Friday 31 May 2019

Cambridge Writing Checklist (IELTS image)

As usual, extremely helpful advice for writing by Cambridge. Do read it.

BBC News

Donald Trump's UK Visit BBC News

Have you been getting these lyrics wrong all the time?

When you're singing along with an iconic song, fluffing the lyrics can be a disorienting experience, but it's very common. Do you know the actual words to these frequently misheard songs?
Let’s find out...

Thursday 30 May 2019

Speaking Exams

What to do and what to avoid (David Bradshaws's ESOL Blog) Even though it is referred to Cambridge exams, the essence of the post is absolutely valid for our tests too.

Pruebas de certificación

EOI Baleares C2 Sample (and KEY)

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Oxford C1 Phrase List

Yes guys, you HAVE TO know ALL the words in this phrase list because it belongs to C1
Check it!!!

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Sweden: how cash became more trouble than it’s worth

Do this The Guardian-OneStopEnglish Activity:

Online English Tests

Take any of these tests ... and have fun.
... nothing to do with our exams, BTW.

Test your English on Cambridge Assessment English

Monday 27 May 2019

European Elections

BBC News

EAP Vocabulary

Click here for a collection of four different word lists that together provide an essential guide to the most important words to know in the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP): OPAL (the Oxford Phrasal Academic Lexicon).

OPAL logo

Murcia Today

Murcia Today Murcia and Spanish News Round up Week Ending 24th May

Weekly Bulletin

Wednesday 22 May 2019

30 Advanced Verbs

If you prefer to have them in a list, click here 
(and do the activity!)

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Stressed Syllables

Look the words up in your dictionary and check how many right ones out of twenty.

Appropriate         Censored         Lettuce         Commentator         Journalist         Control         Accurate         Specialises         Objective         Editor

Law and Order

Watch the presentation and activities on another school's blog by C1 teachers Ana and Isabel. (Thanks for sharing) Answers here.

Vocab wordlists: Law and Order

Friday 17 May 2019

Cambridge English Proficiency Sample Papers

Have a look at the different parts of C2 English exams. Remember they are NOT like EOI exams.

Reading and Use of English
Listening (activity) Audio file
Keys next week

Improve your Listening & Speaking Skills

Thursday 16 May 2019

Ways to Talk about Communication

A major reason to learn good collocations is to avoid using common words too much. So while it’s fine to say that someone ‘starts’ or ‘has’ a conversation, it would be much more impressive to use the collocations...

IELTS Work Vocabulary

Work, work, work...
Work Podcast
Career and Job Vocabulary
From Victoria's ESL Site (excellent blog)
The Language of Work

Wednesday 15 May 2019


Oral Mediation (4)


1. CONTEXT: Your English neighbour at the seaside, whose Spanish is not very good, has a daughter in the UK who is training to be a teacher and has been asked to do some research about male and female students and teachers in the Spanish Education system. She found this article in a magazine, which she does not understand very well. Your neighbour needs your help to render the information to her daughter.

TASK: Read the article, summarize the information and data presented for your neighbour in 2 or 3 mins. so that she can understand it and explain it to her daughter.

TO BE ASSESSED: Task completion:
Identification and selection of the information
Clarity and efficiency of the message;
Adaptation of the message: intelligibility and register


CONTEXT: One of your English friend's friends is coming to Cartagena next weekend, when La Noche de los Museos takes place. Your friend asked you for advice on which activities to visit. Your friend's friend enjoys art and history above all. You were given this extract from the programme to help them choose the activities.

TASK: Read the extract and choose several activities to go to according to times and likes, send your answer on a 2-3 min. whatsapp audio.

TO BE ASSESSED: Task completion:
Identification and selection of the information
Clarity and efficiency of the message;
Adaptation of the message: intelligibility and register


1. CONTEXT: Your friend is studying at our school. He knows you are a good foreign language student and asks you for some help with his studies. Your English teacher gave you this article and you decided to explain it to him, as you have followed most of the tips provided.

TASK: Read the article and provide him with all the info, using your personal experience. Do it in 3 minutes.

TO BE ASSESSED: Task completion:
Identification and selection of the information
Clarity and efficiency of the message;
Adaptation of the message: intelligibility and register

OTHER TEXTS: Follow the same instructions as previous TASKS and do the same with:

Feel Good
Make the Right Decisions
Organize and Manage your Finance

Tuesday 14 May 2019

Monday 13 May 2019

People Smuggling

Read the entry of Oxford Learner's Dictionary Word of the Month (April): People Smuggling and check meanings of words such as plight, expat, frought, non-refoulement and other...

Murcia Today

Murcia Today Whats on Weekly Bulletin
Murcia and Spanish News Round up Week Ending 10th May 2019

Friday 10 May 2019

Listening Practice

Try this page on oCoder Education website to practise listening with different accents

Suffix "-ology" /-ɒlədʒi/

... the scientific study of a particular subject:

Wednesday 8 May 2019

France is bacon

Could you write one word or phrase you totally misunderstood as a child?

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Extreme Adjectives

Write 7 (true for you) sentences containing the extreme adjectives you didn't know or hardly ever use.

C2 level Vocabulary tests

CPE Vocabulary 2

Adverb / Adjective Collocations

First have a look at the difficult list: Collocations with intensifying adverbs.
And then at the easy one: just absolutely and completely. More from BBC here.
Check gradable adjectives (if you don't feel like reading the following post on the topic) as well... and finally some online practice here... and a test, if you want to take it.

Friday 3 May 2019

La Noche de los Museos Cartagena 2019

Saturday 18th May Plaza ICUE
23:00h. Fernando Rubio & The Inner Demons. Concierto de folk, soul, rock y pop, incluidos en su segundo disco Cheap Chinese Guitar más temas de su primer disco Tides, así como de los míticos Ferroblues. Un abanico de estilos para todos los gustos, públicos y edades.
Fernando Rubio is a C2 student in our EOI.


Talking about Improvement

Thursday 2 May 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019