Posted in Exam Preparation Class, Writing Classes

CAE writing a book review

book review

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This is a lesson plan to set up students for the review writing task in part 2 of the CAE writing paper.

To begin with go through the following conversation questions either as a class or split into small groups.

Did you enjoy reading when you were growing up?

Which book made the biggest impression on you when you were younger?

Where / When did the events of the book take place?

Describe the plot.

Describe the characters.

Why did you enjoy the book so much?

Have you reread the book now that you are older? What did you think?

Will people still be reading books in 50 years?

How do you think reading culture will change?


Ask students for the titles of some of their favourite books, put them on the board and brainstorm the plot, characters etc.

Tell students that for home work this week they are going to write a review of a book which had a profound affect on them when they were growing up. It could be a children’s book or a book they read when they were a teenager. A review is always in part 2 of the writing paper so the word limit is 220 – 260 words. Their review should include:

  • a brief description of the story / plot
  • the reasons why they enjoyed it / why it had such an impact on them
  • who they would recommend it to

Here is a link to my prezi which will talk the students through how to go about it.

Here is a link to the handout that goes with the prezi:!423&authkey=!AAw6I4WaWW6ghR0

The prezi contains references to the text book I am using with my students: Spotlight on CAE.


Posted in Exam Preparation Class, Reading Classes

CAE Reading Part 7: Exam Technique (Update)

exam student

This is a lesson plan designed to help students complete the CAE reading paper part 7 gapped text task. Many students struggle with this part so I have designed this power point to try to help them find the “anchors” that will help them rebuild the text.

Below is the reading task, print out 1 copy for each student: readingcae0001

Here is the power point: