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…

Six of one and half a dozen of the other – numbers in English

In this blog, we’re looking at the number system in English, and also some expressions and idioms using numbers. In English, we have two types of numbers. These are cardinal numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.), which we use to count and say how many of something there are; and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th etc.), which tell the position of something in a…

Phrasal Verbs: Terrifying or Terrific?

Phrasal verbs scare many English learners, but they are a really important part of mastering the vocabulary and grammar of the language. In this post, you will find some useful resources to help you learn and practise them. Getting to know your multi-word verbs: A phrasal verb, or multi-word verb, is formed by a verb…

Why write?

Learning to write well in English is a key part of mastering the language, yet when the teacher says: ‘In today’s lesson we will be writing …’ a surprising number of students – of all levels – are often unexcited, or even disappointed. There are even some students who say: ‘I don’t need to write…

Ways to practise vocabulary

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen several ways to maximise the amount of vocabulary you learn and remember. This week we focus on turning language you know into language you actually use.  It takes time and repetition to move vocabulary into your long-term memory and to ‘activate’ it so that you have it ready…

More vocabulary tips…

Last week we looked at several ways to make learning English vocabulary more efficient. This week, we continue with tips on how to: expand the information in your vocabulary notebook to make it more effective use online tools to help you build your range of language 3. When you learn a new word, get to…

Build your vocabulary!

Students are always looking for ways to increase the range of their English vocabulary. So what’s the best method? Well, some keep well-organised notebooks with a record of new words and phrases. Others rely on computers and mobile devices to help them study and remember the language they learn. There are even a few who…