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Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries
Pons

Grammar

Writing

A dictionary could be useful for…

  • checking if a word really exists
  • finding synonyms
  • checking meaning and context
  • checking spelling, grammar, prepositions
  • looking up parts of speech (Wortarten) of the same root word
  • looking up idioms
Tips on using a dictionary

Material-based writing

Quelle vs Material: jedes Material hat eine Quelle, z.B. Bundesamt für Statistik oder eine Zeitung; das Material ist jedoch z.B. die Statistik

Quellen müssen nicht im Writing genannt werden; nur die message ist wichtig als Unterstützung für die Argumentation

Quotes (Zitate) können direkt oder indirekt zitiert werden, auf jeden Fall müssen sie aber sinnvoll eingebunden sein

possible materials for writing and what to do with these types of materials:

  • Statistics: full message and/or extract useful data
  • Infographics: full message and/or extract useful data
  • Cartoon: message, example
  • Quote: message, example
  • Short English/German text
  • Headline of article

Reading

There are many resources for training your reading comprehension skills out on the internet. If you look for exercises, search for upper-intermediate (B2) level.

Reading comprehension exercises (British council)
Reading comprehension exercises (U of Victoria)

Group discussion

Preparing the discussion

Before you start the discussion, take 20 minutes to prepare your arguments

  • take a note of your arguments, e.g. using a pro/con list, a mindmap or a simple list
  • look up important vocabulary, using a good dictionary such as https://de.pons.com/

Then, start the discussion:

  • at first, introduce yourself and quickly state your view on the topic
  • then discuss in group
Group discussion topics

Criteria for assessing group discussions

language competence quality of content interactive competence
Fluency Relevance Strategies
Accuracy Depth Contribution to task achievement
Range of vocabulary Coherence

Final exam

Schriftliche Prüfung

Prüfungszeit 150 Minuten

  • Reading: 90 Min.
  • Pause: 30 Min.
  • Writing: 60 Min.

Gesamtpunktzahl 48

  • Reading: 24 (2-3 Texte, gesamt 2400 Wörter), bezogen auf Themen 11./12. Klasse
  • Material-BasedWriting 24 (8/8/8)

Aufgabenformen:

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Mediation Englisch – Deutsch
  • Multiple Matching
  • Short Answer Questions
  • Gapped Summary

Mündliche Prüfung

Ausgabe der Themen (Themengebiete aus Jahrgangsstufe 11, 12) erfolgt erst im Vorbereitungsraum; die Schüler dürfen sich nicht zu der Fragestellung austauschen.

Zur Verfügung gestellte Materialien/Hilfsmittel:

  • Aufgabenblatt mit der ausformulierten Themenstellung
  • zur Aufgabe zugehörige Materialien
  • Wörterbücher: D-E; E-D; E-E; keine thematischen Wörterbücher

Vorbereitungszeit: 20 Minuten

Prüfungszeit: fünf Minuten pro Prüfling = 20/25 min.

Gewichtung Abitur im Vergleich zum Jahresfortgang

vgl. FOBOSO §35

(2) Die Punktzahl des Prüfungsergebnisses eines Fachs ergibt sich aus dem Durchschnitt der zweifachen Punktzahl der schriftlichen oder praktischen Prüfung und der einfachen Punktzahl der mündlichen Prüfung, der gemäß § 19 Abs. 6 gerundet wird.

(3) 1Für jedes Fach einschließlich der fachpraktischen Ausbildung wird ein Gesamtergebnis gebildet, indem die Punktzahlen der gemäß Abs. 4 bis 8 eingebrachten Ergebnisse aus dem jeweiligen Fach zu einem Durchschnittswert verrechnet werden. 2Dabei zählen die eingebrachten Halbjahresergebnisse jeweils einfach3Das Prüfungsergebnis zählt bei der Fachabiturprüfung an der Fachoberschule mit Ausnahme der Fälle gemäß Abs. 5 Satz 2 dreifach, sonst zweifach.

Preparation for final exam

Listening

Part 1

1 a chemist’s (shop)/chemist shop

2 1837

3 genuine and original

4 unwell/ill/sick/not (very) well

5 (the) West Indies

6 only four/4 people/employees

7 30,000 litres

8 three/3 years

9 long neck

10 glass

Part 2

11 1400 hrs/2 pm 12 (approximately/just under) 3,5 hour(s)/3 hrs 30 ruin

13 (very) comfortable/fine/OK 14 meal(s) (plus) wine

15 (£) 20 (per) booking

16 refunded/returned/repaid (at ferry office)

17 every/each hour

18 (ferry) ticket(s) (as a proof)

Part 3

19 c 20 c 21 B 22 D 23 B 24 D 25 c 26 A

Part 4

27 A 28 E 29 H 30 G 31 D 32 H 33 F 34 C 35 G 36 E

Part 1

1 exhibition of portraits/photographs

2 Theatre Royal

3 As You Like It

4 (season of) classic films/movies

5 As They Were

6 Media Centre, Bristol

7 The Disappearing Act

8 Out of the Wood

9 Literature Festival

10 Ways With Words

Part2

11 (the) Red Room

12 (the) Bicycle Museum

13 (indoor) market

14 (an) open-air/outdoor restaurant

15 (as) river trip

16 (the) Wooden House

Part3

17 unpleasant/uncomfortable/formal/of an ordeal

18 his (own) children/family

19 easy/simple

20 the background(s)

21 play up to it/the camera or react/pose

22 anger/bad temper

23 video technology

24 collecting pictures/photos or making collections/putting collections together

Part4

25 B 26 C 27 H 28 D 29 F 30 F 31 H 32 C 33 E 34 A

Part 1
1 Business Matters
2 graphic design agency
3 six/6 .
4 interviewed
5 350 words
6 (business) colleague/relative/related/family
7 daytime phone/tel/number/no
8 June 15
9 September’s/(the) September

Part 2
10 Science Park
11 flooding/floods/heavy rain/thunderstorm
12 season tickets
13 blocked/jammed/impassable
14 cancellation to flights
15 delayed
16 traffic delays/jams/holdups/congestion

Part 3
17 C 18 B 19 D 20 A 21 B 22 D

Part 4
23 B 24 A 25 C 26 A 27 C 28 A 29 B 30 B 31 A 32 C

Part 1

1 freedom (and) achievement (either order)

2 adventure sports

3 mental preparation

4 icefall/ice fall(s)/ice falling/falling ice/falls of ice

5 luxuries

6 (some/unnecessary/her) perfume

7 toothbrush

8 melted snow/(drinking) water

9 shared excitement

10 On Top of the World

Part 2

11 engineering

12 industry

13 hospital radio

14 rejection(s) (letters)/letters of rejection

15 training (sessions)

16 three hours/3 hours

17 opening (the/his) mail/letters

18 content

19 music press/papers/newspapers/magazines

Part 3

20 C 21 C 22 D 23 D 24 A 25 C

Part4

26 B 27 A 28 C 29 D 30 G 31 A 32 H 33 B 34 C 35 E

Part 1

1 easy to produce/easily produced/produced easily/produced with ease

2 high speed(s)

3 harm

4 smooth (to the) (touch)/smooth (to touch)

5 lie flat/do not curl up/don’t curl up/are flat/stay flat/are kept flat

6 neutral

7 limited issues/limited editions/limited runs

8 variation(s)/difference(s)/ change( s )I discrepancy/ies/flaw( s )I defect( s)/deficiency/ies

Part 2

9 accountant

10 health clubs

11 total living

12 (writing) a book

13 (physical) exercise(s)

14 sun/sunshine

15 a (slimming) diet/(slimming) diets

Part3

16 C 17 C 18 B 19 D 20 A 21 B 22 B

Part4

23 B 24 B 25 B 26 c 27 B 28 A 29 C 30 C 31 A 32 B

Part 1

1 (the) G/greek(s)

2 design(s)

3 disappear/die out (but (it) did not/didn’t)

4 time/motivation (in either order)

5 (weekend) workshop

6 puzzle(s)

7 underground station(‚) (s)/walls//underground walls

8 give (people) (you) pleasure/please people (afterwards)/(for a long time)

Part 2

9 two weeks/2 weeks/(a) fortnight

10 (the) (centre) library/libraries (at the/a centre)

11 accommodation (on campus)

12 expensive/costly/dear

13 (university (’s)) (universities(‚))/surroundings/surrounding area

14 (a) (recognised) qualification(s)

15 (just) (for) (just) pleasure/l(for) (just) fun/just for fun

16 writer

Part3

17 D 18 B 19 A 20 B 21 B 22 C 23 C 24 D

Part4

25 G 26 F 27 E 28 A 29 H 30 D 31 F 32 H 33 E 34 B

Reading comprehension practice

2019

2018 (substitute exam)

Here is the final exam of 2018 (substitute exam):

Texts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D_txWvxZqT5R871GhqvwccJ-0majvYA0/view?usp=sharing

Tasks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZXwck-aVVxKBSrqZHrYgpmAMD1-nhT1q/view?usp=sharing

Please note that you’re not allowed to share this with anyone else outside this class. 

Final exam 2018 (substitute) Text I – week of Nov 9 2020

I. Multiple Matching

  • Shawna Nelson 4
  • Alexis Stephens 7
  • John lnfranca 11
  • Bratt Mclean 5
  • Sofia Borges 2
  • Rita Sanchez 12
  • Kim Henderson 1
  • Christian Parsans 8
  • David Neiman 9

Final exam 2018 (substitute) Text II – week of Nov 16 2020

II. Gapped summary

perks (1. 17)
retire (1. 18) [Hinweis: “ relax“ (1. 12) = 0] taxes (1. 7)
cautionary (1. 13)
research (1. 14)
harassed (1. 26) [Hinweis: „killed“ (1. 27) = 0] suspicious (1. 25)

Final exam 2018 (substitute) Text III – week of Nov 23 2020

III.

1. Multiple Choice

1 B broke.
2 D lt pays all the participants‘ living expenses.
3 c prominent gang members are treated as a force for good.
4 A an all-embracing approach.
5 D was ready to make a U-turn in his life.
6 A The program still Iacks over two thirds of the funds needed .
7 B thinks that more research needs tobe done.

2. Short Answer Questions (paragraphs B to D) (3)
1. circuit breaker (1. 8)
2. wraparound supports (1. 10/11)
3. flagship (1. 14)

3. Mediation Englisch-Deutsch

1. Damit ist gemeint, dass ehemalige Gangmitglieder, die erfolgreich ihre Ausbildung
durchlaufen haben (1), als positive Vorbilder für gefährdete Jugendliche dienen und
diese dazu veranlassen können, aus dem Gangmilieu auszubrechen. (1)

2.
Metapher im Lied: Rose, die aus dem Beton herauswächst (0,5)
Bedeutung: für viele junge Menschen aus dem Gangmilieu sind die Zukunftsprognosen schlecht (0 ,5) , aber sie können es schaffen, erfolgreich zu sein, wenn ihnen entsprechende Möglichkeiten geboten werden (1)

2018 (original exam)

Here is the final exam of 2018 (original exam)

Texts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FBR6AOcPnuBiXDSOWcnKi3ZIxvwMuVH9/view?usp=sharing

Tasks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aaUQBLqOPtHfE3h1B7oopBj8T95mNbB_/view?usp=sharing

Please note that you’re not allowed to share this with anyone else outside this class. 

Final exam 2018 (original) Text I – week of Nov 30 2020

I. Multiple Matching

  1. G
  2. D
  3. E
  4. A
  5. L
  6. F
  7. C
  8. J

Final exam 2018 (original) Text II – week of Dec 7 2020

II. Mixed Reading Tasks

1. Multiple Choice

  1. B
  2. D
  3. B
  4. A
  5. C
  6. D

2. Mediation Englisch-Deutsch

1. allerneueste Entwicklung
2. verboten sind:

  • Pornographie (0,5)
  • ungefilterte/ authentische Berichterstattung (0,5), [Hinweis: “ originale Berichterstattung“ = 0]

anerkannt wurde:

  • ein grundsätzliches Recht auf Privatsphäre

3. sie treffen sich in einem toten Winkel der Kameras (im vorderen Teil des Klassenzimmers)
4. sie haben zu mehr Mobbing beigetragen

Final exam 2018 (original) Text III – week of Dec 14 2020

III. Mixed reading tasks

1. Sentence Completion paragraphs (A-C)

  1. a lowly intern
  2. burnishing their college resumes
  3. (onetime) rite of passage
  4. habits of paid work (l. 16) [Hinweis: „labor market“ (l. 20) = 0, da anderer Kontext]

2. Gapped Summary (paragraphs D-H)
• lack
• vital
• reap rewards
• guidance
• attendance
• temper
• peer conflicts

2017

Here is the final exam of 2017:

Texts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hbUTdG3g6rwOB2Wt_hOQXKND6GqxgUpZ/view?usp=sharing

Tasks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10fvBy2c4cOBJyfGgZSevdaAD30brwvHL/view?usp=sharing

Please note that you’re not allowed to share this with anyone else outside this class. 

Final exam 2017 Text I – week of Dec 21 2020

TASK I

PERSON Statement No.
Sharon Bayantemur We are never  out of reach. 2
Emma Baker We have more freedom of choice  nowadays. 8
David Sides Your way of life is not my business. 10
Caitlyn Ascencio There arelots of other interesting activities we can engage in. 11
lbrahim Diallo Sad, but true: it will remain a global challenge. 3
Luz Robles Don’t give in to stereotyping. 9
Lonny Hancock lt’s done more openly. 5
Jacob Lamb lt doesn’t guarantee success any langer. 1
Beth Rodriguez My own  educational prospects are way better. 7

Final exam 2017 Text II – week of Jan 4 2021

Task II: Mixed Reading Tasks

1. Gapped Summary (paragraphs A-C,G-H) (8)

  • cradled
  • exulted
  • unease
  • anxious
  • punctuated
  • perils
  • practical parent
  • blinders

2. Mediation Englisch – Deutsch
1. … Rassismus und Vorurteile (0,5) fest in der Gesellschaft verankert sein könnten/sind/fester Bestandteil der Gesellschaft sein könnten/sind (1)

2. Schwarze Bürger werden gezielt durchsucht und festgenommen {1,5), wegen  geringer Verstöße, oder sogar grundlos (1)

Final exam 2017 Text III – week of Jan 11 2021

Task III: Mixed  Reading Tasks

1. Multiple Choice (paragraphs A-G}

Statement No.
seem to be ubiquitous. B
his reputation in the neighborhood is put at risk. D
augmented  reality. A
promote mainstream  technology. B
was not a pioneer in mobile gaming. C
frequently puts its virtual prey where it pays off. B

2. Sentence Completion

1…. cross over into the mainstream

2…. take more steps (1. 57) (1); … spark up conversations (1)

2016

Here is the final exam of 2016:

Texts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H8uTOdB14HjvX3qBkx2MXWBDsrNzLu68/view?usp=sharing

Tasks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_nGpNOh2t2WMkU2TERsakNhOEE/view?usp=sharing

Please note that you’re not allowed to share this with anyone else outside this class. 

Final exam 2016 Text I – week of Jan 18 2021

Task I

1. Gapped summary

brightly  colored

instructions

bucket list

interact

dismembered

surveillance video

confirmed

2. Sentence Completion

  1. press charges
  2. sparked disappointment
  3. reflected badly on

Final exam 2016 Text II – week of Jan 25 2021

Task II

1. Multiple choice

V1
1 c eats food others would have thrown away.
2 B Wasted food has led to more and more unease lately.
3 A reflects growing  awareness of the food waste problem.
4 c Raw salmon
5 B supervisors to guarantee that the food is still edible.
6 D are respected by local business people.
7 D The food sharers‘ efforts are just a drop in the ocean.

2. Mediation

2.1 Sie kritisiert, dass der Überfluss in unserer Gesellschaft (0,5) dazu geführt hat, dass nicht nur viel Essen weggeworfen wird (0,5), sondern dass viele Menschen  auch nicht mehr kreativ und flexibel im Umgang mit Lebensmitteln sind. (1)

2.2

Supermarkt-Gemüse muss immer  gleich aussehen/ darf keine Schönheitsfehler  haben/  muss stets makellos sein. (1)

Final exam 2016 Text III – week of Feb 1 2021

Task III

1. Multiple matching

Statement

1

Statement

2

PERSON
6 9 Gary Chinery
2 7 Sarah Bums
1 12 Scott Carey
4 10 Patsy Kane

Gary Chinerv

These young people have become so important  to me over the years. My mates have contributed so that everybody can afford the prom.

Sarah Burns

We organise meetings between companies and those responsible for the parties.

Same family members are as euphoric about the prom as if someone was getting married.

Scott Carey

Some return because their prom was such a brilliant event.

I have witnessed students getting to their prom in all kinds of unusual ways.

Patsy Kane

The party is about the students cherishing the strong band between them. We give an award for the nicest gown.

2. Mediation

Viele/  einige  holen  sich  Anregungen  von  reichen  Leuten/  den  Kardashians, um  etwas Außergewöhnliches bei der Schulabschlussfeier zu machen (1,5) – aber nicht jeder ist bereit, mit Geld um sich zu werfen. (0,5).

2015

Here is the final exam of 2016:

Texts: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14_nON-WtYr9MAFQa3ryJkee2k_xfAE46/view?usp=sharing

Tasks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FatL1UKyr5JXF2DlgC28ZGwUZmcKLYdK/view?usp=sharing

Please note that you’re not allowed to share this with anyone else outside this class. 

Final exam 2015 Text I – week of Feb 8 2021

Task I

1. Gapped summary

biodegrade  (line 10); discards (line 20); lacking (line 23}; refunded  (line 29); legal action (line 27); most experienced (line 32)

2. Short-answer questions and sentence completion

1. environmental impact; 2. to close off access to the mountain; 3. to Iimit tourism; 4. to ease congestion at bottleneck areas; 5. livelihoods

Final exam 2015 Text II – week of Feb 22 2021

Task II

1. Multiple choice

V2 correct statement
1. C had to make special preparations to get her out of the house.
2. D recently spent the whole day in her own room.
3. B don’t Iead a life that is beneficial to their health.
4. A extremely  obese people may die up to 10 years earlier.
5. D Unaffordable costs for the National Health Service.
6. C she had already gained nationwide attention at a younger age.
7. A often state that gaining too much weight can be prevented.
8. B didn’t  succeed in maintaining her new Iifestyie.
9. D politicians  fear being blamed for putting lower social classes at a disadvantage.

Final exam 2015 Text III – week of Mar 1 2021

Task III

1. Multiple matching

A 2

B 5

C 4

D 7

E 1

F 8

2. Mediation

1. – Er war abbezahlt I ein anderes Auto müsste noch abbezahlt werden (1)

– Ein anderes Auto wäre weniger verlässlich (1}

– Gefühlsbeladene Beziehung I emotionaler Halt I Trost (1}

2. Die verlängerte I ausgeweitete  Arbeitslosenunterstützung (1}