FREE TEST-BANK: TEST-ENGLISH

December 2020 – When I started teaching online I kept going back to one website to test my students’ grammar knowledge in test-teach-test approach. At the beginning, it was a simple blog, however, it has grown up to a prodigious test bank. Today, I invite you to visit the TEST-ENGLISH website.

YLE – SPELLING AT YL STARTERS, MOVERS AND FLYERS

December 2020 – When preparing YL for an exam with a written part, special attention must be paid to spelling. Children are usually exposed to English at a very early age and they might be familiar with a wide range of vocabulary in English. However, being able to write these words takes time, since their mother tongue needs to be prioritized.

HOW TO TACKLE IELTS BAND 7 SPEAKING

November 2020 – Before sending your student to do any speaking exam, you should show them a video of a real oral exam and also rehearse it with them. Here is one way how you could do it. The post concentrates onto IELTS Band 7, but you can adapt it to any other exam. The lesson is designed for an online individual course.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EXAM PREPARATION

Have you ever thought about why it is that not all excellent students can pass an exam? And why can others, whose performance has never been outstanding, do it? Passing an exam is not equal to speaking/understanding a language. It’s more about understanding what exam writers want to see and how they want to trick candidates. Exams are business, they have very little to do with real language competence. But they cost money…

YL: HOME-MADE LISTENING EXERCISE – ANIMAL DEFINITION GAME

BULLETPOINTS: Level: Pre-A1, A1 (Starters, Movers); Age: Young Learners; Group size: any; Aim: to train student’s ability to listen for keyword and identify animals or the order they are mentioned; Skill: Listening; Grammar: has got, can, to be; Vocabulary: describing animals; Length: 30 min; Preparation time: 10 min (print worksheet, think of sentences); Material: worksheet attached.