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Thinking of taking the FCE Exam in June 2008?

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2nd June: Oral Exams (Paper 5) from 10.00

6th June: Listening Exam (Paper 4)  at 12.00

10th June: Reading (Paper 1) at 9.30, Writing (Paper 2) at 11.00, Use of English (Paper 3) at 15.30

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 31st March, 2008, Centro de Formación Permanente. FCE exam fee: 130€

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February 23, 2008 at 11:16 am

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Kinky…

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Remember that American young lady with a mini-skirt saying “I’m cold, I should have worn pants!” to a friend of hers while sipping a Guinness at an English pub?

Well, so imagine this: 2 men, one from America and the other from the UK, they’re going to a party and the American guy asks his British friend if it’s ok if he wears pants and suspenders…can anyone tell me what the Brit’s answer would be? Any guess?

 

Written by ElenaBen

February 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

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Are you ready?

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English language courses will start next week at Centro de Lenguas (UPV). I’ll be also teaching B1+.

Can’t wait!

Written by ElenaBen

February 15, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Students satisfaction??

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Well, so as they say:

Teaching is a complex and multidimensional activity, and consequently a student satisfaction survey should neither be seen nor used as the sole assessment of teaching and pedagogical practice. It is one measure among many for demonstrating and assessing teaching performance.

Yes, but this measure (i.e. course evaluations) is there and like it or not, it’s one of the most reliable ways we have to get feedback from our students, apart from those nice emails some students may feel like writing. Of course, it’d be great if this feedback could be also obtained throughout the course so we can change things and improve the course in the meantime. Anyway, this is the feedback I got from mine (Oct-Dec 2007, Fridays, 4pm-8pm, FCE, Centro de Lenguas, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain). Of course, I have to keep on working harder (Daft Punk: harder, better, faster, stronger…). Always.

Written by ElenaBen

February 6, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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Off the record

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((It seems I’ll be teaching FCE again (Fridays 4pm-8 pm, Part A, Centro de Lenguas, UPV).))

Written by ElenaBen

February 6, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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So, what about the grades, my friends?

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Some of you have passed, some of you haven’t -quite surprisingly, though. You can share your views here, if you want. Maybe you expected more? Just in case you’re being too hard on yourselves, take a look at this chart which shows the average percentages in each grade by session, by country, for March 2005. And then, think it over.

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February 6, 2008 at 1:03 pm

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