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June 2014

Coursebook Review: Complete First


Complete First Guy Brook-Hart Cambridge University Press,  2014. As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

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Coursebook review: Objective First


Objective First Annette Capel & Wendy Sharp Cambridge University Press 2012 (3rd Ed.) / 2014 (4th Ed.)   As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Ready for First


Ready for FCE Roy Norris Macmillan Education 2013 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Gold First


Gold First Jan Bell and Amanda Thomas Pearson Education 2014 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam. Reviews are also... Continue Reading →

One Picture – Six activities!


My latest blog post for the British Council Teaching English website is now live - click the link to find out more about "A house of mystery and secrets" It was a really fun challenge to try - all the bloggers... Continue Reading →

Video Lesson Framework – short animations


It's getting close to the end of the year, when it starts getting difficult for our students to maintain their motivation for English and when teachers are busier with testing and reports and the like.  My students have been clamouring... Continue Reading →

Dear Student, You’re going to fail.


Dear Student, You probably know why I’m writing this letter.  You probably know, deep down, what I’m about to tell you.  But I’m going to tell you anyway and that’s why I’m writing. You are going to fail your exam. ... Continue Reading →

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