This week we are having our speaking tests at school. How do I know, because I’m a teacher and my students are enduring them, and because everybody is speaking English everywhere, in the corridor, in the library, in the staircase, everywhere.
And I was wondering, why don’t we do it from September to June? Why do we have to wait for our exams to speak English? Imagine what would happen if you did it whenever you came to school, since you arrive till you go. If you arrived earlier to chat with your mates in English for 15 or 20 minutes twice a week? Wouldn’t it make significative changes in your speaking?
What do you think? Are you ready to start a change?
Certificate exams are round the corner and this blog is full of recommendations for you. Let’s talk about all the possibilities we offer here once again. Don’t say you don’t know where to start from!!!
- Watch these videos of students taking their English exams, revise the teachers’ notes and try to improve your skills.
- Watch these videos by the British Council, they give you advice about what to do and what not to do during your speaking test.
- Saro Rosales, a teacher at EOI Las Palmas GC wrote an article for her students giving advice for the speaking test, don’t miss it.
- Would you like to do a language exchange? Here you have a list of sites where you can do them.
- Intercambio de idiomas, a website where you can find out about places to practise English with other learners and native speakers. People gather together to practise while having a drink.
- Finally, here you have a list I wrote for my students back in 2009, why don’t you take a look at it?
vocabulary and expressions
- Read this document written by my friend María Valdés, it contains expressions that can help you both with your writing and with your speaking.
- This post contains a slideshow presentation with a summary of the different types of texts you could find in your certificate exam.
- Guidelines for writing, a slideshow presentation with lots of tips.
- Try to follow the advice given in this article, where you can find tips to practise listening, writing and reading.
- Do you know ELLA? Here you can practise all skills.
- Busuu helps you with all skills, and you can even practise Engish with other students and native speakers. It’s a great community to learn different languages.
- Randall’s Cyber ESL Lab: Listening activities for all levels.
- Podcastsinenglish.com: Weekly podcast with video and activities. Good for all levels. Podcasts are free, but to download activities you need to pay for a subscription.
- BBC Learning English: Different podcasts with activities, video and a series.
- RepeatAfterUs.com: Plays, prose, poetry, fairy tales, etc.
- Everydayenglish.com: Videos with grammar explanations for all levels.
- English Listening Practice: Listening activities and other resources.
- Voa News: News with an American accent.
- mansioningles: listenings with differentiated tasks for all levels.
- EFL club movies: Activities with movie trailers and videoclips.
- EFL club songs: Activities with songs
- Free Audio Books: Download audio books in English in different formats (mp3, iPod, etc.).
- Arlyn Freed’s Listening Resources: List of links to assorted listening activities.
- The Internet TESL Journal: Assorted links for all levels.
- Learn English through movies
- Randall’s Cyber ESL Lab: Listening activities – do the activities for the easy level.
- Podcastsinenglish.com: Weekly podcast with video and activities. Do the activities for Level 1. Podcasts are free, but to download activities you need to pay for a subscription.
- mansioningles: listenings with differentiated tasks – do the activities for level ‘Básico’.
- ELLLO: Real life conversations with different accents. Good for Intermedio 1 and 2, y Avanzado 1
- Global English Salon: Artículos actuales que se pueden escuchar (con acento americano) y leer
- Breaking News English: news articles for reading or listening. Good for Intermedio 2 and above.
Avanzado 1 and 2:
- BBC Four Interviews: interviews with actors, composers, singers, politicians, athletes, etc.
- Cinema Activities: Online activities based on movie trailers.
- English as Second Language: Several activities for this level, it also includes some indications to improve your listening.
Just in a few weeks you’ll be doing your final exams, the famous Pruebas de Certificación. As I know that you are all very worried about them, I leave you a link which includes a list of sites with real exams of previous years.
When you click on some of the links, you will have to read a bit before obtaining what you want, so try to read the sites carefully to find what you need.
I just can tell you to practise as much as possible and GOOD LUCK!