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A 2nd key to pass EIKEN 3

In my previous blog, I proposed a key to help kids get a top score in the Writing section of EIKEN 3.

Here is another key. This one prepares kids to obtain a top score for Q1 in the Speaking section, not only EIKEN 3, but pre-2. We have been using this method for many years. It is a tried and tested thus far infallible method.

 

EIKEN 3 sample

Instruct your students to:

1 Find a clause before a comma (especially of it precedes ‘so’).

2 Change the noun to its pronoun and read the clause aloud.

 

EIKEN Pre-2 sample

Instruct your students to:

1 Find a clause before a term that can be replaced with ‘therefore’.

2 Change the noun to its pronoun and read the clause aloud.

 

The instructions above are just a short cut to a ‘Top Score’. To fix this in the students’ skill set they need to practise, so teachers need to obtain or make materials that simulate EIKEN test materials.

 

The method above ‘teaching to the test’ should only be used as a last-ditch approach. To improve student ability among all five domains of Listening, Reading, Writing , Speaking, and Knowledge of grammar; for JHS kids we make dialogue worksheets that are delivered in different ways according to student needs. They may be used in a teacher-centered approach, which means instructing students by including  listen and repeat and pattern practice drills etc., or provided as a path for student-centered learning, such as allowing students to work in pairs to model the dialogue and research the vocabulary then complete an exercise with the teacher used only as a resource. We also try to personalize the materials to facilitate motivation and learning ownership in the students. By keeping a master generic file, we can change the names of students and other contents in a worksheet on a lesson by lesson basis to reflect current events. Below is a copy of a worksheet complete with the student’s own notes, which was this week used in a student-centered approach to teach the above skill for EIKEN 3.

 

Worksheet with student handwritten notes

Reverse of worksheet with student response to Exercise 1, and teacher feedback

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