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family castleFor this exercise about a family castle, you have to read the text and choose the correct answer to each of the five questions. This provides practice for Part 3 of the A2 Key examination.

About 5-10 minutes.Reading comprehension.Developing stages of learning English.
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Read the article about a family castle and answer the questions.

family castleMy name is Will, and our family decided that we all wanted to live together, so we looked online. We eventually found a castle we could buy. There are 20 of us altogether, including my aunts, uncles and grandparents, and we all have a room each. The castle is huge - it takes about ten minutes to walk from one side to the other. It's really cold inside the castle, especially in winter. My gran wears a coat inside as it's so cold. We had no heating at first and only one toilet when we moved in either!

When I lived in Manchester, the shops and the school were very near. Here at the castle, the nearest village is 10 minutes away, and it takes 30 minutes to get to the nearest town to do our weekly shopping. At first, I took the bus to school, but it took too long. Now my mum takes me there as she has just got a job at the school.

The best thing about living in the castle is that there is a lot of space - I can ride my bicycle all day on our large ground. I don't play online games as much as I did. We now have heating and bathrooms along with a modern kitchen, so things are much better than they were. I love living in a castle with my whole family, and I hope to stay here for a long time.

1. Where did Will's family find the castle?

2. What did the castle not have when they moved in?


3. Where does Will's family go shopping?


4. How does Will get to school?


5. What does Will like most about living in the castle?



Here are new words and phrases from the family castle reading comprehension:

  • a long time
  • a lot of space
  • bathrooms
  • family castle
  • grandparents
  • heating
  • large ground
  • online
  • nearest town
  • Manchester
  • toilet
  • weekly shopping
  • winter
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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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