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Read more ...  Unlike listening comprehension, reading comprehension is not something for which our brains have evolved. Whereas oral comprehension seems to develop “naturally” with minimal deliberate intervention, reading comprehension is more challenging and requires deliberate instruction. Humans have been accomplished in oral comprehension for 100,000 years or...

Read more ...C2 Level exams are mainly about vocabulary. Vocabulary is built brick by brick. Learning one new word leads to learning many others. Check the exact meaning of every new word from the dictionary instead of trying to guess the meaning from its context. Check a thesaurus for synonyms to enrich your vocabulary further. Especially for the IELTS exams...

Read more ...It concerns your broader preparation for the exam and not just doing past papers. Indeed, how boring and fruitless it would be answering multiple choice questions all the time! No real joy at discovering something new yourself, no personal fulfilment in using the language productively, no inner satisfaction from being able to express yourself a little...

Read more ...It was not that long ago when “listening activities” in the EFL classroom conjured images of CD players that would not work or even cassette players that would chew the cassette in the midst of a test. The material was scarce and prices for cassettes and CDs for textbooks or practice tests were exorbitant. By Dimitris Primalis In my early days as a...

Read more ...1) Pens and Pencils Some exams require the use of PENS, while others have to be completed in PENCIL. Make sure you know what you should be using in every paper before you go in. 2) Websites All the major examination boards have websites these days, usually with sample papers and examiners’ reports that you can download. These sites are well worth a...

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Dictation is one of the oldest techniques known for both the teaching and testing of foreign languages. Stansfield (1985) dates its origins back to the sixteenth century. It has long...

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Christmas Video Facts

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