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• 8 International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing) Practice Tests, which include one Guided Test with exam tips and one LanguageCert Official Test • 8 International ESOL (Speaking) Practice Tests, which include one Guided Test with exam tips and one LanguageCert Official Test

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The Teacher’s Version contains: • An extensive introduction to the exam format and syllabus • All the International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing) Practice Tests with overprinted answers • All the International ESOL (Speaking) Practice Tests • Audioscripts of the listening parts

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Contents

International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing) Practice Tests Introduction......................................................................................................................................... p. 4 Guided Test 1...................................................................................................................................... p. 9 Test 2................................................................................................................................................... p. 21 Test 3................................................................................................................................................... p. 33 Test 4................................................................................................................................................... p. 45 Test 5................................................................................................................................................... p. 57 Test 6................................................................................................................................................... p. 69 Test 7................................................................................................................................................... p. 81 LanguageCert Official Test............................................................................................................... p. 93

International ESOL (Speaking) Practice Tests Introduction......................................................................................................................................... p. 107 Guided Test 1...................................................................................................................................... p. 111 Test 2................................................................................................................................................... p. 115 Test 3................................................................................................................................................... p. 119 Test 4................................................................................................................................................... p. 123 Test 5................................................................................................................................................... p. 127 Test 6................................................................................................................................................... p. 131 Test 7................................................................................................................................................... p. 135 LanguageCert Official Test............................................................................................................... p. 139

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Introduction

Format and features of International ESOL suite of examinations – Access Level (A2) Qualification Title: LanguageCert Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 2) (Listening, Reading, Writing) (Access A2) Examination duration: Listening: about 20 minutes; Reading and Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes Task

Format

Listening 1 Recognise simple key information in short statements.

Listen twice to match seven short statements to pictures, numbers, spellings, maps, plans, etc. Each item contains two pieces of information. Listen twice to choose the best reply to seven short utterances.

Three-option multiple choice question for each utterance.

Three-option multiple choice question for each utterance.

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Listen twice to six short conversations with two speakers to identify: topic, purpose, context, speakers, gist, relationship between speakers, functions, attitudes, feeling and opinions. Listen twice to a message, announcement, etc. to identify specific information.

Three-option multiple choice question for each dialogue.

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A note or message pad with six headings and space to write the correct information for each heading. One three-option multiple choice question for each text to complete each one correctly. Gapped text followed by a choice of seven options to complete the text correctly. Seven multiple matching questions to identify information from the texts. Seven three-option multiple choice questions on the text.

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30-50 words

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30-50 words

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Listening 2 Identify functions in short utterances typical of spoken English. Listening 3 Identify a specific aspect of a conversation. Listening 4 Extract key information from a monologue.

Reading 1 Understand coherence and cohesion of short texts. Reading 2 Understand the structure of a short simple text. Reading 3 Understand the purpose of text and to locate specific information. Reading 4 Understand specific information through detailed reading. Writing 1 Respond informally to a given text.

Six short texts, e.g. list, label, address, notice, each with a gap.

Gapped text with six deletions and one distractor.

Four short texts, e.g. notice, letter, appointment card, with a linked theme, but with a different purpose. A continuous text: narrative, descriptive, explanatory, expository.

Instruction to write a response to a given letter, message, email, greetings card, postcard, etc. The text includes three questions, suggestions, or requests, etc. Writing 2 Instruction to write for a particular reader Write a neutral or formal in a specified way, e.g. letter, message, text for an intended note, etc. Three items of content to be audience. included.

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Introduction

Topics ACCESS LEVEL (A2) Personal identification

Health and bodycare

• name • address • date and place of birth • age • sex, marital status • nationality, origin • occupation • family • likes and dislikes • physical appearance • title • first language

• parts of the body • personal comfort • hygiene • ailments, accidents • medical services

House and home, Environment • accommodation, rooms • furniture, furnishing • services and amenities • region • flora and fauna

Daily life • at home • at work

Free time, Entertainment • leisure • sports, hobbies and interests • TV, radio, computer, etc. • cinema, theatre • intellectual pursuits • press, the Internet • music • holidays

Shopping • shopping facilities • foodstuffs • clothes, fashion • household articles • prices

Food and drink • types of food and drink • eating and drinking out

Services • post • telephone • banking • police • hospital, surgery • garage • petrol station • emergency

Places • asking the way and giving directions • location

Language • foreign language ability • spelling and the alphabet

Travel

Weather

• public transport • private transport • traffic • holiday accommodation • luggage • travel documents, signs and notices

Measures and shapes

Relations with other people • relationship • correspondence • behaviour • invitations • friends

• obtain information from weather forecast • climate and weather • digits and cardinal numbers up to 100 and multiples of 100 • telephone numbers, process • height, length, weight, capacity, temperature • dates, times, days • shape

Education • schooling • subjects

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Functions ACCESS LEVEL (A2) (See topics list for contexts)

Personal environment

Making things happen

• asking for and giving personal information

• responding to a request

• describing where one lives (area, accommodation, etc.)

• requesting something or requesting someone to do something

• asking and answering questions for confirmation, information, identification

• inviting someone to do something

• describing people, places and things

• giving instructions

• correcting information

• giving advice

• explaining daily routines • describing past events

• warning others to be careful or to stop doing something

• comparing things, people

• offering and requesting assistance

• accepting or declining an offer or invitation

• suggesting a course of action

Expressing thoughts and feelings

• observing telephone conventions

• expressing agreement or disagreement • denying something • expressing views and feelings with reasons

Social contact • getting someone’s attention

• stating and asking about knowledge or ignorance of something or someone

• greeting people and responding to greetings

• stating and asking about ability or inability to do something

• addressing somebody

• stating and asking about certainty or uncertainty of something

• opening, closing a conversation

• expressing thanks • introducing oneself, family and close friends

• seeking, granting or denying permission

• congratulating someone

• expressing and asking about wishes and hopes

• indicating lack of understanding

• expressing and asking about wants, desires, needs

• asking someone to clarify or explain something

• stating and asking about intention

• asking someone to repeat all or part of something

• stating a preference • expressing and asking about likes and dislikes, with reasons • expressing and asking about (dis)pleasure, (un)happiness • expressing gratitude • offering and accepting an apology • expressing approval or appreciation • expressing regret

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• asking someone to speak more slowly • asking for help in finding words or phrases • asking for and giving the spelling and meaning of words • counting and using numbers • asking for and telling people the time, day, date • interrupting politely • summing up • taking leave


Introduction

Grammar PRELIMINARY (A1) AND ACCESS (A2) Candidates may be exposed to the grammar required for the level above, but will not be tested on it.

Simple sentences

Preliminary

Access as Preliminary and in addition

• word order in simple statements:

• there was/were

subject-verb/object/adverb/ adjective/prepositional phrase • word order in instructions • word order in questions • there is/are + noun

• use of conjunctions and/but/or • word order subject-verb-(object)

Compound sentences

(+ and/but/or) + subject-verb-(object)

• clauses of:

Complex sentences

- time with when, before, after - reason because, result so - noun clause with that

Verb forms

Present reference: • simple present tense of be/have/do and common regular verbs • present continuous of common verbs • have got Other: • Yes/No questions • question words: who/what/where/when/how much/ how many/how old • auxiliary do for questions and negatives (positive questions only) • short answers such as yes he does, no I haven’t • imperatives and negative imperatives • contracted forms appropriate to this level • let’s + infinitive for suggestion

Present reference: • simple present with no time focus • present continuous to express continuity Past reference: • past tense of regular and common irregular verbs with time markers Future reference: • NP + be going to, present continuous and time markers Other: • limited range of common verbs -ing form, such as like, go • verb + to + infinitive such as want, hope • very common phrasal verbs such as get up, get off • questions such as what time, how often, why, which • simple question tags using all the verb forms at this level • contracted forms appropriate to this level

Modals

Present reference: • can, can’t (ability/inability, permission) and would like (request)

Modals and forms with similar meaning: • must (obligation) • mustn’t (prohibition) • have to, had got to (need) • can, could (requests) • couldn’t (impossibility) • may (permission) • single modal adverbs: possibly, probably, perhaps

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Introduction

Preliminary Nouns

• regular and common irregular plural forms • very common uncountable nouns • cardinal numbers 1-31

Access as Preliminary and in addition

• countable and uncountable nouns • simple nouns phrases • cardinal numbers up to 100, multiples of 100

Pronouns

• personal - subject

• object, reflexive

Possessives

• possessive adjectives such as my,

• possessive pronouns such as mine,

your, his, her, its, our, their • use of ’s, s’

yours, whose

Prepositions and prepositional phrases

• common prepositions such as at, in,

• prepositions of place, time and

on, under, next to, between, near, to, from • prepositional phrases of place, time and movement, such as at home, on the left, on Monday, at six o’clock

movement, such as before, after, towards, up, down, along, across, in front of, behind, opposite • prepositional phrases of place and time, such as after dinner, before tea

Articles

• definite, indefinite

Determiners

• any, some, a lot of

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Adjectives

• common adjectives in front of a noun • demonstrative adjectives this, that,

• order of adjectives • comparative, superlative, regular and

these, those • ordinal numbers 1-31

common irregular forms • use of than • ordinal numbers up to 100 and multiples of 100

• simple adverbs of place, manner and

• simple adverbs and adverbial phrases:

Adverbs

time, such as here, slowly, now

Intensifiers Punctuation

• very, really • use of capital letters and full stops

definite article zero article with uncountable nouns definite article with superlatives all, none, not (any), enough, (a) few, (a) little, many, more, most, much, no

sequencing, time and place, frequency, manner • position of adverbs and word order of adverbial phrases

• quite, so, a bit • use of question marks, exclamation marks, use of comma in lists

Spelling

• the correct spelling of personal keywords and familiar words

Discourse

• sentence connectives: then, next

• the correct spelling of most personal details and familiar common words

• adverbs to indicate sequence (first, finally)

• use of substitution (I think so, I hope so) • markers to structure spoken discourse (right, well, OK)

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Guided Test

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LISTENING Part 1

Part 1 LISTENING TIPS • Answer all questions even if you are not sure of the right answer. • In the time allowed before each recording, look at the pictures to prepare for what you’re going to hear. • You’ll hear the recording twice, so don’t worry if you miss something the first time you listen. You will hear some sentences. You will hear each sentence twice. Choose the correct answers. 01

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LISTENING Part 2

Part 2 LISTENING TIPS • You are not expected to understand every word in the recording. Focus on the task and try to guess the meaning of unknown words from the context. • The second time you hear the recording, listen carefully to choose the correct answer from the vocabulary and grammar: tense, auxiliary and modal verbs.

You will hear some sentences. You will hear each sentence twice. Choose the best reply to each sentence. 02

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Here you are. Yes, please. You can’t have.

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I can’t stop. I think so. I want to.

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About time. About now. About six.

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Yes, you must. Yes, you have. Yes, you are.

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It’s leaving now. It’s around the corner. It’s quicker by bus.

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In an hour. At your house. By the way.

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Yes, I’m going. Yes, I am. Yes, I do.

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LISTENING Part 3

Part 3 LISTENING TIPS • In the time allowed before each recording, read the questions carefully to prepare for what you’re going to hear. • Identify the key words and concentrate on specific features of the conversation: Who the speakers are and their relationship; Where they are; Why they are speaking; How they feel. • In the first listening, choose your answers and in the second listening, check your answers. You will hear some short conversations. You will hear each conversation twice. Choose the correct answer for each conversation. 03

Conversation 1 The A B C

man and the woman do not know each other. work in the restaurant. are brother and sister.

Conversation 2 The woman is in a A bank. B school. C shop. Conversation 3 The man is A listening to the radio. B going to sleep. C playing a game. Conversation 4 The woman is feeling A lucky. B sleepy. C frightened. Conversation 5 The girl thought the visit to the museum was A interesting. B exciting. C boring. Conversation 6 The A B C

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man and the woman are going for a walk. playing a game. eating a meal.


Guided Test

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LISTENING Part 4

Part 4 LISTENING TIPS • Read all the written information. The questions give you hints about the listening text. After the first listening, look at the questions you haven’t answered. Think about which words best complete the exercise using the key points: a place, a name, a number, an action, a description. • Do not write more than three words in your answer. • When you have finished, check your answers for content. Don’t worry about your spelling unless a word is spelt for you. You will hear someone talking. You will hear the person twice. Complete the information. Write short answers of one to three words. 04

Jenny’s plan 1 Place of the meeting: _________________.

2 Time of the meeting: _________________.

3 Number of people coming: _________________.

4 Place to eat: _________________.

5 Distance between the music club and the park: _________________.

6 Name of the band playing: _________________.

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Guided Test

READING Part 1

Part 1 READING TIPS • Make sure you have enough time to complete both the Reading and Writing parts: don’t spend too much time on the Reading section. • Think about the place the note or sign has come from. This will give you a context to interpret the message correctly. • Use elimination if you need to. You can identify that an answer is correct by eliminating the incorrect answers. • Do not choose two answers in a multiple-choice question. Read the texts. Choose the correct answer to complete each text. 1 Hi Rosie, Please text or phone to ___________ me your address. Thanks, Lucy

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Fresh Fruit Juice• • • • • •

Apple and pear ___________ Lemon and lime Peach and pineapple Strawberry and raspberry

3 All students Please give Mr Rice the money for next week’s school visit before ___________ home today.

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A say B ask C tell

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Cucumber and onion Carrot and cauliflower Cherry and orange

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READING Part 1

4 Gemma, I’m sorry I can’t meet you today. I have to read a very long, ___________ book for homework. See you tomorrow, Caroline

A noisy B boring C bored

5 Emi, Please go to the supermarket and get ___________ juice for breakfast. Thanks, Mum

A a B any C some

6 TOURIST INFORMATION There are trains every hour to the city centre or you can go ___________ bus. The bus stop is opposite the library.

A by B with C in

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READING Part 2

Part 2 READING TIPS • Look carefully at the sentences before and after the gap for language which links the text. • When you have chosen the answer which you think best fits each gap, read the sentence again to make sure it makes sense. Read the text. Choose the correct words to complete each sentence. There is one extra word or phrase you will not need.

Last Saturday, I went to an animal park with my friend, Clare. 1 because they have a lot of space to move around – the park is enormous! Before we arrived, I bought the tickets online 2 We decided to go as early as possible and went into the park at nine o’clock. We took some photos then we The first animals we saw were two elephants 3 walked for about five minutes to the penguins. They were swimming 4 who loved watching the animals. The park is very popular with families. 5 After lunch in the café, Clare wanted to see the giraffes. We found them near the elephants and took more photos. so we left and went home after a very happy day. 6

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standing under a big tree.

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There were a lot of children there

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The park closed at five o’clock,

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because it was cheaper.

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we saw lots of animals.

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and eating lots of fish.

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It’s a wonderful place for animals


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READING Part 3

Part 3 READING TIPS • First read all the texts quickly to find out what they are about. Then read the questions and underline the key words. • Don’t make a quick decision. Scan the texts for the information you have underlined in the questions to find the answers. • In this exercise, you can answer the questions in any order. Make sure you answer all the questions. Read the four texts. Which text gives you the answer to each question? Choose the correct text (A-D) for each question. A

Summer jobs for students!

B Dear Anna, I am a student. I’d like to work at your campsite in July and August. I am a very good cook and often make dinner for my family. I speak English and Italian. I can meet you after school on Friday to talk about the work. Amy Green

We are looking for students who speak English and another language to work at our holiday campsite in July and August. We need people to work in the café, kitchen, swimming pools and fitness centre. Please write to: anna@summerjob.com C

Hi Lucy, Good news! I have a job at a campsite in the summer. I’m going to work in the kitchen in July and in the fitness centre in August. Come to my house after school and we can talk about it! Amy

D SUMMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL! Come to our campsite! We have • an enormous swimming pool for all the family • a smaller children’s pool and a play park • a café with delicious food • a fitness centre special@holiday.com

Which text tells you 1

someone wants a job?

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how many swimming pools there are?

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about different jobs for students?

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someone can speak two languages?

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someone has a summer job?

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about special places for children?

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someone cooks well?

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READING Part 4

Part 4 READING TIPS • Make sure you read the whole text before answering the questions. You don’t need to understand every word to complete the task. • Read the questions carefully, then identify the parts of the text which give you the answer and underline them. • Think about synonyms for words in the text and ways to express the same information in different words: I hope you’re having a great time in London. / I hope you’re enjoying yourself in London. everyone in the room / all the people in the room Read the text and the questions. Choose the correct answer for each question.

Hi Betty, How are you? I hope you’re having a great time in London with your family. What’s the weather like? I know it usually rains there at this time of year. We’re all having a wonderful holiday. We travelled from Manchester Airport. It’s only a two-hour flight to the city of Nice on the beautiful French coast. We’re staying in a hotel by the sea. I can see lots of boats from my window. There’s no rain here! I’m writing this on the terrace, where the sun is out and the sky is blue. It’s the same colour as the sea. That’s where we’re going this afternoon. I’m really looking forward to relaxing in the water! The only problem is that the beach has pebbles on it, not sand. It really hurts my feet when I walk or go running. I forgot to tell you. My big brother isn’t here. He stayed at home with our grandparents. I’m here only with Mum and Dad. Dad is being a bit boring because he spends most of the time checking his phone for messages from his office! I think he forgets he’s on holiday! Mum’s going to take me out shopping this evening. We’re getting a tram to a street with lots of fantastic shops. Dad’s staying in the hotel all evening! See you when I get back. Love, Jacky

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Guided Test

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READING Part 4

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Jacky is on holiday in A London. B Nice. C Manchester.

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Jacky went there by A plane. B ship. C train.

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The weather where Jacky is staying is A sunny. B stormy. C rainy.

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In the afternoon Jacky is going A sailing. B swimming. C running.

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Which of these sentences is true? A Jacky likes walking on the beach. B Jacky’s dad is at home working. C Jacky’s brother is staying with their grandparents.

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How many people are on holiday with Jacky? A two B three C four

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In the evening, Jacky and her mum are going to A catch a tram. B make some phone calls. C meet her dad.

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WRITING Parts 1-2

WRITING TIPS • Before the exam, prepare some useful phrases and expressions to use in the writing tasks. • Read the instructions carefully and underline the words that tell you exactly what to do. Then answer the question. • Plan before you start to write. This will allow you to present well-organised ideas in your answer. • Do not write more than the word limit specified in the instructions. • Make sure you have included all the information requested. • Do not write in capital letters. • Check your final version for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Part 1 Read the greetings card from your cousin, Harry. Write a letter in reply. Do not write an address. Write 30-50 words.

Happy birthday! I’m sure you have a lot of presents! Which one is your favourite? What are you going to wear to your birthday party? Sorry, I can’t find my invitation. What time does the party start? See you soon, Harry

Part 2 Your friend, James, wants to visit you in your home town for a day. Write a letter to James. Tell him:

• which day to come • which activity you can do together • the best way to get to your town by public transport

Do not write an address. Write 30-50 words.

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