CEC IELTS Test Centre 5th Anniversary / IELTS Open Day

CEC IELTS Test Centre is celebrating its 5-year anniversary this July. CEC ran its first IELTS exam in 2012 with only 20 students. Since then, CEC has welcomed over 7,000 candidates and helped them achieve their goal of passing the IELTS exam. We are delighted to be celebrating 5 years of successfully running the IELTS exam and we look…

Tips to prepare the IELTS Exam!

Preparing for the IELTS Exam?    Here are some top tips to better prepare for it.   Familiarise yourself with the test format and the timing of each part of the speaking and writing tests. Know what kinds of questions are asked in each part of the paper. Once you are familiar with the format,…

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…

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…

Music to our ears!

Tired of the same old, same old on the radio? Looking for something musically refreshing?   Across a diverse range of styles and from the fairly well-known to the more eclectic, the following suggestions from the students of PH5 Patrick’s Hill will surely tickle your musical tastebuds! Review 1 Clean Bandit – Rather Be “Recently, I’ve…

Skills: Reading – developing your English reading skills

We’ve looked at listening and writing skills before, and in this post, we’re going to look at the skill of reading and how to improve your understanding when reading in English. Reading widely is vital to improving your vocabulary and also helps to develop all the other skills in English. You can recognise and therefore reinforce…

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…

Some writing tips…

Last week we looked at reasons to write.  As we saw, it is a vital part of life in a variety of situations such as finding (and keeping!) a job, as well as improving and supporting the other skills in English. This week we’ll start to give you some tips to help you improve your writing: Tip…

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…