ACTIVITIES · EXAMS

CAE/ADVANCED (C1) SPEAKING (PART 1): STARTER QUESTIONS

At advanced level candidates need to be able to speak about familiar and unfamiliar topics. They should be able to express themselves with ease and have a good control of both simple and complex grammar forms. See our post on Speaking for Cambridge exams (HERE)   NOW AVAILABLE CAE PREPARATION COURSE (HERE)     The… Continue reading CAE/ADVANCED (C1) SPEAKING (PART 1): STARTER QUESTIONS

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EXAMS · STUDENT

HOW TO PASS THE USE OF ENGLISH AND READING PART OF THE FCE (B2) – INCLUDES FREE MOCK EXAM

  What do you have to do in the B2 FCE exam? The use of English and reading parts of the exams are joined. There are 7 tasks in total and the exam lasts for 1.15 minutes. You can do them in any order. My suggestion is to begin with what you find easiest; this… Continue reading HOW TO PASS THE USE OF ENGLISH AND READING PART OF THE FCE (B2) – INCLUDES FREE MOCK EXAM

ACTIVITIES · STUDENT

THE 100 MOST FREQUENT WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Learning a language is no easy feat. For example, English has an extimated 750,000 words. Obviously, we can´t know all of them. You need to prioritize the words you learn and start those that are used most frequently. Here are the 100 most frequently used words in the English language. FOR A FULL COURSE TO… Continue reading THE 100 MOST FREQUENT WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ENGLISH · VOCABULARY

WORD PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS – FREE PDF EXERCISES

Word patterns and the understanding of vocabulary and prepositions are fundamental in achieving accuracy in English. Take a look HERE for extra advice on how to improve your vocabulary. Feel free to share the activities and students and teachers can use the PDFS in their classes and for the reinforcement of language.   TRY OUR INTERACTIVE QUIZ… Continue reading WORD PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS – FREE PDF EXERCISES

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Why it is essential to have a language learning partner

  Language learning partners or the similar concept that is tandem language learning is an essential part of trying to reach fluency. The idea is simple; learn a language together with another person who has a similar target to your own to help enhance both of your progress. With a language learning partner you are… Continue reading Why it is essential to have a language learning partner

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Improving your listening: the effort involved

I have recently read a fantastic article (see below: Spanish) about the troubles that some people have with listening skills, and this got me thinking. Previously I have mentioned the need to improve listening skills for accademic purposes and the benefits of having good listening skills in the language learning process (COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT and LISTENING SKILLS). But… Continue reading Improving your listening: the effort involved

ACTIVITIES · ARTICLES

10 ACTIVITIES USING IMAGES

Images are a powerful tool in the classroom for creating interest, introducing topics and starting off conversations as they motivate students and help them to think without the basis being around sentence structure and grammar. They are a great way of evaluating what students already know about a topic and eliciting information to expand on… Continue reading 10 ACTIVITIES USING IMAGES

ACTIVITIES · ARTICLES

5 ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE YOUR INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Interactive communication is defined by Cambridge as “Interacts with ease, linking contributions to those of other speakers and widens the scope of the interaction and negotiates towards an outcome”. And by trinity as “initiate and participate effectively in discussion with the examiner and/or fellow group members” . It is an essential part of the evaluation… Continue reading 5 ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE YOUR INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS

ACTIVITIES · ARTICLES · SPEAKING

Extra Speaking Ideas – using video clips

Speaking skills are essential in the learning of a language, what is important is to use various resources to keep the students interest and create conversation. We must try to challenge ourselves as language learners to speak about a variety of topics. Videos are a powerful too in the learning of a language.   FOR… Continue reading Extra Speaking Ideas – using video clips

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Oracy: getting your students to talk – EXAMPLE PDF QUESTIONS INCLUDED IN THE POST

DOWNLOAD THIS POST IN PDF HERE We are going to take a look at strategies to achieve effective oracy in the ESL classroom. We need to constantly assess the ways we get our students talking to ensure that they fulfil their full potential and also, that they build the confidence needed to express themselves effectively in… Continue reading Oracy: getting your students to talk – EXAMPLE PDF QUESTIONS INCLUDED IN THE POST

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Quick warm up activities for ESL teachers and language learners

Why do we need to have starter activities (or warm ups if you prefer) in class? What are their purpose? When we speak a language, we must think in that language to achieve fluency, and avoid going blank etc. It is very difficult to be able to translate word for word what you want to… Continue reading Quick warm up activities for ESL teachers and language learners

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Improving listening skills: advice for students and teachers

The first thing to mention is when We refer to improving listening skills, we are talking about speaking and listening skills, they fall under the same category and are impossible to separate. In this post I am going to talk about things that teachers of English should know and share with language learners so that… Continue reading Improving listening skills: advice for students and teachers

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING AND CLASS PREPARATION

For the second part of this blog we thought is right to discuss planning strategies and class preparation. As teachers we often ask ourselves the same questions; how long should I spend on planning? And more often nowadays we tend to think of ways to save time. Are my classes interesting and capturing the attention… Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING AND CLASS PREPARATION

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TEACHING: Changes in the teacher role in the classroom

  From experience of teaching workshops and training courses, I have come to a few conclusions about the role of the teacher in the ESL classroom. Therefore, I thought it best, on starting this blog, to begin by talking about a teacher’s role in the classroom and how it has changed in recent years. It is… Continue reading TEACHING: Changes in the teacher role in the classroom