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REGULAR VERBS: ED PRONUNCIATION

The pronunciation of regular verbs in the past or in the past participle that end in ED can be tricky and difficult to do. English pronunciation seems like it has few rules and there are of course many irregularities, but there are many ways of knowing how to pronounce words that you have never heard… Continue reading REGULAR VERBS: ED PRONUNCIATION

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ACTIVITIES · SPEAKING · STUDENT

FCE (B2) READING

How often do you read? Do you ever read to unwind? Do you prefer reading Ebooks or paperbacks? Why is it a good idea to read regularly? Is it essential to know how to read nowadays? How old were you when you learned how to read? Do you ever lend people books that you have… Continue reading FCE (B2) READING

ACTIVITIES · SPEAKING · STUDENT

PET (B1): EDUCATION SPEAKING

Example question: What is your English teacher like?   Are you a good student? What is your favourite subject and why? Tell us about your English classes Where do you study English? Do you think English will be useful for you in the future? How long have you been learning English? Did you like school… Continue reading PET (B1): EDUCATION SPEAKING

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PET (B1): WORK SPEAKING

Example: Do you work or are you a student?   What do you do (for a living)? Have you got a job? Why (not)? What do you like about your job? What do you dislike about your job? Do you work full-time or part-time? Would you like to change job in the future? Have you… Continue reading PET (B1): WORK SPEAKING

GRAMMAR

SHORT ANSWERS TO OPEN AND CLOSED QUESTIONS

In the learning of a language it is useful to have a variety of quick and easy to use phrases, such as short questions that help you to interact with ease. These phrases can be fixed phrases HERE or even short questions HERE. The key is to be able to use them when you need to… Continue reading SHORT ANSWERS TO OPEN AND CLOSED QUESTIONS

TEACHING BLOG

SHADOWING: MORE THAN JUST IMPROVING YOUR PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING SKILLS

Shadowing is a key language learning technique that should be adopted and put into practice by all learners, no matter which language they wish to study. The concept of shadowing is simple; the learner listens to short sentences or (when at a more advanced level) short texts/audios, while listening they should say out loud what… Continue reading SHADOWING: MORE THAN JUST IMPROVING YOUR PRONUNCIATION AND LISTENING SKILLS

ACTIVITIES · SPEAKING · STUDENT

FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 2 – LONG TURN

Long turn (part 2) 3 minutes: In this part of the exam, each candidate must speak individually for 1 minute (do not stop until the examiner says “thank you”) about a question and 2 photos. The candidate needs to compare the images to answer the question using a variety of connectors and complex grammar (passive,… Continue reading FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 2 – LONG TURN

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FCE (B2) PERSONAL BACKGROUND

In this topic, you will be asked questions about where you live, your personal experiences there and also about your preferences. For example, would you prefer to live in the city centre or the outskirts of a large city?   Where do you come from? Where were you born? What do you like most about… Continue reading FCE (B2) PERSONAL BACKGROUND

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CAE (C1) SPEAKING: HEALTH

What bad habits do you have? (smoking, drinking alcohol etc) Do humans need to eat meat to be healthy and have enough protein? Why do most people eat junk-food even though they know it is bad for them? Do we educate people well enough about the dangers of smoking or drinking too much alcohol? When… Continue reading CAE (C1) SPEAKING: HEALTH

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FCE (B2): SPORT AND EXERCISE

Did you use to participate in a sports team when you were younger? What are the pros and cons of doing exercise on a daily basis? Which do you prefer, exercising alone or with other people? Should we do more or fewer hours of P.E in school? Do you think that children under 18 should… Continue reading FCE (B2): SPORT AND EXERCISE