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Aptis Speaking Test

The Aptis by British Council is a relatively new exam but it is quickly gaining popularity among English language learners. This is due to it becoming more widely accepted both here in Spain and around the world, it being cheaper than other exams like Cambridge, and being able to get the results more quickly.

Knowing exactly what an exam entails is half the battle when preparing for it. Today we’re going to look at the Speaking exam. The entire exam is done on a computer, so for the speaking part, you have to record your answers within a given time limit. This means preparation is key. Knowing what to expect and being ready to show off your language skills will help achieve your goal.

Part One

In the first part, you have to answer questions about yourself. There are three questions and you must talk for thirty seconds for each question. Possible topics you could talk about include Family, Your Job, Hobbies and Interests, Future Plans, Films and Books, The Weather, Daily Routine etc. This means four or five clear sentences. If for example you are asked, “What’s the weather like today?” You might think it impossible to have your answer last a full thirty seconds. This is why it’s important to brainstorm things related to the weather. What do you like to do when it’s hot outside? What clothes are you wearing for the current season? Is it typical weather for this time of year? Is it unusually hot or cold? So a typical answer to “What’s the weather like today?” doesn’t have to be difficult to elaborate on. Instead of just replying “It’s cold but sunny” you can add “but this is normal for Madrid in winter. People usually wear hats, scarves, winter coats and boots to stay warm. A typical winter snack is roasted chestnuts which you can buy from street vendors.” Instead of talking solely about the weather, we can incorporate other related vocabulary like in this instance; clothes. But we could also talk about what people generally do in when the weather is hot/cold etc. The questions in part one of the Aptis lend themselves to elaboration. You should keep talking, adding relevant sentences until your time is up.

Part Two

In the second part of the Aptis speaking exam, you are given a picture which you have forty-five seconds to describe. You then have to answer to related questions with a limit of forty-five seconds for each.

A typical example of this could be the picture on the left.

  1. Describe the picture.
  2. Do you often have to work in a team in work or university?
  3. Why is teamwork important?

 

Describing a photo is a question that comes up in many exams. With this type of question, you should take as much time as possible to gather your thoughts. Then use all of the time given to talk about it.  Below are some useful phrases to describe the position of things within a picture.

When talking about what people are doing or wearing in a photo we must use the present continuous. Subject + is/are + verb in ING It is also important to speculate about what the subjects of the picture might be doing using expressions like:

It seems as if…

They might/may/could be …

It makes me think of …

I think …

Let’s try to answer the questions above. Remember you have 45 seconds for each answer which should be approximately 5 to 7 clear sentences.

  1. In this photo, I can see a group of people sitting around a table. In the background, there is a large window and the room is bright. There are posters on the wall behind them. They seem to be working on something together.  In the middle of the table, there is a model of something which they are pointing to and discussing. Maybe it’s a building. They might be doing a project together for a university class. Maybe they are engineering students and they are doing a project on town planning.
  2. When I was at university, I often had to give presentations with other students. We would be given a project to discuss and research and would have to present it together in front of the rest of our class. I enjoyed working with my classmates on these projects as it gave me a different perspective on the topic. However, I also got very nervous having to speak in front of so many people. I used to practise as much as I could beforehand to feel more relaxed about it.
  3. Teamwork is very important, not only in university but also in the working world. As I mentioned before, having more than one person working on a project allows for more input and different points of view to be considered. Being able to work in a team is beneficial as it reduces the workload for everyone involved and means projects can be finished more efficiently.

As you can see, each answer has clear, concise sentences. I hope this helps you in your preparation for Aptis or indeed any English exam in which you are asked to describe a picture. In the next part of this series, we will look at parts 3 and 4 of the Aptis speaking exam. Don’t forget to check back soon.

In our English academies in La Elipa and Garcia Noblejas, you can prepare for Aptis as well as the Cambridge First Certificate and Advanced.

Welcome Back

Summer is sadly over, but with the changing of the seasons (not yet though – phew, it’s hot here in Madrid!), here in our language schools in La Elipa and La Almudena, the new academic year is already getting going. We’ve already nearly finished our first full week of English, French and German classes.

But fear not, there are still slots available for you to take advantage of our team of native teachers, and vastly improve your language skills.

We have classes available for all levels and age groups in our schools in La Elipa (Gerardo Cordón, 51) and La Almudena (Gandhi, 19), from 10 in the morning to 10 at night, Monday to Friday, and on Saturday mornings.

Whether you’re looking for a chance to practise your conversation skills, brush up on your grammar, or prepare for one of those important official exams, such as CAE or First Certificate, we have a native teacher and a class for you!

Please come and see us in La Elipa or Gandhi any time from 4.30 to 9.30 in the evening, and 10.30 to 13.30 on Tuesday and Thursday, and we’ll find your ideal class.

Don’t forget we also have French and German classes available.

New French classes this June!

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This June in the language academy in San Blas/Ascao we are starting a new French class for beginners. As usual, this will be with one of our native teachers.

The class will start Wednedsay 15th june at 6.30pm.

Please call us now on 673340106 or 910014281, or visit us in the langauge academies on Calle Gandhi or in La Elipa.

We look forward to seeing you!

Christmas Gift Ideas pt. 3

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For those people that are not interested in having English classes in Madrid and also are not able to participate in the Saturday workshops we have planned, how about giving The Language Corner’s Idiom calendar as a present. You, or your friends, can spend each month of 2016 learning a new idiom. (Idioms are common English expressions. Learning them will help you speak with more fluency). This calendar was designed by one of our very own native and qualified teachers, Daniel Matthews. Calendars are 10€ and are available for order at either Language School: Calle Gerardo Cordón, 51 Metro: La Elipa (l2) or Calle Gandi, 19 Metro: La Almudena (L2) or Garcia Noblejas (L7).

A beautiful gift for yourself or a friend, this calender will help you improve your English at home. Each month you will have a wonderful idiom on display with an explanation and sample sentence. If you are trying to improve your English in Madrid, this is an excellent idea!

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Christmas Gift Ideas pt. 2

Do you want to improve your English, or know someone who wants to improve his/her English but is not able to make the commitment to attend weekly classes? Looking for an opportunity to interact with native teachers in Madrid? This holiday season why not buy the gift of an English workshop?

The Language Corner is hosting two very fun and exciting workshops in English.

Filming in English is for youths aged 14-17. It will take place Saturday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 30th from 10:30-13:30. The price for the 6 hours of English is only 25€ (20€ if you have a carné joven). During this Saturday of English immersion, students will be creative, make news reports, record a video and upload their project to Youtube. This is an excellent interactive workshop any teen is sure to enjoy. Contact us to save your space now, this workshop has a maximum of 12 participants.

Adults have the Laughter Therapy workshop. This English event will take place Saturday, February 20th from 10:30-13:30. The course is only 10€ (8€ if you have a carné joven) for three hours of English. This course is all about having fun and expressing oneself in English. This workshop includes lots of games, activities, and movement to get you thinking and speaking in English. No books or grammar, this course is about being present in the moment and enjoying. Come have fun in English with The Language Corner. Book early as this workshop also has a maximum of 12 participants.         publicidad 95x61 2.

Intensive English Classes in La Elipa in July

Brit flipflopsKeep up your English this summer with intensive classes at The Language Corner! As always all our classes are with native English teachers, who will correct your grammar and pronunciation mistakes. All while you improve your English speaking and listening through interesting conversation activities.

Intensive classes in July run from Monday to Thursday, and cost 44€/week. Save money when you book between two and four weeks of classes at the same time. 

10-11h Upper Intermediate Level
11-12h Children Fun Activities for 7-9years
17-18h Beginner Level
19-21h Intermediate Level

Contact us for information on other levels and ages.

The school in La Elipa is near to both La Elipa and El Carmen Metro stations, within walking distance from Avenida Marqués de Corbera, Avenida de Daroca and Calle de Alcalá. The number 28 bus that runs from Puerta de Alcalá to Canillejas stops 2 minutes from the academy.

Meet Sarah!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAName: Sarah

Where are you from? I’m originally from the North of England but I grew up in Scotland

How long have you been working at the Language Corner? About a year and a half. Before that I taught English in various companies around Madrid

What do you like most about teaching? It’s lovely to meet lots of different people from La Elipa and see the students improve

What hobbies or talents do you have? I like reading, watching films and photography

What kind of music do you like? I like pretty much all kinds of music, except for reggaeton!

What is your favourite movie? It’s difficult to say as I love all types of cinema, so I’m glad there are several cinemas that show films in English in Madrid

What book are you reading right now? Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Where is your favourite place in Madrid? El Retiro on a sunny day!

Tell me something interesting about yourself: I can do traditional Scottish dancing

Top tip for learning English: Make sure you practice listening to English as much as you can. There’s no better way to improve your listening than by listening!

Colour Idioms Quiz

Here at The Language Corner Madrid we are always looking to improve your English in many different ways. As well as our conversation or Cambridge exam classes with native teachers we want to provide you with extra help. This comes in the form of our Blog posts that give you advice and information on how to improve specific areas of English such as listening, reading or pronunciation skills.

Today we have one of our favourite topics… Idioms!Colour_Idioms_inglés_clases_Madrid

Can you work out which of the 2 options make these English idioms about colours correct? Answers will be coming soon so keep visiting the page to see if you are right!

The black sheep/black horse is somebody who behaves very differently or badly, and is considered shameful by other members of their family.

If something happens out of the blue/out of the purple, it happens very suddenly or unexpectedly.

If you are greened off/browned off, you are bored or fed up.

The most important thing to remember when doing something is called the golden rule/golden law.

A person who is blue with envy/green with envy is someone who is very jealous.

To be tickled pink/licked pink, means are very happy about something.

If you paint the town gold/paint the town red, you go out and have a really good time in bars and clubs.

silver lining/silver rain refers to the good or pleasant side-effects of an unpleasant situation.

A pink elephant/white elephant, is something that is useless even though it might cost a lot of money.

Don’t forget that if you have any questions about English – grammar, pronunciation, idioms etc – then visit our forum to ask us whenever you like: http://the-language-corner.com/foro/

As well as English classes in the academies in La Elipa/El Carmen and La Almudena/García Noblejas we also provide excellent home classes and company classes throughout the community of Madrid. And… we don’t only provide English classes but also French, German and Spanish from beginner to advanced, all with native teachers.

Home Classes in English in Madrid

We offer all types of classes across Madrid to cover every need, both in our academies and at your house. Home classes in English in Madrid are one of the most in-demand classes we offer, so it is our pleasure to provide high quality home classes, all with native teachers.

We have two schools in the areas of La Elipa and La Almudena (Pueblo Nuevo) in the East of Madrid, but if for personal reasons you cant attend our conversation or Cambridge (FCE, CAE) exam preparation classes then home classes will suit you better. And that’s just our English classes! We also offer French, German and Spanish classes at home throughout the community of Madrid.

If you are looking to improve your level of English or another language we can offer you a team of native teachers who will perfect your conversation, grammar or presentations. Whether you are preparing for a Cambridge (First, Advanced) exam, looking to improve you position at work or complete your CV our home classes in English in Madrid will give you the push you need to achieve it.

In addition the people who have chosen the Language Corner to receive home classes in English in Madrid have given us great feedback about the quality of their classes. Many have then chosen to attend classes in our Madrid academies near to the Metro stations of El Carmen and García Noblejas.

The Arrival of Spring… Almost!

We are now a few days into March and it is starting to feel like Spring in Madrid! The sun is out, people in the street have a smile on their face and the air is fresh with opportunities. For the native English people in Madrid this is also the type of weather usually found in May so it is a great relief. Have you been able to take advantage of the conditions and get out in the fresh air? The teachers in the schools in La Elipa and García Noblejas have enjoyed sitting outside the academies with a cup of tea when they aren’t giving conversation classes!spring-scenery-madrid-inglés-nativo

Spring is often said to be a time of new opportunities and so this may be the perfect time to brush up on grammar, gain fluency in conversation or gain a certificate in English such as First Certificate or CAE. Whether your level is basic, intermediate or advanced we have engaging and challenging classes to take your English to the next level.

And don’t forget that as well as English classes we also have French, German and Spanish classes, all with native teachers.