Friday, 29 March 2013


Pictured are some Easter eggs, decorated by children from the Kids English groups.  

All this week, students of all ages and levels have spent some time learning about Easter, learning new vocabulary and how Easter is celebrated in English speaking countries.  

From all of us at English International School, Modica, may we wish you a very...

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013


The dates for the Cambridge Key (KET), Preliminary (PET), First (FCE) and Advanced (CAE) Exams at our school have been announced.  All exams will take place in the final week of July.  

Students have been informed of these details and given information on the cost of the exams and the date payment is due.  May we remind all students that we would like confirmation of attendance as soon as possible.  

For those who are not yet enrolled but wish to take Cambridge English exams in Modica this summer, please  contact the school by telephone as soon as possible for more information.  

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Saint Patrick - Young Learners

Sunday was Saint Patrick's Day so this week our young learners have spent some time thinking about the saint and learning about Ireland, where he is the patron saint.  

When Saint Patrick was sixteen years old, he was captured and taken to Ireland to be a slave.  He later escaped but returned to Ireland when he became a member of the church, later to be made a bishop.  

Legend says that Saint Patrick drove all snakes from Ireland.  

Saint Patrick used the Irish Shamrock to teach people about the holy trinity, this became both Patrick's symbol and a symbol associated with Ireland and being lucky.  

The young learners have been discovering how people of Irish heritage celebrate this day in the United Kingdom, America and, of course, in Ireland.  

Their favourite piece of information was learning that those of Irish heritage can be punished for not wearing green on March 17th by being pinched!

Monday, 11 March 2013

English Speaking Meet-up with the Modican English Group

This Thursday in Modica the first English Speaking Meet-up event to be hosted by The Modican English Group is taking place.  

The group aims to join together socially, native English speakers with those who speak English as a foreign language in Modica.  

This is a great opportunity for adult students to practise their English in a social environment, so if you are free we suggest you go along!

The event is being held at Almanera on Corso Umberto and starts at 10pm.  

For more information, find The Modican English Group on Facebook or look at the group's event page.  

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Student of the Month - March

Name:   Selene Cavallo

Level:  Upper-Intermediate

Course:  Cambridge First (FCE)

For March, our Student of the Month is 17 year old, Selene, who is in her second year of studying at English International School.  Last year, Selene successfully completed the Preliminary (PET) course and earned her first Cambridge certificate.  This year, Selene is attending the First Certificate (FCE) course and will be taking her exam in the summer.  

Cambridge First Certificate is the third of the Cambridge English qualifications, set at B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference.  The qualification proves that you can use everyday English for work and study purposes.  The certificate is accepted by governments and universities globally, as well as by some of the world's leading employers, such as; Sony, IBM and Hewlett-Packard.  

Here are some questions we asked Selene about her experiences at English International School:

When and why did you first come to study English at our school?  

I first came to study English at the school in January last year, to improve my English and not just to increase the mark in English at school but also because Cambridge certifications could be useful to get into university. Also, attending this English course I became aware of the cultural differences, the ways of saying and I continue to learn more and more.

What do you feel are the key features of the First Certificate course?  

Last year, I came to English International school to attend the PET course and now I'm attending FCE course, I notice that you must have greater mastery of vocabulary and structures, you have to be able to juggle the language and you must be able to deal with conversations on various topics.

Tell us about the group you are in... 

I’m really happy to be in this group, at the beginning we were just three but since we have grown and now we are eight. Although the group is small I think we are very close and spend some pleasant hours together, and I hope it's nice for our teacher, Sally, to stay with us.

How do you (and the others in your group) know you are improving as the course moves on?

To find out if we are improving we rely on the progress of exercises and on how we are able to speak more fluently, and as for me, the more the course moves on, the more I realize I have improved.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking of starting to study towards the First Certificate?  

Start now, It’s worth it, you won’t be disappointed!!

Selene has always been an attentive student, she works hard and is always punctual and attends every lesson.  She has a lovely manner and brings a certain sparkle to the group.  She is always inquisitive, attentive and prepared to experiment with the language, making her the ideal English language student.  We are really pleased with her progression and have high hopes for her continued development as an English Language speaker.  

Monday, 4 March 2013

Saint David's Day - Kids English

Friday was Saint David's Day.

The Kids English Groups spent their lessons learning about this day and its significance in British culture.  

Saint David is the patron saint of Wales - one of the countries within the United Kingdom.  

Our Kids English group made daffodils, as this is the national flower of Wales.  They also did finger-paintings of sheep because Wales is the most important sheep farming region of Europe. 

All the children really enjoyed their lesson and went home with some new vocabulary and knowledge of Saint David and Wales.