ACTIVITIES · B2 · C1 · SPEAKING

FCE (B2) AND CAE (C1) SOCIAL ISSUES SPEAKING

Education should clearly be more than just simple academic development and standardized testing, but how can complicated social issues be handled in the classroom? Especially with students under the age of 18. This post offers a simple activity to discuss consent in the ESL classroom for intermediate to advanced students. It is a cross curricular… Continue reading FCE (B2) AND CAE (C1) SOCIAL ISSUES SPEAKING

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TEACHING BLOG

3 REASONS TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The benefits of being bilingual or even trilingual seem obvious, 54% of Europeans can speak two or more languages, with 34% of people speaking English as a second language. However for those of you who were not lucky enough to be brought up this way or have not travelled enough to have been able to… Continue reading 3 REASONS TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

STUDENT · VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY BOOST: COLLOCATIONS WITH MATTER

The next word in our vocabulary boost series is MATTER. MATTER is a high frequency word that can be used as a synonym of mind, care or issue. There are numerous collocations that are formed using MATTER As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate… Continue reading VOCABULARY BOOST: COLLOCATIONS WITH MATTER

STUDENT · VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY BOOST: REACH

The next word in our vocabulary boost series is REACH. REACH is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of arrive, attain, succeed, achieve, stretch or make contact with. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using REACH. As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always… Continue reading VOCABULARY BOOST: REACH

STUDENT · VOCABULARY

HOW TO LEARN COMMON COLLOCATIONS

Collocations are formed with two words that go together, they are usually a word (noun/adjective/verb) + noun. It is important to know that some words go together “just because”, even though at first sight, the words can seem to be synonyms. For this reason we say speak a language and not talk a language. We… Continue reading HOW TO LEARN COMMON COLLOCATIONS

VOCABULARY

10 IDIOMS THAT CAN BE USED IN SEMI-FORMAL TEXTS

Idiomatic expressions are an essential part of learning English and achieving fluency. They are also integral in the understanding of native speakers (HERE). Though idioms and expressions are usually believed to be quite informal, there are some that can be used in semi-formal texts. SEE OUR FREE PDF RESOURCES (HERE) Actions speak louder than words… Continue reading 10 IDIOMS THAT CAN BE USED IN SEMI-FORMAL TEXTS

VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY BOOST: KEEP

The next addition to our series on boosting vocabulary is focussed on the word KEEP. KEEP is a high frequency word in the English language and it is essential to understand its use to perfect language use. KEEP is a transitive verb that can have various meanings, among them are ´continue, stay, maintain, store, own,… Continue reading VOCABULARY BOOST: KEEP

STUDENT · VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY BOOST: TAKE

Take is the next KEY WORD in our series on boosting your vocabulary. We are going to look at TAKE in this post to clear up any doubts that you may have about its use and also to improve your vocabulary with phrasal verbs and fixed expressions:   FOR EXERCISES USING TAKE IN PDF CLICK… Continue reading VOCABULARY BOOST: TAKE

TEACHING BLOG

TIME TO STUDY: HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR LANGUAGE LEARNING

One of the most challenging aspects of learning a language can be finding the time to do so. It requires a great deal of willpower and organisation. This post is going to look at how to organize your time and to find spaces in your routine to study. The ideal thing to do is to… Continue reading TIME TO STUDY: HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR LANGUAGE LEARNING

STUDENT · VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY BOOST: MAKE VERSUS DO

The use of MAKE or DO can be very confusing for language learners, especially those who speak Spanish as a native language because for them MAKE and DO can both be directly translated to the same source, ´Hacer´. It is much easier to learn the difference between MAKE and DO if you think of it… Continue reading VOCABULARY BOOST: MAKE VERSUS DO