Correct the typical FCE Listening Part Two sentence completion mistakes

In each answer below the candidate has (more or less) understood what should go in the gap but has made a mistake while writing it, meaning they will get no point for that answer in the exam. Find and correct one mistake in each line. There are lots of different kinds of mistake (i.e. not all grammar mistakes).

alaska

april

german

september

 

baggige

balans

extra shugar

femail

footwhere

four six months

gymnastiks

helthy diet

huge sports sentre

ice creem

jeography

kanteen

kontract

mistery

playgraund

reserch area

scool

seeing dolfins

there friends and some banks

two noisy

video kameras

 

between ten to twenty

eating the grape

eight month

landings

long hours of works

more vitamin

seven day

some waters

three hundred kgs

wools

 

casual sumer wear

edible papper

swiming

marmaleid

 

barieties

bideo

firm animals

looftops

ruggage

wildlife project with rocal schools

 

aples

autumn sience lectures

new skils

wite

 

dis-agree

diveing

horses riding

noisey car park

selfconfidence

studentes

un well

watertaxi

week end

wild life park

softdrink

their dreamday

tree branchs

 

Discussion

What kinds of mistakes are there in each section above? 

Match them to these categories:

Silent letters

 

Capital letters

 

Wrong sound

 

Word formation

 

Grammar

 

Different letters with the same pronunciation

 

Magic E

 

How can you make sure you don’t make each of the categories of error above?

Discuss the questions above in more detail with the specific questions below:

Silent letters

Why is it easy to guess that “white” needs an “h”?

 

Why does “skill” need “ll”? What kinds of words end with a single “l”?

 

Capital letters

What kinds of words take capital letters?

 

How can you avoid problems with capital letters in the exam? What is the FCE policy on small and capital letters in the listening paper?

 

Word formation

Why is “horses riding” wrong? What is the general rule about compound nouns like this?

 

Why is “dreamday” not likely to be a single word?

 

Why does “branches” need “es” but “students” not need “es”?

 

Why do “dis” and “un” attach to the word? How are they different from “dream” and “tree”?

 

Grammar

Why do “eight months”, “more vitamins” and “seven days” need “s”?

 

Why can’t “some water”, “landing”, “long hours of work” and “wool” take “s”?

 

Different letters with the same pronunciation

Why is it easy to guess that “gymnastics” doesn’t end in “k” and “canteen”, “camera” and “contract” don’t start with “k”?

 

Why is it easy to guess that “female” isn’t spelt like “mail”, “footwear” isn’t spelt like “where” and “their friends” isn’t “there friends”?

 

How does the normal pronunciation of “four” and “for” vary?

 

Why isn’t “geography” pronounced with a hard “g” like “game”?

 

How is “ph” always pronounced? What other words use this spelling?

 

Magic E

How would “sumer”, “papper” and “swiming” be pronounced?

 

Tactics

When should you double check your spelling?

 

What should you do if there are extra words which might not be necessary for the answer and you aren’t sure about?

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2 Responses to Correct the typical FCE Listening Part Two sentence completion mistakes

  1. Daniela says:

    Hello, wondering where can I find the answers?

  2. alexcase says:

    Didn’t make an answer key, I’m afraid. We just went through it in class.

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