Deep wisdom from ‘Through the Looking Glass’

"Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction."

"... you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

"Take care of the sounds and the sense will take care of itself."

Friday, January 27, 2012

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

If you are looking for more ideas for your exam long talk, writing or whatever the best idea would be to study The RSA project page more carefully.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Your tutor has asked you to listen to the radio programme, Dilemmas, as part of your course on social issues and then to write an essay expressing your views on the points raised. The programme was described in a media magazine in the following way:

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Reading Strategies For Improving Test Scores

No matter what exam or test you are preparing for, the attached article offers students clear, step-by-step instructions as to how to succeed in Reading. Looking for and eliminating wrong choices initially is the quintessence  of passing the exam with flying colours. However, bearing in mind that practice makes perfect, it appears sensible not only to skim through the article but try to employ the strategies while doing past papers; and in so doing you'll broaden and refine your reading skills.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rule out

Generally speaking, 'rule out' is a phrasal verb which means

Friday, July 8, 2011


General usage of interjections comprises a significant part of language culture.
Short in size, but remarkably eloquent, interjections usually represent a serious challenge for English learners as they can dramatically change the meaning of the whole utterance. Alternatively, mastering this language area will definitely enrich the vocabulary and provide fluency and language confidence. And last, but not least, interjections make up a huge part of on-line chats.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Advanced+ Exam Resources

This entry is for those preparing for advanced+ level exams.  Apart from conventional CAE, CPE, IELTS etc. courses, the following sites can be of great help in mastering all the four skills.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

English Idioms Related To Business

English idioms relating to
 Have an ace up your sleeve.
  If you have an ace up your sleeve, it means that you have
  something in reserve with which you can gain an advantage.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Speaking. CPE. Collaboration Task.

A few useful phrases for Speaking / Writing Papers

Playing For Time

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Collective Nouns

Collective Nouns

One of the craziest oddities of the English language is that there are so many different collective nouns that all mean "group" but which are specific to what particular thing there is a group of: a herd of elephants, a crowd of people, a box of crayons, a pad of paper, etc. There is great diversity of collective nouns associated with animals, from a sleuth of bears to a murder of crows. The following is a list of the correct terms to describe groups of various types of animals.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ezine @rticles

Want to improve your spoken English quickly? (an article)

ESL worksheets, English grammar printables, ESL handouts |

ESL worksheets, English grammar printables, ESL handouts |


ESL / EFL resources net


A very nice site, full of wonderful resources

BW ESL | Crosswords | Word Searches | Flash Cards | Verbs | Songs | Creative Writing | Work Sheets | Phonics | ABCs

ESL Science | Survival English | Business ESL | ESL for Adults | ESL Articles | Lesson Plans | Holiday Worksheets | ESL Jobs |

and all that

Cambridge ESOL Speaking papers

 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Friday, March 11, 2011


Internet Slang Dictionary

Around the World

A Journey in TEFL


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Around the Worldt

What to teach? How to teach?...


The King’s English


Dictionary of Americanisms


On-line Etymological Dictionary

CPE Writing Test Pdf

CPE Writing Test Pdf


On-line Writing Lab

On-line exercises


On-line Exercises

Free Practice Tests for Learners of English CPE


Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English

Around the World


Around the World

Teaching Village

Around the World

Box Of Chocolates

Marking CPE Paper

Marking CPE Paper