C1 · SPEAKING · STUDENT

CAE (C1): BUYING AND SELLING

If you happen to have some spare cash, what do you usually do with it? In the aftermath of the financial recession, is it a good idea to watch your money in this day and age? What are the drawbacks of renting a house or flat? When was the last time that you splashed out… Continue reading CAE (C1): BUYING AND SELLING

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ACTIVITIES · B2 · 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

ACTIVITIES · B1 · 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 · 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 · 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

ACTIVITIES · C1 · SPEAKING · STUDENT

CAE (C1): ANIMAL RIGHTS AND CONSERVATION

This is somewhat of a controversial topic and people do not tend to agree in many cases. Discuss these questions with an open mind and try to AGREE AND DISAGREE in various ways. For instance: Is it becessary to eat meat nowadays? Many people will argue that yes, yet many studies suggest that we originated… Continue reading CAE (C1): ANIMAL RIGHTS AND CONSERVATION

ACTIVITIES · B2 · SPEAKING · STUDENT

FCE (B2): SPEAKING ABOUT SPARE TIME

What is the most creative way that you spend your free time? When you have a free moment in the week, do you take advantage of it to do something fun? Do you find it relaxing to read or listen to music? What would be your ideal way to unwind? Are you interested in experiencing… Continue reading FCE (B2): SPEAKING ABOUT SPARE TIME