International English Exams at CEC

You’re working hard to improve your level of English but how do you demonstrate to potential employers and educational institutions exactly how good you are?  Choose from one of the internationally recognised exams on offer here at CEC. Cambridge English Exams Cambridge English exams are among the most popular exams in the world. They are…

Should you be studying Business English?

Should you be studying Business English? English is the accepted business language of today’s global economy. It can be heard in meeting rooms from Sacramento to Singapore, from Berlin to Beijing. These days, if you want to negotiate with a new supplier or give that contract-winning sales pitch, knowing the right variation of English could…

Tips for getting top marks in the Cambridge First (FCE) Exam

Tips for getting top marks in the Cambridge First (FCE) Exam Are you planning on taking the Cambridge First (FCE) exam?   It’s important that you have a good B2 level of English but it’s also important to prepare carefully for the exam to make sure you get the best possible result.  Hundreds of students take…

Our E-Learning Platform

There are a lot of very useful apps you can use for helping you to improve your English. Even ten minutes a day will make a big difference to your progress. Apps are a helpful aid for learning English in a structured manner and allow you to learn whenever and wherever you have a spare…

Preparing for IELTS, E-learning feature

Our CEC E-Learning Platform is one of the newest features in a long line of innovative ideas from CEC. We provide students with a 24/7 service to help them improve their English and gain even more from their experience in CEC. As we are always looking to lead the way in teaching English Ireland  I…

The Importance of Developing Pragmatic Competence in the EFL Classroom

What is pragmatic competence and why is it important? Pragmatic competence is ‘the ability to use language appropriately in a social context’ (Taguchi, 2009).  It is the key to effective communication in a second language.  While communicative competence and grammatical competence are explicitly taught and developed in the EFL classroom, developing pragmatic competence is often…

Should I consider taking the First Certificate in English Exam?

The Cambridge First Certificate in English Exam is the first exam in a suite of exams catering for different level students. FCE is a B2 Upper Intermediate level exam. Sometimes students have the misconception that this is the first possibility in terms of Cambridge assessment but in fact there are two other possibilities. The Cambridge…