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Hurry! Free IELTS study materials

Cambridge ESOL are offering free Language for IELTS learning materials online until the end of March 2016 with a platform called Cerego.  Using this, you can learn, use and remember vocabulary for your IELTS test or academic study on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The free adaptive learning system tells you exactly what you need … Continue reading

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Listening (children)

Listening together Children can have fun and get good practice in listening to English by watching videos made for their age group. If you watch and listen with your child it can be a useful and pleasant experience for you both. YouTube has videos of traditional stories you can easily find, such as Cinderella, Snow … Continue reading

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Spot the deliberate mistake

Can you find the misspelt word? Answers on a postcard, please. (This was a common way in which competition entry descriptions and instructions finished, before we began to use email more.)       Have a good weekend! Terrible translation from Spanish to English

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What level is your child’s English?

Test your English Which Cambridge English exam may be right for your child? These quick, free online tests can help you find out. There is a version of the test for young learners, or learners aged 11 and over can try the ‘for Schools’ version of the test.      

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Are you a young adult learning English?

What are the English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe? What kinds of English do 18-24 year olds want to speak, and why? Has the development of new technologies and online communication affected the ways in which young adults use English, and if so, how? Has the emergence of English as an … Continue reading

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English Monstruo

Free mobile phone application ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Smartphone application This is a free mobile application for iOS and Android, based on the most common mistakes made by Spanish speakers of English – for example, misspellings such as  “wich”, “confortable”, “becouse”, “accomodation”, “posible”, “bilieve”, “diferent”, “bycicle”, “enviroment” y “beatiful” [sic].   This is a Cambridge English Corpus application … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween! (New game)

Happy Halloween! Originally a pagan or Celtic festival called “All Hallow’s Eve”, Halloween grew in popularity especially in the United States of America with the widely known ‘trick or treat’.  In Britain, this spread more during the second half of the twentieth century, although historians consider it to be based on some other earlier customs.  … Continue reading

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What are the easiest and hardest languages to learn?

The following information is published by the U.S. State Department, similar to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They publish all sorts of information about other countries and are responsible for embassies etc. Looking at the data, we can see that the easiest languages for English speakers are those that share a common root with … Continue reading

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