jueves, 9 de junio de 2016

COMPUTER BASED EXAMS PRACTICE

Hi, everybody.
If you are taking a Computer Based exam from Cambridge you will find really useful this tests where you can see how a Computer Based exam works.

http://www.cambridge-exams.ch/exams/CB_exams.php 


miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2016

HOW TO NAIL THE CAE SPEAKING PART TWO



Part two of the Cambridge Advanced exam isn't an easy one, but with the right preparation there is no need for you to stress about it! In this blog we will look at what it is you have to do in this part of the exam and some useful phrases that will help you do it successfully.

In this part of the exam, the examiner will give you a piece of paper with three photos on it. You have to talk about two of them, alone, for about one minute. Next, the other candidate, will have to answer a short question about your pictures. You will do this the other way around later on.

COMPARE
The key part of this task is comparing. If you're not comparing the two pictures, you're not doing it right. So, how to go about it? Make sure to use these three words:

1. Both ...
2. Whereas ...
3. While ...

Train yourself to look for differences in photos. These can be any type of photos. The next time you check your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, see if you can do a mini-long turn (in your head or with someone else). This practice will help you cope better with this on the exam.

SPECULATE
Another key part of this exercise is to speculate about the pictures. In the questions the examiner will ask you very often the word 'might' appears. 'Why might these people have chosen this type of activity?'. This is because the examiner wants to know if you are able to use speculative language. Some useful phrases for speculation are:

1. It seems like ...
2. They might ...
3. It could be that ...
4. Perhaps ...

You can also train yourself to speculate about pictures. Every time you see an image, try to make at least one speculation about it. This can be something along the lines of 'how might heshe be feeling?'  or 'why might he/she have chosen this activity?', etc.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you want to have a look at some participants taking the CAE Speaking Exam, check out the Cambirgde website or YouTube.

Good luck!

Kirsten

miércoles, 13 de mayo de 2015

USEFUL VOCABULARY FOR CAE STUDENTS

The following website contains 100 vocabulary items that are useful for CAE students. As you would expect, some of them are advanced!

100 useful CAE words

Adam

PET EXAM PREPARATION

If you are taking the PET exam this summer, the following link to the official Cambridge exam webiste may be helpful. PET ADVICE AND VOCAUBULARY LIST

It includes a detailed vocaubulary and topic list which will help you in your preparation.

Good luck.

Adam

miércoles, 4 de marzo de 2015

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PHONE CASE

1
Find the cell phone you want to make the case for, and a duct tape of your desired color and texture. Be sure to choose the right size of duct tape (generally the thicker/larger size is best).


2
Cut approximately four strips of duct tape of equal length.

3
Circle around the cell phone with the duct tape. Do this with the sticky side facing out.

4
Cover the bottom of the cell phone with a strip of duct tape around 3 inches, 7.5 cm long, still with the sticky side facing out.

5
Completely cover the sticky areas with strips of duct tape (sticky side facing in).
6
Take a 10 inch (25cm) strip of tape and fold it in half. Trim away about 1 centimeter from the side––this will be the case's flap.

7
Put an inch (2.5cm) of Velcro tape where you want the flap to sit on the cover of the case.

8
Get the other piece of Velcro that is as big as the first piece, and stick them together.

9
Attach the flap to the Velcro first, then bring it over the top to the other side and tape it down. If you don't have Velcro, you can use duct tape; just fold the ends so that you know it's the front.

Make a Duct Tape Cell Phone Case Step 10.jpg

 OLIVER


miércoles, 25 de febrero de 2015

BACK IN THE DAY - PAST HABITS IN ENGLISH


In English, when we talk about things that happened in the past but don’t happen anymore we can do it in different ways.
  
Used to + infinitive
We use 'used to' + the infinitive for past states and repeated actions in the past. Keep in mind that we can only use this form for things that are no longer true.

*I used to live in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet. (past state)
*I used to go camping in France every summer when I was little. (repeated action)

Would
We use would when we talk about repetitive actions in the past. Be careful, we can only use 'used to' when we talk about past states.

*My teacher would always tell me to be quiet. 
*I would live in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet.     -> I used to live in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet.

Past Simple
We can use the Past Simple in the same way as 'used to' & 'would'. Remember, when something happened only once, we can only use the Past Simple.

*I lived in Barcelona, but now I live in Hospitalet.
*I went camping in France every summer when I was little.
*My teacher always told me to be quiet.
* I used to meet Johnny Depp. I would meet Johnny Depp ---> I met Johnny Depp (once).

Practice
The story below is about one of the teachers at That's Cool. Write down the examples of the structures used to talk about past habits (there's five in total) and decide if you can use any of the other structures as well.

 


''I used to live in Amsterdam. I worked for a publisher. I would go to the office on my bike. I used to go out with my friends every weekend. One night, we went to a concert of my favorite band. It was amazing!''

Answer key
1. used to live OR lived
2. worked OR used to work
3. would go (to the office) OR used to go OR went
4. used to go out OR went out OR would go out
5. went (no alternatives) 

Cheers,
Kirsten