Friday, 25 July 2014

Exams are OVER!

HappinessOur final exams for the academic year 2013/14 have just finished!

Well done to everyone who has attended Cambridge courses and taken exams this year.

This year we have had a record number of students at our Modica school, plus the opening of our second school in Ragusa has meant that even more candidates have been sitting exams this year.  It has been a lot of hard work for the teachers and everyone involved in the school but ultimately, we are all very pleased with the progress students have made this year.

It is wonderful to see so many of our students return year after year to continue their progress in learning English, we have built strong relationships with you over the time you have attended the school and, although there is always relief at the end of exams and the end of the school year, it can also be quite sad to say goodbye.  We have, of course, welcomed many new students to the school this year too, our teachers all say what a pleasure it is to get to know you all.

Special mentions to our teaching staff of this year; Sally, Lucy, Ariane, Chris, Luke, Mike, Alistair, Nadine and Caroline have all worked really hard and have high hopes for the students they have taught over the past year.  Also, to our secretaries Isabel and Eliana who keep everything organised.  And of course, to our school's director, Catherine who has been working harder than ever to improve the school and to continue to offer excellence in English language instruction in the province of Ragusa.

The school remains open throughout August for individual students who wish to continue learning.  New group classes will begin in September and we hope to see many of you again then.

Happy celebrating the end of your exams, here's hoping the results will reflect all your hard work.

Thank you to all our wonderful students!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Times for Key, Preliminary & First Certificate Exams - Summer 2014

Please note exam times for Key, Preliminary & First Certificate candidates taking their exams this month:

Cambridge Key (A2)

Speaking Exam:                         Monday 21st July      17:15-17:45

Reading, Writing & Listening Exams:           Thursday 24th July   From 12:00


Cambridge Preliminary (B1)

Speaking Exam:                         Monday 21st July     16:15-17:00

Reading, Writing & Listening Exams:             Thursday 24th July     From 09:00


Cambridge First (B2)

Speaking Exam:                         Monday 21st July     14:30-16:00

Reading, Writing, Listening & Use of English Exams:         Friday 25th July     08:30-14:00


Candidates are reminded that they must bring their identity cards on the day of the exam, failure to do so will mean you are not permitted to sit the exam.  You should also bring a pencil, a pencil sharpener and a rubber.  

If you have any questions regarding the exam schedule, please contact the school or speak with your teacher.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Happy 4th July - American Independence Day!

4th July

Today is Independence Day in the United States of America, which marks the anniversary of the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress — July 4, 1776. That means that this year — 2014 — marks America's 238th birthday.

The Declaration of Independence was the official announcement that America would no longer be ruled by the monarch of Great Britain.

On July 4, 1777, the night sky of Philadelphia lit up with the blaze of bonfires. Candles illuminated the windows of houses and public buildings.  Church bells rang out load, and cannons were shot from ships breaking the silence.  The city was celebrating the first anniversary of the founding of the United States.

The Fourth of July quickly became an annual date for celebrating and is the main patriotic holiday for the whole nation.  The famous Star Spangled Banner, America's national flag, can be seen flying proudly through cities all over the USA, people march in parades and there are huge fireworks displays, as well as traditional family dinners and neighbourhood parties.

The United States, due to its vast continental stretch, hosts the most native English language speakers in the world, as well as being home to many immigrants who have learnt English as a second language.

Today at school, we are spending a little time learning about this important holiday for our American cousins.