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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:07 pm 
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Sutton mock exams has these 2 sections where our DD lost a lot of marks.

Any helps and pointers on the type of questions and how to support Dd to correct these mistakes will be useful.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:00 pm 
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As far as I am aware, phrases were just that - sayings such as e.g. 'once in a blue moon', 'to kill two birds with one stone', etc and children had to explain the meaning. As for words, I think they were synonyms/antonyms, but I'm not 100% sure. There was another thread about this a few weeks ago, so worth trying to find it.

The best way to improve on vocabulary is to read a lot but there are also 11+ vocabulary books which might be useful, especially when it comes to phrases/idioms.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:14 pm 
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For things like phrases, it might be worth looking at some English as a Foreign Language (?Additional Language) material?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:54 pm 
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Fill in the blanks is cloze which is a very large part of CEM. It comes in four different guises: Missing letter cloze where letters are missing in words, missing word cloze where you have to write in the word, word bank cloze where you identify the word from a bank of words at the top and multiple choice cloze where you select one of three options.

CGP and First past the post sell excellent cloze books so I recommend you purchase some from the forum shop next day delivery and you will see the improvement very quickly. DG


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