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GCSE Higher Tier reading gap-fills

Among the many free samples I have on the frenchteacher site there's one you may have overlooked and which you might find very useful when revising for reading exams. This is a set of nine cloze tasks, each of which consists of an adapted authentic text with gaps to be filled. Pupils can choose words from a box which makes the task similar in style to many you see on GCSE papers.

You can find them here (scroll down, bottom left-hand column).

You could copy them and make a booklet for use in class or at home.

Here's an example:

Les ados accros aux écrans

Remplir les blancs en utilisant les mots dans la case

console                 parisiens              projeté                  dire

facile                    collégiens             temps                   devant

quotidienne          passé                    aucun                            demandé

Les ados sont accros aux écrans : une étude réalisée auprès de 8000

_________ parisiens fait le point sur le comportement des jeunes dans

leur vie __________.

3 heures : voilà le temps passé chaque jour par les ados devant un écran

d’ordinateur, de télé ou de _______ ... Résultat, le lendemain matin, en

ils s’endorment en cours. Car ce temps devant l’écran est souvent

pris sur le ________ de sommeil. Ces résultats sont tout droits sortis

d’un questionnaire* adressé à 8000 collégiens_________. Il en ressort

que l’addiction aux écrans est le problème n°1 pour les collégiens,

________ l’alcool ou le tabac.  Les adultes se demandent quoi faire face

à cette situation. Car ________ aux ados « Vous passez trop de temps

sur un écran, ce n’est pas bon pour vous !" n’ a _______ effet ! Les

médecins qui ont piloté l’étude ont alors _________ à certains ados de

plancher sur un scénario puis de tourner un film ou ils se mettraient en

scène face à leurs écrans. Le film est destiné à être _________ pour

lancer la discussion... et ça marche!  Cet effet miroir aide à réaliser le

temps ________ devant la télé, l’ordi, ou la console… Une fois qu’on a

réalisé c’est plus ________ d’agir de manière à s’en passer !


le sommeil – sleep          accro à – addicted to      un écran - screen

plancher – (slang) to work         se passer de – to do without


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