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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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Preparing for PET
June 10, 2016

So, you are preparing yourself to tackle the University of Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET). Inforum has a variety of resources and workshops to help achieve your goal. However being proactive and doing a little extra preparation for yourself, may give you the edge you need to pass the test. Passing the PET test obviously […]

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Preparing for Cambridge: Key (KET)
June 3, 2016

As well as studying new units of grammar and vocabulary, elementary students have been doing practice for a Cambridge English test called the Key English Test. Studying for this test not only includes the regular study that our amazing students do every day, but also thinking about how they approach the test and what kind […]

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What Pre-Intermediate Did this Week
May 27, 2016

This week, the Pre-Intermediate classes were filled with more useful grammar points, functions and vocabulary to help everyone improve their English. Firstly, our topic for Monday and Tuesday was ‘Places to Stay’. This meant we learnt lots of new vocabulary relating to accommodation, but in particular, hotel problems. This led us to our first grammar […]

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What FCE Did This Week
May 20, 2016

This week in FCE we discussed free time and leisure activities. We talked not only about sports and exercise, but also music. Everyone was impressed with Ikko’s haircut. Remember the different sentence forms that we looked at. A hairdresser cut Ikko’s hair(active). Ikko’s hair was cut(passive). Ikko got his hair cut(causative). Be careful with the […]

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Upper Intermediate Social Media Class
May 19, 2016

Upper-intermediate were the first students to participate in a Social Media focus class this term. Looking at everything from Instagram to Facebook and Pinterest, the class culminated in a big research project involving The Fred Hollows Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Orange Sky and an organisation known as APOPO. The students presented their […]

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Labour Day Poem
May 9, 2016

“Labour Day, well what is that?” She softly `asked the teacher. His chest puffed out, without a doubt, he spoke just like a preacher. Australia, the sunburned land beneath the Southern Cross. There was a time, almost a crime, we all slaved for the Boss. Six days a week, twelve hours a day, in Eighteen […]

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Labour Day

Happy days are here again. Another public holiday is upon us already, giving us two long weekends in a row. We all love a day off but do we really know why we celebrate Labour Day? The end of April through to the beginning of May is a significant and culturally important time of year […]

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ANZAC Day
April 22, 2016

April 25 of each year marks the day of remembrance called “ANZAC Day”. Have you ever heard of ANZAC? It’s an acronym, which is short for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The ANZAC were a group of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought together in World War 1. There was a big battle […]

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What Pre-Intermediate Did This Week
April 15, 2016

This week we explored a topic which is always very popular… food! We started out by discussing different types of restaurants and on the way practised using lots of useful vocabulary. This was a great opportunity to practice grammar points such as the Present Perfect Simple (E.g. “Have you ever eaten something disgusting?”) and uses […]

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What FCE Did this Week
April 9, 2016

This week in FCE we managed to get through a practice test – well done. After discussing the appearance and identity of various people, we decided that Florent looks quite serious, but actually he is rather easy-going. We also talked about modals of obligation and used them to make your own company rules. Remember that […]

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5 AMAZING Study Tips
April 6, 2016

1. Do your homework Teachers don’t give you homework because they like to ruin your social plans. They give you homework because it revises what you have learnt in class and allows your brain to remember the information. 2. Watch television and read books in English Listening to your teacher is great, but watching television […]

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Easter in Australia
March 29, 2016

Sometimes it can seem like the holidays in Australia are upside-down and inside-out; sunshine and barbecues at Christmas, the Queen’s birthday changing around and that strange thing called ANZAC day where everyone eats ANZAC biscuits. What is ANZAC day anyway? Easter is no different as the Australians seem to have their own special way of […]

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Test Tips by Cassandra
March 18, 2016

Taking exams is one of the most nerve-wracking parts of studying a language. But don’t worry, here are some great tips to help you on your way to acing those exams! Before the exam, it goes without saying that studying is crucial! One fun way to study is to choose a text, for example a […]

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