Welcome to our class blog. We are a class of 8 students learning English at Upper-Intermediete level. We've decided to reach out to the world and learn by sharing and collaborating with students from all over the globe! We'll be posting some of our work for our friends to comment on. Join us!
Step one, you say, "We need to talk."
He walks, you say, "Sit down. It's just a talk."
He smiles politely back at you
You _____ politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and _______
You begin to wonder why you came
Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the _______
And I would have stayed up with you all night ____ I known how to save a life
Let him know that you know best
'Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his __________
Without granting innocence
Lay down a _____ of what is wrong
The things you've told him all along
Pray to God, he hears you
And I pray to God, he hears you
As he begins to ______ his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you've followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he'll say he's just not the same
And you'll begin to wonder why you came
We're back from our winter break and set for hard work. We are now revising everything we've learnt so far and getting set for our final test.
Why so early in the year you may ask? Because we're taking our B2 Exams this May so we need to start preparing and using actual tests and past papers as early as possible.
The question to be answered now for and by each of us is: What exam to take, which suits me best?
There are a lot of exams we can actually take part in at this level, delivered by different Universities and using different methodology and activities to test the candidate's level.
We asked our teacher for help and here's what she told us.
First the differences:
Some use productive exercises such as open-ended questions and gap filling (Cambridge FCE). Other tests use multiple choice questions for all the parts of the exam (ESB, Michigan ECCE).
In Cambridge FCE and Michigan ECCE candidates complete each part of the exam within a specific time limit, while in ESB you're given 2.30h to use as it suits you.
ESB and Michigan ECCE ask for one composition, Cambridge FCE gives you more time but asks for two.
Each certificate has a different pass rate and way of evaluation method.
There are two great similarities though:
They all demand from the candidates to be Independent Users of the language.
They are all recognised by the Greek State.
A final note:
It is true that some Certificates have existed in Greece for longer so more people know them. However, we need to remember that what matters most is what suits us best. Besides, the B2 level Certificate is a step to our final goal C2 (Proficiency), so we only want success and not experimentation!
Thanks for the info, Mrs Kyrikakis
So, what we'll do now is write a mock test in each of the above exams to have first-hand experience of what they're like and then choose what best suits us.
Wish us success!
We watched this Breaking News video, which gave an eye-witness account of the accident that occurred a few years ago on Hudson River, New York. Thankfully, all 155 passengers and crew survived thanks to the pilot and the prompt response of rescue teams.
This is what we think of the lesson: Nadina: When something happens all over the world there are usually lots of amateur photographers who capture the moment of the accident. Then they try to inform the media and the media present newsworthy events as Breaking News. Debbie: Today we learnt about a dramatic plane crash which took place in NY on 15 January 2009. The event was captured by citizens who were eye-witnesses to this accident. I found this information very interesting and useful! Georgia-Maria: In this lesson I learnt that I need to underline when I find the answers in the text to make sure I'm right! Christine: In this lesson I learnt about an event which occured in 2009 when an airplane crashed in the river and amateur photographers captured the event taking photos. Georgia: In this lesson I learnt about a breath-taking event that happent on 15th January 2009. George: I learnt that in 2009 an aeroplane crashed. Theodore: I learnt about an important event which occured in 2009 and new vocabulary! Glykeria: I learnt about the increasing contribution of amateur photographers who capture all important events and inform us with their eye-witness photos.
Today we talked about "wishes". We realised what it means to wish for something real bad when we looked at this picture from the "favelas" or poor neighbourhoods in Brazil.
We imagined what we'd feel like if we were in their shoes and here's what we wished:
Gogo: I wish we had clean, drinkable water
Georgia: I wish I could go to school.
George: I wish the government woudn't ignore us.
Nadina: I wish
Deppy: I wish I lived in a proper house insted of this slum.
Theo: I wish mum had cooked something for lunch.
Glykeria: I wish
Christine: If only
Then, we also came up with this shot from a school in that area, so we reckon they also have some kind of education. By looking at their smiling faces we also realised that contentment can come from simple things in life and that we should be grateful for what we have.