Cloze exercises are passages with certain words deleted. They are fill‐in‐the‐blank exercises that you create for a student. They are useful because cloze exercises allow a student to focus on a particular difficulty in his or her reading and writing. However, because teachers regularly use cloze exercises in the classroom, some students may not want to do them with a tutor. If you plan on making a cloze exercise with one of your students, make sure that he or she wants to do a cloze exercise with you.
How to make a cloze exercise for a student
Use a text that interests the student, for example a journal entry, a favourite song or a story written through the language experience approach. Delete some of the words (or some parts of words) in the passage. Choose words (or parts of words) that the student often has difficulty with. Don’t delete too many words - leave enough words to supply a context. You may need to list the deleted words at the bottom of the page
You can design a cloze exercise to help one of your students practise almost any aspect of language. For example, you could focus on: