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30 November 2012

Proficiency - Use of English Part 4

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


26 November 2012

First - Verb Collocations

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


23 November 2012

Proficiency Use of English Part 3

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.


22 November 2012

Ingredients for a Review of a TV advert


You can adapt this list to any review!

A good review will have:
Has a title 
Sums 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

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


19 November 2012

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.


16 November 2012

Proficiency - Reviews

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.


14 November 2012

Advanced - Formality

A link to some Advanced and Proficiency formality.


12 November 2012

First - Formality

Practice your formal and informals with some flashcard fun!



09 November 2012

Proficiency Use of English Part 2

Try a sample of part 2 of the exam here.


06 November 2012

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? 
Skyfall
A 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 proper Bond film things and showed the director really knows his stuff. 

The only time it felt a tiny bit slow was in the Bond-doing-the-tests bit, and, for the character, it's odd they've jumped from callow new boy in Casino Royale to old warrior so quickly. I thought the new MI6 team looked good, and like the idea of them all having earnt their stripes in front of each other in this movie. I'm never going to think Daniel Craig is quite right, as he doesn't seem to be quite as comfortable with the humour as the action and darker character work, but in a film as good as this I can pretty much overlook it.  

I'd consider going to see it again if I had a spare couple of hours. What better recommendation can I give?



02 November 2012

Proficiency Essays


Click on the link below for some advice from a US university website on writing at CEFR C2 level, including Cambridge Proficiency.




01 November 2012

Advanced - Use of English Part 3

Extra Word Formation practice here.