CPE sentence transformations reversi game

for Cambridge Proficiency Use of English Part Four

with real language points from Cambridge Proficiency Examination Papers 1 Tests 3 and 4

 

Instructions for teachers

Cut up one set of cards per group of three or four students, with both versions of each transformation attached to each other, i.e. two cells of the table in each card. Don’t cut between the two sides of the card.

Give out the cards and ask students to fold them so that the two versions are on different sides of the card and put them in one column on the table in front of them to represent a ladder. To win the game, a student must go from the bottom of the ladder to the top without making any mistakes, saying (exactly) what is on the other side of the card each time. If they make any mistakes, they slip right down to the bottom of the ladder and play passes to the next person. Each person always starts at the bottom and must do the whole thing in one go to win. If they are correct, the card stays the other way round so the next time it must be tried the other way round. 

As in the real exam, students cannot change the word given, meaning they can’t change “rises” to “rise”, “rose”, “risen”, etc.

If they get stuck you can:

–       Let them look at both sides of all the cards to try and memorise them for two minutes

–       Work together rather than competing with each other (but with the same rules about doing the whole thing in one turn)

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 Cards to cut up/ Suggested answers

 

Unless the price rises, we will put a deposit down first thing on Monday.

 

in

 

Providing_________________________, we will put a deposit down first thing on Monday.

 

 

Providing there is no rise in the price, we will put a deposit down first thing on Monday.

 

rises

 

Unless __________________________, we will put a deposit down first thing on Monday.

 

 

There has never been a better job market.

 

time

 

At _____________________________________________________ a better job market.

 

 

At no time has there been a better job market.

 

never

 

There _________________________________________________ a better job market.

 

 

Staff are absolutely forbidden from smoking in the street.

 

account

 

On ___________________________________________________ smoke in the street.

 

 

On no account must/ should staff smoke in the street.

 

absolutely

 

Staff are _____________________________________________________ in the street.

 

 

 

 

I have no idea why he dumped me.

 

loss

 

I _____________________________________________________ why he dumped me.

 

 

I’m at a loss to explain why he dumped me.

 

no

 

I ____________________________________________________ why he dumped me.

 

 

I don’t intend to spend my whole life living in this town.

 

no

 

I ____________________________________________ my whole life living in this town.

 

 

I have no intention of spending my whole life living in this town.

 

intend

 

I _____________________________________________my whole life living in this town.

 

 

Don’t let her sweet smile deceive you; she has a heart of ice.

 

taken

 

Don’t ___________________________________her sweet smile; she has a heart of ice.

 

 

Don’t be taken in by her sweet smile; she has a heart of ice.

 

deceive

 

Don’t ________________________________________________; she has a heart of ice.

 

 

 

 

I didn’t tell him I knew his secret until he confessed.

 

for

 

I ________________________________________________ telling him I knew his secret.

 

 

I waited for him to confess before telling him I knew his secret.

 

not

 

I __________________________________________________________ he confessed.

 

 

Though I’d like to go there on holiday, under no circumstances would I want to live there.

 

last

 

Though I’d like to go there on holiday, _____________________________ to live there.

 

 

Though I’d like to go there on holiday, the last thing I want to do is to live there.

 

circumstances

 

Though I’d like to go there on holiday, ____________________ would I want to live there.

 

 

I regularly communicated with him on Facebook even up in the Himalayas.

 

touch

 

I ___________________ with him on Facebook even when he was high in the Himalayas.

 

 

I kept/ was in (regular) touch with him on Facebook even up in the Himalayas.

 

communicated

 

I _______________________him on Facebook even when he was high in the Himalayas.

 

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