Tips & Tricks for Taking the IELTS Test

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is designed to measure your ability to use English in an academic environment. It tests all four skills and is most commonly used for college, school or university applications. Candidates get a score between 1 (non-user) and 9 (expert user) for each section. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections. Certificates have a recommended validity of two years.
Reading üRead graded readers every chance you get in order to build up your reading speed and pick up lots of passive vocabulary (no dictionary). üKnow the format! Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this section simply because you’re an avid reader and you feel like the Reading section is the last thing you need to spend time preparing for. üBe aware that all the information you need to answer the questions is included in the text – you do not need to have any prior knowledge of the theme. If you are unsure o…

Top tips for passing the FCE (First Certificate in English)

Understanding the exam itself and knowing how to tackle each of the papers is crucial for success. Below are our top tips for passing the FCE. 1.Familiarise yourself with the structure and timing of the exam 2.Understand exactly what is being tested in each part of the exam. 3.Never leave an answer blank 4.The FCE tests your language skills as well as your language level 5.Don’t panic if there’s a text about an unfamiliar topic Use of English Multiple choice cloze üRead the text first, ignoring the gaps, in order to have a general understanding of it üPay close attention to the words before and after the gaps. üWhen you’ve finished, read through the text with your answers to check that it makes good sense.
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Top tips for passing the CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)


üOne of the most important things to bear in mind when tackling any of the tasks in the reading paper (as well as the listening paper) is that the texts will contain distractors. These are words or phrases that are similar to or even synonymous with words or phrases in the question (or in the wrong answers) which might lead you to choose the wrong answer. They are there to ensure you are paying attention to the whole text and not just looking for words that match between the questions and the text. üBefore answering the questions, skim-readthe text to get a general understanding of its content. üMake sure you read both the questions and the options and underline key words and phrases. üWhere possible, try to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words from the context, but don’t waste time. You should only spend about 12 minutes on each of the CAE reading tasks.
Use of English üRemember, correct spelling is important in this part of the exam.

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How to Manage Your Students' Expectations

As teachers we know what we expect from our students, but many teachers are not fully aware of what students expect from them.
This happens for different reasons. Mostly because many teachers think they know what their students want or need. Many believe that since they have experience, it is essentially a waste of class time. It is shocking how many of them actually take the time to address all their students' expectations. Taking some time to fully understand what your students' needs are, is definitely not a waste of time. Not managing your student's expectations well can lead to a whole bunch of problems, and feedback from your students can help you adapt and find a better alternative. So, how can you manage your students' expectations? Take a look at these awesome strategies.
Here's How You Should Direct Your Students’ Expectations Professionally
1. Find Out What Their Expectations Are This seems so obvious but y…