Monday, 17 April 2017

What are the benefits of learning other languages?

Learning other languages brings many benefits, such as helping open our minds to other ways of thinking.

Here is an excellent article with short video which explains the importance of exploring other languages and cultures. (Click on the link below to view the article and video.)


https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/learning-a-language-has-a-lot-of-benefits-including-making-you-more-tolerant




Can you suggest any more reasons for learning other languages?

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Friday, 11 November 2016

What do you see in the sky?

Is the dove of peace flying above the trees?

Today is November 11th, or Remembrance Day, when we remember all who have died in wars.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A great opportunity! Free 5-week online course for IELTS preparation

A great opportunity! Register for a free 5-week online course from the experts who produce the test here at Cambridge English. The course involves 3 hours' work a week and learners can take part in their spare time.

Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts will give test takers a clearer idea of what and how to study, both to prepare for the IELTS test and to develop their academic English skills.

It is especially useful for learners who want to take IELTS Academic and go to university.

Over the 5-week course, participants will find out:
what skills are important for success in the IELTS Academic test
how IELTS examiners assess their level
what they need to do in order to improve their IELTS band score.

Participants can interact with experts and with other learners from around the world, and will also have the chance to try authentic IELTS practice tasks.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/cambridge-english-ielts

Monday, 27 June 2016

What's your favourite colour?

What's your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is green. I especially like emerald green and some bluish-greens like aquamarine. I've always loved green, in all its shades. Green is vibrant and represents life.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Submit Writing to Cambridge English "Write & Improve" for Feedback!





Cambridge English is offering extremely fast feedback on your writing, including scoring using Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) categories, with Write & Improve (BETA).

See https://sat.ilexir.co.uk/ for details. You can log in to Write & Improve via Facebook.

Have a try!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Free resource from Cambridge English: Learn, use & remember vocab for IELTS or academic study

A free resource from Cambridge English: Learn, use and remember vocabulary for your IELTS test or academic study on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Improve your English through short, frequent activities every day.

Take a look!

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/ielts/preparation/vocabulary-and-writing/

Monday, 11 January 2016

Topics: Education ~ Creating schools that prepare for the future

Topics: Education ~ Creating schools that prepare for the future


Highly recommended viewing! (1:06) Richard Gerver's an inspiring speaker with great ideas to share. Change doesn't need to be complex or difficult!

Talk by Richard Gerver, former head of Grange primary school, Long Eaton, UK, and an expert in leadership, creativity and organizational change.

https://youtu.be/9mrnhq1uAbA

You can also read about education and change at www.richardgerver.com/

Friday, 18 December 2015

How do recent IELTS candidates suggest you prepare for the Speaking test?

How do recent IELTS candidates suggest you prepare for the Speaking test? Speak the truth!

Speak the truth! That's absolutely my advice, too.

Click the link below to go to the video:


http://owl.li/EssgN


(From The British Council).

I also recommend subscribing to The British Council's IELTS series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BCIELTS

Friday, 4 December 2015

IELTS Speaking Test - Intensive Preparation Package

IELTS Speaking Test - Intensive Preparation Package: 5 classes for $225 (prepaid)

Intensive program for candidates aiming to lift their spoken English to the next level in the IELTS test - see more at http://www.englishteachinglive.com/

Saturday, 21 November 2015

IELTS Topics: Art ~ Who are your favourite artists?

Who are your favourite artists? What kind of art do you like most?


Today is the birthday of René Magritte, born on this day in Belgium in 1898! Magritte is known and loved for his surrealist art.

“I despise my own past and that of others. I despise resignation, patience, professional heroism and all the obligatory sentiments. I also despise the decorative arts, folklore, advertising, radio announcers' voices, aerodynamics, the Boy Scouts, the smell of naphtha, the news, and drunks.
I like subversive humor, freckles, women's knees and long hair, the laughter of playing children, and a girl running down the street.
I hope for vibrant love, the impossible, the chimerical.
I dread knowing precisely my own limitations.”

― RenĂ© Magritte



On view: "The Healer," 1967
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washinton DC, USA http://siarchives.si.edu/history/exhibits/pictures/hirshhorn-museum-and-sculpture-garden