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Summer Exam Success | October News

Summer Exam Success | October News

Again, last summer, more students passed their Cambridge English Language exams – including Rosa (Cambridge PET) and Vanessa (Cambridge First, with a C1 Advanced grade). Very well done, and congratulations! Those of you who are still working towards PET (Preliminary English Test), a certificate at B1 level, might like to try some of the topics … Continue reading

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Understanding English—and making yourself understood

Understanding English—and making yourself understood

What you should know: English pronunciation and how to improve comprehension. Why proper pronunciation is especially important for job interviews. How to ensure that you understand more when you listen. Read this for ideas, practise and progress to help you to get a good job with a major employer. Read an email with a professional opinion from an English Human Resources recruitment specialist who interviewed Spanish candidates who applied for jobs in England. Continue reading

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Getting ready for your English exam

Getting ready for your English exam

Here are some tips which many students have found helpful to revise for English language exams: Make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the structure of the exam, and you know exactly what you have to do. Review your lesson notes and suggestions or feedback. As far as your spoken English is concerned, you can … Continue reading

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Como aprender más inglés

Como aprender más inglés

Para complementar tus clases particulares de inglés, hay otras actividades que puedes hacer regularmente para ayudarte en tu viaje vital de aprendizaje del idioma inglés. Aquí tienes algunas: ¡Imaginaros! Estudia frases y palabras e imagínate en las situaciones en las que pudiera usarlas. Ve unas series de television – preferentemente en inglés britanico, ya que … Continue reading

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Telephone English for busy people

Here is an amusing and slightly irreverent ‘conversation’ (watch it and see why that’s in single quotation marks!) with some good ideas for telephone English for busy people : There is also a transcript below and on the page you can click to.  Many thanks to Vicki Hollett for her kind permission to share this … Continue reading

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Would it be good (to practise the basics)?

Would it be good (to practise the basics)?

Yes, it would!  Like anything else, it takes time – but it is important. Do you speak about the past or the future using the present tense? It may be enough in an emergency to communicate on a ‘survival’ basis – but it might confuse people—and it won’t help you pass exams. Perhaps you wonder … Continue reading

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Cambridge First Certificate has changed (2015).

Cambridge English: First (FCE)  changes this month, to reflect the latest research in language learning and teaching.   The exam is now about 30 minutes shorter.  It will still cover all the same language skills and tests at the same level as the previous version and has four papers, not five. The ‘Reading’ and ‘Use of … 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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‘live’ vs. ‘life’

How to say ‘live‘ and ‘life’ – recommended video. Listen and practise.   Also, remember the difference between: the ‘short i’ – /i/ – such as “live in”, “Is it in the middle of the city?”, etc. and the ‘long i’ – /i:/ – for example, “She’s leaving soon.”, “He needs to leave the meeting … Continue reading

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Good luck!

Many students have taken external exams this week.  I know that some of my students have Cambridge KET for Schools and Cambridge First Certificate exams today too – on a Saturday of all days (…phew!). Your dedication to your studies and your hard work over time will pay off.   Good luck!

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