Anglia Summer 2020 weeks in June, July and August will focus on connecting the students in the various locations to each other. Everyone will have a chance to talk on Skype to 3 different countries. Small groups of older students can even travel to other countries.
An exciting week with a focus on international communication. We are preparing locations in 8 countries: The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, England and Poland. Perhaps more countries will join, we will present the final programme before Christmas.
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The Anglia Speaking Tests are a valuable addition to the Anglia offer and are available at all levels. “Do you speak English?” is the most popular question.
The Speaking Test is not an exam on its own. Participation is always in combination with the R/W/L examination and can be taken at the same level. Most schools register their candidates at all four levels at the same time and the Speaking test is taken in the same week as the written exam. The Speaking Tests do not have to been taken on a fixed exam date, but they should be conducted within 12 months after participation in the R/W/L examinations.
With the last two Experience weeks in Amersfoort and Middelharnis we closed off another successful summer season. We want to thank everyone who participated and helped making the Experience weeks happen. We saw many new faces but also lots of students and teachers who have been part of the experience for several years in a row now!
Check out the new English Experience Weeks photo impression page on the website of English Academy. We hope to see you again next year!
Our Building Bridges project wants to double next school year. After a successful first pilot year, the schools are eager to expand the cooperation.
“Although the practicalities are sometimes a bit of a challenge, the final outcome is more than rewarding.” quotes one of the teachers. The biggest attraction is the contact with kids of the same age in another country. “I like the fact that you can choose your country, so you can go for the atmosphere that fits your kids.” Making the videos was also a popular activity. “It’s a different kind of language learning, but because they have to be serious, as they get feedback in the group report, they tend to be very actively involved.”
Registration for the new Building Bridges group starts on Thursday 20 June. The actual Building Bridges project begins in October / November 2019.
Our Skype tutorials are gaining popularity especially with children and teenagers. The main advantage choosing for this this way of learning English is that you connect with an experienced teacher from the comfort of your own home on a day and at a time that suits you best.
During the online lessons the English Academy coach will answer your questions, discuss and explain the homework and practice English listening and speaking skills with you. Before starting we will ask you about the learning objectives so we can find a suitable teacher. The English lessons will be customized to your needs and wishes. I would like more information!
“My teacher Janine has helped me feel so much more confident when speaking English. She is incredibly patient. She gives me lists of words concerning the subjects I want to talk about in advance so I am well prepared when we connect online .”
– Joanneke de Braak –
Our Sound Bites were first introduced at our Summer Schools in July and August 2016. Some friends working for a Theatre company and a Speech Therapist helped us to shape the exercises and make it a fun experience. Three years later we are again working on the development of the Sound Bites, but this time we want to use modern technology to make it even more effective.
We strongly believe in PMP, Practice Makes Perfect. The only way to get better at speaking English is to speak it. So in addition to our popular Grammar Points on the Member Pages of our websites, we are now thinking of adding Sound Smoothies, for all 44 Sound Bites. A Sound Smoothy is the opposite of a Tongue Twister. It does not want to make you feel stupid about speaking English, but it wants to help you feel more confident. So we are looking for nicely balanced sentences like “The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plains.” If you or your students are the creative writers of Sound Smoothies, please contact us and we will send you the list.
Materials will be tested in October 2019, so we can put the definite versions on our websites in November. Of course we have a nice present for the contributors.
Grammar Points have always been an important element in the preparation for the exams. Traditionally, the pages were linked to other websites, as the offer was very big and it seemed illogical to write our own exercises. “Technology has changed, however, and it is now easier to use modern formats to make it more interesting for the pupils to work on grammar exercises.” explains Sascha. “You can now drag and drop and match sentences halves, a lot of options.”
All Grammar Points are now safely behind user name and password, so that only Anglia Members can use them. All exercises are automatically marked and students can also see the right answers. “A big improvement, but only the first step. We are quite ambitious and want to expand the number and kind of exercises. We also want to add Vocab and LOL, Learning Out Loud.” These new elements are scheduled for November 2019. If you have any suggestions, please contact us on email@example.com
For more than 15 years we have been offering English Summer Schools in June, July and August. In 2019 we again have a broad offer. Project leaders Karin van Eck, Angela Koopal and Sascha de Vries have years of experience in running Summer Schools and are very excited about this year’s run.
“Planning and discussing new ideas is always very rewarding. We get a lot of feedback from pupils, parents and teachers. Some of their suggestions are slightly unrealistic, but most of their ideas bring a big smile to our faces.” Summer Schools 2019 will be about learning English in an active and exciting way. “Based on a clear step by step structure, we focus on communication and doing things together. You learn better when you are in a good sunny mood.”
Lessons in the morning, activities in the afternoon. This will be the set-up, as usual. “We can see that this balance works best for most pupils.” New is lunch, which will be provided for all participants and staff this year. “Feedback from our international Summer Schools showed that everybody liked the lunches very much, it was seen a good intermezzo to relax and talk English, so now we are going to introduce it in The Netherlands as well.”
Speaking English is important. It is also scary, for many people. The good news is: you can prepare for it. In two ways: your technique and your content.
The Little Oxford Dictionary tells us that technique is “a method in doing something; skill in an activity”. Many people, however, never really practise their speaking skills. They just do it. They forget PMP: Practice Makes Perfect.
In our network we have developed speaking exercises that help you improve your speaking skills step by step. You start with simple short sentences to get used to the sounds of English, later you start recording texts, reading them out loud on Skype. Step three is that you record your own messages, on Skype, so that you can focus on the language that is important for you.
Content is also an important element in speaking activities. It is a big surprise that very few people prepare for a meeting or a test. They just go there and expect the words to flow. They usually do, but the result is often quite colourless. With a lot of repetition. And a lack of structure. To make your production more interesting, make a plan. Use bullet points, write down interesting expressions that will help you to communicate more clearly. To avoid repetition, find synonyms in your dictionary or thesaurus. If you need advice or want help, you can always mail us firstname.lastname@example.org.
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