We are all in the first year of our CPE preparation course. Most of us are university students studying here in Thessaloniki.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Study ideas

This is a list of different things you can do to
improve your English outside class.

1 Use the internet - How ?

a Surf the web on a regular basis - 10 to 15
minutes a day is enough.

b Use chat rooms - Mirc or Yahoo have easy to
use (and FREE) chat services.


c Listen to radio or download podcasts from the


Or download a book and listen to it, it costs


d Set up your own blog (web page). It's easy and
costs nothing. Also it is a great way to practise
your writing skills.


2 Watch DVD's - without subtitles - at least once a
week. This is a great way of preparing for the the
listening test.

3 Read something other than your course books.
literature, short stories, magazines, newspapers;
In fact just about anything you can find in English.
All reading is good practice for the Reading
Comprehension part of the Cambridge exams.
All these things can be found at the kiosks in
Aristotelian square or in central bookshops.

4 Record yourself. If you have a cassette recorder,
mobile phone that can record or a microphone
for your PC, record yourself speaking. It's a
great way of correcting errors in your spoken

5 Speak only English in class. This is probably the
only chance you'll get to speak English before the
exam so make the most of the opportunity.

Nobody expects students to do all of these things
but if you try some of them during the course of the
year then you'll see a great improvement in your
language skills and of course you'll greatly increase
your chances of getting a good grade in the exams.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

This is an exercise we discussed yesterday in our lesson. Who do you think should get the treatment?


General hospital

Photo by BinkyBink

The situation: Imagine that you are in a small hospital in a poor part of the world which has only a limited number of beds.There are three patients who require urgent medical treatment, however, there is only one place available.


You are the head of paediatrics. You have in your care aseriously ill young girl who needs an operation on her spine. If she does not have an operation within the next 48 hours
it is almost certain she will be paralysed from the waist down.


You are a neurologist. You have in your care a sick pregnantwoman who must undergo brain surgery to remove a tumour. Without the operation her chances of survival are 50/50.


You are the local GP. You have in your care a father of three. The man has a heart condition caused by heavy smoking. If he doesn't have open-heart surgery immediately he is likely to
suffer a heart attack and possibly die.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hello, I'm George (Maris). Surprise!!! Finally I bought a laptop and....a 1024kbps ADSL connection.From now on, I'll write more often.CU in the class!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

How was 2006 for you? Here is a video I made showing some of the highlights of my year.What I would like you to do is;

a) Ask me a few questions about what the pictures mean to me.
b) Create you own presentation. It doesn't have to as long as mine. Simply go to Slide.com and upload some of your own photos. You van then post it on this blog.

BTW you may have to choose small photos (i.e ones than are less then 200kb) if you have a 56kp/s dial up internet connection, otherwisw it will take you hours.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Hi everybody this is George Komnis.You may have noticed that i havn't come to the lessons for about 3 weeks.Well I didn't disappear just like that,but my grandmother that lives in Crete had a very serius problem with her health and my mother and I had to go to Crete(my fother is working and my sister is in Belgium,to visit my cousin that is studying there).Anyway,my grandmother is now fine,but we desided that it is better for her to come and live with us in Thessaloniki,so we stayed more in Crete,in order to pack all her stuff.
So,because i have missed a lot of what we did in the classroom(not so much from Mr.Craig's leeson,because we have the blogg,but especially from Mrs.Jany's lesson,because we have nothing...)can anyone sent me what our homework for X-mas will be and a summary of what we did?
My e-mail is:komnis3@yahoo.gr
That's all i had to say,see you the next year(2007)!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues

It was Christmas Eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me, won't see another one
And then he sang a song
The Rare Old Mountain Dew
I turned my face away
And dreamed about you

Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
I've got a feeling
This year's for me and you
So happy Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true

They've got cars big as bars
They've got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It's no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me

You were handsome
You were pretty
Queen of New York City
When the band finished playing
They howled out for more
Sinatra was swinging,
All the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night

The boys of the NYPD choir
Were singing "Galway Bay"
And the bells were ringing out
For Christmas day

You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it's our last

I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can't make it all alone
I've built my dreams around you

1 What can you say about the people singing/
2 What happened to them in the past?
3 What do you think will happen to them in the future?