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Proficiency - Use of English Part 4

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Get some advice, and have a go at some sentence transformations here.


First - Verb Collocations

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Work on Part 1 of Use of English with some extra collocation practice here on Quizlet.


Proficiency Use of English Part 3

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Go here for some word formation practice, and use the CAE Use of English Part 3 label from the archive to find lots of further practice.


Ingredients for a Review of a TV advert

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You can adapt this list to any review!
A good review will have: Has a titleSums up the story/product in a sentence or two.Includes positive and negative commentSays if the writer thinks it’s a successful product and whyUses some suitable vocabulary – plot, soundtrack, twist, director, advertisement, advent, get ready,
Has Some opinion language
“If you ask me”. “For me”Some linking between the similar things (“in addition”) and some contrast– “on the other hand”, “however”It's all in the same formality




Advanced - Collocation

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You can find more than 20 collocation exercises on Quizlet. Here's a link to a good CAE one.


First & Advanced: Checking for Mistakes

From BBC Learning, here's a letter to study and look for mistakes.

 Click on "View Answersheet" to see page 2 and the answers.


Proficiency - Reviews

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There's loads of material on the VER about writing reviews for CAE and FCE - use the Reviews label. 

For your use, here's a link to PDF of C2 level review - aim for this standard and you won't go too far wrong.


Advanced - Formality

A link to some Advanced and Proficiency formality.


First - Formality

Practice your formal and informals with some flashcard fun!



Proficiency Use of English Part 2

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Try a sample of part 2 of the exam here.


Advanced & Proficiency: Movie Review

Here's our review of the a James Bond film.  Might give you some ideas for your own work!

Better than 007 out of 10?SkyfallA jolly good Bond film scoring 8/10 with ease for me. Easily my favourite since Goldeneye, maybe The Living Daylights. Many years ago I read a Bond review in a magazine, where the writer said he'd love to see something different from Bond - like have him carry out an investigation in London, for instance, but there's no way it'd ever happen, what with the need forrproduct placement and so on. That author has pretty much got his wish and it worked very well. 
It feels like Bond, looks like Bond and sounds like Bond to me. About 1 second into the film there's something that tells you exactly what the tone of the movie is, puts a big smile on your face, and from there on it's almost all great stuff, doing something interesting and different, yet also familiar. Absolutely loved the tiny little touches ("For her eyes only") which are pro…

Proficiency Essays

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Click on the link below for some advice from a US university website on writing at CEFR C2 level, including Cambridge Proficiency.
http://www.fullspate.net/advanced-efl-essay-writing/ecpe-essay-writing-advice.html


Advanced - Use of English Part 3

Extra Word Formation practice here.