MEDIATION: describing trends

In the new mediation skill you might be asked to explain a diagram or a line graph. Knowing how to do it and using specific vocabulary, will be essential for you to be successful.

Watch this video to help you:

The script along the vocabulary can be found here.

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Letters of request

How  to write a request letter

Sample request letters

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At some point we all have talked about it, but have you heard of the new surge, self-isolation, curfew?

Have a look at this interesting article with all the vocabulary you need to talk about the virus:

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As you probably know the passive is commonly used in English when we don’t know or don’t want to say who did something:


In Spanish we often resort to the structure ‘se’, which makes us (or rather, people from other classes…) avoid the passive in English as they are different verb patterns.

Here you are  A handout on passive infinitives, which are often translated as ‘Se supone que, se sabe que, etc.) and another one on the passive_voice with quick explanations, examples and translations.

We all love listening to and watching people. Here is Jennifer ESL on youtube who is explaining the passive.

The best links to PRACTISE are the ones including an explanation with examples of passive formsa really clear one with tables, and a quick one.

Quickly click on each link and decide which one suits you best!

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Listening: training courses + a cloze

Let’s spend 30 minutes improving our listening and reading skills, and, as a byproduct, practising for the test!

exam practice

As we are involved in the topic of education and training, you can listen to some people talking about training courses (multiple matching listening). It only takes 9 minutes!! Remember the answers are just below the video screen (‘show more’) and that you can download the whole book of exams it has been taken from. It is also at the bottom of this post. You can do just the first task.

training courses

Now you can do a cloze (a text with gaps) based on past events, which could well be recent. The title is ‘German neo-Nazi party cancels protest after boarding wrong train‘ and forturnately shows they don’t have a good head on their shoulders.

KEY TO LISTENING: 21-F 22-E 23-C 24-D 25-H 26-D 27-A 28-C 29-B 30-H

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Different people talk about education (listening)

Different people talk about EDUCATION. This is a similar task to the one you will come across in the certificate exam. It lasts 7:35 minutes. Don’t you have eight minutes at the end of the day?

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KEY: 28-D    29-B   30-G   31-E   32-F   33-A   34-B    35-F   36-G   37-H

More on education

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Education, learning, creativity and divergent thinking

On pages 15, 16 and 17 of our book (Advanced Expert) education and learning are dealt with briefly. It is advisable to delve into it further more.

This tellingly enlightening documentary, with brilliant graphics and layout, throws light on the topic of education, learning, divergent thinking and the need to change paradigms.

Do you agree with the theory stated? MAKE A COMMENT AND DISCUSS!!



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What’s the origin of Halloween?

The British Council has a great online magazine with listenings and readings. This one is about Halloween. It is short and interesting. 

Halloween jokes

Listening on Halloween

Sleeping beauty or a scary story? Watch ONLY during daytime…

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Perfect Tenses

homeworkAre you sure you master verb tenses in English?

You have two possible testing options:

The ones where you have to type or thumb the tenses: this quick test or this one. They can be done very fast and easily.

If you are in a hurry or short of time you can go for the ones based on a multiple choice exerciseGrammar bank, Test-English, or English Grammar are useful in that sense.

In order to be able to use English verbs properly, it is a must to know the irregular verbs: irregular_verbs_alphabetical_order_valencia

If you feel you need an explanation you can always fall back on the British Council.

Fed up with reading? Watch this video and focus on the tenses we are dealing with:

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