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Certificate exams and final 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!!!

speaking

  • 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.
  • Here you are a list of the topics you might be asked about during your exams.
  • Finally, here you have a list I wrote for my students back in 2009, why don’t you take a look at it?
  • Examples and tips to pass your speaking test, level Avanzado 2.

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.

writing

  • 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.

assorted skills

  • 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.

listening

All levels:

Básico:

  • 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’.

Intermedio:

  • 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:

Certificate exams

Remember that the Consejería de Educación del Gobierno de Canarias has published some examples which contain the certificate exams used last year. You can see them here, and if you want to practise even more, please visit these links, which contain examples from all over Spain.

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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? 

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Soon we are having our first official speaking test, and I’m sure that at this point you are a bit scared, but you don’t have to as we are going to deal with this issue in class and practise a lot. Indeed, we practise our speaking everyday, don’t we.

Here you can see the list of possible topics seen in class. I hope you can make good use of it.

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

topics for speaking test


Certificate exams and final 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!!!

speaking

  • 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.

writing

  • 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.

assorted skills

  • 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.

listening

All levels:

Básico:

  • 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’.

Intermedio:

  • 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:

Certificate exams

Remember that the Consejería de Educación del Gobierno de Canarias has published some examples which contain the certificate exams used last year. You can see them here, and if you want to practise even more, please visit these links, which contain examples from all over Spain.


I have to tell you that there is not much you can do if you haven’t worked within the year to improve you English, but you still have time to practise as much as possible and try to do your best in your final and certificate exams.

As you know, this blog is full of resources thought for our students and for everybody who wants to practise English. I just want to give you some recommendations for these last days:

  • Read as much as you can:
  • Listen to English everyday, you can check our resources section.
  • Watch TV, news, series, etc in English of course.
  • Listen to songs in English, when driving, working at home, etc.
  • Do exams, you can find many examples here.

What do you do to practise for your exams? Why don’t you leave your answer in the comments section and practise your writing at the same time?


If you are panicking last minute and want some extra practice for the exams next week, then read this blog post is for you…

Grammar and Vocabulary Practice

Click here for the interactive exercises from unit 3 of the coursebook New English File  Pre-intermediate.

Extra Listening Practice

For those of you who don’t have a copy of unit 3 audio, here are the two listening tracks for the ‘What can you do?’ section on page 39 of the New English File Pre-intermediate.  Click here for 3.20 and here for 3.21.

Writing

Do you remember the Christmas homework?  Here’s a model answer.  Notice how I use the present continuous for future plans and ‘will’ for decisions and offers.  Also look at the format.  Compare your letter to this one.

Speaking

Finally, if you enjoyed the board game we did in class, then you can practise speaking for 2 minutes on any of these topics:

Sports that I like/don’t like;  last weekend;  your plans for next weekend; a film that I really liked/didn’t like; my favourite food; my free time; yesterday; next summer; something I don’t like doing; my job or studies; a painting or photo I like; my favourite day of the week; am I an optimist or pessimist; why I’m learning English; the last time I was at an airport; a good friend; my last holiday; this evening; my family; music that I like/don’t like.

Can you match them with units in the coursebook?

See you next week and good luck!!!


Speaking tests are one of the most disgusting situations students experience.

The British Council has published a set of videos explaining what you should and shouldn’t do during a speaking test. Please watch them and take notes, the advice given will probably be useful for you in the future.

Can you give your classmates any other useful piece of advice?



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