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CAE Review Class 6- Where do I belong?

Theme Introduction

At the age of nine I lost my best friend. One day his family just upped sticks and left. For my friend it wasn't the 1st time and it probably wouldn't be the last. His parents were in the Armed Forces and so such changes were expected. My family history shows centuries of 1 family living in the same small village, yet I now live in a completely different country. Globalisation is causing many people to change where they live and provoking the inevitable question- Where do I belong?

In this Unit we will look at this issue whilst also addressing differences between urban and rural living.

Let's start with an introductory video:



Now a Town or Country Category Exercise

Compound nouns are great at CAE level. Here are some compound nouns you'll find in towns and cities.

Two part expressions with and.

If you live in the city you're probably used to hustle and bustle whilst if you're in the countryside you may prioritise peace and quiet over other things. These are 2 of many such expressions in English. Take care with word order which is fixed- it's never bustle and hustle!!

Once you've spent time with each of these exercises, here is a Quizlet which tests your knowledge of all this vocabulary.

*Quizlet here*


Reading (General)

The following texts highlight arguments for either Urban or Rural life. Read each of them and write down the following:

  • Positive and Negative features of Urban or Rural life

  • 3 new words or phrases from each text

Metropolitan Fan

Moving to the Country


Listening (General)

Listen to an extended interview with a couple who have chosen to live in another country.

  • Part 1-Listen and put the pictures in the order in which you hear them mentioned.

Part 2- Listen and complete the sentences with David (D), Emma (E) or Both (B).

Part 3- Listen and make notes under the following headings:

  • What they like most about living in Mairena

  • What they don't like about living in Mairena

  • What they miss about the UK

  • Whether or not they will go back to the UK


Speaking (General)

Here is a question wheel to practise some general interview style questions. Practice with a partner or record and send/post.



In this unit we're going to review Cleft sentences. This is a way to focus attention on, or emphasise, one part of a sentence. This is done by adding certain words or phrases at the beginning of a sentence.

Here's a lovely Prezi to both explain and practise cleft sentences.

Whilst this short video repeats the message and shows why they're so important in writing.

Whilst here are some on-line tests if you want to practise more or check your understanding.


Exam tasks- Reading


Exam tasks- Listening


Exam tasks- Speaking


Exam task- Writing

The writing task in this unit is an informal letter. Whilst formal letters and e-mails are more frequent at CAE level informal writings appear so it's good to stay in practice.

Before attempting the task, look at this Prezi to remind yourself of some key ideas when writing an informal letter (note- this Prezi is not aimed directly at CAE students).

The use of set expressions is key in getting a good mark in letters and e-mails, so here is a great checklist.

In order to ensure that you have your level of formaility correct, these exercises will help:

And finally if you want to see an example of an informal writing to check your register, here's an example e-mail

CAE Writing Task- Informal e-mail

You have received an e-mail from an Australian friend

"My company have offered me a relocation to work in your area. I’m not sure whether to live in the city or just outside. If I choose the city is there a particular district that you’d recommend? What do you think are the benefits of being a little outside? What would you do?"

Write your answer (220-260 words).

As always, e-mail the document to your teacher for marking.

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