Make the most of this help and advice for different types of speaking tests and exams, with videos of real students doing speaking exams. Likewise for writing tests and exams. Read at least two books over the weekend and listen to at least two hours of English! You will definitely find this interesting, and it should certainly ring a bell.
Saturday, 2 June 2018
Friday, 1 June 2018
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. (Arthur Ashe)
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Saturday, 26 May 2018
Try this reading worksheet and this listening describing people. Listen to two people talking about their plans for the weekend and complete the timetables with their activities. Read this paragraph about the writer's weekend and then listen to this podcast about the speaker's last weekend. Read at least two books before Monday!
Friday, 25 May 2018
These are the tasks from this week's lesson. Here is an excellent video on the mass media. Look at this essay and do the exercises to improve your writing skills. Listen to the BBC's programme on how the World Wide Web has changed our lives. If you like crosswords, this is the one for you. It practises vocabulary for entertainment and media.
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Here is the second written task. What are the pros and cons of travelling by car, plane or train? When was the last time you felt frustrated? Here is a situation where a passenger has problems at the train station. Try these exercises to practise words to talk about air travel. Then listen to these five airport announcements and do the exercises to improve your listening skills. Here is Topic 11.
Saturday, 19 May 2018
Friday, 18 May 2018
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Friday, 11 May 2018
Written task 1 should be handed in on Monday or Tuesday. Read this essay on spending too much money. Do this listening on top tips for saving money. Then make the most of the rest of the weekend to read and revise!
Thursday, 10 May 2018
Friday, 4 May 2018
Thursday, 3 May 2018
I haven't reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife. (Ilie Nastase)
Read these tips for being a super-organised student and do the activities to practise and improve your reading skills. Then you can do this listening activity on how to organise your time. You can also do this reading activity and exercises about shopping for electronics. Check out this blogpost on the pros and cons of online shopping. It is intended for higher level students but I think you will find it very useful.
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Friday, 27 April 2018
Have a look at these essays on volunteering, and this one on donating money to charity. Think about these conversation questions about volunteer work and charity. Listen to this radio interview with two young volunteers and do the exercises to improve your listening skills. The level is high! Here are the volunteering discussion cards we used in class.
Thursday, 26 April 2018
The last lap is always the hardest. But all athletes will tell you, this is when you give it all you've got, always finish with a sprint! (unknown)
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Saturday, 21 April 2018
I don't think many people have a very good understanding of leisure and the importance it plays in our lives. (Jack Nicholson)
Friday, 20 April 2018
Should you use burned or burnt? Check out question tags. Read about three famous crimes and do the activities. You can also find out about how to prevent burglary in your home and do the activities. Then identify different kinds of crime and listen to the perfect crime. More activities on newspaper reports here. How to say the date in English!
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Saturday, 14 April 2018
I've got two young children, so holidays are not the same as they used to be. There are now two types: family holidays and holidays you need from that holiday. (Diego Luna)
Check out all there is to know about describing a journey. You can complete a text about a disastrous holiday by clicking on the link and there are also other exercises and texts on similar topics like train journeys and flights. Don't forget to revise the use of verb tenses for narrating a story or anecdote. Exam feedback here.
Friday, 13 April 2018
Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not. (Bill Gates)
Thursday, 12 April 2018
Here is some more practice of past simple. You can find a listening activity on healthy eating here and another one on a healthy lifestyle. What do you think of these health tips? Read this email about sports and listen to Diego, from Mexico, talking about why you should stay in shape. Then go outside and practise a sport!
Saturday, 7 April 2018
You can find this week's session here and all the vocabulary you need to talk about travelling here. Pay special attention to the prepositions and their complements! Then try this reading activity on travel for B1 learners.Last month's oral test topics here.
Friday, 6 April 2018
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Let there be music: Once, twice, three times a lady - pay special attention to the pronunciation; Don't break my heart; and if that isn't enough, Don't go breaking my heart. Check out the vocabulary for illnesses and giving advice. Then go out and do some exercise and plan your food for next week. Make sure it's healthy!
Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Saturday, 10 March 2018
Friday, 9 March 2018
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Monday, 26 February 2018
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. (Hugh Mackay)
Here is Topic 7 and some information on the past perfect. Read about 12 little laws of life and see if you agree. Watch the video where someone talks about their idea of a perfect day and then practise your grammar by answering the questions on using the second conditional.
How to do well on the day of your speaking exam!
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Have a go at this game of hangman. Listen to the man asking the way to the bank and the woman's reply. Here is the activity we did in class. Check out to be in the past. Listen to this programme on the pronunciation of regular past form verbs. It's excellent practice!
Friday, 16 February 2018
Here is the riddle about crossing the river. Here is the solution to the riddle. Have a look at NI1A and (X)CAL3 blackboard notes. You can check out using possessive 's or s' with time phrases here. Read about conditional sentences here. Then think about Murphy's laws and see if there are any you don't agree with!
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Try this recycling word search puzzle. Then do this listening exercise on saving the planet. You can find more activities on recycling here. If you have children, here are some activities you can do with them. Now go out and do your bit for the environment and have a good weekend.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Basically, dating is like climbing a volcano and you never know when it's going to erupt, dumping molten lava and burning you. (Robin Bielman)
Friday, 9 February 2018
Here is this week's class. Have a look at these short reading texts with multiple choice questions on climate change, pollution, the ozone layer, etc. You can listen to a heated discussion on environmental issues and do the tasks to check your comprehension. Check out this fantastic lesson on climate change. Just keep busy, busy, busy and enjoy the weekend!
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Have a look at this exercise on one and ones. Watch this video on this, that, these and those. Listen to the conversation between a customer and a shop assistant and do the exercises to improve your listening. Then look at the flyer and do the exercises to practise and improve your reading skills. Don't forget to make a note of the things you buy this weekend and where!
Friday, 2 February 2018
Thursday, 1 February 2018
Here are the activities from this week's class. Listen to the people introducing two sports centres and do the exercises. You can find more listening practice here. Check out this reading on the 2012 Olympic Games, and this essay on the importance of sports. Then go out for a walk, a jog, or a run. Alternatively, you could go out to hit, kick or throw a ball!
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Saturday, 27 January 2018
Have a look at this explanation of the use of the past progressive in English. You can find a whole host of activities to do here. Find time to listen to this and do the comprehension exercises. Try this quiz to find out if you are really a good friend! Have a good weekend and enjoy studying English.
Friday, 26 January 2018
Thursday, 25 January 2018
Monday, 22 January 2018
Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different. (Stephen King)
Here is last week's class. Here are a couple of exercises and activities you can do. Read this letter/email to a friend describing a book - it includes teacher's corrections as well! Some more activities here with language and vocabulary for describing films. Finally, some tips for writing a book or film review.
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. (James Baldwin)