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KET for Schools Reading & Writing Part 1 – Teacher’s Notes

Description
Students think about the type of notices found in different locations before matching a set of notices with
three different given locations. They then match paraphrases to these notices and before looking at a
sample task from the exam.

Time required: 30 minutes


Materials  1 set of headings, cut up
required:  Student’s Worksheets 1 and 2, cut up (one set per group)
 Sample Task
 Blu-tac
Aims:  to familiarise students with KET for Schools Reading & Writing Part 1
 to highlight the importance of identifying context
 to practise paraphrasing and understanding gist

Procedure
1. Photocopy enough copies of the worksheet for each group to receive a copy. Cut the worksheet
into separate notices A – L.
2. Ask students in which places they expect to see notices. Write students’ ideas on the board with
each one as the heading for a separate column (5 or 6 columns are enough). If students have not
suggested ‘schools’, ‘travel’ or ‘music’, add these to the board.
3. See if students have suggestions for ‘topics’ that notices might be about. (suggestions may include:
a change of classroom; the date and cost of a trip, who to ask for information about a music
competition, etc.) Ask students what kind of notices they have seen in school. Write their
suggestions in the column under ‘schools’.
4. Divide the class into groups of 4- 5 students. Put the heading for each set of notices (notices in a
school, notices about travel, notices about music) on three different walls in the classroom.
5. Give each group a set of cut-up notices A – L (from Student’s worksheet 1) and some Blu-tac.
6. Tell the groups to put each notice near the heading they think it matches.
7. Check the notices are in the right place. By doing this type of activity, students are reading for the
gist meaning of the notices, which is one of the testing focuses of this part and a good strategy for
the exam. Students will find it useful in the exam if they can identify the location of a notice, as this
provides support for understanding a notice. For example, students may think about authentic
notices they have seen and who the message would be addressed to.
8. Now give each group a copy of the cut-up paraphrases of the notices (Student’s worksheet 2)

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9. Students should then look at the cut-up paraphrases and decide which notice it matches with. They
should then use blu-tac to place the paraphrase next to the correct notice. Provide students with the
following example and point out the significance of the underlined words.
Go here if you have lost something.→ (A) Found – student’s bag – see Mrs Wade in school
office
Check that students understand that these two sentences mean the same – explain the importance
of the underlined words (lost/found are opposites; something/bag go from the general to the
specific). In the exam the tested words are usually paraphrased and therefore students need to
recognise different ways of communicating meaning. Give students some other examples from the
worksheet if necessary. For example, different ways of expressing obligation (modal verb, no + -ing
form); synonyms.
10. When students have finished placing their cut-up pieces of paper on the wall against the notices,
check whether they have matched them correctly. List some of the key paraphrases on the board
(see key below).
11. Hand out the sample task, and allow a few minutes for students to read through before asking the
following questions:
i. How many sentences are there? (5, plus one example)
ii. How many notices are there? (8. This means there are two notices which are not needed.
These will probably have some links to one or more of the sentences, so candidates need to
be sure they select the best answer based on the meaning of the whole notice, not just one
or two words. E.g., 5/F: “door” is not the same as “you cannot go in”.)
iii. Where should you write your answers? (On the answer sheet, in pencil, but you can also
make notes on the question paper. You may want to discuss whether students prefer to
transfer their answers straight away or do this at the end.)
iv. Are there any difficult words in any of the notices? (Not in this case, but there may be.
This is because as far as possible, authentic texts are used in this part. However, point out
that the general meaning of the notice will still be clear.)

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Headings to put around classroom:

Notices in a school

Notices about travel

Notices about music

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KET for Schools Reading & Writing Part 1 – Answer Keys

Key to Procedure step 10

1. You must walk here. (E) No running in college hall


It is too late to get a ticket for
4. (L) No tickets left for rock concert next month.
this.

This instrument is not very


8. (G) Piano for sale – nearly new call 238776
old.

11. You should put things back in (I) Study centre – please return all books to
the right place. correct shelf

Key to Student’s Worksheet 1

Notices found in a Notices about


Notices about music
college travel

A B D

C F F

E G I

H J K

Key to Student’s Worksheet Exercise 2


1. E 2. H 3. D
4. A 5. B 6. G
7. C 8. L 9. J
10. F 11. 12. K

Key to Sample Task


1 H 2 C 3 G 4 D 5 A

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KET for Schools Reading & Writing Part 1 – Student’s Worksheet 1

A) FOUND
Student’s bag
See Mrs Wade in school office

B) Passengers only through this gate –


have your ticket ready

C) Class 4B – no
D)
history class today –
Low prices on latest CDs –
teacher ill next two days only

E) No running in school hall

F) G) Piano for sale –


Flight to catch? Call Alpha nearly new call
Taxis on: 447392
238776

H) Station café
I) Study centre – please
open all day – return all books to correct
opposite ticket office shelf

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J) City Theatre - Jose
Rodriguez plays
L) No tickets
Spanish guitar
left for
Student tickets half-
price rock concert next
month

K) You must pay £2 extra to


take bicycles on train before 9 am

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KET for Schools Reading & Writing Part 1– Student’s Worksheet 2

You can get something to eat


1 You must walk here. 2
here.

These are cheaper than usual Go here if you have lost


3 4
for a short time. something.

You cannot go this way without


5 6 This instrument is not very old.
a ticket.

These students do not have a It is too late to get a ticket for


7 8
lesson. this.

It is cheaper to go to this if you This company will take you to


9 10
are a student. the airport.

You should put things back in It will cost more to do this


11 12
the right place. before this time.

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KET for Schools Reading & Writing Part 1– Sample task

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