Sunday, March 30, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
- Enhanced results reporting for the ECCE
- Listening and GVR numerical scores
- ECCE Speaking Rating Scale
- ECCE Writing Rating Scale
Format of the ECCE
|Section||Time||Description||Number of Items|
|Speaking||15 minutes||Test takers participate in a structured, multistage task with one examiner.||4 stages|
|Listening||30 minutes||Part 1 (multiple choice)|
A short recorded conversation is followed by a question. Answer choices are shown as pictures.
|Part 2 (multiple choice)|
Short talks delivered by single speakers on different topics, followed by 4 to 6 questions each.
|90 minutes||Grammar (multiple choice)|
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one choice is grammatically correct.
|Vocabulary (multiple choice)|
An incomplete sentence is followed by a choice of words or phrases to complete it. Only one word has the correct meaning in that context.
|Reading (multiple choice)|
Part 1: A short reading passage is followed by comprehension questions.
Part 2: Two sets of four short texts related to each other by topic are followed by 10 questions each.
|Writing||30 minutes||The test taker reads a short excerpt from a newspaper article and then writes a letter or essay giving an opinion about a situation or issue.||1 task|
Friday, March 21, 2014
Nowadays, although a growing number of people use new technology and are interested in getting better knowledge of it, some others still prefer not to do so for a variety of reasons. Such a person is my aunt Maria.
Maria likes doing things in a traditional way and tries to avoid using technology whenever it is possible. Maria prefers to do things in person such as shopping, getting informed, or chatting with friends. She learns the news, meets friends and has fun by going out, or buying a newspaper. On the other hand, using technology is not a part of her daily life because it doesn't affect her job or personal life too much. It's something that doesn't attract her, either.
What's more, Maria doesn't have the necessary knowledge on how to use computer or other technological devices and that sometimes can be a problem. Sending messages or surfing on the internet is something that few people can't do and that's because they haven't put in the necessary time. Because of her character and sociability she likes learning things in first hand and that sometimes could also be better than finding information on the internet or other media.
In conclusion, different interests and different life styles is the only thing that divides people to those who use technology and from these who don't. I believe that using technology doesn't necessarily make someone happier or a better person. There are still many means that could replace some aspects of technology or other activities that technology offers to the general public.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Firstly, by studying abroad students are enabled to study subjects that might not be available in their countries. What's more, the students get involved and learn new cultures and ideas, broaden their horizons and make friends around the world. Another important part of studying in a foreign country is that there are many international students doing the same, so in this way the students can discuss and learn many things on their subject by getting in touch with them.
Although studying abroad could be a great opportunity to visit and live in different places around the world, there are also some important barriers which should be taken into consideration
In any case, I personally believe that by breaking down the (aforementioned) barriers of living abroad and by learning the
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
It is true that homeschooling refers mostly to people who are not capable
In conclusion, I think that homeschooling should only be allowed to kids (informal) that face serious problems with their education and not an optional tool that can be used by anyone. What would happen if one day everyone decides to leave schools? Would the educational system become better?
I'm a university student studying maths in Heraklion, a city of Crete. I'm now in the second year of my studies.
Which subjects do you enjoy at school?
There are lots of subjects that I like, mostly Algebra, Calculus and Number theory. I think that every subject
Which subjects do you enjoy less?
I think I don't like Physics or Computer Operation as much as the other subjects. I find them too difficult and boring. I wish I had (only) to study maths only.
What would you like to do when you finish with your studies?
First of all, I'd like to gather
How could your university be improved?
I think that it could be improved by having (providing) more recreational activities to the students. (example?) Another good idea is to review and reconsider some subjects that might need to be changed or improved. (example?)
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Read about Women's World Day and its connection to the protest against war as described in the UNA-Canada site and find a vast array of information and photos about women's history and achievements in the websites listed here:
'Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Having heard that some schools in the area are trying to provide a vending machine, instead of a refreshment bar in the schools' territory, I am writing to you to express my opinion on this matter. I personally don't believe that installing a vending machine in schools is a good idea.
First of all, by installing vending machines the number of the students who
are tend to consume unhealthy food will be increase d. It is a fact that students don't fully understand the importance of a healthy diet and for that reason, so the idea of locating a vending machine, although it will enable us to save some more money, it will draw students who don't usually have a nutritious or complete ly breakfast. What's more, in this case, the students will take less and less of the important vitamins our (their) body needs and they will drag themselves into a bad habit. In my experience, people who are used to having bad diet habits find it extremely difficult for them to give them up.
In my opinion, in order to avoid this kind of possible problems and protect youngers' health, we ought to provide a refreshment bar in which healthier food will be offered , like a variety of fruits, vegetables, juices and many other healthy snacks. In this way, we help the younger generations to realize the importance of a healthy diet and they are also given the opportunity to maintain a good physical form. Despite the fact that an operation like this requires a lot of money, as far as I know it is better for students because they are more interested in things they learn actively, more than when having to study theoretical school subjects. I am sure the results will also be impressive.
I hope you will take my viewpoint into consideration when deciding on this matter.
blow up = ανατινάζω
break down = χαλάω
break in/into = διαρρηγνύω
break out = ξεσπώ/δραπετεύω
break up = χωρίζω, σταματώ ένα δεσμό
bring about = προκαλώ, προξενώ
bring sb/sth along = φέρνω μαζί μου κάποιον ή κάτι (sb=somebody, sth=something)
bring back = επιστρέφω κάτι σε κάποιον
bring on = προκαλώ
bring up sth = λέω, αναφέρω κάτι
bring up sb = αναθρέφω κάποιον
call off = ματαιώνω, ακυρώνω
carry on = εξακολουθώ, συνεχίζω να κάνω κάτι
check in = υπογράφω για την διαμονή μου σε ξενοδοχείο
check out = ρίχνω μια ματιά , φεύγω από ένα ξενοδοχείο επιστρέφοντας το κλειδί και πληρώνοντας τον λογαριασμό μου
clean up = καθαρίζω, τακτοποιώ
come across = συναντώ/βρίσκω τυχαία
come along = ακολουθώ, πηγαίνω μαζί με κάποιον ή προοδεύω, προχωρώ
come back from = γυρνώ, επιστρέφω
come down with sth = "κολλάω" μια ασθένεια
come from = προέρχομαι
come round = συνέρχομαι, ανακτώ τις αισθήσεις μου ή επισκέπτομαι, περνώ από κάπου
come up = αναφέρομαι, προκύπτω
come up with = βρίσκω, σκέφτομαι (μια ιδέα,ένα σχέδιο κτλ.)
count on someone = βασίζομαι σε κάποιον
do up = επισκευάζω, ανακαινίζω
drop by = επισκέπτομαι κάποιον ή πηγαίνω κάπου (συνήθως χωρίς να το έχω προγραμματίσει)
drop off = πηγαίνω κάτι ή κάποιον κάπου με αυτοκίνητο
fill in = συμπληρώνω
get sth across to sb = κάνω κάτι σαφές σε κάποιον
get along = τα πηγαίνω καλά με κάποιον
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Having heard everything you said, I think the best solution for Peggy is to exercise and maybe go on a healthy diet instead of going on a strict diet. In this way, she could lose weight and work out at the same time. Because Peggy is not overweight, I don't believe that it is necessary to go on a strict diet to achieve her objective. What's more, people who go on strict diets usually hurt themselves in order to get thinner, because they don't take the necessary vitamins their body needs to be healthy. So, if I were in her shoes, I'd probably give a second thought on such an important matter . Additionally, taking exercise wouldn't make their parents worry about her health and for that reason this decision would make everybody feel satisfied.