Teacher’s Key (The students cannot see this.  The students only see a blank grid drawn on the whiteboard).  All of the questions here come from IELTS Express Upper Intermediate Second Edition Unit 1 Reading p.10-14.  The students have studied this lesson beforehand.

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ARROW

Change points with another team

Matching Headings to Paragraphs: What do you have to do for this task?

(Answer: You are asked to find a suitable paragraph heading from a list to match to the appropriate paragraph.)

Matching Headings to Paragraphs: Which one is correct?  There will be more paragraphs than headings, or more headings than paragraphs?

(Answer: More headings than paragraphs.)

+200

Matching Headings to Paragraphs: There are two types of headings.  What are they?

(Answer: Headings that summarise the information of a paragraph, or headings that pick out key information in the paragraph.)

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Matching Headings to Paragraphs: What are distractors?

(Answer: Wrong answers.  This might include supporting information that comes from a paragraph, but it is not the main idea of the paragraph.)

+200

Summary Completion: What are the two types of summary completion?

(Answer: You have to complete the gaps with the exact words from the passage, or you have to take words from a given list.)

Summary Completion: Is spelling important?

(Answer:  Yes).

Summary Completion: What should you always check for?

(Answer: The maximum word limit).

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Summary Completion: You have to select the best word or words based on which two criteria?

(Answer: Meaning, and grammatical compatibility.)

Short-Answer Questions: Which is true?  The order of the questions will be the same as the order of the passage, or the order of the questions will be different than the order of the passage?

(Answer: The order of the questions will always be the same as the order of the passage.)

ARROW

Change points with another team

Short-Answer Questions: What should you focus on in the question?

(Answer: Keywords).

ROCKET

Steal all the points from another team.

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Short Answer Questions: TRUE or FALSE.  The keywords in the question are usually exactly the same words as in the passage.

(Answer: False.  Synonyms and paraphrases.)

HURRICANE

Lose all your points

ARROW

Change points with another team

Short Answer Questions: TRUE or FALSE.  When you write your answer, you should use synonyms and paraphrases.  

(Answer: FALSE.  Use exactly the same words as the passage as far as possible.)

How long will the reading test last?

(Answer: 1 Hour).

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How many passages are in the reading test?

(Answer: 3)

Will you have extra time to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet on the reading test?

(Answer: No)

What involves running your eyes over the text quickly to get a general idea of the text?

(Answer: Skim)

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When looking for specific information in the reading text to answer questions, you need to  __________ the passage to locate relevant keywords.

(Answer: Scan)

Example Game Play

Teacher: Okay, team 1, your turn.  

Um… B3.

Teacher: Okay, how many points do you want to bet.  You have 100 points now, so you can bet up to 100.

50 points.

Teacher: Okay, Matching Headings to Paragraphs: What do you have to do for this task?

You are asked to find a suitable paragraph heading from a list to match to the appropriate paragraph.

Teacher: That’s right.  You get 50 points.  You’re at 150 points now.  Team 2, your turn.  

A1

Teacher: Good news.  You hit plus 200.  So you get an extra 200 points, and you’re at 300 points now.  Team 3?

E5

Teacher: And how many points do you want to bet?

75

Teacher: Okay.  Fill in the missing blank: When looking for specific information in the reading text to answer questions, you need to  __________ the passage to locate relevant keywords.

Skim?

Teacher: Sorry.  You lose 75 points.  That brings you down to 25.  Team 4, you can steal the 75 points.  Same question.  The police have caught the men.  The men stole my car.

Scan?

Teacher: Excellent.  That’s 75 points to you.  And, you get your turn now.  Which box do you choose?