Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Good Luck to the Movers and Flyers

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Wishing all our wonderful Movers and Flyers the very best of luck for their exams on Monday.


Today was many of the young learners last lesson before their Cambridge exam.  Pictured are Sally and Luke with just a few of the children from both levels.


All the young learners have worked so hard towards their certificates and we are sure they will do well in their forthcoming exams.  We are always sad on the last day of the children's lessons but it is such a pleasure that the majority return to us every year to continue to improve their English language skills.  All the Movers will be moving up to Flyers level from September and the Flyers have now completed their last lessons as young learners, the next time they join us, they will be studying towards Cambridge Key.


Once again, good luck everyone and thank you so much for working so hard!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Good Luck to the Starters!

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Good Luck to all the Starters who will be taking their Cambridge Young Learners exam at our Modica school tomorrow.


Pictured is Sally with her Starters group who have their last lesson today.  They have been working hard and enjoying learning English all year.


Also taking their Starters exam at our school tomorrow, are students from Mickey Mouse School, where our teachers have been contracted to teach young learners during the last school year.


We are sure all the children will do well in the exams, we have some fantastic young learners who are all keen, quick learners who love using English.


Looking forward to seeing all the Starters in the next school year when they begin their Movers course.


Best of luck - You can do it!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Australian Government to accept Cambridge English: Advanced test scores for more visa programs from early 2015

Taken from www.cambridgeenglish.org:



The Immigration and Border Protection Assistant Minister, Senator Michaelia Cash, has announced that the present restrictive regulations have been changed to allow more choice for visa applicants. The changes mean the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test, which is already widely taken by student visa applicants, will be available to other visa applicants from early next year.

Cambridge English Language Assessment’s Regional Director, Ms Sujata Stead, said the Government’s changes were sensible and welcome. “Opening the English language testing regime to more competition and wider choice can be nothing but good for visa applicants,” Ms Stead said. “The CAE test has been used by student visa applicants since 2011 so its security and proof of high achievement have already been demonstrated in Australia. While the increased choice and competition that will come from the Federal Government’s changes will lead to greater efficiency, it is also likely to bring a wave of innovation from English language testers.”

At present, only IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and OET (Occupational English Test) are available to applicants for the vast majority of visa classes. In addition to IELTS and OET, since 2011 student visa applicants have had the option of taking Cambridge English: Advanced or two other English language tests. TheCambridge English: Advanced test for student visa applicants will be entirely unaffected by the changes and will continue to be accepted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for student visa applications. The department will accept test scores for Cambridge English: Advanced for all visa programs from early 2015, with the final implementation date to be confirmed. Scores from a Cambridge English: Advanced test taken before the 2015 implementation date will not be accepted by the department, except in the case of student visa applications where scores will continue to be accepted by the department.

Minimum required test scores for the Cambridge English: Advanced test will be published on the department's website (www.immi.gov.au) later this year. Cambridge English Language Assessment, which owns and develops Cambridge English: Advanced, is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Ariane's Last Day

Today we are saying goodbye to Ariane Fuchs, as it is her final day of school.  IMAG1370

Ariane has been teaching at both our Modica and Ragusa schools for the past year, as well as representing us in public schools throughout the Ragusa province.   Half-American, Half-German, Ariane, has been teaching both English and German as she is a native speaker of both.

Ariane intends to stay in Modica, where she will soon be starting work in a Bed & Breakfast.

From everyone at English International School, good luck and thanks to Ariane!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Mike says goodbye for the summer

Today is Mike Smith's last day of work before he returns to the UK for the summer months.

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Mike has been working at our school in Modica this year and has also taught in a number of our public school projects throughout the province of Ragusa.   Mike is an excellent team member and has been particularly popular with his tutors in public schools.

Mike will be teaching in England at a summer camp once he arrives home and will be coming back to work with us here in Sicily in the next school year.

Wishing Mike an excellent summer in the UK and looking forward to working with him again in the next scholastic year!

See you soon, Mike!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

See you later, Alistair!

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Finishing for the summer today is Alistair Simpson, who has been teaching at our Ragusa school this year.


Alistair will be heading back to his native Scotland, before returning to Sicily with friends to tour the island.  He intends to return to working at the school in the next academic year.


Alistair was the first teacher to be based at our Ragusa school, which opened in September 2013, and he quickly made his mark on the school, making friends with students as well as working hard.  He has also worked in a number of our public school projects across the province of Ragusa.


We would all like to wish Alistair all the best for the summer and to say thank you for all the hard work you have done at the school this year.


Happy travels, Alistair!