Wednesday, 26 September 2012

About Me - Young Learners

This week our Starters, Movers and Flyers have been talking about themselves.  

They have been telling us things that they like, such as, dancing, pizza, football and chips!

They have described what they look like.  

They have also told us what they like about coming to learn English at English International School, we have had some excellent answers including;

I like English International School because to learn English is fun and also very important.  I like English because my friends are here and we enjoy together. 
 Mariapia, Flyers

I like English International School because it's fun. 

Serena, Starters

 I like English International School because my teacher is joyful and nice and because English is very important and this school is very good. 
Annalisa, Flyers

I like English International School because my friends are here.  My teacher is nice.  We play games.  

Giulia, Movers

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Song Lyrics Exercise

With the FCE (Cambridge First Certificate in English) group, I have been creating exercises with song lyrics, some of the words in the song are blank and the student has to think of an appropriate word to fill in the blank.  

It is not important if the word the student thinks of matches the original lyrics of the song, the idea is to get students to think creatively in English.  

One of the songs we have worked on is Englishman in New York by Sting.  See what words you come up with to fill in the blanks and then listen to the song and see how many of your words match the original lyrics.  

I don't drink coffee I take __________ my dear
I like my _________ done on one side
And you can hear it in my _________ when I talk
I'm an Englishman in New York

See me walking _________ Fifth Avenue
A ___________ __________ here at my side
I take it ___________ I walk
I'm an Englishman in New York

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

If, "Manners maketh man" as _________ said
Then he's the _______ of the day
It takes a man to suffer ___________ and smile
Be ____________ no matter what they say

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

Modesty, propriety can lead to ______________
You could ________ _______ as the only one
Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this ___________
At night a candle's brighter than the ________

Takes more than __________ gear to make a man
Takes more than a ___________ for a gun
Confront your _________, avoid them when you can
A ____________ will walk but never run

If, "Manners maketh man" as _________ said
Then he's the _______ of the day
It takes a man to suffer ___________ and smile
Be ____________ no matter what they say

I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York
I'm an alien I'm a legal alien
I'm an Englishman in New York

Written by Sally

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Job Post - ENGLISH TEACHER REQUIRED - Modica, Sicily

Full-Time Position available for mother-tongue English Teacher. 

Starting October 2012

Dynamic teacher required to teach young learners, teenagers and adults.  Both individual and group classes; preparing students for Trinity and Cambridge exams.

We require the teacher to have a CELTA qualification.  

You must also have the right to work in Italy.  

Our school is an independent language school.  We are a small team with a good working atmosphere.  Our students are enthusiastic about English, many of them staying with the school for many years to improve their language skills.  

Modica is a historical town in the south-east of Sicily, with a good cultural base and is famous for it's chocolate.  The surrounding areas are very beautiful, a mixture of historic hill-towns, Sicilian traditions and fantastic beaches for the summer months.  Our closest airport is Catania and regular buses run between Modica and the airport.  

If you a newly qualified teacher, we will provide support in your first year.  For more experienced teachers, we would love to have your input to help develop our school.  

We are happy to provide details of salary and hours once we have received your application, please feel free to ask any further questions about the school or about the region. 
Please contact Catherine Ciancio, with a CV, qualifications and recent photo attachment to:

We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Kids English Classes

Last week our Kids English classes ages 3-4 and ages 5-7 started their English lessons.  

The children had lots of fun with Sally, playing games, singing songs and listening to a story.  In their first lesson they learned how to say Hello and Goodbye and made badges saying 'My name is...'

We are really looking forward to the next lessons with the children and to seeing them thrive at learning their new language.  

Places for Kids English lessons are still available, please contact the school for more information and to enrol your child.  

Written by Sally

Friday, 14 September 2012

Trinity Certificates

We've had an excellent start to the school year and have enjoyed welcoming students old and new to the school.  

This week, some of last year's successful Trinity candidates have been in to collect their certificates.  We had an excellent percentage of passes for the summer exams, these pictures show just a few of those who were successful.  We had successful students from Grades 1 to 7, most of whom will be continue their studies with us this year.   

If you passed your Trinity exam and haven't been to collect your certificate yet, we hope to see you soon.  

Once again, congratulations to all!

 Written by Sally

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Cambridge Movers - Second Group

Due to popular demand, there is now a second Cambridge Movers group. 

Lessons on Tuedays 17:00-19:00

This is in addition to the existing group on Wednesdays 15:00-17:00, students have a choice of which group they wish to join (providing 

places are still available).

Movers, is the second of three tests specifically designed for schoolchildren aged between 7 and 12. Cambridge English: Movers shows a child is beginning to deal with everyday written and spoken English at a very basic level.

Please contact the school to enrol your child. 

Monday, 10 September 2012

The London Olympics and Paralympics

Today there will be a parade through the streets of London to mark the end of the London Olympics and Paralympics.  

Both events were a huge success and were well supported in the UK, and throughout  the world.  The games lifted the profile of sports in the UK and gave us all some great new role models, such as Jessica Ennes and Mo Farah.  

We mustn't foget that Modica had a winning medalist too, in Giorgio Avola for Fencing.  

We hope you enjoyed seeing London on the television coverage.  

Written by Sally

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Student of the Month - September

This is a new feature to the blog, each month we will be selecting one of our fantastic students to appear as our student of the month.

Name:  Martina Pluchino

Level:  Advanced

Qualification: CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) - Completed

We are feeling very proud at the school given the massive percentage of students who passed their exams this summer.  One person we feel particularly proud of is Martina Pluchino, who passed the CAE - Cambridge Advanced English - in July, the first student of the school to receive this high-level qualification.  

The CAE is a qualification for English used in demanding academic and professional environments.  It is an in-depth course, requiring the student to develop their over-all understanding and use of the language.  As the demand for high-level English is constantly increasing globally (an estimated 80% of business phone call across the world are conducted in English), the CAE is an excellent qualification for those with high aspirations.  The qualification is accepted in more than 3,000 universities throughout the world, not to mention in businesses and government departments.  In short, achieving this qualification offers an endless list of opportunities in the world market.  

As you can imagine with such a prestigious qualification, it involves a lot of hard work and determination.  Martina showed these qualities throughout the course, as well as displaying a genuine love of the English language.  We asked her a few questions about her experience:

  • When did you first become interested in learning English?

I came in touch with the English language at the age of 10 when I was in primary school, but it was just a subject to me, until the age of 18 when my high school arranged some Cambridge courses.  It all started as a joke for me... but it was through these courses that I started enjoying it, seeing the language as something real and useful, realising that English was something alive and used everyday to comunicate in some other countries, it made me realise the importance of it. Also, in speaking English I became aware of the cultural differences, the way of saying, which made me come to the conclusion that a language shapes our thoughts and reflect and express those cultures who speak it and at the same time I saw what a cage it can be for our minds, not letting us say what we really mean - that struck me and pushed me to learn more.

  •  What made you decide to study for the CAE at English International School?
 Apart from university (where Martina studies English, French and Japanese), I decided that I wanted to go further with my English... when I heard about English international School something clicked in my head and I decided to enroll.

  •   Tell us about your experience of the course...
It was an amazing experience!I learnt so much in less than one year. Not just grammar, but idioms, ways of saying, cultural and international issues were discussed. The course also touched issues like country mindsets and cultural and generational gaps, which confirmed my previous experience of living in London: the world we live in is various. The most difficult part of the course was learning a really wide range of idioms. I had never imagined the British would have so many expressions and, yes, it was a tough challenge but it was also fun, because it helped me peek into the British language structure and to see its mechanisms.
  •   What about your experience at the school?

A useful and completing experience. Studying at the school has deepened my knowledge, given me the tools required to enter the world and find my way to chase my dreams of living in the UK, and to be a good teacher who, one day, inspired by all those who have taught me, one who could spread her love for this language and cultivate other students like me.

Teaching Martina, with her genuine love of the language, uncompromising dedication to study and spritely personality was an absolute joy.  Now considered not just a student but also a friend... one we feel sure has a great future ahead of her, whom we feel immensely proud of and one we hope to see at the school again soon. 

Written by Sally

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

A Surprise Visit

Yesterday at the school, we received a surprise visit from one of our old students.

Andrea Di Martino was one of our very first Cambridge PET (Preliminary English Test) students, back in 2004.  He is now in his final year of studying architecture in Rome.  He has spent some time travelling, including visiting China, where he found his English skills very useful.  After university, Andrea is considering working overseas, possibly in Australia.

Andrea's brother Alberto is currently a student of the school and recently gained the Trinity Grade 4 certificate.

It's always a pleasure to see former students and hear their news.

Hope to see you again in the future, Andrea!

Changes to Timetable


  • Please note that the PART TIME PET Course is now starting on Wednesday 13th September 16:00-18:00 (an hour later than previously advised).


  • Please note that the PART TIME KET Course is now starting on  Monday 10th September 16:00-18:00 (an hour later than previously advised).

Can all students please confirm they have seen details of this change.

Thank you.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Congratulations to all our Cambridge FCE Students 2011/12


to all Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English) Students who took their exams in July 2012 - 

All students PASSED!

Further information about your grades and percentages are available online, if you have problems accessing the system, please telephone the school next week.

For those interested in studying toward the Cambridge CAE (Certificate in Advanced English), the leading English exam for professional and academic success, please contact the school for more information on lessons. 


Cambridge FCE (First Certificate in English) Course
an exam for people who need to prove they can use everyday written and spoken English at an upper-intermediate level for work or study purposes. 

  • This includes students who attended last years PET course (results are now available online, if you have difficulties accessing your result, please contact the school). 


Lessons start Monday 10th September 18:30-20:00, 

with lessons also on Thursdays 18:30-20:00

Please telephone the school next week or e-mail for more information on enrolling.  


Cambridge PET (Preliminary English Test) Courses
an intermediate level qualification in English that opens the doors to opportunities for work, study and travel.

  • This includes students who attended last years KET course (results are now a
    vailable for the KET exams online, if students experience any problems accessing the system please contact the school). 


3 Hours Per Week - Exams Summer 2013
Courses Start Monday 10th September 17:00-18:30, with lessons also on Thursdays 17:00-18:30

2 Hours Per Week - Exams Winter 2013
Courses Start Wednesday 12th September 15:00-17:00

Please telephone the school next week or e-mail for more information on enrolling.  


Cambridge KET (Key English Test) 

Courses for a basic level qualification that shows you can use English to communicate in simple situations and have achieved a good foundation in learning English.



3 Hours 
Per Week - Exams Summer 2013

Courses Start Tuesday 11th September 15:00-16:30, 
with lessons also on Thursdays 15:00-16:30


2 Hours Per Week - Exams Winter 2013

Courses Start Monday 10th September 15:00-17:00

Please telephone the school next week or e-mail for more information on enrolling. 


Course Details for the 

Forthcoming School Year

Young Learners

KIDS ENGLISH for Children Aged 3-4 

Lessons start Thursday 13th September 15:00-16:30


KIDS ENGLISH for Children Aged 5-6 

Lessons start Friday 14th September 15:00-16:30


Cambridge Starters for beginners children aged 6+

(This includes children who were in the 

Kids English Group  2011/12) 

Lessons Start Tuesday 11th September 15:00-17:00


Cambridge Movers and Flyers Courses Starting Soon

These courses are for children under the age of 14 with 

some existing knowledge of the English Language. 


Please telephone the school next week

 or e-mail 

for more information on 
enrolling your