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Last Week in IELTS
June 20, 2017

This was a great week for the IELTS advanced class.   We learned a whole bunch of new and useful grammar for our task 2 academic writing, with a special focus on: it- and what- clefts, academic adverbials, and alternative phrases to express conditionals.   In the Thursday class, students wrote personal checklists of grammar […]

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What FCE Did This Week
June 9, 2017

This week in FCE, we looked at innovation. First, what’s the difference between creation and innovation? This is something we discussed. We then moved on to different forms of innovation. We talked about the innovation of inventions like post-it notes and potato chips and also innovations in language. Interestingly, language changes all the time just like technology. […]

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What Pre-Intermediate A Did This Week
June 2, 2017

The week started with a reading and writing practice test. The students were surprised at how different it was from KET and as such was rather difficult. This week we reviewed the first four units of the book. They studied a lot of different things. Some highlights are that the students revised the difference between […]

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What Upper B Did This Week
May 29, 2017

This week in Upper Intermediate we looked at different types of transport and various ways to travel. What really impressed me was how well you could use emphatic structures to show your feelings. There were also many countable and uncountable nouns to memorise and learn using a few quantifiers. Many of our students are supposed […]

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What Intermediate B Did This Week
May 19, 2017

The first week of the semester saw new class–teacher combinations and Int B kicked off their new adventure with vocabulary related to houses and homes as well as the social issues relating to the areas where people live. They have been dabbling in ‘Present Perfect Continuous’ and they’ve also looked at ‘Present Perfect Simple’. Later […]

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What Pre Intermediate A Did This Week
May 17, 2017

Pre-Intermediate A1 studied hard this week preparing for their end of term exams. Everything from the most exciting superlatives to the many modifiers we’ve learnt over the past six weeks.   We practiced first and second conditionals, and the students were told that if they passed the exam they would go to the next level.   I […]

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What Elementary B Did This Week

Elementary B are getting close to sitting the Key English Test on the 10th. We spent this week learning about love in English and reviewing the last 6 weeks of study. This is the sharp end of the course and a time when all the hard work pays off. Key events of the week: We […]

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Labour Day (May Day) Holiday
April 28, 2017

We’ve had a few public holidays recently and the next one to come up will be Labour Day on 1st May.  So… what is Labour Day?  We know it’s a holiday, but why? Labour Day in Australia is a day to commemorate the work done by people over 100 years ago who wanted shorter working […]

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ANZAC Day
April 19, 2017

As we approach the 25th of April, another public holiday, you might see these words written upon businesses, signs on the street, or even on social media like Facebook and Twitter:   LEST WE FORGET   But what does this mean? Well, the 25th of April is ANZAC Day. The ANZAC, or the Australian and […]

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What Pre-Intermediate A Did This Week
April 13, 2017

Week 3 was a super busy week for our Pre Intermediate classes, beginning with a practice PET test and ending with an Easter celebration. Our students dived straight into the serious business of sitting the practice PET for Reading and Writing. Following this we revised the first 4 units of the course, covering topics from food […]

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Easter In Australia
April 7, 2017

The Christian story of Easter focuses on the crucifixion and resurrection (coming back to life) of Jesus Christ. After his death, Jesus’ body was placed in a tomb (a type of grave). Three days later, the tomb was found to be empty and an angel appeared bringing news that Jesus had risen from the dead. Easter in Australia […]

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What Pre B Did Last Week
April 4, 2017

Well what a week it was! Pre – Intermediate B1 class didn’t do that much this week as Cyclone Debbie hit and caused destruction all the way down the Queensland coast. The Gold Coast was rained out on Thursday and we had a very windy Friday. There were very few students who braved the weather by […]

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What Pre-Intermediate A Did Last Week
March 31, 2017

Last week was the last week of class for Pre-intermediate A. This week is the first week for the new Pre-intermediate A. New Pre-Intermediate A students, this is what to expect for week 6.  In week 6, you’ll have to do a full PET exam. That means speaking, listening, writing and reading. This is an […]

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How to Improve Your Global Mark (G) on Your Speaking Test
March 16, 2017

How to improve your Global score in FCE, PET and KET. When most people are doing a speaking test, they naturally feel nervous. However, remember the speaking part of the tests above is actually the shortest and perhaps the easiest to pass. Remember you don’t need to have perfect English to pass, you only need […]

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Improving Your Discourse Management (DM) Mark on Your Speaking Test
March 14, 2017

Discourse Management What is it and how can you improve your score? Discourse management refers to the ability to produce extended written and spoken texts, for example conversations.  Discourse management is one of the key components used in the assessment of spoken language in the PET, FCE and CAE tests at Inforum. Sometimes simply referred to as […]

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Improving Your Interactive Communication (IC) Mark on Speaking Tests
March 3, 2017

What is interactive communication? Interactive communication is one of the components that you will be assessed on during your Cambridge speaking test (KET, PET, FCE, CAE). Your examiner is assessing how well you interact with your partner.   How to get the best score: If you want to be successful in this part of the […]

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What IELTS did this week
February 24, 2017

This week in the IELTS class our themes revolved around ‘science and space’.  We started off discussing different science disciplines and then moved on to a reading and summarising task about incredible scientific developments. This lead us into our next IELTS reading task about the KT Event (a meteorite strike that hit the Earth 65 […]

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What FCE did last week

The FCE class had a pretty busy week, but every week is pretty busy when you’re taking a hard look at grammar and vocab in each lesson! This time, we’ve been talking about reporting speech. Maybe you know some of the verbs we use, like say, ask and tell. Did you know that there are […]

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What Upper A Did This Week
February 10, 2017

What a busy week we have had in Upper Intermediate this week. All the students did a great job on their social media presentations. They had to prepare a presentation to promote a charitable organisation with the winner receiving $150 for their chosen charity. The students received a lot of helpful feedback from Simon and […]

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Exam Tips
February 6, 2017

Have you ever seen a stress-free student just before an exam? I haven’t – but after sitting through three years of university exams, (most of which are three to four hours long) I have personally developed some tips to help students reduce their exam stress levels and ensure maximum efficiency before, during and straight after […]

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What Advanced Did Last Week
January 30, 2017

In Advanced last week, we talked about whether we preferred going out or staying in. We used a lot of different ways to express how we might feel after a night out such as, exhausted, mortified or disappointed, which are also possible after a night in. A bit depressing but, on a more positive note, […]

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What Pre-Intermediate Did Last Week
January 23, 2017

If you ever want a good chat and something nice to eat you should just ask a Pre – Intermediate student. This week they learnt all about suggesting where to go for a “feed”, whether it be breakfast or dinner. They also learnt how to start conversations with people using the Present Perfect Simple. If […]

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Surviving Summer on the Gold Coast
January 19, 2017

It’s the middle of summer 2017. We are slowly but surely getting back into our English studies! This week in the Elementary class was assessment week, so all the students have to recover from their holidays. Most of you were able to revise your fundamental grammar as well as polishing up and expanding your English. […]

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New Year, New Schedule
January 6, 2017

Happy new year to everyone and welcome to Inforum for 2017. I hope you all had a nice break and are eager to continue your English study this year. Along with the new year, we are also trying a new schedule for our classes. We are doing this to make sure that all students are […]

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Last Week in Upper Intermediate B
December 6, 2016

Last week in Upper Intermediate , we covered two important topics in life: Food and Business ! In the food unit, we learned about the ways to develop ideas of describing food and ingredients, herbs and spices and different types of vegetables. We discuss the ways food is cooked using a variety of cooking verbs, […]

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This Week in Upper Intermediate B
December 2, 2016

Birth, death, marriage, divorce, bank accounts, loans, overdrafts, Paypass, Food! Phew. A varied week in Upper Intermediate B1 this week. We learnt the important stuff (that we needed to know but wasn’t very exciting) then we did the super awesome stuff like food, food and more food. We finished up with a very interesting discussion about […]

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What Intermediate A Did This Week
November 29, 2016

Hi everyone. This week in Intermediate A we talked about working life and going shopping. Everyone was able to describe various jobs and workplaces. I was impressed that you could discuss rules and clearly stated what you have to do, don’t have to do and can do. Remember that you are supposed to do your […]

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How to Survive Schoolies
November 21, 2016

Welcome to the Gold Coast, home of sand, surf, fun and …………… Schoolies. So what is Schoolies? Schoolies is an annual festival organised for students who have completed their final year of high school. Schoolies (Noun) is the name given to the event but it’s also a name given to the students who attend the […]

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Meet the Teacher
November 14, 2016

Hi guys, my name is Anthony. At the moment I am teaching the IELTS classes, but I will also teach some other classes, so hopefully we can meet soon. So let me tell you a little about myself. Actually, I am from New Zealand originally but moved to Australia for the wonderful warm weather and […]

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This week in Elementary
November 11, 2016

This week in elementary, we covered two of the most important topics in life: Food and Feelings! In the food unit, we learned about the many, many ways to describe breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do you like beef? How do you like it? Fried? Grilled? With salt and pepper? Boiled in soup with eggs and […]

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What Elementary B Did This Week
October 4, 2016

It was a difficult week this week for our Elementary class. We learnt lots of new grammar and vocabulary, but luckily we put this into practice in interesting and exciting ways.   Our students used their grammar to write a letter to the class teacher, making suggestions on how to improve the class. We discussed food […]

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Preparing for PET
September 9, 2016

The 5 P’s of success- Proper – Preparation – Prevents – Poor – Performance.   The University of Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET) for Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate students, like all tests, should be approached with a plan if you really want to achieve the highest result you are capable of. Even high level students can […]

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Free Fun on the Gold Coast

Welcome to the Gold Coast, the home of fun in the sun, theme parks and unlimited entertainment. It’s a playground for the rich and famous, if you are rich and famous that is. Ok, so you are not rich and famous, right? Don’t let that keep you from having an amazing time during your stay […]

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Elementary This Week

When you ask a student at Inforum why they want to learn English, you get a lot of different reasons. “I need to pass IELTS.” or ” It will help me get a better job.” However, the one that you hear the most often is, “I want to travel and make friends from other countries.” […]

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Why should we Review? 

Research has shown that reviewing new material within 24 hours of hearing it increases your retention of that material by about 60%. This means that you will be 60% ahead of the game the next time you walk into class. If you want to significantly reduce the time necessary to prepare for exams, this is […]

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FCE exam tips
June 16, 2016

With the final week of exams coming up, here are ten FCE exam tips for those of you doing the FCE exam next week.   1. Always read the instructions/question first in every part of the exam. 2. If you don’t know an answer, guess and move on. Never leave a question unanswered.  3. Manage your […]

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