Useful FCE websites Here are all of the useful websites I can find to help students preparing for the Cambridge First Certificate exam. Please let me know if there are any broken links, or if you find something you think I should add. General www.flo-joe.com/fce/ Great website, full of tips, especially for Reading, Use of English and Writing. The official Cambridge FCE website, with information about the length of the papers and the task types, as well as some free materials to download. Three sites aimed at students. Alex Case’s excellent collection of FCE worksheets. FCE Result (affiliate link – I will earn money from Amazon if you buy anything after clicking this link), the OUP coursebook, has online exercises for each unit of the book. Practice exams A free practice test, not including speaking Vocabulary Grammar
Verbs with two objects Three days ago we were talking about presents with my students and I could hear that they were using the verbs buy,give, get etc. in a way that everyone would understand them but which was wrong. So, I created the following presentation and several exercises. What surprised me was that even after my presentation the students protested that some other forms (the ones they used) were correct too. But it is not true. Verbs with two objects – mind map I am really proud of this mind map. Verbs with two objects – games Once you have mastered the three possible patterns it is time to use them. Verbs with two subjects En Garde game. The second game is quite quick. Verbs with two objects – Teacher invaders Verbs with two objects – for teachers I have realised that this site is frequently visited by teachers. Verbs with two objects The other file contains the mind map in a pdf file. Verbs with two objects Follow us
Listening 7-9 – WebEnglish.se Spread Inspiration via WebEnglish.se WebEnglish.se has opened a new link category for intermediate (yr 7-9) students. To start with, there are six links to amusing and inspiring talks that the site author has already successfully used in her classes this autumn. The idea is to watch, to discuss and write about the thoughts that… In "Teaching Matters" Travelling Old and New Style WebEnglish.se has compiled a Theme Page on Travelling for level 7-8. Salem Witch Hunt WebEnglish.se has added a reading chapter, activities and a relevant YouTube series about the Salem Witch Hunts in 1692 in Intermediate 7-9. 12 Hilarious Shots Taken at Exactly the Right Moment When we see something extraordinary happen in front of our eyes we often quickly grab our phones to snap a photo before the moment is gone. Today Bright Side would like to share 12 ridiculous shots that were captured just when they were meant to be. This lady lying under an ocean blanket This cat looks to be in perfect shape This student wore the right T-shirt and took the right seat An obedient dog These dudes sitting next to each other This guy just found the perfect match for his T-shirt This woman matching the hotel This guy found a painting of himself This woman with her X-ray bag This man with a woman’s body These two cars having a conversation This man with his new hat We’d love to hear your views on this…
Phrasal Verbs Phrasal verbs are mainly used in spoken English and informal texts. (The more formal a conversation or text, the less phrasal verbs are found.) Phrasal verbs consist of a verb plus a particle (preposition, adverb). The particle can change the meaning of the verb completely, e.g.: look up – consult a reference book (look a word up in a dictionary) look for – seek (look for her ring) look forward – anticipate with pleasure (look forward to meeting someone) There are no rules that might explain how phrasal verbs are formed correctly - all you can do is look them up in a good dictionary and study their meanings. Frequently Used Phrasal Verbs with: break, bring, call, carry, come, do, fall, get, go, keep, look, make, put, run, set, take, turn Position of the Particle The particle is placed either after the verb or after the object. Example: Write down the word. / Write the word down. If the object is a pronoun, however, the particle has to be placed after the pronoun (object). Write it down.
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25 maps that explain the English language English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It’s spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and charts that explain how English got started and evolved into the differently accented languages spoken today. The origins of English 1) Where English comes from English, like more than 400 other languages, is part of the Indo-European language family, sharing common roots not just with German and French but with Russian, Hindi, Punjabi, and Persian. 2) Where Indo-European languages are spoken in Europe today Saying that English is Indo-European, though, doesn’t really narrow it down much. 3) The Anglo-Saxon migration 4) The Danelaw The next source of English was Old Norse. 5)The Norman Conquest 6) The Great Vowel Shift The spread of English Credits
Teaching Tips 19 Working holiday This is more of a warmer idea this week. Have you ever wondered about the contradictions in terms like 'found missing', 'alone together', 'small crowd' & one of my favourites 'Microsoft Works'? Have your students? These terms are called oxymorons. As the Collins English Dictionary says, they are 'an epigrammatic effect, by which contradictory terms are used in conjunction: beautiful tyrant; found missing. A way of looking at them in class: Choose which oxymorons you want to look at & write them on the board - but make sure the individual words are jumbled up. As a follow up you could get the students to invent a story using a number of the oxymorons & then discuss how they are translated into their language(s). A way to review some vocab, introduce some collocations & have some fun with the language. For a list of oxymorons Back to the contents Strangers on a train This is an excellent activity to promote oral fluency practice & specific language practice at the same time.