There is only one thing being talked about in Scotland at the moment, and that is the result of the independence referendum on the 18th of September. On the morning of the 19th, we will know if Scotland has chosen to go it alone or remain part of the UK.
Regardless of personal opinion, it is extremely important to understand how we have arrived at this point and discuss the possibilities. So, we have put together a class all about the history before the referendum with lots of great videos and a selection of useful vocabulary.
These resources are also great for teachers to download if you'd like to use them with your class.
As always, our materials are 100% free, we just ask that you share them with your friends!
You can find the downloadable material at the top of the blog, just click for the PDF, and you can find the videos listed below.
Whatever happens on the 19th, the debate so far has been peaceful, respectful, intelligent and eye-opening. Here at The Edinburgh Experience we think that spirit will continue regardless of the result. What do you think the result will be? Leave us a comment!
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For our ADVANCED class, you can find the 1979 referendum and mine closure videos at this link, along with a great summary of our recent history
Video of Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond
For the INTERMEDIATE level you can find the YES campaign video here
And the video from the NO campaign
It's that time of year again, Cambridge Exam time!!! If you are one of the many people presenting for PET, FCE, CAE or Proficiency you're probably in the middle of a revision frenzy and starting to get a bit nervous! I know my students certainly are!
So, I thought that this month it would be a good idea to give you all a few useful tips for the different papers and also some useful websites which you can use to do some extra practice for the big day!
If you aren't doing the exam next week don't worry, there is also a short practice exercise and some useful tips for writing in general for you to have a look at. You just need to download the PDF, answers at the end.
Of course, the perfect way to improve your English level is to do our intensive summer course in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Places are filling up on our August courses so book your place as soon as possible. We're also doing a SPECIAL OFFER on our July course. A two week course is only 335€/£285!!! Have a look HERE on our courses page.
There are also some great pages you can use for extra practice. Have a look at these
USE OF ENGLISH
Flo-joe has some great exercises to practice the Use of English paper. Here are the links for FCE and CAE
Practice tests for all Cambridge exams from Examenglish.com and more test from English Online here
Examples of free materials from the official Cambridge page here
Although it's not an exam style listening, TED.com has some fantastic videos subtitled in hundreds of languages. Why not try setting yourself some questions first, like what's the main theme of the talk, what is the speaker's opinion or write down some key words, then watch a video. You can check afterwards with the subtitles.
The BBC also has some great podcasts where you can do a bit of extra listening practice like The English we Speak or 6 Minute English
For some extra reading practice to get your speed up try Voice of America or Words in the News from the BBC
Some great links here with pictures to practise part 2 of the CAE speaking exam and parts 3 and 4. And also part 2 and parts 3 and 4 of FCE.
And finally from us at The Edinburgh Experience, GOOD LUCK!!! We're sure you'll all do fantastically well! We leave you with this good luck song from Daft Punk, a great one to celebrate to after it's all over! If you know what "get lucky" means, leave us a comment below ;) !
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