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

See an FCE teacher walking through our app - live!

 

One of the first members of our Partner Programme, Andrew Girardin of the excellent blogs FCE Exam Tips and CAE Exam Tips has been kind enough to record a review of FCE Academy and share it on his YouTube channel. Thanks Andrew :-)

Click here for more info and a special discount on the full version: https://www.fceexamtips.com/articles/fce-academy In this video I review a great new app for Cambridge English: First students.

 
 

Lite up your life

 

FCE Academy is great value, with 1,000 FCE-style questions for less than the price of a textbook. But we know some people like to try before they buy. So we came up with what we think is a great idea: FCE Academy Lite - a sample of our Use of English questions for absolutely nothing. Zilch. Big fat zero.

If a student wants to upgrade, they can (and if their teacher is in our Partner Programme they will probably get a nice discount, and we share the proceeds with the teacher). If not, at least they will have benefited from a few of our tests.

Interested? Head over to Google Play or iTunes to download. And don't forget to leave a review :-)

An Apple a Day

 
 

This morning we had one of our regular summit meetings and came to a momentous decision: we will soon be working on the iOS version of our FCE Academy app.

We hope to be in the app store in a month or so. Meanwhile, if you would like to try it for free, please sign up here. We gave lots of teachers and students completely free access to our Android app during development, so why not for Apple users?

 

Some lovely feedback :-)

We've had some lovely feedback from one of our first student  users, Vanessa:

La app está muy bien. Es sencilla de descargar y los ejercicios son muy prácticos. Yo tengo un móvil muy normal y aun así es muy fácil de usar. A parte suelo ser muy torpe con la tecnología y esta app me ha resultado sencilla de manejar.
Puedes practicar en cualquier momento y no tienes q estar buscando ejercicios por internet con el pc.
Felicidades por esta app tan útil.

Which we think translates as:

The app is great. It is simple to download and the exercises are very practical. I have an average mobile and yet it is very easy to use . Plus I’m not very tech savvy and I still found it easy to use.
You can practise any time and don’t have to use your PC connected to the internet.
Congratulations on such a useful app.

The Story of an App Part 15: Week one report

Well, one week into publication. How are we doing?

We began the week by sharing our app with teachers and students who had signed up during our development. We've had 39 installations from eight countries.

We have had some lovely reviews from students trying the app. Here are a few sample quotes from our new favourite people:

I think it could help who really want to improve their preparation for the exam. I like it more because you can continue practising on the train, the bus or everywhere else.
— Serge
It’s good to have this app if you like learning through your phone. Very helpful and well organized. I’d recommend it to everybody.
— Natalia
Highly recommended for anyone who intends to present the First.
— Pablo
I am delighted with the application because of all I’ve had, this is the best ever. It is helping me a lot to improve and recommend it to everyone who will be presented to FCE. It’s great!!!
— Ana
FUNDAMENTAL This application is very useful to practice your FCE testing tool. I bought books with many least 5 times more expensive resources and similar objectives.
— Abraham

The Story of an App Part 14: We have lift-off!

Here at FCE Academy, we have our very own catch-phrase: To Infinity and Beyond!

OK, we may not have thought of it, but we say it a lot.

On June 25th we said it more than a lot, because we finally published our brand new app, FCE Academy. You can get it right now from Google Play, In fact you definitely should - the more teachers and students get to see it the better.

We are so keen, we are offering it for free to anyone who contacts us to request a code. Absolutely free, no obligations, but we'd love it if you left a review. Preferably with five stars.

Meanwhile, we have to tidy up the garden...

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The story of an app part 13: Testing update

Our testing team - 22 teachers from around the world - have begun to feed back. Their thoughts so far have been overwhelmingly positive.

I loved how it was so easy to use - I think the students would love it.
— KB

(Don't forget these are not our friends and relations - these are ELT teachers we have met on Facebook and Twitter - so it's lovely to get good feedback from them.)

We're getting loads of great ideas for amendments to the basic app, and we're also getting a few bugs, of which we think Kate's impressive score for Part 4 is in the lead for most puzzling. Surely even teachers aren't that good?

Everything needs fixing before release, so we're working very hard at the moment.

The story of an app part 12: Testing times

 

Bang on schedule, we've given the FCE Academy app its first internal sign-off and sent it out to some real-life users -- ELT teachers from around the world -- to see what they think.

If you follow us on Twitter and Facebook (come on, why wouldn't you?), you'll have noticed us organising a big recruitment drive for teachers. Friends and family are OK, but we needed our app tested by real teachers out there teaching real students. We were delighted with the response -- we have people in Spain, Ireland, England, Israel, Pakistan and Brazil -- a wonderful mix and, most importantly, we've been impressed by their expertise and attention to detail since testing started.

Already, we have logged some minor bugs but nothing has come up (yet!) to cause us sleepless nights. Let's hope everyone's this smiley when development is complete and the app is live (June 14th) ...

 
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P.S. If you'd like a preview, sign up here. We may have another round of testing later in the month.

The story of an app part 11: What's in a name?

 And there's a logo to go with the name...

And there's a logo to go with the name...

Well, it's taken us a while, but we're finally brave enough to share our new app's name with you... [drumroll...] ... FCE Academy!

Our teacher community (well, most of it) likes the name, and we think it sounds suitably serious (well, we are going to have more practice tests than any other resource) as well as suitably app-like.

We hope you like it :-)