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comedy,edinburgh festivalFor this exercise about the Edinburgh Festival, you have to read the text and choose the correct answer to each of the five questions. This provides practice for A2 Key Reading Part 3 of the A2 Key examination.

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Read the article about the Edinburgh Festival and answer the questions.

Edinburgh festivalEvery year, thousands of people come to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland to be part of the Edinburgh Festival. For three weeks every August the city is filled with actors and artists from all over the world. They come to Edinburgh for the biggest arts festival in the UK. During this time the streets of the city are alive with music and dance from early morning until late at night. You can even see artists painting pictures on the streets. One of the best parts of the Festival is the 'Fringe', where students do comedy shows in small halls and cafes.

Tens of thousands of tourists come to the Festival to see new films, plays and hear music played by famous musicians. This year, you can see over eight hundred performances with actors from more than sixty countries.

The tickets for these performances are quite cheap, and it is usually easier to see your favourite star in Edinburgh than it is in London. So come to Edinburgh next summer, but remember it can be hard to find a room, so why not book your hotel now.

1. How long is the Edinburgh Festival?

2. Why do actors and artists come to the Festival?

3. Who takes part in the 'Fringe'?

4. How many performers are there this year?

5. What are difficult to find during the Festival?


Here are new words and phrases from the Edinburgh Festival reading comprehension:

  • actors and artists
  • comedy shows
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • famous musicians
  • Fringe
  • performances
  • the biggest arts festival
  • Scotland
  • small halls and cafes
  • tourists
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In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the A2 Key test.

Part 1 - Listen to conversations and choose the correct answer.

Part 2 - Listen to a monologue and complete gaps in a page of notes.

Part 3 - Listen to a conversation and choose the correct answer.

Part 4 - Listen to  conversations and choose the correct answer.

Part 5 - Listen to a conversation and choose the correct answer.

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the elementary level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

A2 Key | B1 Preliminary | B2 First

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