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This week's homestay provider voice is from Aled

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 12-Apr-2019 16:40:00

The Homestay Voice is an opportunity to glance into the experiences of our homestay who are welcoming International students here in Cardiff. This testimonial is a first-hand reflection of the impression on our homestay provider for hosting students in their home.

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Topics: homestay

This week's student voice is Shigeko from Japan

Posted by Narumi Katahira on 06-Apr-2019 13:00:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

 

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Marta's tips to pass your Cambridge Exam!

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 04-Apr-2019 10:38:00

 

Our fantastic Assistant Operations manager, Marta, originally from Spain passed her FCE (First) years ago.

She also obtained her CAE (Advanced) and then her CPE (Proficiency).

Marta wants to share with your her tips and advice to be well prepared to pass this Cambridge exam.

 

  

Reading and Use of English:

"For this part of the exam, I would recommend practising sample/past papers as much as possible. The more you practise the less you will worry about what you have to do, and you will be able to focus more on your answers. Past papers (from real exams) will also give you a good idea of what kind of words or texts you can expect to see in your exam."

Writing:

"Make sure you are familiar with the structure of all the different types of text that may come up in the exam (essay, email, article, review…). I would also suggest underlining what you are asked to do in the exercise as a reminder (e.g. “use all the notes provided” or “give your own opinion”), because the examiners will check that you have covered everything."

Listening:

"My top tip for the listening test is to never switch off! The meaning of a whole sentence can change with just one word or after the next sentence, so listen carefully to the full recording."

Speaking:

"On the day of the exam, don’t be afraid of saying “Can you repeat, please?” if you didn’t understand or hear the question, or “Let me think/I never thought about this question before” if you need a few seconds to come up with an answer. We all do this in real life, and it is better than staying silent! Also, whenever you learn a new word or expression that you find particularly interesting and that may impress the examiner, write it down and try to use it in the exam if you can."

 

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Topics: Study English

Mother's Day Around the World

Posted by April Pugh on 29-Mar-2019 09:00:00

  

 

Perhaps you have noticed the posters, flowers, cards and adverts around the city recently. You may be asking yourself, what is the special occasion? The answer is: it is Mother’s Day in the UK on the 31st March 2019. This day gives us the chance to celebrate mothers and grandmothers. Whilst this tradition is widely acknowledged around the world, each country has its own local customs.

South Korea and Japan

May 8th is designated as Parents’ Day in South Korea. Traditionally children make red carnation flowers out of paper and give them to their parents to wear. On this day, you will see lots of adults walking around public places, proudly wearing their flowers.

Japan also celebrates Mother’s Day in May, on the second Sunday. Similarly, red carnations are given as gifts to mothers by their children. Whilst, meals on this day are based on eggs, such as tamagoyaki and chawanmushi.

Why carnations? I hear you ask – well, carnations are steeped in history, dating back more than 2,000 years, and have been used as a symbol for love, motherhood, good luck, admiration and affection.

Brazil

Second only to Christmas, Mother’s Day is an extremely popular occasion in Brazil. It is celebrated with big family barbecues, going to church and special children’s performances.

Ethiopia

Here, Mother’s Day comes at the end of the rainy season, forming part of the Antrosht festival. When the sunny weather arrives, families celebrate with a feast. Traditionally, the families’ daughters and sons bring an array of different vegetables, spices, cheeses and meats to enjoy.  

India

Mother’s Day is celebrated alongside a special Hindu festival in October called Durga Puja. During this festival, people celebrate the goddess Durga (Divine Mother). Friends and family gather together during this time to rejoice the triumph of good over evil.

Peru

In Peru, another mother takes centre stage in the celebrations - Mother Nature (Pachamama). The Andean population honor her on Martes de Challa by burying food, throwing sweets and burning incense.

UK

Finally, here in the UK, Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent each year. Lent is a period of fasting before Easter. It was often known as ‘Refreshment Sunday,’ because strict Lent fasting rules were set aside for this occasion.

Children would traditionally bake a Simnel cake, known as a ‘mothering cake’, and pick flowers for their mother.

 

So, as we have learnt, Mother’s Day is more than just another commercial holiday. It has deep roots that connect families, communities, cultures to one another and our natural environment.

#motheringsunday #mothersday2019 #lovemothernature

 

 

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This week's student voices are that of our Italian group

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 22-Mar-2019 12:30:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

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This week's homestay provider voice is from Deborah

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 21-Mar-2019 14:01:54

The Homestay Voice is an opportunity to glance into the experiences of our homestay who are welcoming International students here in Cardiff. This testimonial is a first-hand reflection of the impression on our homestay provider for hosting students in their home.

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Topics: homestay

This week's student voice is Benyamin from Iran

Posted by Elodie Mallet on 19-Mar-2019 12:00:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales. 

 

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This week's student voice is Sonia from Greece

Posted by Narumi Katahira on 16-Mar-2019 13:00:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

 

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Lena - not goodbye, but see you again!

Posted by April Pugh on 14-Mar-2019 15:13:56

  

'See you again! never Goodbye'

It is unbelievable, but my time in Cardiff is coming to an end as I will be flying back to Germany on Sunday afternoon. Not only will I take with me the many new clothes I bought in St David’s shopping centre, but also lots of wonderful memories and a wealth of experience.

Before I came to Cardiff to start my internship at Celtic, I was scared. Although I’ve spent some time abroad before, and although I have been teaching German for three years in Germany, I still thought I might not be able to meet the requirements of doing an academic internship in a well-known language school. I was also anxious about my host family and my colleagues: Will they be friendly? Will I understand them when they talk to me? Will I have to make them coffee all day?

After six weeks, I can now say with certainty that my fear was much ado about nothing. I’ve stayed with a perfect host family. They’ve been welcoming and friendly since the beginning and I’ve felt completely at home in their house. They took me to Quantum Fitness, an entertaining gym where you don’t need to sign a contract (so you might want to go there if you stay for a shorter period of time) and we worked out together. They also took me to Barry Island and the Cardiff Bay Barrage and showed me around like tourist guides. And, each Sunday, they took me to the Bowls Club, where I got to know both the sport (which we don’t have in Germany), and many kind-hearted elderly people. Staying in homestay has been a wonderful experience for me and I hope I will return to Cardiff to visit my second family again!

I’ve also enjoyed my work at Celtic. Everyone has been so friendly towards me – office staff, teachers, and students. I’ve never walked up and down as many stairs in one day before and I’ve never spent as much time in the rain, but nevertheless I’ve loved working at Celtic and I am really sad to leave! What I’ve enjoyed most has been all the interacting with students. I’ve loved working in the classroom as a teaching assistant as well as helping with student enquiries in the office (giving out the books from the small office library was fun) and going on trips with the groups. It was also interesting to look behind the scenes, too. I found out how the attendance is reported; how new students are uploaded to the Celtic online platform; and how the starters are processed every week. Thank you to the staff at Celtic who have been friendly and helpful at all times, I’ve enjoyed my internship a lot!

All I have left to say now is “Auf Wiedersehen” – it is German and does not mean “Goodbye”, but “See you again!”

#NewFriends #FindYourEpic #LearnEnglishinWales 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Key Calendar Events, Celtic Life

This week's student voice is from our group from Finland

Posted by Marie Davies on 14-Mar-2019 09:55:00

The Student Voice is a glance into the experiences of students from all over the world who have studied with us at Celtic English Academy, here in Cardiff. These testimonials are a first-hand reflection of the impressions left on each student from their time at our academy in the capital city of Wales.

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