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This weekend about 80 of our students have tested their level of English by taking our Mock FCE exam. This year we ran 8 different sessions over 2 days in both our Cerdanyola and our Ripollet academy.
The First certificate exam is an official exam organised by Cambridge to prove that you have a B2 level. It is the most internationally recognised exam for this level partly because of its history but largely because of how demanding it is. Over the course of 4 hours students have to complete 4 sections testing their abilities in speaking, reading, listening and understanding of the grammatical structures of the language. Passing this exam allows students to enrol in certain University courses, enrol on study abroad programs such as the Erasmus program or other grants, like the one offered by the Fundación Amancio Ortega, which has been granted to two of our students for the course 2020-2021.It also makes their CV more appealing to potential employees and shows a future employee that they can operate in an all English environment.
We carry out the First certificate mock exam now in February to give our students practice for the real exam and an idea of how ready they are to sit for the official FCE exam at the end of the English courses in June.
Once again we attended the annual Exams Catalunya conference.
It is a special day organised by Exams Catalunya for English teacher in the Barcelona area. The aim of the conference is to give English teachers new ideas and strategies to improve their classes as well as trainings on the latest trends in English language teaching.
The conference covers a wide range of topics including; Enhancing your classroom with drama, Everyone has a story to tell, vocabulary revision games.
This year we took 6 of our English teachers in total, 3 teachers from our Cerdanyola academy and 3 teachers from our Ripollet academy.
We are also pleased to inform you that Mireia Lopez, one of our most experience coordinators, and Anna Barrett, one of our most experienced teachers were actually invited to run one of the workshops called ‘Everyone has a story to tell’. The feedback from their workshop has been extremely positive. Well done!
This summer a record number of 68 of our students sat for an Official English Cambridge Exam . Most of them sat for the First Certificate exam – FCE, but we also had a large percentage who sat for the Advanced exam – CAE and a few who sat for the PET and the Proficiency Exams.
We are very pleased to announce that more than 87% of our students who sat for these exams passed!
While studying English is not about passing Exams it is becoming increasingly important for students to be able to demonstrate their level of English to be allowed to enrol on certain University courses or to be invited for a job interview. Therefore, having the First Certificate or the Advanced certificate opens many doors and in some ways gives our students a brighter future and this makes us very proud.
Once again, congratulations to all of our students who, having studied English with us for so many years, can now proudly show that they have achieved the PET, the First Certificate – FCE, the Advanced Certificate – CAE and the Proficiency Certificate – CPE. Well done!
We are very excited to have started the new course with such an enthusiastic and dedicated team of English teachers. We have completed all the per-course trainings to ensure that your English classes this course will be as dynamic and engaging as ever.
All of our teachers are very excited to be starting the new course and are full of energy to help you to improve your level of English. English classes should be fun and enjoyable, and we have worked and will continue to work very hard with our teachers to ensure that they give the best English classes.
We are starting our new course and we are very pleased to be able to present our team of English teachers for the 2019-2020 course.
They have completed all the pre-course training and have started full of energy and commitment. Studying English should be fun and exciting, and we have put a lot of emphasis on that when selecting our teams and training them.
For all of us teaching is our passion and we are never happier than when we are in the classroom. We are sure that your English classes this year will be better than ever!
On the 9th of February our pedagogical team along with some of our teachers attended the most prestigious conference for English Language Teachers in Barcelona and probably in Europe. The International House conference is an English language teaching conference for teachers, managers and teacher trainers and it is a great way for our team to keep in touch with the latest trends and developments in the English language teaching world.
At the conference we attended seminars on topics such as:
- How to teach writing in a dynamic way
- How to motivate teenager
- Using mobile technology for interactive tasks
- Collaborative activities, techniques and tools to develop students’ productive skills
Obviously this conference is a great way of inspiring us and our teachers to aim at making our classes even better. We use the suggestions and the recommendations that we get from the experts in the field of English language teaching to prepare weekly trainings for the rest of our team of teachers. Thus ensuring that our whole team evolves and improves their teaching style over time.
Even if you are doing something well you can always do it better.
Thank you International House for another great and inspiring conference!
We have launched our new and improved website with the aim of providing you with more information about our English language courses in Cerdanyola and Ripollet.
Our aim is that you should be able to find out about what English courses we offer, what timetable our courses are and how much our courses cost. Apart from our standard English courses and our speaking courses we will also keep this site updated with information about our Real English activites.
We hope that you like our new site.
On Friday the 12th of October we celebrated our annual Cambridge official exams certificate presentation ceremony.
Our students from the 2017-18 course sat for the PET, the First certificate and the Advanced exams and we are very proud to announce that over 80% passed. Obtaining these certificates is increasingly important as many University courses require that you have a certain level to enrol and more and more employers request the First Certificate level before they will consider interviewing a potential candidate.
To celebrate our student’s achievements we invited them to a certificate presentation ceremony which was officiated by Helen, Exam Catalunya’s head of operations. Once again, we would like to congratulate all of our students who passed and we will continue to work to ensure that we have a similar success with the official English exams this course.