dr Grzegorz Śpiewak

dr Grzegorz Śpiewak

Mind the gap. Strategic exam preparation for grades 7–8

Ask just about any 8th grader – as well as his or her teacher – and they would most likely tell you that this year’s exam was “quite easy”. Was it really? Not if you consider the official results across the country, including the very poor score average. What do we make of this gap between expectation and disappointing reality? And, more importantly, what should we do in order not to fall into that gap ever again?

In this session I’ll start out by looking at this year’s exam results very carefully, to identify crucial problem areas that we need to address. This will give us a natural starting point for thinking about specific in-class preparation strategies. I’ll suggest that we should orient ourselves and our learners towards a more spaced out approach, with a lot more focus on seemingly basic language structures, to help learners gain sufficient confidence and precision – and a significant degree of accuracy, indispensable when the exam day comes.