As we mentioned in our last blog about phrasal verbs, it’s no easy task to learn them. There are thousands in use every day and so it can an impossible job. So, let’s start at the easiest ones to use. Intransitive phrasal verbs don’t need an object and can stand alone.   This means that you

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One major difference between native speakers and learners of English is the use of phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are used commonly in everyday speech and are formed by combining a verb and a preposition or adverb. But why are they so difficult? They are often not easy to work out. The words which make up

Best Films to Practise English

Thursday, 18 June 2020 by

The King’s Speech Focuses on England’s King George, who had to overcome his stutter to deliver a speech on the radio.  Great film to improve your British accent as it strongly focuses on pronunciation. Love Actually Great romantic comedy film, set over the festive period.  Eight different stories set in London.  As there are many

1) Say the word loudly when trying to spell it. 2) Work out the number of syllables in the word, i.e. how many times do you move your mouth when you say the word? For example, Friday has two syllables and September has three syllables. 3) Spell the syllables, not the whole word. For example,

These study tips were created by our Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate level students. We hope that they will give you some inspiration. Feel free to send us your tips that might help other students. Organise your time well and plan what you are going to study. Set aims for yourself and check your progress regularly to

Ways to Practise your Vocabulary

Thursday, 28 May 2020 by

You learn new words everyday and the next day in class you have forgotten them! Why is it so difficult to remember vocabulary? Here are some ways to help your memory and practise at home. Quizlet A great online resource to record vocabulary studied and you can review at any time. Matching activities, flashcards, spelling

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In Task 2, take time to analyse the question carefully and plan what you are going to write.  The examiner needs to see a relevant and coherent answer, not just one which talks generally about the topic. Make sure you understand what kind of essay it is:  advantages/disadvantages, problems and solutions etc. Use linking words

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Top 5 tips to learn new vocabulary Our students tell us that vocabulary is one of the biggest problems they have when studying for the IELTS exam. Academic vocabulary holds them back in the reading, writing, listening and speaking tests. There is no easy fix for this problem, but here are a few tips to

What is it? In this part of the Use of English exam you are given a short text with 8 gaps. For each gap you are given the ‘stem’ of a word. You must look at the gap, decide what type of word is missing – a verb, an adjective, a noun or adverb and

FCE Academy – http://fceacademy.com/ The new kid on the block, this fantastic app was created by experienced FCE teacher Michael Macdonald and also reviewed independently by a Cambridge FCE examiner and a senior examiner-trainer. Most students agree that the Use of English section of the exams can be quite challenging and it can be hard

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