Seminar: 21st Century Strategies For Increasing Language Competency (Wed. 27 Feb)

febrero 24th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,
Poster 27 Feb

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, an associate professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be at the EUITT on Wednesday to give a talk as part of our Around the World in English series.

The conference will be held on Wednesday, 27 February at 12:30 in Room 3005.

The presentation will focus on research and practical application of language learner strategies for increasing language competency. It will include specific examples regarding brain based research, language learning in the United States, the utilization of technology, cultural practices and perspectives, and the implementation of metacognitive strategies.

Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco is an associate professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati,Ohio. Aside from teaching all levels of Spanish language and linguistics, she directs the language education program and consults with schools on program design and assessment. A keen interest in the integration of technology and language learning led her to establish the language technology center at Xavier University, where she continues to explore and research new applications to enhance the acquisition process.

Around the World in English Seminar – Language, World View and Other Stuff: A Closer Look at the U.S.A. and Spain by Dr. Joana Pierce McMahon

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Joana Pierce McMahon gave a very interesting talk explaining some of the differences and similarities between the culture of Spain and the USA, including a bit of an introduction to the political system.


PhD. Joana Pierce McMahon
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

When and Where

Wednesday, 31st October 2012, 12.30, Room 3004/5

English through Films: The King’s Speech

abril 25th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,


Wednesday, April 25th, 15:30, Room 3005.


The story of King George VI of Britain, his ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch.


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Seminar: Are You Thinking of Going to Study or Work Abroad? by Rupert Herrington

abril 11th, 2012 | Tags: ,

Rupert Herington from the University of Leeds Language Centre will be giving a talk at the EUITT on Wednesday 23rd May 2012 with the title:

‘Understanding cultural diversity and using communication strategies to prepare for working and studying abroad.’

The talk will be of interest to anyone who plans to spend a period in another country and wishes to learn more about ways to communicate more effectively and to understand important cultural aspects which affect communication.

In addition, during the same week, Rupert Herington will be giving a talk about the University of Leeds and the Summer General English programme at the Language Centre. Each year the University of Leeds Language Centre welcomes students from the EUITT who come to study in July or August for 3 weeks or more. For further details about the programme please contact Ms. Mari Carmen Pozo or see:

Around the World in English Seminar – Manchester by Susana Galan

abril 10th, 2012 | Tags: , , , ,


Susana Galan gave a talk on her birthtown «Manchester» and her experience as a Mancunian teaching English to Spanish students.


Susana Galán.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

When and Where

Wednesday, 7th March 2012, 12.30, Room 3004/5

English Through Films: My Fair Lady

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Friday, March 23rd, 10:30, Multi-purpouse Room, Floor -1, Campus Sur Library.


When Professor Higgins takes a bet from a friend, he could never had imagined that his live would be turned upside-down when trying to turn a Cockney flower girl into a lady.


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English Through Films: Children of a Lesser God

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Wednesday, February 29th, 12:30, Multi-purpouse Room, Floor -1, Campus Sur Library.


James Leeds is a new member of the faculty at a school for the deaf who specialises in speech therapy. He falls for Sarah, a student that decided to stay at the school instead of making a life for herself outside the institution. Will he be able to reach her and communicate his feelings?


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Practice English in Madrid

febrero 28th, 2012 | Tags: ,

There are a lot of activities in Madrid that integrate learning and practicing English with leisure, sport, and cultural activities. Here are some ideas:

Sports in English
Bootcamp is a proven method to achieve instant results, gain endless health benefits and be the best you can be. In every session you will work your entire body with a combination of exercises designed solely to get rapid and long-lasting results. This sport is based on military training and consists of one hour of intense exercise: running, squats, boxing, strength training, et al without stopping. There are evening lessons with native English speaking teachers and foreign collegues in Retiro park.

Cooking in English
MCH-Training offers cooking classes in English to give you the opportunity to learn new recipes, practice your English, and learn about the traditions of other countries. The lessons are completely in English and at the end of the course each student receives a notebook with the recipes and the vocabulary used. The lessons are in A Punto Centro Cultural del Gusto, in the center of Chueca.

Short appointments in English
Spanglish Exchange is a language exchange and cultural event founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has successfully organized more than 800 affordable and fun events attracting both native Spanish and English speakers. In May 2011 Spanglish Exchange began holding events in Madrid. In each event there are 10 people (5 Spanish, 5 native English speaking) and 10 minutes to talk in each appointment, 5 minutes in each language. It’s 5 euros to participate and one free drink. But it’s not for flirting! 😉

Playing in English
J&J Books and Coffee is a pub & bookshop located on 47th Spiritu Santo street and every Friday night at 11.00pm there is an open quiz English competition where about 70 people play to win and learn. The game takes place at the pub upstairs. On Wednesdays and Thursdays you can also practice your English with conversations. Downstairs there is a second-hand bookshop with more than 25,000 books in English that cost between one and four euros.

Night Meetings in English
There are a lot of pubs in Madrid that use nights to organize exchanges between natives and foreigners. For example, in Multilinkual Madrid Meetups, you can meet new people and practise languages with native speakers for free. There are Tuesday meetups at O’Neill’s pub (Principe 12), International Dinners for 15€ on Wednesdays , Thursday meetups at Beer Station (Cuesta de Santo Domingo 22) and Friday’s «Discounted Movie Nights in English,» with drinks at the 4D pub after every movie. At the meetings you’ll get to experience a lot of different languages and meet people of different nationalities. The meetups are especially recommended for expats and Erasmus students.

Quick Placement & Diagnostic Test

diciembre 12th, 2011 | Tags: ,

A Quick Level Test from with Answer Key:

Quick placement and diagnostic test

Answer key

Common European Framework (CEF) English Levels Comparison

diciembre 12th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

The following table gives an approximate comparison between the different exams. The exams all use the Common European Framework (CEF) proficiency levels.

C2 CPE 9 level 5
8 90
BEC Higher
7.5 110-120 level 4
6.5 75
BEC Vantage
6 87-109 level 3
5 60
BEC Prelim
4.5 57-86 level 2
4 40
A2 KET level 1