PET Resources: Complete PET review and resources units 9 to 12
Aug01

PET Resources: Complete PET review and resources units 9 to 12

So, I finished teaching the Complete PET book in a month, well, 3 weeks actually. It was a hard grind and the book did get quite repetitive towards the end, especially the speaking sections, and the grammar was very draining for the students. Saying that, it did the job. The authors went through all the grammar and relevant vocabulary, taught effectively the skills, even if I did have to add my own ideas now and then, and I think...

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Definitive Guide to B1/PET: Speaking Part 2
Jul22

Definitive Guide to B1/PET: Speaking Part 2

Here’s the next instalment to my definitive guide to getting your students through B1/PET. It’s speaking part 2, the discussion part, the one where students have to interact with each other and impress using their outstanding communication skills. So how do you get them to perform on the day? Best case scenario… Your students get paired up together, so there is no breakdown in communication or awkward feelings, get a decent topic...

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PET Resources: Complete PET review and resources
Jul15

PET Resources: Complete PET review and resources

This month I’m teaching an intensive PET course and am using a new book called Complete PET by Cambridge University Press. It’s a pretty decent book so I thought I’d do a quick review and provide you with some power point presentations that link in well with the book. The presentations are more to create conversations leading into topics, elicit what students know about the grammar, and some vocabulary activities....

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Definitive Guide to B1/PET: Speaking Part 1 Phase 2
Jul08

Definitive Guide to B1/PET: Speaking Part 1 Phase 2

Following on from my previous blog about Speaking Part 1, Phase 1, here are some tips and advice to get your students to produce long answers during the next phase. I normally tell my students that this is where they have to make their first decent impression. But how can they go about that? Apart from speaking perfect English with an RP accent, something I admit might be a tad difficult to do at this level, then producing a couple of...

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Definitive Guide to B1/PET: Speaking Part 1- Phase 1
Jun27

Definitive Guide to B1/PET: Speaking Part 1- Phase 1

I thought I’d start off my definitive guide to PET/B1 (and add to my blog on essential PET/B1 resources) with  a blog about the speaking part. Not only because I have most of my fun in class with speaking, whether it’s listening to funny opinions,  bizarre anecdotes, or silly mistakes which make me giggle, but also because I feel it’s that most people learning another language do so because they want to communcate by speaking....

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Essential PET resources for ESL teachers and students!
Jun24

Essential PET resources for ESL teachers and students!

Teaching PET/B1 can be a tough job, and without decent resources you’ll have a pretty tricky time getting your students over that 70% pass mark. After publishing my previous blog The Definitive guide to getting your students through PET/B1, as promised here is a list of useful resources you can use in class. These can be for both teachers and students, so if you’re an English language learner trying to present yourself on...

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