Friday, 31 May 2013



è una full-immersion nella lingua inglese all’insegna della cultura, del divertimento, dello sport, dell’arte e del contatto con il mare rivolto ai bambini dai 3 a 12 anni; suddivisi in fasce d’età ed in piccoli gruppi!
I partecipanti saranno seguiti da insegnanti di madrelingua inglese che guideranno le attività didattiche, interattive e ricreative, per rendere questa esperienza unica nel suo genere. 

L’obiettivo è di far familiarizzare i partecipanti con la lingua inglese tramite l’ascolto dei madrelingua sviluppando così capacità di comunicazione su tematiche di vita quotidiana.
Ogni corso è di 25 ore di lezioni settimanali con insegnanti qualificati all’insegnamento. Le lezioni si svolgono dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 09:00 alle 14:00, pranzo incluso.

09:00 Welcoming!
09:10-10:10 Sport and Games! (Sport e giochi)
10:10-10:20 Break time!
10:20-12:00 Activity time! ( Attività in lingua inglese!)
12:00-13:00 Lunch time! (pranzo)
13:00-14:00 Let’s be creative! ( Workshop e attività varie: Arte, Teatro, Musica)

Al fine del corso gli studenti riceveranno 1 attestato di frequenza!!

Per informazioni contattare "English International School" Via Sacro Cuore, 103/b - tel. 0932 456613

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Flyers Writing - Chester Zoo

This week the Flyers groups have been writing about an imaginary trip to Chester Zoo in England.  They spent some time researching the zoo's website before writing a piece about a class visit.  

Here is 11 year old Giulia Peluso's contribution:

Tomorrow my class, Luca, Simona, Aurora, Giordana, Elia and our teacher, Sally are going to Chester Zoo.  We are going by rail to Chester Station.  We'll pay for the tickets, £18 for adults and £14 for the children.  When we arrive we will visit 11,000 animals.  The first animal we'll see is a big cat.  My favourite animal that we'll see is a baby giraffe.  It's a lot of fun to go the the zoo, we can meet many animals.  We'll see elephants, monkeys, fish and some more too.  

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Conditional Setences - First Certificate and Advanced Levels

First Certificate and Advanced level students have spent time working on Conditional Sentences.

To help those studying the first, second and third conditionals, here is a helpful guide, followed by some practice exercises:

First, Second, 
& Third Conditional

Fine modulo

Conditional Clause and Main Clause

If I have enough money,
conditional clause    

I will go to Japan.
    main clause

I will go to Japan,
main clause    

if I have enough money
    conditional clause

First, Second, and Third Conditional

1. First conditional:

If I have enough money, I will go to Japan.

2. Second conditional:

If I had enough money, I would go to Japan.

3. Third conditional:

If I had had enough money, I would have gone to Japan.

Conditional clause

Main clause

1. If + Present Tense

will + inf / present tense / imperative

a.        If you help me with the dishes (if + pres),
I will help you with your homework.
(will + inf)

b.      If the sum of the digits of a number is divisible by three,
the number is divisible by three (Pres. tense)

c.       If you see Mr Fox tonight, tell him I am ill. (imperative).

2. If + Past Tense

would + inf

3. If + Past Perfect Tense

would have + past participle

We do not normally use will or would in the conditional clause,
only in the main clause.

Uses of the Conditional

1.      First conditional

a.       Nature: Open condition, what is said in the condition is possible.

b.      Time: This condition refers either to present or to future time.
e.g. If he is late, we will have to go without him.
If my mother knows about this, we are in serious trouble.

2.      Second conditional

a.       Nature: unreal (impossible) or improbable situations.

b.      Time: present; the TENSE is past, but we are talking about the present, now.
e.g. If I knew her name, I would tell you.
If I were you, I would tell my father.
Compare: If I become president, I will change the social security system. (Said by a presidential candidate)
If I became president, I would change the social security system. (Said by a schoolboy: improbable)
If we win this match, we are qualified for the semifinals.
If I won a million pounds, I would stop teaching.

3.      Third conditional

a.       Nature: unreal

b.      Time: Past (so we are talking about a situation that was not so in the past.)
e.g. If you had warned me, I would not have told your father about that party.(But you didn't, and I have).


1. The conditional construction does not normally use will or would in if-clauses. EXCEPTION: If will or would express willingness, as in requests, they can be used in if-clauses.

e.g. If you will come this way, the manager will see you now.
I would be grateful if you would give me a little help.
(= ± please, come this way; please, give me...)

2. For the second conditional, were replaces was:

If I were a rich man...

3. After if, we can either use "some(-one, -where...)" or "any(-one, -where...).

If I have some spare time next weekend....or :
If I have any spare time...

4. Instead of if not, we can use unless.

e.g. I'll be back tomorrow unless there is a plane strike.
He'll accept the job unless the salary is too low.

5.There is a "mixed type" as well, for the present results of an unreal condition in the past:

If + Past Perfect - would + inf.
If you had warned me [then], I would not be in prison [now].

First Conditional Form

1) If I  (go) out tonight, I  (go) to the cinema...

2) If you  (get) back late, I  (be) angry...

3) If we  (not/see) each other tomorrow, we  (see)each other next week...

4) If he  (come) , I  (be) surprised...

5) If we  (wait) here, we  (be) late...

6) If we  (go) on holiday this summer, we  (go) to Spain...

7) If the weather  (not/improve) , we  (not/have) a picnic...

8) They  (go) to the party if they  (be) invited...

9) If I  (not/go) to bed early, I  (be) tired tomorrow...

10) If we  (eat) all this cake, we  (feel) sick ..

Second Conditional   

1. Poor William! Complete the sentences with the correct verb. In the sentences where both was/were are possible, use were:

a) If William  (not/watch) so many horror films, he  (not/be) scared of the dark.

b) If William  (be) braver, he  (not/feel) frightened of thunder and lightning.

c) If William  (not/spend) so much time playing video games, he  (get) better grades at school.

d) If William  (ate) healthier food, he  (not/be) ill so often.

e) If he   (not/be) ill so often, he  (not/miss) so many classes.

f) If his parents  (not/allow) him to drink so much coke, he   (sleep) much better.

g) If William  (sleep) better at night, he  (start) his day with more energy.

h) If he  (start) his day with more energy, he  (do) many more things.

i) If William  (practice) a sport, he  (keep) fit and healthy.

j) If he  (keep) fit and healthy, he  (feel) more confident.

k) If he  (feel) more confident, his self-esteem  (increase).

l) If his self-esteem  (increase), he  (not/have) so many problems to sleep at night.

An exercise on the Third Conditional

Inizio modulo

Fine modulo

Inizio modulo

1) Use the word: begin
If the seminar 
 at 10:00 we would have been on time.

2) Use the word: call
If the customer 
 earlier I would have told her to try your cell phone.

3) Use the word: fix
If you had informed us of these problems by 8:00 a.m. we 
 them this morning.

4) Use the word: increase
If you had adopted that marketing strategy your profits 

5) Use the word: learn
Your employees 
 everything about the program if you had sent them to that training session.

6) Use the words: meet & give
If I 
 with the customer yesterday I  her your card.

7) Use the words: do & produce
Your company 
 better financially if you  for the international market.

8) Use the words: think & succeed
If you 
 more positively you  .

9) Use the words: use & "to be"
If you 
 biodegradable products it  better for the environment.

10) Use the words: see & visit
 Mr. Johnson if we  the factory last week.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Guide to Modica - Advanced Level Work

Our Cambridge Advanced Level students have recently been writing a student's guide of interesting places to visit in the local area.  The group came up with some fantastic suggestions of places to visit, complete with information and advice on visiting.  

Here is Giuseppe Di Raimondo's guide to Modica's San Giorgio and Pisciotto Beach:

Students guide:  Interesting Places

Near our college there are many places where you can relax and enjoy yourself.  The cathedral of San Giorgio and Pisciotto Beach are two of the most renowned.  

San Giorgio Cathedral

San Giorgio Cathedral is one of the oldest and most impressive churches in the whole district.  Indeed, it has been an UNESCO World Heritage for many years.  It is an excellent place to visit because it is always freely open and you can enjoy it's sculptures and paintings dating back to the late 17th century.  If you appreciate traditional festivals, you should visit on 23rd April, Saint George's Day.  Otherwise, if you don't like crowded places, any summer day would be perfect.  If you are walking, don't forget to visit it's spectacular 300 step staircase.  Comfortable shoes, hats, summer clothes, a camera and some bottles of cold water are necessary for the trip.  

Pisciotto Beach

If you like sun, sand and sea, you have to go to Pisciotto Beach.  This peaceful beach, located between Sampieri and Marina Di Modica, is the perfect place to relax.  But if you like adrenline, don't miss its 20 metre high reef!  In addition, you can enjoy the picturesque view of the old brick factory.  A camera is surely necessary, as well as hats, water and sun protection, especially if you go there in the summer, particularly July, which is the best time to relax and enjoy the Sicilian summer weather.  

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Name:    Cesare Cottonaro

Level:   Intermediate

Course: Preliminary (PET)

Our Student of the Month for May is from the Full-Time Preliminary teenagers group, 16 year old, Cesare Cottonaro - pictured above receiving the Key certificate, which he achieved at the end of the last school year.  

Having successfully completed the Key certificate, Cesare is working toward the Preliminary exam, which he will take at our school in July.  The Preliminary is the second phase of the Cambridge English qualifications and is set at level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference.  This Intermediate qualification prepares students to use English for work, study and travel and is accepted by educational institutes and business globally, including famous brands such as Sony and Coca-Cola.  

We asked Cesare some questions about his learning experience:

When and why did you decide to come to English International School?

Last year I decided to come to do the Key.  I came because I wanted to study English, it's an important language and I like it.  

What are your strengths and weaknesses as an English Language Student?

My strengths as an English Student are writing and listening, I'm very good at these.  My weakness is speaking because I don't feel I can always express myself well.  

Tell us about the group you study with...

My group is very good and we are prepared well in English.  It's a fun group, we laugh a lot and we study with tranquility, getting excellent results.  We really enjoy our time in the lessons.  

What do you most enjoy about your lessons?

When I go to English International School, I most enjoy being with my friends and I feel happy during the lessons.  

Do you plan to do the First Certificate once you have completed the Preliminary?

Yes, I want to do the First because the English language is very important and I want to be very competent in it.  

Cesare is a popular member of the school.  He is always cheerful and enthusiastic about the lessons.  His group are a lot of fun but always willing to learn, they study hard and understand what is expected of them.  We have great hopes for Cesare to continue to grow as an English Language Speaker, he shows all the signs of being in a position to master the language and use it practically in real-life situations.  He is a really great example of what can be achieved with the right attitude.