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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.

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.

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.

French Classes in Pueblo Nuevo

In our Madrid schools we offer a wide range of conversational language classes. Not only English, Spanish and German but also French classes too. All our teachers are native speakers in their first language, and are have plenty of experience teaching in Madrid. We guarantee personal treatment to all the students in our French classes, whether you are learning French for work, travel or personal interest. All our classes are in groups of reduced size so you will have plenty of opportunity to practice speaking and ask any questions you may have.francés_clases_nativo_madrid_conversación

We offer classes both in our schools in Ciudad Lineal (La Elipa and La Almudena) and in your home. Our French classes in the academies start every month so you wont miss anything whether you are looking for conversation classes, to brush up on grammar or perfect your pronunciation. With us we offer you continual progress in a relaxed atmosphere, where learning a language is not seen as boring or difficult.

English Classes 2015 Timetable

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The timetable in our 2 language schools in Madrid hasn’t changed for 2015. Whether you prefer the school in La Elipa (Calle Gerardo Cordón) or García Noblejas (Calle Gandhi) you are guaranteed a friendly welcome and the best help possible to answer your questions about our English courses.

The timetable for classes and office hours is as follows:Opening Hours La Elipa García Noblejas inglés academia

We look forward to seeing old and new faces to help you achieve your goals in English in 2015, whether that is improving your level of conversation or preparing for FCE or CAE exams.

Prepare for Cambridge exams with The Language Corner

Gaining a Cambridge certificate such as FCE (First Certificate) or CAE (Advanced) will not only look good on your CV or help you attain your goals, it will also give you a great sense of achievement! In our Madrid schools (La Elipa and La Almudena) our native English teachers will help you to prepare for all areas of the exam – Listening, Speaking, Writing and the newly combined Reading and Use of English – with clear examples relating to exam questions.

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La Elipa timetable:

FCE

Monday & Wednesday 20-21h

Tuesday & Thursday 11-12h

Tuesday & Thursday 20-21h

CAE

Monday 20-21.30h

Thursday 20-21h

La Almudena/García Noblejas timetable:

FCE

Tuesday & Thursday 10-11h

Tuesday & Thursday 20.30-22h

CAE

Tuesday & Thursday 21-22h

Spanish Classes in Madrid

In our schools we not only offer English, French and German classes but Spanish classes too. And as with all our classes these are given by native teachers. With our Spanish classes we guarantee personal treatment to every student from all our teachers, who are all fully trained and with teaching experience from both Madrid and the UK. All our courses have reduced class sizes so you are guaranteed personal attention. For all this and more we are sure you will advance rapidly and gain confidence in Spanish.

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Whether you are staying in Madrid temporarily or living here permanently we offer classes both in our schools in Ciudad Lineal (La Elipa and La Almudena) and home classes. Our Spanish classes start every month so you wont miss anything whether you are looking for conversation classes, to brush up on grammar or perfect your pronunciation. With us we offer you continual progress in a relaxed atmosphere, where learning a language is not seen as boring or difficult.

Classes are from Beginner (A1) to Advanced (C2) with native Spanish teachers.

Quiz Night at The Language Corner

 

Wednesday 29th October, 8.30-10.00pm, Calle Gandhi 19picture-question-mark

Practice your English and have fun at the same time!

You will play with other team members to try to answer as many trivia questions as possible.

-General knowledge

-Music

-News events

-Puzzles

A level of at least A2 will be necessary to be able to participate effectively

8€ participation with a drink and snacks included

Contact us for more information or speak to Jess or Phil in the office!

FACE YOUR FEARS

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October 14th is FACE YOUR FEARS DAY.

How has fear impacted on your language learning?
Many people suffer from anxiety at the idea of studying or improving English.
Now-a-days English is a very important part of life, but for some the thought of having to have a conversation in English can be nerve-wrecking.
Some students may think;
“I don’t know enough vocabulary.”
“My pronunciation is horrible.”
“I don’t think quickly enough to hold a conversation.”
“What if they laugh at me?”

And for some, listening can be just as frightening;
“I won’t understand anything.”

Today, and everyday, is an opportunity to face your fears!
At The Language Corner we offer English classes to help you gain confidence in your English abilities.
We have two language centers located in Madrid.

For learning English both academies offer small class sizes with native teachers.
We offer flexible class times in the morning and evening. You will be able to practice speaking, listening, writing, grammar, dialogue and practical English to use in your daily life.

At The Language Corner we understand learning a new language can present fears.

We invite you to visit one of our English schools on  C/ Gerado Cordón, 51 or C/ Gandhi, 19
today. After a simple, stress-free, talk with one of our staff we will discuss your current level and your future English goals and place you in a class that will allow you to face your fears and develop your English skills!

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Already a student with The Langauge Corner, and still interested in more ways to face fears with English learning?

  1. Set goals for your language learning. Be sure to set attainable and realistic goals. It is easier to stay motivated if you set an achievable goal that you later achieve. If you set a difficult goal and fail, it is harder to stay motivated.
    Example: Instead of saying “I will do one hour of English study every night,” begin with 15 minutes and once that is achieved increase to 20 and then 30, etc.
  2. Do things you enjoy, in English. Check out  what’s happening at The Language Corner. Frequently there are Book Clubs, television series discussion groups, theater classes, laughter yoga sessions, and more.
  3. Write and read daily in English. This is an excellent way to increase vocabulary and gain confidence to join in on conversations.

 

Start the new academic year with The Language Corner!

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The new academic year has started and at The Language Corner we have a full range of classes available with small groups and native teachers to help you or your child progress in English. Whether you want to progress at work, you are looking for work or you want to gain a qualification such as First Certificate then our affordable classes will help you achieve your goals.

Call us on 910014281 or visit us at Calle Gerardo Cordón 51 or Calle Gandhi 19 for more information and classes available.

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