In this post, I’ll be sharing some tips to help students do well in Starters Reading and Writing Part 1.
As I mentioned in my previous post, there has been a slight change to this part in that some of the sentences describe two or more things or animals. (These are ……….).
Let’s look at some examples from Sample Papers 1: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/starters-sample-papers-2018-vol1.pdf
Sentences which are NOT correct for the pictures usually contain words that are either:
from the same topic
So, to help students with Part 1:
Practise matching words to pictures from the same topic.
Students can write or say sentences about pictures with This is a or These are.
You can make this more fun by asking them to cover a large poster with sentences. Like this, for example:
(You could tell them to write some yes (true) sentences and some no (false) sentences.)
or words that look similar when we write them:
Words that might be tested together because they look similar might be:
bat cat mat hat
monkey donkey monster
Preparing for Pre-A1 Starters Reading and Writing
To prepare for this Part, you could play memory games, like pelmanism. On half the cards, you have pictures and on the other half, sentences.
You can choose cards from one topic set to practise topic-related vocabulary.
Or, you can choose cards from different topics (as would happen in Part 1 of Pre-A1 Starters Reading and Writing).
You could choose pairs with similar spellings (see the list above for suggestions).
The thematic wordlists in the Wordlists for Pre-A1 Starters, A1 Mover and A2 Flyers would be useful to prepare the cards for this game.
And here’s a lovely way of practising saying sentences like these with a chant!
And last (but by no means least), students can download the Word Fun World App to play games and improve their vocabulary: