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Multiple choice cloze – snippet from our course “Cambridge First”

For questions 1 – 8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example (0) at the beginning done for you. First, let’s read over the text just to get a general idea. In the exam, you will need to mark your answers on the separate answer sheet as shown below. Example:

It’s never about the accent

(0) _________ a lot of people believe that the secret to (1) _________a new language is all about speaking to natives and trying to (2) _________the “perfect” English accent, in reality, this couldn’t be further from th

e truth.

An (3) __________ thing to remember is that the “perfect accent” should not be your main focus. Rather, obtaining an excellent pronunciation is far more important. Given that English has so many different accents and peoples spread out all over the world when you think about it, it just doesn’t make (4) _________ to try to acquire (5) _______ an American or British accent. Because one could also make the (6) ________ about the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, Nigerian and many other accents. Why people fuss over an accent is bewildering, and quite frankly, not worth your time.

Also, very (7) _______ non-natives speakers actually speak English with a “perfect” British or American accent, but a plethora of non-native English speakers speak English fluently as their second, third or even fourth language! The (8) ________is to immerse yourself in the Anglo culture whether that be reading books or watching series on Netflix to achieve that much-needed perfect pronunciation.

Now, let’s read the text again and try to choose the correct word that goes in each of the gaps.

(0) The word given is “although”. “Although” is a conjunction and takes the meaning of “despite the fact” or “though”. We normally use “although” with two clauses or sentences, one being positive and one being negative (grammatically speaking). The positive clause: a lot of people believe that the secret to ______ a new language is all about speaking to natives and trying to______ etc. The negative clause: in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The conjunction “although” is being used here to show the contrast between a negative and positive clause.

(0) _________ a lot of people believe that the secret to (1) _________a new language is all about speaking to natives and trying to (2) _________the “perfect” English accent, in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

(1) Only one word can collocate with “language”. You need to choose the word that goes together with “language”. There’s only one possible answer. 

(0) _________ a lot of people believe that the secret to (1) _________a new language is all about speaking to natives.

(2) The “perfect” English accent is something that a person can acquire. Only one of the options can fit here.

(0) _________ a lot of people believe that the secret to (1) _________a new language is all about speaking to natives and trying to (2) _________the “perfect” English accent.

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