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Do you speak English? That’s what HR managers look for.

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Do you speak english.

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February 8, 2016 at 7:45 am

Join our Cambridge English events in Austria!

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Events

We cordially invite you to our Cambridge Experience Days in Austria!

The events take place from 14.00 to 17.00.

Agenda:

  • 14.00 – 14.30 Cambridge English Global Overview – Assessment in 21st Century
  • 14.30 – 15.30 Cambridge English Locals Overview – Introduction to Cambridge English Exams in Austrian schools
  • 15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break
  • 15.45 – 17.00 How are Cambridge English exams marked?

Further information on the agenda.

We also invite you to our Cambridge Days in Austria!

Further information and the agenda can be found here.

Registration:

Registration is free. Further information on how to register …

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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February 1, 2016 at 7:39 am

Bring football into your classroom

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Cambridge English FC

Make learning English fun through the world’s favourite game – football. Get your students play our new fun English language game, Cambridge English FC for free.

Your students are the captain of Cambridge English FC football team in our fun, new learning game. They answer English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation questions to help their team pass the ball, get to the goal, shoot and score. If they get the questions right, they take the cup home. If they get them wrong and they may be sent to the bench.

  • Exam level: Cambridge English: First, First for Schools and Advanced
  • CEFR: B2–C1
  • Skills practised: Vocabulary and grammar

Cambridge English FC is an app for both Android and iOS, and is free to download.

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January 25, 2016 at 7:48 am

Does English replace German in German companies?

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Cambridge English Exams

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January 18, 2016 at 10:22 am

Most common spelling mistakes at level B1 and B2

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Most common spelling mistakes

Below are the most common spelling mistakes at CEFR Level B1 and B2. These spelling mistakes are taken from the learner corpus which analyses candidates’ scripts from all over the world. Do your learners make the same mistakes? Or are there different words that are difficult for them?

Please note: We have used British usage of spellings but American usage, for example, is acceptable in our exams. Candidates must use a particular variety of English with some degree of consistency in areas such as spelling, and not, for example, switch from using a British spelling of a word to an American spelling of the same word.

Top 5 misspelled verbs, nouns and adjectives at level B1:

Verbs
1. receive
2. decided
3. recommend
4. want
5. think

Nouns
1. centre
2. accommodation
3. business
4. conference
5. programme

Adjectives
1. beautiful
2. interesting
3. grateful
4. different
5. quiet

Top 5 misspelled verbs, nouns and adjectives at level B2:

Verbs
1. recommend
2. received
3. think
4. appreciate
5. believe

Nouns
1. advertisement
2. accommodation
3. programme
4. environment
5. centre

Adjectives
1. convenient
2. necessary
3. comfortable
4. available
5. interesting

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January 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

What is your New Year’s resolution for language learning?

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“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Melody Beattie

New Year, new resolutions – what about your language learning resolutions?

Many people start in the new year with a New Year’s resolution, and quite frequently languages are included as well. We asked our colleagues what their language learning resolutions for 2016 are:

Maja Trzeciak, Marketing Manager, Polish native speaker: “Learning foreign languages is extremely interesting and satisfying – therefore my New Year’s Resolution is to improve my German and achieve C1 level within next two years. Taking a German course, as well as self-study (reading German books, watching TV, etc.) will be key points in my journey to complete my goal. Knowing how important the assessment of language is, I’m planning to take the Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung and obtain a certificate.”

Corinna Korthaus, Office Administrator, German native speaker: “I do have the ambition to perfect my general English skills, and at the same time to develop confidence to effectively communicate within an English-speaking business environment – which will undoubtedly help my career prospects.  For the new year I plan to take Cambridge English: Business Higher. I will study for this exam using the official preparation materials from Cambridge English for self-study. Additionally, I will also attend a preparation course at a language school. In that way I’m sure I will be best prepared for passing this exam.”

Alistair Starling, Regional Director, English native speaker: “My aim in German language is to sit (and pass!) a B2 exam in the spring, preparing for this weekly through self-study and private tuition. Then start progress towards a C1 certificate over the course of the following year. Both steps will really help me at work!”

Silvia Smith, Intern, Spanish native speaker: “This year I would like to take the Goethe-Zertifikat C1. My plan is to study on my own and use exam preparation materials. I think preparing for an exam is also a motivating and good way to improve all my language skills. I will try to be more active in conversations with my English- and German-speaking friends, which will help me to practice my speaking and improve my fluency and gain confidence. I will continue reading books and watch films in German and English.”

Adam Maciaszczyk,  Business Development Manager, Polish native speaker: “This year I am going to spend some more time on studying Italian. I would like to able to get by in most social situations when I am in Italy in summer. My favourite method of studying is listening to dialogues several times and trying to memorise each time longer and longer chunks of the conversation. I usually do it when I am on the train to and back from work.”

Manuela Richter, Marketing Manager, German native speaker: “2016 will be my year for Polish and Spanish! For Polish I want to reach level A1 by the end of the year – for this purpose I am attending a course here in Berlin. For Spanish I want to brush up my knowledge and make sure that I remain at B1 level. This will be done by reading Spanish books and using every opportunity on offer for speaking. And if there is some time left, I would like to spend it on improving my basic French.”

Robert Burrows, Development Support Manager, English native speaker: “I’m planning on refreshing my Polish with the help of an online app.”

Leszec Szulc, Head of Business Development, Polish native speaker: “My plan is to improve my German and reach C1 in all skills (especially writing). I plan to read at least one book in German a month and to write more in German in everyday life, e.g. more e-mails in German and making notes at work in German (rather than English).”

Johannes Hubig, Intern, German native speaker: “Personally, I think New Year’s resolutions are a bit of a sham – if you want to do something that will benefit you or others, why wait until the next year? That’s why my “resolution” will be something I already do but want to do more of: Read books in English language, it’s great all-round learning.”

Finally, we have compiled five tips for you to ensure that your New Year’s resolution is successful:

  • Set yourself a goal by using SMART criteria. Objectives should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-related. One example would be: “I will attend an English course once a week at C1 level and pass the Cambridge English: Advanced in December this year.”
  • Use milestones for your final goal. This increases your motivation and gives you a sense of achievement every now and then in the long run.
  • Tell your friends and your family about your goal. This might prove a very good source of motivation.
  • Combine language learning with travelling. This not only allows you to practise the language but also gives you increased motivation for learning at home before you travel there.
  • Believe in yourself! Even if there are times when you struggle with grammar or certain word structures, don’t give up. See those things as challenges. Also, don’t be afraid of talking even when you are making mistakes. This is a vital part of learning.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Oprah Winfrey

Happy New Year & happy learning!

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January 5, 2016 at 8:23 am

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Seasons greeetings

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December 21, 2015 at 9:09 am

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