Friday, 28 June 2013

GOOD LUCK TO OUR YOUNG LEARNERS!!


This was the last week of lessons for our young learners.  

On Monday the Cambridge Starters, Movers and Flyers will take their exams at school - we would all like to wish them lots of luck for the exam.  

All year they have been working really hard in preparation, so we are sure they will do fantastically well when they sit down to take their test on Monday.  

Also finishing school this week for the summer break are the Kids English groups.  Both groups have learned so much over the last year, giving them an excellent early start at grasping the English language through play, crafts, songs and sports.  We are looking forward to seeing all our wonderful children back at school in September!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

Our Adult First Certificate group are learning about health and happiness at the moment.  

In their last lesson, they were discovering new vocabulary to describe different types of laughter.  Let's look at different words:

Chuckle: 
 verb (used without object)
1.
to laugh softly or amusedly, usually with satisfaction: They chuckled at the child's efforts to walk.
2.
to laugh to oneself: to chuckle while reading.
3.
Obsolete to cluck, as a fowl.
noun
4.
a soft laugh, usually of satisfaction.
5.
Obsolete the cluck of a hen.

Giggle:
verb (used without object)
1.
to laugh in a silly, often high-pitched way, especially with short, repeated gasps and titters, as fromjuvenile or ill-concealed amusement or nervous embarrassment.
noun
2.
a silly, spasmodic laugh; titter.
3.
Slang. an amusing experience, incident, etc.: Going to a silly movie was always a giggle.

Guffaw:
noun
1.
a loud, unrestrained burst of laughter.
verb (used without object)
2.
to laugh loudly and boisterously.

Snigger:
noun
1.
a sly, disrespectful laugh
verb (used without object)
2.
to laugh slyly and disrespectfully

Cackle:
noun
1.
a broken, shrill laugh like that of a witch
verb (used without object)
2.
to laugh in a broken, shrill manner like a witch






Thursday, 6 June 2013

Bye Bye Aminah!




There is a little sadness in the school this week as we say goodbye to one of our teachers.  

Aminah Barnes from Manchester, England has been with us since February on a short-term contract.  Tomorrow will be her last day at the school before she returns to England on Monday.  

Aminah has been a popular member of our teaching staff and will be sadly missed by the students and her colleagues alike.  

From everyone at English International School, we wish Aminah Good Luck for the future!

Monday, 3 June 2013

STUDENT OF THE MONTH - JUNE







Name:              Rudy Leggio



Level:               Intermediate



Course:            Preliminary (PET)




For June we have selected one of our adult students as Student of the Month.  45 year old, Rudy Leggio attends an evening Preliminary course on Mondays and Fridays and will be taking his Cambridge English exam at the end of July.  

The Preliminary is the an intermediate qualification, set at level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference.  Cambridge English exams are some of the the most valuable qualifications in the world and are recognised globally, this certificate is accepted by thousands of leading businesses and educational institutes around the world.  The Preliminary certificate shows that a person can use English for work, study and travel purposes, it covers the key skills: Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening.  

We asked Rudy some questions about his experiences as an adult student at our school:


 Why did you decide to come to study at EnglishInternationalSchool?

I decided to come to study at EnglishInternationalSchoolbecause I wanted to improve my English, above all my pronunciation, and I think a mother tongue teacher is the best for this purpose.


What have been the main features of the Preliminary course?        

The course takes care of all aspects of the English language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. So, it gives a good level of knowledge in all these areas.


What do you enjoy most about learning English with us?

Learning English at the school is, for me, a kind of challenge with myself. Thanks to my teacher (Aminah) and my group, I’ve already learnt lots of things about this language and I enjoy trying to use them in my speaking.


How do you feel about the exam in July?

I feel frightened about it. Above all for the listening exam.


 Tell us about your group:

I think my group is very good. We all are fond of learning English and each of us is very motivated to do it.


 How does being an adult student feel?

To be an adult student isn’t important for me. I have the same enthusiasm as when I was younger.


Why did you decide to learn English now?


Because only now have I discovered the existence of a school with native English speakers .


What advice would you give to someone thinking of learning another language?

I would advise them to look for a serious school with professional mother tongue teachers.


Rudy is a real character in his group, he's cheerful and motivated.  He takes his studies seriously but is always quick to smile and enjoy himself in the lesson.  He is a great example of the many adult students we have at our school.  We wish him well in the exam next month and very much hope that he will return in the next school year to continue his learning by progressing to the First certificate.