Last Week in IELTS

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 points they wanted to include in their task 2 essays, and then used these checklists while they were doing their tasks. All the students in the IELTS advanced class managed to include at least 8 of the 10 points we included on the checklist, albeit it with some small mistakes in the cleft structures.


Great work guys!

What FCE Did This Week

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. So, the next time you hear a metaphor or a piece of slang, you can think to yourself, ‘How innovative!’ Over the last hundred years, we’ve also seen a lot of innovation in film, from sound and color to CGI and stop motion. Additionally, if you think about how to solve problems around the house, you need to sometimes be innovative to come up with solutions. Using a tire as planter or keeping a dog from getting into your yard with forks all exercise your creative muscles. Finally, we wrapped up with a debate on whether artificial intelligence would ever achieve sentience and eliminate the human race from the planet, or in simpler terms, if robots would ever take over the world.


What Pre-Intermediate A Did This Week

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 the present simple and the present continuous and the present simple and the present continuous for the future.  They also enjoyed complimenting each other and offering to help one another.

If you are wanting to go out for dinner ask a Pre Int A student. They are also now able to suggest and recommend meals at restaurant and be able to give you the directions to get to the destination if you are lost. If they are late they will also be able to apologise for being late.


What Upper B Did This Week

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 to be studying hard, but they have to work. Finally, it was a real challenge to use all of the determiners naturally to discuss various health issues. However, you did your best. Thank you.

Have a good weekend




What Intermediate B Did This Week

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 in the week, films and theatre took centre stage in the class room and the students learned how to explain where their favourite events were and how to get there.

There was a lot of discussion about quantifiers and they also took to idioms like a duck to water.

Later in the week, they were going to try and relax but instead decided to study ‘Future in the past’ and did so with great success.

Finally, the formal writing lesson was very much appreciated by all participants. The known and the unknown were sincerely and faithfully farewelled and it was a big success.

Congratulations to all Int B sutudents. If this week is any indication, it’s going to be a great semester.



What Pre Intermediate A Did This Week

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 am happy to report that all students did very well and they are all moving up to the next level. Congratulations Pre-intermediate A1! 

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 said goodbye to Shinji last week and he has been sorely missed.
  • During a class exercise about social media we discovered that Sonic had turned 29, happy birthday!
  • Shino lost her phone and her classmates came together to help.

Review and test preparation are hard work but we will soon be celebrating! Good luck to everyone.

Labour Day (May Day) Holiday

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 days.  In the past, people worked around 10 – 12 hours per day, 6 days a week.  Because of this, groups of workers got together and organised unions.  These unions pushed for an 8-hour work day for all workers.  Eventually in 1948, the 6-day work week was also reduced to the 5-day work week.

There are often marches in cities to commemorate Labour Day.  In Queensland and the Northern Territory, Labour Day is on the first Monday of May.  However, in other parts of Australia it is commemorated on different dates.



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:




But what does this mean? Well, the 25th of April is ANZAC Day. The ANZAC, or the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, were a significant group of soldiers who fought in World War 1. On this date, 102 years ago, there was a battle known as The Gallipoli Campaign, where many ANZACs lost their lives. We honour their sacrifice on ANZAC day, as well as the continued sacrifice of other soldiers throughout the ages.


While we all enjoy public holidays as a time to relax, ANZAC day is a solemn day, intended for remembrance. Many Australians attend a Dawn Service, an organised march which begins as the sun rises, and continues into a ceremony with a minute of silence. You can find information on nearby dawn services on the internet, if you are interested in taking part in this annual tradition.


So, while you are enjoying your day off, keep in mind the sacrifices made by Australian soldiers over one hundred years ago, which united us as a country and cemented the values of mateship and trust.



What Pre-Intermediate A Did This Week

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 and recreation to working life, and mastering (almost!) present and past tenses…All of this in just 3 days of classes!

Well done to our Pre A students for powering through such a huge week. They have truly earned a long weekend filled with lots of chocolatey goodness!

Che ☺