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Presentations!

Try going following these stages to help you deliver effective presentations.

Thing to find out first:

– find out how long you need to speak for

– find out who you’re speaking to as this will affect the style of your presentation

Preparing:

– do not write out your presentation in full; instead, use notes in large writing, so you can see what you’ve written and read it easily

– highlight important words

– use linking words or expressions to connect your presentation together

– think about your timing and decide when you are going to pause and make a note of it

Practising:

– eye-contact – pretend the audience is there and practise looking at them

– speak loudly enough to be heard

– speak slowly enough to be heard

– stand confidently

– use hand gestures

– make effective use of intonation

– record yourself, play it back later and think about how you could improve – then practise again!

Delivering:

– do everything that you’ve been practising!

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ESPECULAR SOBRE LAS FOTOS EN LOS EXÁMENES DE EXPRESIÓN ORAL

¿Te preguntas qué decir cuando tienes que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral? Especular es la respuesta. “Pero ¿qué es especular y cómo lo hago?” Te oigo preguntar. Sigue leyendo para obtener la respuesta. 

Especular es cuando adivinas algo basado en la evidencia, y usar modales de especulación es una gran manera de especular. Aquí tienes algunos ejemplos: 

 

 

I think hmust be happy because he’s smiling. 

 

Aquí usamos must + bare / base infinitive para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo es verdad. 

 

He’s looking at a website, so he could be looking for another job. 

 

Aquí temenos could + be + ing para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

He looks injured. I reckon he might have broken his leg. 

 

Aquí usamos might + have + past participle para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

She seems tired, so I think she may have been working very hard today. 

 

Aquí temenos may + have + been + ing para mostrar posibilidad 

 

También podemos usar can’t para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo no es cierto, por ejemplo: 

 

She can’t have slept enough last night because she looks tired. 

 

Los dos primeros ejemplos son sobre el presente. Si estás haciendo el examen B2 First, puedes impresionar a los examinadores usando modales de especulación en el presente. 

 

Los últimos tres ejemplos son sobre el pasado. Si estás realizando el examen C1 Advanced, puedes impresionar a los examinadores utilizando modales de especulación del pasado. 

 

Por lo tanto, no te quedes sin palabras cuando tengas que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral. Especula basado en lo que puedes ver y usa modales de especulación para hacerlo. 

 

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Spekulieren über Fotos – Sprachprüfung

Fragen Sie sich, was Sie antworten sollen, wenn Sie etwas zu Fotos in Ihrer Sprachprüfung sagen sollen? Spekulieren ist die Antwort. Aber was ist Spekulation und wie mache ich das?“ fragen Sie sich nun bestimmt. Lesen Sie weiter für die Auflösung. 

Spekulieren ist, wenn man etwas errät, das auf Beweisen basiert. Dabei ist die Verwendung von Modalitäten der Spekulation eine großartige Möglichkeit: 

Hier sind einige Beispiele aus dem Englischen: 

I think he must be happy because he’s smiling. 

Hier verwenden wir must + bare/ base infinitive, um zu zeigen, dass Sie so gut wie sicher sind, dass etwas wahr ist.  

He’s looking at a website, so he could be looking for another job. 

Hier haben wir could + be + ing, um die Möglichkeit aufzuzeigen.  

He looks injured. I reckon he might have broken his leg. 

Hier verwenden wir might + have + past participle, um die Möglichkeit aufzuzeigen.  

She seems tired, so I think she may have been working very hard today. 

Hier haben wir may + have + been + ing, um die Möglichkeit zu zeigen.  

Wir können auch mit can’t zeigen, dass Sie sich fast ganz sicher sind, dass etwas nicht wahr ist, zum Beispiel:  

She can’t have slept enough last night because she looks tired. 

Die ersten beiden Beispiele beziehen sich auf die Gegenwart. Wenn Sie die B2 First“ Prüfung ablegen, können Sie die Prüfer beeindrucken, indem Sie Modalitäten der Spekulation in der Gegenwart verwenden.  

Die letzten drei Beispiele beziehen sich auf die Vergangenheit. Wenn Sie die C1 Advanced“ Prüfung ablegen, können Sie die Prüfer beeindrucken, indem Sie Modalitäten der Spekulation in der Vergangenheit verwenden.  

Seien Sie also nicht sprachlos, wenn Sie in Ihrer Sprachprüfung etwas über Fotos sagen sollen. Spekulieren Sie basierend auf dem, was Sie sehen können, und verwenden Sie dabei Spekulationsmodalitäten. 

Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Erfolg bei Ihrer Sprachprüfung!

English version:

SPECULATING ABOUT PHOTOS IN SPEAKING EXAMS

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Cambridge vs IELTS – ¿Cuál elegir?

Algunas de las preguntas más comunes que nos hacen los estudiantes son: “¿Cuál es la diferencia entre los exámenes de Cambridge y el IELTS? o “¿Qué examen debo hacer? Son los dos exámenes más grandes del Reino Unido, así que echa un vistazo a nuestra práctica tabla de abajo para decidir cuál es el mejor para ti. 
  Cambridge   IELTS 
Tipos de exámen  Diferentes exámenes para diferentes niveles – KET (A2), PET (B1), FCE (B2), CAE (C1) y CPE (C2)  El mismo examen para todos los niveles, pero eliges el Inglés Académico o el Inglés General. 
Puntuación  Pasar el grado A-C, o suspender, aunque un suspenso “alto” obtiene un certificado del siguiente nivel  Recibes una puntuación entre 1-9 
Pruebas  4 pruebas – Hablar, Escuchar, Escribir, Leer y Usar el Inglés (esto se enfoca en gramática y vocabulario).  4 pruebas – Hablar, escuchar, escribir y leer 
Certificado  Tienes un certificado válido para siempre  Normalmente, tu certificado sólo se acepta en las instituciones durante 2 años tras la realización del examen. 
Propósito  Acreditar un nivel general de inglés; aceptado por algunos cursos universitarios.  Para ir a la universidad en el Reino Unido; para algunos tipos de visado; para trabajar en el NHS

Si no estás seguro, piensa en las razones por las que vas a hacer el examen, ¿es para mostrar tu nivel general o para realizar un curso? ¿Para conseguir un trabajo o una visa? Consulta la página web de la organización específica para saber qué necesitan – a menudo aceptan cualquier tipo de examen. 

En Eurospeak tenemos una amplia experiencia con ambos tipos de exámenes, así que por qué no vienes y charlas con uno de nuestros simpáticos empleados y nos dejas ayudarte a encontrar el examen y el curso que mejor se adapte a tus necesidades. 

Consulta la versión en inglés

Cambridge vs IELTS – Which one to choose?

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B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Exam for Citizenship & Indefinite Leave

Recently the UKBA changed a number of rules regarding immigration, as well as citizenship applications and rules for applying. The removal of SELT tests and centres for Citizenship applications means that from April 6th 2015, there are two categories by which people can meet the English language requirement to apply for British citizenship.

You can have an English language test that is on the list of Home Office approved tests (IELTS, Cambridge Exams, Pearson) or you can meet the English language requirement by having a qualification which is at B1 Level or higher, and on the Ofqual register.

Question 1.23 on the NA1 Form for British Citizenship application
Question 1.23 on the NA1 Form for British Citizenship application

NOCN (National Open College Network)’s B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 qualification is on the Ofqual register and is acceptable for citizenship an ILR applications.

For more information, or some sample B1 ESOL Exam material, please contact us on.

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

 

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B1 Exams – A Guide

“Do I need to take the B1 exam?”

We cannot give immigration advice, and we do not know your situation. The B1 Exam is valid for citizenship and ILR (indefinite leave to remain applications). Please speak to your lawyer or immigration advisor to see if you need to take the exam.

“Is the certificate/exam acceptable by the UKBA?”

Yes. The qualification is on the Ofqual register, and is acceptable by the UKBA for visa applications.

“When is the next exam?”

We run the exams every weekend, on either Saturday or Sunday.

Our next dates are: Sunday 15th February and Saturday 21st February.

“How long does the exam take?”

The exam takes 25 minutes in total, and consists of Speaking and Listening. Although the exam takes 25 minutes, you will need to be at the venue for around 1 hour.

“What is the format of the exam?”

  1. Candidates sit one-to-one with the examiner and the examiner asks questions relating to an audio track. The candidate should answer verbally.
  2. The candidate and the examiner will act out a role play of an everyday scenario.
  3. Up to 4 candidates will have an informal discussion together, on a topic given by the examiner.

“When do I get the result?”

The result will come in 10 working days for standard exams.

“Will I know the result on the day?”

No. We only find out the result when we receive the certificate.

“Do I need to take classes?”

No, if your English is good enough, you can just take the exam.

“Do you have any practice material?”

Yes, we can email you some sample exam material with practice questions and sample videos.

“Can you do any discount on the price?”

We can do discount for referrals. If you can refer a friend or family member, we will give them a discount of £10.

“Who is the awarding body?”

The awarding body is called National Open College Network (NOCN), and their exam is on the Ofqual register, and therefore, valid by the UKBA for ILR & citizenship applications.

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

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Is the NOCN Entry Level 3 ESOL Qualification accepted by the UKBA?

If you are planning to apply for Indefinite Leave to remain (ILR) or British Citizenship, you will need to take the B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Speaking & Listening Exam. This exam is purely for candidates who wish to apply for ILR or Citizenship, and there are a number of different awarding bodies who issue acceptable certificates.

In accordance with the UKVI website:

“You can prove your knowledge of English by having an English level B1, B2, C1 or C2 level qualification that’s one of the following:

  • an ESOL qualification at Entry 3 or higher (eg Level 1 or 2) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • an ESOL qualification at Scottish Qualifications Framework levels 4, 5 or 6 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland
  • on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications

Therefore, the NOCN Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (speaking and listening) (Entry 3) (QCF)  qualification meets the requirements as it is Entry Level 3, and is on the Ofqual register.

Here is the link to the Ofqual register which outlines the qualification details: http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/601_4011_2

If you are interested in taking this exam in Reading, Berkshire or live in a neighbouring county, like Wiltshire or Oxfordshire, please contact us for more information.

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

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B1 Speaking and Listening Exam Advice

Speaking Tips

• Don’t learn speeches and try to say them word-for-word in interviews – examiners will realise this easily. It is very hard to do this and sound natural.

• Try to relax and be natural – this will make speaking easier. Examiners want you to do your best, and are not trying to make your test difficult.

• Prepare your answers to common questions and personalise them. This will give examiners a good idea of your language level, and your ability to talk about past, present and future experiences.

• When describing something, don’t worry about every visible detail. Speak in general terms about it and how it affects you.

Listening Tips

• Listening exams usually have false information that sounds similar to the answer. Sometimes the information given matches one of the answers, but does not fit the question. For example: the person is talking about last week, but the question asks about next week. The correct information usually, but not always, comes afterwards.

• Nearly right is not the same thing as right; examiners often give information that sounds correct, but is not. Adverbs and modal verbs are often used to give incorrect information. It must be 100% accurate to be right.

• In long listening passages, there are often long sections with no relevant information, and then they give you two or three answers very quickly.

• Although long listening passages usually begin with an introduction, you cannot depend on this; the first word could be the answer to the first question.

Writing Tips

(If you are taking the writing part of the B1 Speaking and Listening Exam  (Although not required for Citizenship or ILR application)

• Don’t try to write too many connecting and contrasting words. If every sentence has the same words or expressions, the writing can seem strained and artificial.

• Write on alternate lines (leaving every second line blank) so that you have space to make changes when checking through your work.

• Always credit your sources in writing, even when you talk about ideas and are not quoting the source.

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.