Objective: First Certificate (FCE)

Anywhere, anytime: a FCE companion

I wish I knew how…

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A lot of theory/grammar on wish and all that. But see it in practice here:

(Have I ever told you how much I love Nina Simone?)

(and watch her answering here: what’s free to me?)

I also like this cover by Lighthouse Family, notice how different the lyrics are, if at all:


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April 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

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I hope your wish comes true (wish vs hope)

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…and you pass the FCE with flying colors.

In the meantime, check out the difference bw wish and hope here (ppt).

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April 21, 2009 at 7:15 pm

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Think of more weird hobbies

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Pastime SanFrancisco Graffiti Art

Take a look at the following list of hobbies…Weird, right? Actually, not all of them…but anyway, as you can see there are some “empty” categories: could you share here some hobbies for those ones?

Plus, do you think that hobbies can be stereotyped?

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April 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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Homework & Readings (FCE Set book 2009)

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  • Unit 21: page 136, act. 2 & page 137, act. 6.
  • Unit 20: page 131, act. 4 (further practice on gerunds vs infinitives).

Concerning the set book. In Question 5 of Paper 2 (Writing), there is a choice of 2 tasks, at least one of which will be an essay. The other task might be an article, report, letter o review. Please avoid lengthy descriptions about the plot, that’s seen as irrelevant, stick to the question instead. Read it carefully, decide exactly what is required and then make your choice: the essay vs the other option. Draft your answer if possible.

From December 2008, when the updated FCE exam is introduced, there will be two set texts with one text specific question on each.

December 2008 — December 2009 READINGS:

  • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations.
  • Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera.

My0.2 cts: You can buy the books or get them online for free (you know I always opt for *legal* web-based options).

Charles Dickens, Great Expectations:

Gaston Lerous, The Phantom of the Opera:

Yep, you owe me a beer or two…

Written by ElenaBen

March 25, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Homework: week 3

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Are you working hard?….

  • Unit 19, page 123 “What would you say to a friend in these situations?” + Phrases with “on”
  • Unit 19, page 123, act. 7 (word formation)
  • Unit 20, page 131, act 3: g-l
    • Option A: If you’re interested in practising your essay skills: Writing Folder 9: Read +  act. 8
    • Option B: How to write a story: Writing Folder 10: Read + act. 4 (If you want to know more on how to write a short story click here)
    • DEADLINE: Friday 13th.

Well done…(if done)

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March 8, 2009 at 11:44 pm

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Quantifying love profusion

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Listen to the following song:

  • There are too many…(?)
  • There is so much…(?)

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March 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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Defining relative clauses

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Watch the following video from PodEnglish focusing on defining relative clauses…

Wait a minute! But what is a defining relative clause? You might not know this but we use them every single day, everywhere, anytime…

Would you mind please leaving a comment below and answer any of these questions?:

  • A day when you made a big decision?
  • A person who had a big influence on you as a child?
  • Someone (whom) you hate|love and why?
  • A place where you like going when you need to switch off?

And now watch the video and the clauses they use in their dialogue to define the person they’re talking about

Some theory notes available here:

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Written by ElenaBen

March 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm