Objective: First Certificate (FCE)

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Archive for May 2008

The course is over, the blog is not…

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Hi, our FCE Part A course is over. I’ve been sending you the emails with the final score (check your inbox in case you haven’t done so lately) and let me remind you that you can take a look at your exam and check the answer key at Centro de Lenguas (UPV).

It’s been a lovely experience, as usual. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

I don’t know if I’ll be teaching FCE Part B next term (Sept-Dec) as I did last year…because I’m thinking about taking a pseudo-gap year so that I can finish my thesis, and I’d only teach ‘English for Engineers’. I don’t know if I’ll be able to survive with the pseudo-salary either…But if I teach at CDL, I’ll definitely ask them to assign me FCE Part B Fridays 4-8 pm.

In the meantime, I’ll keep on blogging here. Of course I won’t force myself to post every 2 days, but every time I find something interesting for you, FCE victims and other English language lovers. It might be daily, weekly or +.

What do I recommend? That you subscribe to the blog…By doing so, you won’t need to come here every now and then, just to check whether I uploaded something new or not. If you subscribe -it’s free- to the blog and you use a feed reader…the new uploaded content will get to you instead. That’s what we call ‘RSS’…It’s one of the greatest inventions ever…Check this out:

[And, my dear FCE students: The course is over…Thank you very much for coming and GOOD LUCK! KEEP ME POSTED…please leave your comments here on the real FCE exam…if you’re taking it in June]

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May 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm

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CD First Certificate course (demo: sample activities)

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MansionFirst is a preparation course for the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE). It is aimed at students who have reached the level of English to take the FCE exam (see our FCE test), and who wish to practice realistic exam tasks and develop exam technique. The course prepares students for the FCE by providing thorough exam training with helpful guidance on all 5 parts of the exam. The course contains: A How To Do It section with advice and practice for all 5 parts of the exam, exam-format activities relating to all five Cambridge FCE papers, a vocabulary organization and practice section, detailed do’s and don’ts on how to approach exam tasks, examples from real speaking test interviews and an examiner s analysis, exam strategies and tips for each part of the exam, extensive use of English practice, exam-based grammar revision, and five complete practice tests for the Cambridge First Certificate in English.

Download demo here (you need to sign up, it’s free)

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May 14, 2008 at 11:27 am

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Reported Speech

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The ppt I used in our lesson:

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May 10, 2008 at 11:09 am

Good old days…

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Remember my post on past habits? Watch this video and practice:

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May 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Difficult times

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I’ve been kinda sick since Spring began. This tracheitis/bronchitis is getting worse, it’s been here for a month. I’ve been told I have severe neutropenia…which is the reason why I’m always getting sick: I don’t have enough white cells. At least I know why. It’s being the hardest Spring in years…So I hope I feel better next week, and remember to leave all your viruses behind or you’ll kill me! In the mean time, may the force be with me and do please…cheer me up…

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May 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm

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FCE Listening: multiple-choice

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May 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm

FCE listening: note-taking

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Here you can hear a sample (sorry I don’t have the questions, but you can practice (practiSe, BrE) taking notes anyway):

And a second one on a wildlife park:

And the questions here (go to page 2): Sample Paper Listening FCE

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May 3, 2008 at 6:21 pm

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