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GCSE English Crash Course in Reading, Berkshire

Eurospeak Language School, located in the heard of Reading town, is now inducing GCSE English Crash Course.

Primarily designed as a crash course for local students wishing to achieve the basic GCSEs in Maths and English in order to enhance job prospects, this course will cover a variety of reading and writing skills required for the Edexcel I-GCSE.

Eurospeak is also a certified centre for testing of the I-GCSE, and we accept external students both on the course or just for the exam itself. The course will include English grammar, academic and colloquial vocabulary, an introduction and development of the different text types needed for the exam, and practice in analysing a range of written texts. Classes will start as weekly sessions with more lessons added as the exam dates approach. British students may also find the course helpful for further practice and tutor support alongside regular school classes.

So what are you waiting for, contact us now on 0118 958 9599.

Visit: 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX

Free online English Level test

Test your level of English with our free online English level test. The test takes 40 minutes to take and has 120 multiple choice questions. At the end of the placement test you will get an email with your performance and the level of English that you have achieved. Your level will be based on the CEFR scale. (Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced or Proficiency)

So get ready to take our free online English level test.

We hope you find the test useful in evaluating your level of English. If you wish to take English classes or CAE, FCE or IELTS preparation classes our expert tutors at Eurospeak Language School in Reading can help you.

Contact us on:

29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX

Tel: +44 (0) 118 958 9599

Email: info@eurospeak.org.uk

Living in Reading, Berkshire

Local places of worship in Reading

The UK is very multicultural so there are some different places of worship local to Reading for different religions. These include:
Reading synagogue – contact them on 0118957 3954
• Mosque (The Jamme Masjid) – contact them on 01189261565
Reading Hindu temple
Roman Catholic Parish of St James & St William of York – contact them on 01189574171

Things to do in Reading

Reading is a large town with a wide variety of shops, both on the high street and in shopping centres like the Oracle which has over 90 shops. The river Thames runs through the town, so you can go for walks on the waterside. In Reading there is a cinema, theatre, a museum and there are also many clubs and bars.

Getting around in Reading

Reading train station has links to almost anywhere in the country. Conveniently it also provides a short 25 minute train ride to London.

Buses are the cheapest way to get around and you can see all the bus timetables for Reading on the Reading buses website.

You can also take a taxi around, these are more expensive but convenient. Make sure that when using a taxi, you only use ones that are licensed to ensure that they are safe.

Getting an International Student Card

international student identity cardOnce you have an international student card you will be able to get a discount on many things including:
• Flights
• Hotels and hostels
• Bus tours (in many different countries)
• Attractions like museums
• Restaurants and take-aways
• Clothing from many high-street chains
• Your mobile bill

You are illegible for this card if you are over 12 or over and study abroad at a secondary school, language school, 6th form or a college for further educations or a university (this also counts if you’re taking a year out but have a confirmed place at a university).

To get one you need to either order it online (which takes 3-4 weeks to process the application and deliver it to you) or get one at a local issuer on the spot. To do this you need to bring a method of payment with you, a digital background with a white or blue background, a scanned copy of proof that you are a student and a scanned copy of your proof of identity.

After you have your international student identity card you may need to activate it and you can find out if you will need to by visiting this site: http://www.isic.org/faq/. If you find it needs activating visit this site to do so: https://activate.isic.org/activation/?

Cambridge CAE Results – Scoring Explained!

The CAE exam comprises of a Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening and Speaking section. Each section carries 20% of the total marks.

You can score either an A, B, C (pass), D, E or U (fail).

You will get a statement of results and a certificate if your performance ranges between CEFR Levels B2 and C2.

The pass grades for the CAE Exam are: Grade A (C2), Grade B (C1), Grade C (C1). So if you get a grade A you achieve the CEFR C2 level. If you do not pass, but still do reasonably well you are issued a B2 certificate.

An example of a two CAE certificates of our students are shown below. Once person scored a grade A and the other a grade B. Both passed the exam.

 

At Eurospeak, we run CAE preparation classes. Classes for next term start on Thursday the 4th of September. Classes run every Thursday and Friday.

We are a CAE exam centre in Reading, Berkshire and the next CAE exam date available is 6th of December 2014.

Special Package for CAE Classes – Save £128 !!!

14 weeks of CAE Classes from 4th of September to 5th of December 2014. (Every Thursday & Friday, Total 28 classes, Each class for 3 hours from 9:30 am – 12:45 pm)
plus
CAE Exam
plus
CAE Book

Normal Price:
Classes: £16 per class x 28 classes = £448
Exam: £105
Book: £25
Total: £578

But at Eurospeak, you can book this package for only £450!! A saving of £128!!!

Call us now to avail this CAE special offer. Tel: 0118 958 9599 or Email: info@eurospeak.org.uk or visit: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX!

 

 

Best video for B1 test preparation

The best video to help you prepare for your B1 ESOL test which is required for British Citizenship and ILR. This video is the ultimate guide to doing well in the B1 exam.

In the video, our ESOL tutor, Andrew, explains the format of the B1 test as well as gives some very useful advice on doing well in the B1 exam. He also covers some sample questions that can be asked in the exam and advises on how to answer them.

Book the B1 exam at Eurospeak. Call 0118 958 9599 or visit: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX to book your test.

Special offer: Share this video on Facebook and get £10 off the price of your B1 exam at Eurospeak. We run the test every Saturday or Sunday.

 

 

Cambridge FCE Exam tips – Reading

The duration of the First Certificate reading exam is 1 hour. The Reading part of the Cambridge FCE exam has three parts.

First you have a multiple choice section in which you have to show understanding of a text and show understanding of language use which expresses opinions and attitudes.

The second part of the exam is a gap fill exercise – you will be given a text with sentences missing then you have to pick the sentence that should be put in there.

The final part of this section is a matching exercise. Within this section you have to read a text or texts and pick out key information and ideas from that paragraph and answer questions about these.

Some useful FCE tips:
• It can be useful to see how the topics change throughout the texts and whether or not it is in chronological order. Use the title/headline/pictures to help you work out the general idea of a text before reading.
• Always read the questions first and not the optional answers – answer the question yourself first and then find the answer in the options. Also try to find key words in the questions to help you in the text.
• Underline all key information as you read the text.
• If you don’t know – guess. They do not deduct marks for incorrect answers so it’s always best to just guess if you don’t know.
• If you are unsure of an answer – leave it and come back to it later. This way, you can eliminate the sentences that are not correct and give yourself a better chance at gaining the marks.
• Read the questions first – then you can underline the relevant information to be able to answer the questions (use key words in the questions to help you, but be careful as this won’t always work).
• Don’t spend too much time on one question – if you don’t know come back to it later.
• When you have finished, read the text again and make sure the answers are correct.

• For the first part the text is in chronological order. Read the questions (not the options) first, then find the piece of relevant text, and then answer the questions yourself – then go back to the answer options. The last question in this piece of the exam may be a question about the text as a whole.
Part two will be a text from a magazine or newspaper so if there are any pictures – try to use this and the headline to work out the general idea of the text. Also in the second part you should try to find ‘anchor words’ – such as connecting words, pronouns and time clauses. This is because they will ask about time and reasons that things happened There is one sentence extra in the answers – so there will be one sentence leftover at the end. Make sure the sentences follows the same meaning.
• For the final part, look at the headline to understand the general idea of the text. Then read the questions and underline key words so you know what to look for in the text. Be careful as sometimes the question will want more than one piece of information.

We hope you find these FCE exam tips useful. We have an excellent team of FCE teachers who will help you get the score you need.

Here are some useful links for preparation on other FCE exam sections:
Cambridge FCE Exam Speaking Tips
Cambridge FCE Use of English
Cambridge FCE Exam writing tips

Call us on 01189589599 or visit: 29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX, Berkshire to book your classes and FCE exam.

Cambridge FCE Exam tips – Writing task

Here is some useful advice to help you prepare for the Writing section of the Cambridge FCE Exam.

FCE task – Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

For this part of the exam it is most important that you follow the instructions carefully. You are firstly shown a letter or an email, for this you should use this text to structure your answer. An example is shown below.

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 120 – 150 words in an appropriate style on the opposite page.
FCE Writing task 1 example

Secondly you are offered a choice of four subjects to write an essay/letter/report/review/story about.
With both questions try not to copy information from the text – instead if you need to, try to rewrite the part using different words.

• For the first part you should use all of the information given to answer the question. The notes on this text will help you (provided). Try to use one paragraph for each of the notes given. Write between 120-150 words. And read through your answer to check for grammar or spelling errors. Content is very important here.
Don’t forget to start and finish the letter appropriately (e.g. Dear and Yours sincerely). You do not need to write an address for this letter so don’t.
Here you have to write a piece as if you were expecting a response from them.

• For the second part you should underline the main task you have to answer. Then you should decide how you should write the text – formal/informal, essay/magazine/business/letter to a friend. Write a plan for this essay to help with how you structure the writing.

This part is more focused on language. Look for bullet points and text in bold to help you.
For reports you should remember to write a title and sub-headings that are relevant to what you are writing about.

The last question in the choices is only if you have read AND studied the books – if you write about a different book from the set texts it is an automatic zero!

• Try to think of what the examiners are looking for – this will help you to write your answers.
There is no marking scheme – so do not focus on these.

Visit Eurospeak and prepare for your FCE exam classes here. The next FCE exam in Reading, Berkshire is going to be held on the 2nd of December.

Contact Eurospeak. Phone: 0118 9589599 or Email: info@eurospeak.org.uk

Here are some useful links for preparation on other FCE exam sections:
Cambridge FCE Exam Speaking Tips
Cambridge FCE Use of English

Cambridge FCE Exam tips – Use of English

Use of EnglishHere are some useful tips to do well in the ‘Use of English’ section of the Cambridge First Certificate in English.

This part of the exam lasts 45 minutes and consists of four parts.

• The first part is a gap fill – so as with the other parts of the exam – read the text (do not look at the answers) and try to think of which words could fill the gap yourself. After this you should look at the possible answers (do not read these first as they are made to confuse you).
• The second part you should read the text quickly and understand the topic, the writing style and the opinion/s of the writer. Then read the text and try to think what the missing words are – Think of the grammar term we should use here – auxiliary verb/pronoun/phrasal verb…
• In the third section you must change some given words – so here the best idea is to read the text and understand the meaning/style/opinions and then start to change the words. There is usually one word that must be made negative so look for this.

After this read the text through again and make sure it makes sense!

• In the final (and most important) part of the use of English part of the exam you should allow yourself at least 15 minutes to complete this section. Each question is worth two points – one for using the key word correctly, and one for identifying the remaining grammar or vocabulary needed to complete the sentence. So for this you must use the word given and use two to five words to complete the sentence. Always write something on the answer sheet as you can still get one mark!

So what are you waiting for. Start your FCE preparation classes at Eurospeak to get the result you want. Check out our special FCE discount offer.

Here are some useful links for preparation on other FCE exam sections:
Cambridge FCE Exam Speaking Tips
Cambridge FCE Exam Writing Tips