FCE Use of English Part 3
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FCE Use of English Part 3 Tips
1. Read the whole passage quickly (about 30 seconds) to understand the context.
2. Locate the first gap. Look at the words before and after the gap then decide what type of word you need in the gap.
3. Revise your knowledge of English word families and sentence structures before the exam. This will help you identify what type of word you need. Check out this page: https://studentlanguages.com/english-word-families-and-sentence-structures/
4. After you have chosen your word, check that it fits the overall meaning of the sentence.
5. Check that you don’t need to make your word negative with a prefix!
6. Check your spelling!
If you want to practise using this strategy with a real sample exam paper, then you should definitely check out my FCE Use of English part 3 video above. This video is full of useful information and techniques. You can also watch me use these techniques to find the correct answers!
FCE Use of English Part 3 Practice
Hopefully you have a good understanding of the technique now. So, it’s time to put that technique into practice. We are going to complete another dictation video, just like on the last page and this time the dictation will involve a part 3 Use of English exercise. The content of the dictation will be based on tips and techniques for passing FCE Speaking part 2. This is a really tricky part of the exam, so it’s good to remind ourselves of the best way to complete it.
So, are you sitting comfortably?
Do you have a drink in your hand? Cheers!
A non-alcoholic drink it preferable, but whatever floats your boat 😉 (There’s a new expression for you).
Right, the next video will explain all you need to know.
It was another live video I made, so don’t worry if you hear me talking to people, you’re not going crazy…
Here is the passage without the answers…
“Part 2 of the Speaking exam paper involves a 1 of either two or three different pictures, depending on which exam you do. This part of the exam is called ‘Long Turn’ because you need to speak by yourself for 1 minute without 2 . When you have finished, you then need to listen to the another candidate as you will be asked a question about their photograph.
Most students 3 the photographs in this part of the test. This is 4 . You will not be 5 for this. It is better to compare the 6 and differences between two of the photos. It is also a good idea to use linking words and 7 language. Moving 8 from one photo to the other, is also a good tactic. If you want to see more examples and learn more detailed tips and techniques, have a look around my website.”
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Okay, so now we can have a look at the passage with the answers:
“Part 2 of the Speaking exam paper involves a 1 __DISCUSSION__of either two or three different pictures, depending on which exam you do. This part of the exam is called ‘Long Turn’ because you need to speak by yourself for 1 minute without 2 __PAUSING__. When you have finished, you then need to listen to the other candidate as you will be asked a question about their photograph.
Most students 3 __DESCRIBE__the photographs in this part of the test. This is 4 __UNWISE__. You will not be 5 __REWARDED__ for this. It is better to compare the 6 __SIMILARITIES__and differences between two of the photos. It is also a good idea to use linking words and 7 __SPECULATIVE__language. Moving 8 __FREQUENTLY__from one photo to the other, is also a good tactic. If you want to see more examples and learn more detailed tips and techniques, have a look around my website.”
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