As featured in El Pais ...

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Luis Porras Wadley, director of the established KSE Academy in Granada, Spain, was recently interviewed by the Spanish newspaper El Pais and spoke most favourably about our B2 First app FCE Academy.

In the article entitled ‘Is it possible to pass the FCE without going to class?’ (the answer is ‘no’, in case you were wondering), Luis, an experienced tutor of Cambridge-exam candidates, suggested three important ways in which you can improve your English language skills:

  1. “You have to dedicate at least 5 hours per week, preferably spread out over several days.

  2. Ensure you can avail of all possible stimulations: read listen and speak in all situations.

  3. Have an active attitude: practise constantly, analyse what you do and keep track of your progress.”

You can read the full El Pais article here.

Luis goes on, when discussing how best to prepare for the Use of English section of the Cambridge B2 First exam, to recommend the FCE Academy app.

We’re enormously proud of this endorsement in a reputable newspaper such as El Pais, as it means the word is spreading. With 60,000 downloads made of our Academy apps to date, and great interest in our recently published, first print book, Cambridge B2 First: Use of English practice tests, we are feeling good about ourselves and all that we do.

Visit our website to learn more about this.

To infinity and beyond!

Hot off the press ... the Cambridge B2 First: Use of English practice book

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We are delighted to announce the publication of our first print book, available to buy from Amazon.

In response to popular demand, this edition of sample tests has been produced to closely replicate the Cambridge exam experience, and has undergone rigorous expert and peer review. It comprises ten Use of English tests, 40 texts, 300 individual assessments with answer keys, write-in answer sheets and a marking scheme, providing a large bank of high-quality practice material for students preparing for the B2 First.

The content, which comes from the FCE Academy and FCE Academy for schools apps, has been expertly written and reviewed independently by a Cambridge ESOL examiner. 

Author Michael Macdonald is Director of Studies for Prosperity English Madrid, an English-language teaching academy focused on preparing candidates of Cambridge examinations, such as the B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE) and the Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE).

View the product page for more information.

A lovely review

It's always heartening to get a good review on Google Play, but this one really made our days:

I’ve passed the CAE and I’m here to thank you for this marvelous app!! Some weeks before the exam I would practise your exercises as much as I could. It was REALLY HELPFUL!!

How great is that!

If you'd like us to help us pass your CAE, you can try our app for free at Google Play or iTunes.

Coming soon ... B2 First Use of English practice tests: teacher's edition

Hot on the heels of our latest mobile app, FCE Academy Listening, we are pleased to announce the imminent publication of our first book, a printable teacher's resource containing loads of Cambridge B2 First Use of English practice tests. 

Written by the Academy author, Michael Macdonald, the resource features ten complete exams (360 assessments) covering Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Cambridge B2 First (FCE) exam. 

The tests closely match the Cambridge exam, both in presentation and the quality of the assessment content, and are accompanied by answer keys and mark schemes.   

Here's a spread from the latest page proofs.

More information to follow ... 

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FCE Academy Listening – available now!

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The new Cambridge English B2 First (FCE) Listening app from Prosperity Education, purveyors of world-class English Language revision apps, available now on Google Play and the AppStore.

Download the FREE Lite version and give it a try! 

  • Listening Parts 1–4
  • 200 B2 First assessments
  • 10 bespoke practice tests
  • Repetitive self-assessment
  • Expert-written content 
  • Tested by FCE teachers
  • No internet access required 
  • Clean visual interface
  • No ads!

Get the full Android version direct from this website at a 10% discount ...

Get your advance Android copy of FCE Academy Listening

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Ahead of official publication of FCE Academy Listening, we are pleased to invite Android users to download the new app directly from our website, availing of a 10% discount in the process. To do this, visit our Shop page

The free Lite version of the app will be available to download from Google Play and the Appstore soon, and we will of course keep you informed...

To infinity and beyond!

 

 

 

 

The new names for the Cambridge English Qualifications

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The team over at Cambridge Assessment English has unveiled the new titles for their range of exams. As you can see from the list below, the main difference is that they have added the CEFR level.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a way of describing language ability in six steps, from A1 for complete beginners to C2, which describes someone who has mastered the language.

Cambridge English Qualifications Schools

New style name

Pre A1 Starters
A1 Movers
A2 Flyers
A2 Key for Schools
B1 Preliminary for Schools
B2 First for Schools
C1 Advanced
C2 Proficiency

Old style name

Starters (YLE Starters) 
Movers (YLE Movers) 
Flyers (YLE Flyers) 
Key for Schools
Preliminary for Schools
First for Schools
Advanced (CAE) 
Proficiency (CPE) 

Cambridge English Qualifications General and higher education

New style name

A2 Key
B1 Preliminary
B2 First
C1 Advanced
C2 Proficiency

Old style name

Key (KET) 
Preliminary (PET) 
First (FCE) 
Advanced (CAE) 
Proficiency (CPE) 

So what does this mean for our apps FCE Academy and CAE Academy? Do we rebrand straight away, or do we keep the old name for the time being because this is what people will be searching for?

The jury is still out...

First look at FCE Academy Listening

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Two weeks ago we wrote about getting our new app, FCE Academy Listening, into development.

Well, the team have been working hard and we're now ready to share the (almost) final screens of our Android app. The app for iOS comes next.

We hope you like them!

As soon as we launch, we'll be giving out free codes in order to get as many reviews as we can. Why not sign up now?

Yes, I'd love to get 10 complete FCE-style audio tests for free.

Update on FCE Listening

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Just a quick update on our new FCE Listening app. It's been all systems go for the past few weeks as we have:

  • Written and edited dozens of texts
  • Written all of the accompanying questions
  • Recorded dozens of audio files
  • Created a design
  • Written a software specification
  • Commissioned our trusty developer Pavel
  • Recruited lots of testers
  • Taken delivery of our alpha release for iOS and Android

Plenty to do! Every time we work on an app, we get surprised all over again at how much time it all takes.

If all goes to plan, the app should be ready in May. Wish us luck...

Listen in...

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We may have been a bit quiet on the blog front of late, but fear not: the lights are still on at Prosperity Education.

After launching FCE for Schools late last year, we decided our new challenge would be to publish an app to support FCE listening. And as of yesterday, it's all systems go! We have an audio producer lined up, a specification written for our trusty software engineer Pavel, and now our author Mike Macdonald is writing our scripts.

If you'd like to be amongst the first people to try the app - for free - just sign up here...

We look forward to you tuning in!

 

FCE Academy for schools - "FINALLY articles about interesting themes!"

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With FCE Academy for schools almost ready to publish on Google Play and iTunes, we thought we'd share what one of our reviewers told us. Chloe, an FCE teacher in Madrid, gave us the following feedback:

Congratulations on a really nice, clear and user friendly app! Great to have such short activities for metro journeys etc and FINALLY articles about interesting themes
— Chloe, Madrid

So what are the themes in FCE Academy for schools? They're listed below. In parts 1 to 3, your students can find out why the British drive on the left, how to buy headphones, when (and when not) to revise, who uses virtual reality in their day job, and when to watch whales.

We've presented a broad range of topics in a number of different genres and writing styles, to ensure your students are exposed to as much English as possible.

We hope they enjoy the experience.


The Rio Festival

Elephants

The oldest restaurant

Plastic waste

Rebel Without a Cause

The oldest lighthouse

The story of market research

A complete solar eclipse

The World Wide Web

A whale of a time

Chess

Exam pressure

Conspiracy?

School uniform

The Pyramid of Khufu

Glastonbury

Busking

Cludeo

Cyberbullying

The Great Wall of China

Cheerleaders

Driving on the left

The Eiffel Tower

Working in a call-centre

The Madrid Metro

Sports Day

Disney World: the numbers

Monopoly

Caravans

A necessary evil

Fast food vs school food

Virtual reality in the real world

A short life in fashion

Choosing headphones

Born to rock

The second oldest university