tips, exam information, language quizzes and more
- Facebook page for English is Fun
- Flo-Joe for FCE (First Certificate)
- International House Santa Clara on Facebook
Keep visiting this page as we’ll be updating and adding more links during the summer.