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B2 First mini-course: DAY 3

Paper 2 and 3. Writing and Listening

Step by step tutorial with your English coach Bree Marie

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Welcome to DAY 3 of the B2 First Mini-course!

Ya has pasado el ecuador del mini-curso well done🙌 

Hoy vamos a ver 2 partes del examen:  Paper 2: Writing  y Paper 3: Listening. Verás que tanto el Listening como el Writing es fácil de mejorar por tu cuenta con las herramientas adecuadas.

🎬 En el siguiente vídeo Bree nos explica los puntos importantes de la parte de Writing y Listening y como puedes mejorarlas desde casa.

Paper 2: Writing

 Seguidamente encontrarás 4 recomendaciones + 5 recursos indispensables para mejorar tu nota en el Paper 2: Writing

💡 5 recomendaciones:

  1. Understand what examiners are looking for. The key here is understanding the criteria that examiners will assess in your writing. Here’s a list of the Writing Paper exam criteria that Bree spoke about in the video. Watch the video, then in your own words, try to summarise what each means:
    • Content:
    • Language:
    • Communicative Achievement:
    • Organisation:
  2. Ask for feedback! Ideally, your English Teacher will correct your writing and give you feedback. But if a teacher isn’t available, there are now different websites and applications that do almost as good a job reviewing your writing and leaving comments.
  3. Use new vocabulary straight away! Words in your notebook are useless just sitting there. Try to use the new vocabulary you learn as soon and as often as possible in your writing. Remember practice makes perfect!
  4. Proofread your English aloud. As you improve your English writing, you will learn more about the importance of editing and proofreading your work. Our advice, during your mock exams, is to try reading your writing aloud to yourself. This way you can better assess the flow of your essay, identify any mistakes and also avoid repetition of words/phrases. 

🎁 Y los 5 maravillosos recursos:

1. Mira esta video clase de nuestro Blog: B2-First Writing Exam Checklist and Tips

2. Cambridge Write and Improve Application – En el top#1, no te pierdas esta estupenda herramienta de Cambridge para mejorar tu writing con respuesta inmediata! 

3. Free Cambridge English Writing Activities–  En esta web puedes practicar cualquier tipo de ejercicio para mejorar tu Writing si es demasiado fácil o difícil, te propondrán otros a escoger.

4. British Council Writing Activities – Mira estas útiles clases con vídeo de British Council cubriendo cada tipo de Writing que te puedes encontrar en el examen.

5. Grammarly – Instálatelo  en tu ordenador y te irá corrigiendo todos los errores y sugiriendo cambios en todos tus textos en inglés. Hay versión gratis y de pago.

Paper 3: Listening

 Seguidamente encontrarás 4 recomendaciones + 4 recursos indispensables para mejorar tu nota en el Paper 3: Listening

💡 4 recomendaciones:
  • Listen to different English each day. In Paper 3, you will hear people speaking with different English accents and in different scenarios (in conversations, alone, on the radio etc). The best way to train your ear for this is to practise listening to English spoken by people in real life contexts and on different media platforms (movies, songs, TV, podcasts). Even if it is only a few minutes of English everyday, it’s important to build a habit and be consistent!
  • Don’t be fooled by distractors! The audios that you will listen to in Paper 3 will often contain extra information and distractions that will make you think that one answer is correct when it is not. Focus on listening for gist and understanding meaning over specific vocabulary/expressions.
  • Understand what you need to listen for in each part of Paper 3.  Before you attempt Paper 3, it’s important to understand what you need to do in each section of the listening exam. Understanding the format of the exam and the style of questions will allow you to focus your attention in the exam on the information you need and avoid becoming distracted by misleading information.
  • Practise listening and taking notes at the same time. Taking notes and remembering information is another essential skill in achieving the B2-First Certificate. Especially in Parts 2 and 4 of the listening exam, you will hear long audios. Here it is important to practise listening and writing at the same time so you don’t forget what you have heard.

🎁 Y los 4 los recursos para practicar Listening más preciados:

  • Bájate una aplicación de Podcasts en tu móvil (recomendamos Google Podcast e o Apple Podcasts ) y empieza a practicar el Listening con los temas que más te gusten (crecimiento personal, emprendedores, fútbol, noticias…)
  • ESL Listening Lab – Practica Listening por nivel y tema. Cada audio viene con vocabulario y unas preguntas de comprensión. 
  • Free Cambridge English Listening Activities. Igual que para Writing pero aquí seleccionas Listening.
  • Lyricstraining – Aprende Listening con tus canciones favoritas. La canción se para y tienes que rellenar el vocabulario que falta. Muy divertido!

And that’s all for today!  Well done!!💪

Mañana seguimos con DAY 4, el temido Speaking!😨. 

Recuerda, puedes mejorar tu inglés convirtiendo tu día a día en un living in English! Sin salir de tu país y sin modificar tus horarios.

See you tomorrow!🙌

 

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