ENGLISH · EXAMS

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: OXFORD TEST OF ENGLISH

  The Oxford English Test from Oxford University Press is a quick and efficient way to obtain English language certification for A2-B2 level and is endorsed by the University of Oxford. The Oxford exam has been developed by experts in English language teaching of the worldly renowned Oxford University Press. Like to the Linguaskill and… Continue reading OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: OXFORD TEST OF ENGLISH

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ENGLISH · GRAMMAR

GRAMMAR: WORD ORDER OF PROBABLY, PERHAPS AND MAYBE

When we talk about probability in English, we have several options to choose from, but one thing we must be careful with is the simple error of word order. Be careful not to make this basic mistake:   Probably Probably cannot go at the beginning of a sentence, it goes after the auxiliary verb, for… Continue reading GRAMMAR: WORD ORDER OF PROBABLY, PERHAPS AND MAYBE

ENGLISH · GRAMMAR

QUESTION WORDS IN ENGLISH

A key part of holding a conversation in English is the ability to ask questions. When you can ask questions, you have the ability to guide an interaction and you can also maintain (continue) and develop (elaborate) it. What you need to take into account is that there are two types of questions: open questions… Continue reading QUESTION WORDS IN ENGLISH

ENGLISH · VOCABULARY

BUSINESS VOCABULARY

Nouns: Annual leave – I have three days annual leave left this year. Application – I have already handed in my application to APPF. Benefits – The job has many cool benefits on offer. Bonus – I get a bonus twice a year if sales go well. Boss – My boss seems like a fantastic… Continue reading BUSINESS VOCABULARY

ENGLISH · GRAMMAR

GRAMMAR: PRESENT TENSES

The basis of the English language is in understanding its verbs and how we can form sentences.   We can form to be with the full form I am or the contraction I´m SUBJECT TO BE CONTRACTION I AM I´M YOU ARE YOU´RE HE/SHE/IT IS HE´S WE ARE YOU´RE YOU (ALL) ARE YOU´RE THEY ARE… Continue reading GRAMMAR: PRESENT TENSES

ENGLISH · GRAMMAR

COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

Countable and uncountable nouns: Nouns in English can be either countable or uncountable. When you learn them, you need to know if the noun is countable or uncountable as if influences the grammar we use.   Countable nouns: they can be counted 1, 2, 3 (Examples: people, jobs, cars, computers, days, hours, sweets, bottles, glasses)… Continue reading COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

ENGLISH · GRAMMAR

GRAMMAR: IRREGULAR PAST VERBS

In the English language there are both regular and irregular verbs. The regular verbs are easy as they all end in ed, for example walked, listened and decided. The only difficulty occurs with pronunciation as there are three ways of doing this, /id/ /t/ /d/. Irregular verbs on the other hand are more difficult as… Continue reading GRAMMAR: IRREGULAR PAST VERBS

ENGLISH · GRAMMAR

COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVES

Comparative adjectives: We use comparative to talk about the similarities and differences between different things.   Comparing two things: She is taller than me. You are better looking than your dad. (NORMAL) tall = taller, short = shorter (IRREGULAR) good = better, bad = worse (DOUBLE) big = bigger, fat = fatter (…IER) Happy =… Continue reading COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVES

ENGLISH · PHRASAL VERBS · VOCABULARY

PHRASAL VERBS: 25 ESSENTIAL PHRASES ABOUT WORK

Example: Be up for – fancy (gerund) Are you up for starting a business in the near future?   Be mixed up in – be involved in You had better not be involved in arguments at work? Carry out – realize something We are carrying out a really important project at work right now. Come… Continue reading PHRASAL VERBS: 25 ESSENTIAL PHRASES ABOUT WORK

ENGLISH · PHRASAL VERBS · VOCABULARY

PHRASAL VERBS: MONEY AND FINANCE

TAKE OUT – WITHDRAW MONEY DO WITHOUT – LIVE WITHOUT DEPEND ON – BE DEPENDENT ON PUT BY – SAVE A LITTLE BIT BANK ON – DEPEND ON SAVE UP – KEEP A LOT OF MONEY FOR A PURPOSE GET BY – LIVE WITH LITTLE MONEY GIVE AWAY – GIVE AS A GIFT SELL OUT… Continue reading PHRASAL VERBS: MONEY AND FINANCE

ARTICLES · ENGLISH · VOCABULARY

21 ESSENTIAL PHRASES ABOUT LANGUAGE LEARNING

These are the key phrases necessary for the advanced (C1) exam when you wish to speak about language learning. The best way to learn them is to put them into practical examples that you can use in various contexts. For example: GET ACROSS – communicate information. What I want to get across is… I sometimes find… Continue reading 21 ESSENTIAL PHRASES ABOUT LANGUAGE LEARNING

ACTIVITIES · ENGLISH · EXAMS

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 · ENGLISH · EXAMS

FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 1: COMPLEX ANSWERS

In speaking part one of the First Certificate B2, the interlocutor will ask you questions in a type of interview. You, as the candidate, should give a 20-30 second answer in fluent and confident English. It is important to think about how the examiner is assessing you. The examiner will make a first impression of… Continue reading FCE (B2) SPEAKING PART 1: COMPLEX ANSWERS

ACTIVITIES · ENGLISH · EXAMS

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

ACTIVITIES · ENGLISH · EXAMS · WRITING

FCE (B2) ESSAY WRITING IN PDF

In the FCE (B2) exam you MUST write an essay in the first question of the writing task (HERE). You have about 40 minutes to do this so you should practice against the clock. You have seen a TV documentary about how life has evolved over the past century. Write an essay of 140-190 words:… Continue reading FCE (B2) ESSAY WRITING IN PDF