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FCE (Cambridge First Certificate in English)
Wednesdays 19h00 - 21h00
Exams in June 2017

Spring 2017 : new FCE preparation course
Mondays 19h00 - 21h00
Exams in December 2017

CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)
Mondays 18h30 - 20h30
Exams in June 2017

Level A1+
Thursdays 17h30 - 19h30

Level A2- / A2
Mondays 19h30 - 21h00

Level A2+ / B1
Thursdays 18h30 - 20h00

Level B1 / B1+
Tuesdays 19h00 - 20h00

Level B1+ / B2
Thursdays 18h30 - 20h00

 

English for children from 5 years old - various levels

Timeslots upon request 

 

Joke of the week ...

Birthday joke 

David’s wife is mad at him because he forgot her birthday. David saves his skin. ‘Sweetheart,’ he says. ‘How do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?’

Joke vocabulary :

To be mad at someone : to be furious with someone

To save your skin : sauver sa peau (fr)

 


Grammar highlight of the week ...

The collective noun : singular or plural ?

What is a collective noun ? Army, class, committee team and jury are collective nouns. An army, a class and a team is composed of several members. 

When is a collective noun followed by the singular form ? 

When all members of the group do the same action at the same time.

. The class always listens to what the teacher says. (All the pupils are very studious) 

. My FCE class is doing a mock exam tonight. (All the students are doing the same task)

. The committee was against the proposition. (All the members were against the proposition)

. The Orcs (Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit) army is very aggressive. (Nice orcs don't exist, they are horrible-looking and brutal !)

When is a collective noun followed by the plural form ?

When members of the group are acting as individuals.

. The team were running in all directions. (There was no unity in the team)

. The committee often disagree about how to spend the budget. (The committee members have different opinions)

If you find any of the above confusing, just use the words « members » after the nouns mentioned. In this case, you will always use the plural form.