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2015 Exams Revision



Cambridge English: First and
Cambridge English: First for
Schools
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Aims of the webinar
An overview of the changes to Cambridge
English: First/First for Schools
A more detailed paper-by-paper look at
the changes
Practical teaching ideas and resources
available
A summary of the session
Key dates and further support
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Which statement describes you?
A. Im preparing students for Cambridge
English: First and/or Cambridge English:
First for Schools.
B. Im going to start preparing students for
Cambridge English: First and/or
Cambridge English: First for Schools in
the future.
C. Im not a teacher.
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Overview of the Changes
Cambridge English: First and
Cambridge English: First For Schools

J anuary 2015
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Aims of the revised exam
higher education
career enhancement
user-friendly and accessible
up-to-date methodical approach
modern, fresh appeal
set the standards for B2

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Cambridge English: First
Revised: 3 hrs 29 mins Current: 3 hrs 59 mins
Reading
and Use of
English
1 hr 15 mins
7 parts
52 questions
Reading
1 hr
3 parts
30 questions
Use of
English
45 mins
4 parts
42 questions
Writing
1 hr 20 mins
one compulsory
question (essay);
one from choice of three
Writing
1 hr 20 mins
one compulsory
question (email/letter);
one from choice of five
Listening
40 mins
4 parts
30 questions
Listening
40 mins
4 parts
30 questions
Speaking
14 mins
4 parts
Speaking
14 mins
4 parts
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Reading and Use of English paper
What do you think are the benefits of
combining the Reading and Use of English
papers?
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Why combine the Reading and Use
of English papers?
The current papers share key features

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Why combine the Reading and Use
of English papers?
The current papers share key features
More user-friendly for candidates

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Why combine the Reading and Use
of English papers?
The current papers share key features
More user-friendly for candidates
Both papers can be marked objectively results
can be processed more quickly

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Why combine the Reading and Use
of English papers?
The current papers share key features
More user-friendly for candidates
Both papers can be marked objectively results
can be processed more quickly
Consistency with revisions to Cambridge
English: Advanced and Proficiency


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Why combine the Reading and Use
of English papers?
The current papers share key features
More user-friendly for candidates
Both papers can be marked objectively results
can be processed more quickly
Consistency with revisions to Cambridge
English: Advanced and Proficiency

Why do the Use of English tasks come before
the Reading tasks on the new paper?

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Reading and Use of English paper
Number of parts: 7
Number of questions: 52
Timing: 1 hour 15 minutes
Task types
Part 1: multiple-choice cloze (8 questions)
Part 2: open cloze (8 questions)
Part 3: word formation (8 questions)
Part 4: key word transformation (6 questions)
Part 5: multiple choice (6 questions)
Part 6: gapped text (6 questions)
Part 7: multiple matching (10 questions)
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Reading and Use of English
Part 1: multiple-choice cloze
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Reading and Use of English
Part 1: multiple-choice cloze


A. swapped
B. varied
C. replaced
D. differed
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Reading and Use of English
Part 2: open cloze
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Reading and Use of English
Part 2: open cloze
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Reading and Use of English
Part 3: word formation
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Reading and Use of English
Part 3: word formation
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Reading and Use of English
Part 4: key word transformation
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Reading and Use of English
Part 4: key word transformation
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Reading and Use of English
Part 4: key word transformation
keep up stay at the same speed
keep on continue
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Reading and Use of English
Part 5: multiple choice (Reading)
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Reading and Use of English
Part 5: multiple choice (Reading)
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Reading and Use of English
Part 6: gapped text

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Reading and Use of English
Part 7: multiple matching
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How do you feel about the changes
to the paper?
A. The revisions make sense and I would
feel confident about preparing my
students
B. I understand the changes, but would like
more information and support
C. I dont really understand the changes and
would like more time to read about them.
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Writing paper
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Writing paper: what is staying the
same?
Timing: 1 hour 20 minutes
Number of parts: 2
Number of questions: 2

Candidates are required to complete two tasks:
Part 1: a compulsory task
Part 2: one task from a choice
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Writing paper: what is changing?
Part 1 (compulsory task): essay (140190 words)
Part 2 (choice of task, see table below): (140190 words)



Cambridge English: First
Part 2 (choice of 3)
Cambridge English: First for
Schools Part 2 (choice of 4)
article article
email/letter email/letter
review review
report story
essay, article, review or letter
on the set text
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First for Schools Writing Part 1
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Writing Part 1 how to help
students
come up with ideas
language input
planning
think about how to organise/structure
essay

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Feedback on writing
I like the way you
You used language such as
I liked because
You could improve ... by
I would change to , because
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Writing Part 2
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Writing Part 2
A. This is usually written for a magazine or website, and its
main purpose is to give an opinion on something that the
writer has experienced (such as a film).
B. This is written to a specific person, and will be a response to
something received from that person.
C. This may be written for a magazine or a website, and it
should be an interesting and engaging piece of writing on a
specific topic.
D. This is usually written for a superior (such as a teacher) or
for a peer group (such as members of a club), and it contains
factual information along with suggestions or
recommendations.

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Listening paper
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Listening paper
Approximately 40 minutes
Four parts
All tasks retained
Change to Part 1 the options are not
read out
Change to Part 3 there are two
additional distractors
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Change to Part 1
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Change to Part 3
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Listening paper
Part Text type Task type
Part 1 Eight short, unrelated
texts (monologues/
dialogues)
Multiple choice
Part 2 Long monologue

Sentence completion
Part 3 Five short, related
monologues
Multiple matching
Part 4 Dialogue Multiple choice
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Ideas for practising listening skills
pre-listening activities prediction (using
rubric to predict)
paraphrase
give students strategies to cope with the
reading in the test (e.g. Part 4)
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Listening Part 4
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Speaking test
Timing: 14 minutes
Number of parts: 4
Usually:
Two examiners
Two candidates


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Speaking test changes
Part Task Timing
1 Short conversation between each candidate and
interlocutor.
2 minutes
2 Individual long turn by each candidate, based on
two pictures. The listening candidate must then
answer a question.
1-minute long turn,
plus 30-second
response
(total: 4 minutes)
3 Two-way conversation between candidates,
based on instructions with written prompts.
Discussion and decision-making tasks.
2-minute
discussion;
1-minute decision-
making task
(total: 4 minutes)
4 Three-way discussion with interlocutor on topics
related to Part 3.
4 minutes
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Speaking Part 3
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Functions for Speaking Part 3
exchanging ideas
expressing and justifying opinions
agreeing and/or disagreeing
suggesting
speculating
evaluating
reaching a decision through negotiation
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Summary
Overview of the Cambridge English:
First/First for Schools exams
Detailed look at the changes on each
paper
Teaching ideas
Key dates and more information
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Key dates and further support
These changes will come into effect in
J anuary 2015
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Teaching Support website
Information about
all Cambridge English
Language Assessment
examinations and teaching
qualifications
Teaching resources for
each part of each exam
Lots more features to
support teachers
www.cambridgeenglish.org/teachingsupport
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New microsite for revised exams
Information about
all the changes
Videos, specifications,
sample papers, teaching
tips, classroom activities
teachingsupport.cambridgeenglish.org

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Changes to Cambridge English: Advanced from 2015
17 and 19 March 2014