IGCSE ESL Talking about Family: Reading Practice

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talking about familyWelcome to our free lesson talking about family to give you practise for the IGCSE ESL exam. This is just one of the many lessons available to reinforce your learning so you feel confident when the IGCSE ESL exam day arrives. Our lessons are centred around common themes featured in the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the exam.

reading practiceTalking about Family: Reading Practice

In this lesson, we will practice our reading skills by talking about family. Watch our video that will guide you through the lesson. You will be asked to pause the video to complete the activities in the tabs below.

Exercise 1Exercise 2Exercise 3Word List
You are going to watch a video. This video explains how you can trace your families coat of arms which will give you an insight into your family history.

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Hello and welcome to Videojug. The world of heraldry is full of wonder and excitement, tracing your family’s coat of arms will give you an insight into your family history by providing a most valuable source of information and details.

Step 1
What is a coat of arms in medieval times? Coats of arms were used as a form of identification by Knights going to battle like an early form of a dog tag. Heraldry began as a system of signs symbols on a sheet on shields used by Nobles and kings to identify themselves in the middle of the 12th century in battle tournaments which were the great sort of outdoor sport of the time and on seals. The aristocratic families would use coats of arms to show class and social status. A coat of arms is an arrangement of devices such as animals or geometric shapes placed on a shield. The background to the shield is called the field. The field can be a mix of seven basic colours or tinctures. These are gold or yellow silver or white blue red purple black and green. The field can also be divided into sections and this is called the division of the field of which there are many. The shield can also include a variety of elements like supporters, a helmet, compartment, a crest, a motto. This is called a full achievement of arms. There are no steadfast meanings behind the devices, tinctures or other images on the coat of arms. The devices on a coat of arms are sometimes very personal and would have been put there for a reason. Every coat of arms has a history and a story to tell. Find this you will start to unravel your family’s history.
Step 2
Where to start basically if your family has a coat of arms the chances are you know about it. It will have been in your family for many years or generations and passed along the male line you may find it on silverware crockery or a family heirloom.

Step 3

What next if you’re serious about tracing your coat of arms your first port of call would be the College of Arms in London. The College of Arms is one of the few remaining heraldic authorities in the UK and the Commonwealth.

Step 4
The search, the College of Arms will advise you as to whether the college is able to assist you if the college can help you will be assigned in Officer of arms, a herald who will conduct your research. He will examine your coat of arms search the records and the registers of pedigrees to try and locate yours. He can try to find the history a meaning behind the coat of arms and this will help in your quest to find your family history. You may uncover hidden secrets and meanings.

Step 5
If you don’t have a coat of arms worry not if you don’t have a coat of arms there are many organizations that can offer to design one for you. You can certainly do this yourself creating a coat of arms for your family is easy and fun and who knows might even lead to you being mistaken for nobility.

Read the text about how to trace your family tree online and answer the questions.
How to Trace Your Family Tree Online

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This is a sample of the first part of the reading section in the IGCSE ESL Exam. Read the text and mark the correct words.

Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:

  • aristocratic families
  • bad influence
  • complicated
  • conduct your research
  • genealogists
  • genealogy communities
  • generations
  • family heirloom
  • family history
  • family tree (genealogical tree)
  • friendship
  • hidden secrets
  • identification
  • no steadfast meanings
  • nobility
  • notorious ancestors
  • organizations
  • to passed away
  • pedigrees
  • significant events
  • sufficient knowledge
  • to trace
  • to unravel
  • tournaments
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