EOI English B2-1 Exam Success: Congratulations Inma

Like most people Inma had butterflies in her stomach before taking her EOI exams.  She worked extremely hard to prepare for her exams and coped really well under a lot pressure.  She, intelligently, ignored my advice to take non-legal drugs before the exam, and passed with flying colours.  Inma took the bull by the horns, faced her fears, and truthfully, deserved to pass.

Achieving your goals is never easy, it takes a lot of hard work, discipline, self-study, dedication and determination.  Achieving things, however big or small, should always be celebrated and congratulated. Well done Inma – you are awesome! I am chuffed to bits for you!

So, what do Inglés Málaga clients say about us? Well, read a few testimonials and you´ll get a good idea.

For more information about English courses, email Janette

I want a good job!

Factors important in a job

I want a good job?

OK, but seriously, who wants to have a bad job?! So, with this in mind, what does it mean to have a good job?  Have you ever considered what makes a good job? Is it more than just the salary and the holiday allowance?
From this list of key factors, how would you rate their level of importance? You might want to consider:

  1. Which three aspects are the most important for you, and why?
  2. Whether your thoughts have changed from when you were younger?
  3. Whether you think they will change when you are older?

What´s the job?

Essential qualifications and experience  

  1. IT and digital skills, including Outlook and Word;
  2. Strong interpersonal and customer focus skills;
  3. Ability to work in a team;
  4. Initiative and the ability to organise and prioritise own workload;
  5. Creativity and ability to come up with new, innovative ideas;
  6. Adaptability under pressure;
  7. Good communications skills (written and oral);
  8. Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and communicate them simply and effectively;
  9. Fluent written and spoken English;

Desirable qualifications and experience  

  1. Experience in communications, including communications campaigns;
  2. Experience and/or interest in International Relations;
  3. IT and digital skills in social media;
  4. Programme management.

Why do governments invest so little in education and training?

The most recent records that I can find on the Internet allege that Spain spends 4.21% of its GDP on Education, in comparison to the UK which spends 5.73%, and Norway which spends 7.37%.

OK, obviously, we need to understand exactly what these Education budgets include, but, the next time a politician says: ‘‘Education is the key to economic prosperity and better living’‘, we need to challenge them, and ask them what they mean by education, and better living for whom.

Finally, if you are curious as to which country invests the most of its GDP on education, then check it out here. And, if you don´t believe that these statistics are true, who can you ask to get the right information?

Formal and Informal Verbs

It is said that informal and colloquial language is becoming much more popular in business contexts nowadays, and I would completely agree with this opinion.

Whether or not this familiarization of professional contexts is for the better or worse, is definitely debatable. However, truth be told,  if you can control both styles of communication, you will be able to open more doors, and seize more opportunities.

If you are interested in more examples of the differences between formal and informal language, why not check out this website?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

If you see one film this month, you should definitely go and see: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.Without a shadow of a doubt, it is the best film I have seen in decades. It is horrifyingly brilliant!

Film buffs will salivate over the cinematography, the script, and the second-too-none acting.  However, even if you aren’t a film buff, you will love this film because the plot is so refreshingly unpredictable. And finally, if, like me, you have been trying to wrap your head around how Mr Trump became The President of the USA, this film will give you some food for thought.

I can’t stand cooking. I can’t bear washing up

I can't bear cookingLots of people take up cookery classes, and, it is said that cooking helps people chill out.  However, I say, cooking is a pain in the ass – it’s an evil necessity, and I personally, can’t stand it, what I mean is, I dislike it intensely.

In fact,  4 years ago, someone showed me how to make lasagna and despite the fact that I’m smiling, I felt stressed, and completely out of my comfort zone. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, for instance, I’m very keen on eating, but I can’t stand cooking, chopping, boiling, frying, baking, squeezing, grating, mixing or washing up.

How about you? What are your pet hates?