TIPS FOR PEOPLE MOVING UP TO
INTERVIEW WITH A VISITING
STUDENT FROM THE UK
READING - WHERE THE WILD
NEW SCHOOL RULES
THE GREAT AMERICAN QUIZ
LOTS OF GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
Taylor School is now finishing it’s 4th
year. Over that time we’ve had over 500
students studying here. We are proud of
the good reputation we have with our students and we are
always looking for ways to improve learning and to have more
fun with English.
Over the summer we have classes for adults to prepare
Cambridge Exams, and Trinity ISE II (for bilingual teachers)
and also conversation classes of all levels.
There are going to be some changes this year. Two of our super-teachers are moving on to
bigger and better things. Andrea is moving to Madrid
and Andy is going to teach in a secondary school. They
amazing teachers and great workmates. We’ll miss
them here and we wish them all the best for the
Can you spot the
There are 10 in the
The infants drew butterflies for our mural (see front cover).
They’re very colourful!
In this edition of the
summer magazine there are
lots of activities for students
to do. Every time you see
this sign there’s an activity
We’re all going on a summer holiday….
to the United States of America!
By Juan, Raquel, Lua, Lucía, Iyán and Alba
We’re going to visit a cowboy town
and ride a horse.
We’re going to go to a Willyrex book
We’re going to go to Hollywood and
We’re going to swim at the beach and relax.
We’re going to visit Disney Land and Lego
We’re going to see the Empire State
Building, the Statue of Liberty and Time
We’ve been reading
this fantastic book
about a little boy
who gets very angry.
He gets so angry that
he goes away and
becomes the king of
the wild things.
WHO AM I?
By Julio A, Mario B, Adriana C, Javier E,
Lara F, Iván G, Martín H, Carla I.
Match the pictures to the descriptions:
1) Martín - I’ve got dark hair and brown eyes.
I’m wearing a tracksuit top and shorts.
2) Carla - I’ve got brown hair and hazel eyes.
I’m wearing a skirt, jumper and a T-shirt.
3) Javier - I’ve got blonde hair and green eyes.
I’m wearing a red T-shirt.
4) Ale - I’ve got brown hair and brown eyes. I’m
wearing a tracksuit top and shorts.
5) Iván - I’ve got brown hair and brown eyes. I’m
wearing a black and white jumper and green
6) Mario - I’ve got brown hair and brown eyes. I’m
wearing a blue and white T-shirt and brown
7) Adriana - I’ve got brown hair and brown eyes.
I’m wearing a jumper, socks, shoes, a skirt and
a T-shirt. I’ve got a red school bag.
8) Lara - I’ve got blonde hair and brown eyes.
I’m wearing a jumper, socks, shoes and a skirt.
9) Julio -I’ve got brown hair and brown eyes.
I’m wearing a blue jumper, a white T-shirt,
black socks, brown shoes and brown trousers.
(Answers on the back page)
What’s the ?
1. It’s something that you give on a
2. It’s a place where you can buy things
you need, for example food and cleaning
3. It’s a type of food that you eat cold.
4. It’s a time when you go or live in a
5. It’s a cartoon character who lives in the
6. It’s a sport that you do in the water and
you need a board to take on waves.
7. It’s a season that is very hot. It comes
after Spring and before Autumn.
The action never stops..
This year at Taylor School we’ve been as busy as usual
doing fun activities with the children and adults. At
Christmas we did a fun Christmas show starring Liz and
John as The Littlest Elf. At Easter we went outside an
had our Egg Olympics. You can see a video of the event
on the Taylor School Facebook page. #
With the adults, Joe took everyone round Oviedo’s old
town, sharing stories about
the history of our beautiful
We always have the conversation classes for adults and workshops for the
primary children on Fridays. The library is always available to the
students. You can even take books to read over summer.#
This year we also had the Cambridge Young Learners
exams at the school. We’re still waiting for the results -
so fingers crossed! #
You can find our website at taylorschool.es and we’re on
Facebook at facebook.com/taylor.school. #
Mateo, Almu, David Gabriel, Miguel and Alejandro
MOVING UP TO CAMBRIDGE
We asked the students in the Cambridge Advanced
classes for their advice to students who may be
moving up from First Certificate.
It’s useful to test yourself in order to have a
good idea of your level before
deciding to do the exam (the
mock exam is a great way to
At First Certificate level it’s
very important to say
something, but at the
Advanced level it’s also
important to be accurate when
speaking (but don’t worry
about making mistakes)
I wish I had studied a bit more and done the
homework more often.
Don’t avoid difficult
otherwise you won’t be able
to overcome it.
Take advantage of any
opportunity to talk to native
English speakers, it’s really
useful to listen to a variety
It’s a good idea to write something regularly,
it’s like having an extra class.
I wish I had gone to the conversation classes
more often, it’s a fun way of practicing
speaking in a different context to the usual
We would recommend doing homework every
day in order to practice what you
learn in class.
We suggest watching TV and
listening to the radio in English so
that you can train your ear, using
English subtitles if necessary.
If I were you, I would go over the
things you learn in class when you
are at home.
A good way to practice is to get into the habit
of translating what you say into English: Say
to yourself “How would I say that in English?”
It’s a good idea to make a note of any
new and unfamiliar words and look
them up later in a dictionary.
It might be useful to keep a
vocabulary notebook divided into
different sections, such as work,
holidays, weather etc so it would be
easy to review.
Another good way to practise is to try and use
new words and expressions as much as
possible as soon as you learn them.
I wish I had kept a grammar notebook too,
with all of the grammar points we’ve seen.
This is what they said:
Why did you choose to do the Pre-First course at Taylor School?
Leonardo: I took the level test which they offered me here and decided to take
this course with a long-term plan to improve my English. I've realised it was the
right level for me, doing the First Certificate course would have been too difficult
after such a long time because I studied English when I was a child but after high
school I studied German...for 20 years! In my opinion, it's 'never too late' to start
learning another language and in my job as a professor at the University of Oviedo
I am interested in doing 'research stays' in other countries and I'd like to go to the
U.S.A or another English-speaking place for a year. I'll probably do the exam in the
future but I'm not really in a hurry, as from my experience of learning German I
know that it is a life-long learning experience.
How has the course helped you?
Nacho: I've been coming to Taylor School for the last couple of years and I'm
hoping to do the First Certificate next year. Doing this course I've lost my fear of
speaking English. I also come to the extra Conversation Classes every Friday
evening. We discuss a variety of
themes and this year the level has
been very high, because most of the
students have been from the
Advanced Classes! It's been good for
me. I can understand everything and
I'm speaking much more fluently. For
me learning English is amusing...
Do you plan to do the First
Certificate next year?
Tatiana: Yes, my initial plan was to do
the First Certificate this year as I'd like to have it. I have to use English at work all
the time and I'm fine with the writing and reading, but I needed to improve my
listening and speaking. The Mock Exam in April was helpful becauseI realised that I
probably need another year to get the First Certificate. Although I was really
pleased with my result! Much better than I expected! I need objectives to keep on
studying, so I will aim to do the exam in June 2016.
At Taylor School we oﬀer classes at B1+ level for students
who want to take the Cambridge First Certificate Exam
(FCE) but who are not ready for the B2 level class.
An Interview with…
Charlie is an English exchange student who was
staying in Oviedo with Alejandro. Our ESO and 6º primary class asked him some
What's your favourite dish?
I like food in general, so it's diﬃcult to say. I like fish and chips and a Chinese takeaway at the
weekend. I tried Alejandro's mother's Spanish Omelette yesterday, it was very filling! At the
weekend she is going to make fabada, so I will try that too.#
What do you think of the weather here?
It's been awful since I got here, it hasn't stopped raining, but I'm used to it.#
Have you been to other countries before Spain?
Yes. A lot of countries. I’ve been to France and Cyprus a lot. I’ve got
family in Cyprus. #
Have you got any pets?
Yes. One dog called Derek.#
Where do you live?
In a village near the city of Brighton.#
What are you going to be when you’re older?
A footballer or a scientist.#
Do you play football for a team?
Yes, I play for two teams, Barnham and Sussex County. I train three or four times a week and play
matches on Saturdays and Sundays.#
What do you think of the Spanish Football League?
It's one of the most exciting leagues in the world, it's very fast-paced and there are lots of goals.
But the Premier League is the best in the world! I'm a Chelsea supporter and I think we might win
the league this year...#
If you could choose to go on holiday to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Apart from Oviedo, I'd love to go to Australia or New Zealand. My sister has been travelling in
Asia and she told me Vietnam was amazing!#
Do you know what an 'horreo' is?
No! Is it anything to do with Oreo cookies??#
Learning from Mistakes
Our Pre-Intermediate students would like to share their most common mistakes
with you. Once you know your weaknesses you can work on them and learn from
your mistakes. Can you find the mistakes in these sentences?#
Lía, Lucía, Mauro, Gonzalo, Sergio, Rodrigo and Marcos.
The differences explained as in the YLE Movers Exam:
1. It’s summer in Taylor School
2. We flew the Friday from Paris.
3. I can’t to speak English.
4. We was arrived at the hotel at 10am.
5. We had to working a lot.
6. I go to living in a cabin in the forest.
7. Excuse me, I’m afraid I make a complaint.
8. It’s a place with a lot of cafés for have
Answers on the back page
In picture A the girl has got red hair but in
picture B she has got blonde hair.
In picture A the boy is wearing a cap but in
picture B he hasn’t got a cap.
In picture A there isn’t a net but in picture
B there’s a net.
In picture A there is a bar but in
picture B there isn’t a bar.
In picture A there are stairs but in
picture B there aren’t any stairs.
In picture A there are two towels
but in picture B there are three
by ESO groups
In the summer months you have more free time, so it's the perfect time to
take up a new hobby! Don't play football or watch Youtube videos all day!
Try something new...and different.
Here are our suggestions, first of all for people who are energetic:
A really good idea is rug surfing. All
you need are: an airbed, a rug and
some waves. You put the rug on the
airbed and take it in to the sea.
People think that you are floating on
the rug! If you want to impress your
friends you can do a handstand. It
looks like a magic trick. You should wear a wetsuit if the water is cold and you
have to exit the beach at night, when no-one can see you. While you are on the
'floating rug' your friend collects money from people on the beach. You could
earn some money to buy a new rug for your parents.
PARKOUR IN A SHOPPING CENTRE
In Asturias there are lots of shopping centres where people go when it's
raining, but going shopping is very boring so this new activity consists of doing
parkour inside while your
parents are doing some
shopping. You can run up
and down the escalators. You
could also jump over the
barrier next to the cash desk.
In the car park you can do
races with the trolleys. There
is only one warning, be
careful with the security man!