Idioms for Speaking and Informal Writing 1: Free-Time Activities

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Speaking Part 1 – FCE, CAE, IELTS. Most common topics – Free-Time Activities (sports, hobbies, friendship, music, films, parties), Home Life, Family, Travel and Holidays, Ambitions and Future Plans (school, job, business, future career), Health (food and diet, exercise), Likes and Dislikes,  Fashion, Clothes and Appearance…these are the most common topics and there’s a wide variety of questions related to them that you could be asked in any of these exams.

Idioms do make the difference between natives and non-natives and it’s sometimes not that easy to use them naturally when your mother tongue is not English. Still, using them a lot in your speaking preparation sessions before the exam (and in a quite controlled way, you’ll see what I mean) would actually help you reactivate them on the exam day and use them…naturally.

All you have to do is have your lists of idioms in front of you when you answer different questions on the same topic and try to include them in your speech, even if that means adapting the answer so that you could use as many idioms as possible (this is the controlled way and it may seem awkward to you, at least for a while.But, keep in mind-you won’t have these idioms in front of your eyes on the big day so, obviously, you won’t be using as many as on those practice days, just those that you will activate naturally as part of your response to the question).

So, if the topic is Travel, there could be questions related to your past, future and ideal trips, journeys and holidays, the way you like to travel, accommodation, places you go to, means of transport…Since there’s a list for that, feel free to use it.

Now, talking about writing, all the topics I’ve mentioned above could be met in an informal letter (FCE, CAE), an article (FCE) or a Review (FCE, CAE). Again, idioms will improve the quality of your informal language.

You can improve your English with more items of idiomatic language, so download, print and use this list of Idioms for Speaking and Informal Writing – Free-Time Activities

 Well, this just another resource  designed to boost your confidence so that you could say Yes To Exams! 

 

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CAE ESSAY TOPICS 2

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If you’re reading this,  it means you’ve already finished brainstorming ideas and writing paragraphs or full essays using the topics  listed in CAE Essay Topics 1.

Don’t forget to use a selection of academic vocabulary that you could find here, here and here , as well as a variety of formal phrases and grammatical structures.

Plan your essay carefully. 5 to 10 minutes may be necessary for you to brainstorm ideas (advantages, drawbacks, examples etc) for the 2 points you’re going to discuss, organize your ideas, find synonyms for the key vocabulary, create strong topic sentences…Do not skip the planning part, even if you think that the essay you are writing is so easy to deal with, as you’ve already discussed the topic in class.

Also, remember that spending 2 or 3 minutes on proofreading is an essential final step in the exam.

Here’s another list of CAE Essay Topics.

 

TV Series and Film Review Vocabulary

Movie and TV Series Review Vocabulary

In the writing paper of the FCE, CAE or CPE exams you may choose between more tasks  and a Film or TV Series Review could be an option. Whether it’s the most recent,  the best or the worst film, TV series or TV show you’ve ever watched, you’ll need specific vocabulary to include in your review.

So, again, feel free and happy to download and use a comprehensive

TV Series and Film Review Vocabulary 

list, which includes nice structures for both good and bad movies and shows.

You may also need these IMDB Charts:

 Top 250 Movies

 Top 250 TV Shows

Worst TV Shows Ever Made

Lowest Rated Movies

 

 

 

 

Academic Vocabulary 3

 

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If you’ve already used and got used to the words on the previously published lists, then it’s time for  some more academic vocabulary. Students usually look for ‘ items of vocabulary to impress teachers’ and, although these words may seem alien to them at first, they start to like some of them and ask for more. For example, some students told me that ubiquitous sounds really nice to them and so does quintessential

My advice for you is to find as many contexts as possible for these academic words, to see how you can make meaningful sentences that sound natural.

So, here’s the new list:

Academic Vocabulary 3

 

CAE Essay Topics 1

 

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In part 1 of the CAE Writing Paper students have to write an essay based on three points included in a text. They will have to select two points to discuss and explain which of the two points is more important, giving reasons for their opinion.

Students can practise writing on a number of topics that they can find here:

CAE Essay Topics 1

More topics to come soon, as well as topic-related useful vocabulary!