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Free Teachers’ Online Conference – Friday 8th May #IHTOC7


The annual International House Teachers Online conference is taking place over this weekend and it's a great opportunity for teachers to drop in and take part in this free event. On Friday 8th, 10.30 - 16.30 (GMT) there will be a... Continue Reading →

What is “good speaking”?


We are approaching the end of the first semester in our school and this is typically a time when we review our assessments, give out our grammar and vocabulary tests and write all the reports.  Like many schools, our reports... Continue Reading →

Cambridge First & Advanced in 2015


If you prepare students for FCE or CAE, then this might be useful for you.  Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) have recently undergone significant revisions to their structure and organisation. This has been on the cards... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Cambridge Advanced writing – learning to answer the question


Keeping writing relevant to the question is something that learners often have difficulty with.  Sometimes this is because they mis-identify the key content points, sometimes it's because they write their answer for the wrong purpose. This is the outline of... Continue Reading →

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