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Motivation and Language Learning

When embarking on our language learning journeys, we all generally have a different reason for doing so. As the lover of languages that I am, I would like to imagine that it is the beauty of language that attracts people and makes them decide to try to learn a specific language; to learn about it… Continue reading Motivation and Language Learning

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ACTIVITIES · PHRASAL VERBS

VOCABULARY ACTIVITY: JEAPODY – PHRASAL VERBS

Jeapody is a classic vocabulary activity that is used across the world with language learners. It can be adapted to any type of word patterns HERE, collocations HERE or phrasal verbs HERE. Jeapody is a simple game in which learners of English can test their understanding of phrasal verbs. Each person needs a copy of… Continue reading VOCABULARY ACTIVITY: JEAPODY – PHRASAL VERBS

ACTIVITIES · B2 ENGLISH · SPEAKING · STUDENT

FCE (B2): TRAVEL SPEAKING

Speak with your partner about your travel preferences (likes and dislikes), your past experiences and also your future plans and intentions: If you could give someone one travel tip, what would it be? What things can a backpacker do to save money? How can people get to know new cultures better while they are abroad?… Continue reading FCE (B2): TRAVEL SPEAKING

SPEAKING

SPEAKING: VERB + OBJECT + VERB

Discuss these questions, focussing on the GRAMMAR: VERB + OBJECT + (BARE) INFINITIVE/GERUND   Do you usually expect your family to give you advice on making important decisions? Do you ever let your friends or family intrude in your personal life? Are you a fan of helping your classmates (to) improve their English level? Have you… Continue reading SPEAKING: VERB + OBJECT + VERB

GRAMMAR

GRAMMAR: VERB + OBJECT + (BARE) INFINITIVE/GERUND

An extension of Gerund vs Infinitive grammar is to learn how to add an object into the mix. If you haven’t already seen it, look at our full verb list HERE to once and for all settle this difficult grammar point. With reference to the object that is included in the examples; this object can… Continue reading GRAMMAR: VERB + OBJECT + (BARE) INFINITIVE/GERUND

B1 ENGLISH · PHRASAL VERBS · VOCABULARY

B1 LEVEL PHRASAL VERBS: STARTING TO LEARN THEM

B1 level phrasal verbs are simple. Students are not required to fully understand phrasal verbs, but they should acquire a basic knowledge of them and know how to substitute simple vocabulary, for example: instead of DO SPORT = WORK OUT.   1. Hang out (with) – spend time with I enjoy hanging out with my… Continue reading B1 LEVEL PHRASAL VERBS: STARTING TO LEARN THEM

B2 ENGLISH · PHRASAL VERBS · VOCABULARY

B2 LEVEL PHRASAL VERBS: DEVELOPING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Getting to grips with phrasal verbs can be a challenging task. Try to learn phrasal verbs in context and with frequency. For B2 level English, learners should know how to use and understand around 200 different phrasal verbs. You must know how to use phrasal verbs like: take advantage of = make the most of.… Continue reading B2 LEVEL PHRASAL VERBS: DEVELOPING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

ACTIVITIES · B1 ENGLISH · SPEAKING · STUDENT

PRELIMINARY (B1): SPEAKING PART 3

Speaking part 3 of the Preliminary B1 speaking exam consists of a long turn, in which candidates must speak for about 1 minute about a topic, using an image. The examiners are evaluating the candidates ability to organise their speech and develop a topic without repetition. They are also focusing on the candidates ability to… Continue reading PRELIMINARY (B1): SPEAKING PART 3

ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY: SPEED DATING VOCABULARY

Speed dating is a great activity for incorporating new vocabulary into your speaking. It can be done as a group activity or in private classes. The only material needed is a vocabulary list and a stopwatch. The great thing is that it can be adapted to almost any topic: free time, work, education, travel, people,… Continue reading ACTIVITY: SPEED DATING VOCABULARY

PHRASAL VERBS · VOCABULARY

ADVANCED LEVEL PHRASAL VERBS: SPEAK LIKE A NATIVE

Achieving advanced level English is quite a challenge. Try taking in these advanced level phrasal verbs to help you on your way to English fluency.   1. Freak out – go crazy The students are going to freak out when they find out that they have got out of doing the exam.   2. Mess… Continue reading ADVANCED LEVEL PHRASAL VERBS: SPEAK LIKE A NATIVE

ACTIVITIES · READING · STUDENT

EMAIL (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

Fill in the gaps with one word: (more than one option may be possible) Dear Neil, Thank you very much for your letter, it was great to hear from you after so many months and I have so much to tell you. My hometown, _____ (1) you know, is a university city in the centre… Continue reading EMAIL (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

ACTIVITIES · READING · STUDENT

LETTER (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

Fill in the gaps with one word: (there may be multiple answers)   Dear Peter. I’m glad to hear from you. It has been way too long and I haven’t heard anything _____ (1) you in ages. What kind of things have you been up to? Let me tell you about what´s going on in… Continue reading LETTER (READING): ONE WORD GAPS FILL

GRAMMAR · STUDENT

GRAMMAR: USED TO, BE USED TO, GET USED TO

Within English grammar there can be some confusing points with relation to similar expressions (used to, be used to and get used to) for example. The best way to improve your understanding of these points is to put them into practical examples and also to review them in a consistent manner. See our grammar exercised HERE… Continue reading GRAMMAR: USED TO, BE USED TO, GET USED TO

ACTIVITIES · B2 ENGLISH · SPEAKING · STUDENT

FCE (B2): SPEAKING ABOUT TEENAGERS

Would you say that stereotypes about teenagers are unfair? Why do teenagers need more sleep than people of other ages? What can your teenage years be such a difficult time? How do the media usually portray teenagers? How can teenagers find a balance between their studies and their social lives? Which typical mistakes do parents… Continue reading FCE (B2): SPEAKING ABOUT TEENAGERS

ACTIVITIES · GRAMMAR · STUDENT

FIXED PHRASES: TIME, PURPOSE, REASON AND RESULT

Fixed phrases: Fixed phrases are an essential part of language learning as they will give the learner confidence to express their ideas in various ways. They are really useful for speaking and the learner will recognise them in both written and spoken language. In relation to exams they are essential for rephrasing exercises, for the… Continue reading FIXED PHRASES: TIME, PURPOSE, REASON AND RESULT