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¿Cómo aprende mi niño inglés?

¿Cómo aprende mi niño inglés?

How children learn languages As we know, there are lots of different ways to learn a language. Here, we review some facts from an expert researcher about how children learn best. This article is based  on Cambridge English material. What type of learner is my child? What does he or she enjoy doing? Puzzles and … Continue reading

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Football and English language learning

Learn English with this free football smartphone app! Cambridge English FC is for students at levels B2–C1, suitable for Cambridge English: First, First for Schools and Advanced (CAE).  Learning English is now even more fun if you like football, the world’s favourite game.  This FREE app is for the English language game – Cambridge English FC  Answer … Continue reading

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Hurry! Free IELTS study materials

Cambridge ESOL are offering free Language for IELTS learning materials online until the end of March 2016 with a platform called Cerego.  Using this, you can learn, use and remember vocabulary for your IELTS test or academic study on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The free adaptive learning system tells you exactly what you need … Continue reading

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Telephone English for busy people

Here is an amusing and slightly irreverent ‘conversation’ (watch it and see why that’s in single quotation marks!) with some good ideas for telephone English for busy people : There is also a transcript below and on the page you can click to.  Many thanks to Vicki Hollett for her kind permission to share this … Continue reading

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Would it be good (to practise the basics)?

Would it be good (to practise the basics)?

Yes, it would!  Like anything else, it takes time – but it is important. Do you speak about the past or the future using the present tense? It may be enough in an emergency to communicate on a ‘survival’ basis – but it might confuse people—and it won’t help you pass exams. Perhaps you wonder … Continue reading

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What’s this made of?

How many words for materials could your child name in English? How about in their own language? The Cambridge English: Flyers word list includes the materials card, glass, gold, metal, paper, plastic, silver, wood and wool. Here are two ways to learn and practise using these words: Firstly, your child can do this vocabulary activity online. … Continue reading

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Listening (children)

Listening together Children can have fun and get good practice in listening to English by watching videos made for their age group. If you watch and listen with your child it can be a useful and pleasant experience for you both. YouTube has videos of traditional stories you can easily find, such as Cinderella, Snow … Continue reading

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Spot the deliberate mistake

Can you find the misspelt word? Answers on a postcard, please. (This was a common way in which competition entry descriptions and instructions finished, before we began to use email more.)       Have a good weekend! Terrible translation from Spanish to English

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What level is your child’s English?

Test your English Which Cambridge English exam may be right for your child? These quick, free online tests can help you find out. There is a version of the test for young learners, or learners aged 11 and over can try the ‘for Schools’ version of the test.      

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It’s a sunny day

… and there will be a few more of them this month, too. A few limited timetable places are available for summer lessons this month. Enjoy the holiday period, and see you in the autumn! Mark. P.S. Coming soon … a few holiday pictures.      

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