Monday, September 22, 2008

University Information

Many students have questions about different universities and often ask their teachers for help in finding answers to their questions. Here is a website created by Google to help people find information about different universities and colleges: Google University Search

It's easy to find out specific information about a particular university. For example if you want to find out whether the IELTS exam is required for admission, and what band is needed, you can choose the university you are interested in and then simply enter IELTS in the search box. A list of links will be given showing you what information is available for that particular university.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Help with Spelling

Many students have problems with spelling. Here's a fun way to improve your spelling - it's an online spelling program that you can play. Here's the link: Spelling City

Have Fun Spelling!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What is Libya Like?

Food: In my country people usually cook their food at home. The most popular foods are couscous, bazine and macaroni but they sometimes eat out in restaurants especially at dinner and they never eat in the street.

Weekends: A lot of people go to picnics at their farms. Some of them go to the beach, sometimes they go to visit some friends. We've got two days holiday in a week; Friday and Saturday. On Friday we've a special prayer in the mosque at lunchtime.

School: We send our children to study at the age of six, this is primary school. When they are twelve they go to a secondary school.

Entertainment: People usually watch TV at mealtimes. A lot of people like Aljazeera channel. They sometimes go to the hospital to visit some friends because a lot of them are sick of boring days. Also they enjoy shopping and sleeping.

Sport: Libyan people like football matches. Some of them like fishing on the sea, but they always play football wherever they want; sometimes in the street, their farms and they usually play at school.

Animals: Some people raise animals on their farms. We use the meat of some animals in our food. Most of the animals are camels, sheep, rabbits, but people never raise pigs on their farms at all.

Shops: Shops are usually open at 9:00am. Some people open their shops at 11:00am but they never open n Friday mornings. Some shops are closed on Saturday too.

Sharfaldeen M. Abudheer
KET Preparation

My Mother

My life would be totally different without my mother in it. I don't think that there is any woman that's as good in the mother's role as my mother.

She is very nice to us, yet very tough when one of us makes a mistake. She is a very energetic woman and not lazy at all. She can do lots of things in a very short time and she will do them right. She is also cheerful and optimistic.

Ever since I was a little girl I loved her so much as a girl loves her mother. But when I turned 12 she became closer and closer to me. We talk about everything in life, not as a mother and daughter, but as friends. She is so understanding that I can tell her about any problem that happens with me and I'm sure that she will tell me the right thing to do.

God bless my mother!

Eman Elaradi
FCE Preparation

My Father

The person I would like to speak about has given a lot and is still giving today. This person has had a huge influence on my way of thinking in life. The person I am writing about is my father.

Mohamed is his name, a real confident, religious, open-minded man and a great father also. He loves his work so much; he's a geologist working in a well-known oil company. He spends most of his time travelling and working abroad.

I don't see him a lot, but his words and lectures never leave my heart. He taught me the secrets of success in life:

"Respecting Islam as your religion is the first and most important source of your power. If you respect your religion every person on this planet will respect you." he says.

"Be honest in everything you do and always think before taking actions."

"When you give a word to someone be a man of your word, and never start something without finishing it."

"When you fall in love respect the woman that you love and treat her well because respect is the strong base in any relationship."

My father is a successful man in my opinion, but he didn't succeed easily in life. His father died when he was ten years old, so you can imagine how tough life was for him. He spent years working and studying to get me and my family the simple things that he couldn't have when he was at my age.

I used to travel with him and study abroad but in the last few years studying and working as an intern doctor has prevented me from travelling anymore. Anyway anytime travelling with him was a lesson of life.

He is a man of principles, I really respect him and love him as a father. I've learned a lot from him and I'm still learning till today.

Ahmed Riyani
FCE Preparation

Monday, April 21, 2008

Websites to practice your English

Here are some student websites from Cambridge University Publishers that you can use to practice your English.

These sites were requested by Hamza, a student in Mrs. Khadija's KET Preparation class.

Thank You Hamza!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Confusing Words

Some words in English are confusing. Here's a website that might help you: Confusing Words

Monday, March 31, 2008

Out with my classmates and teacher

Last Tuesday, I went to Marjan Supermarket which has a small restaurant with my colleagues Ahmed, Khaled, Hassan and Osama at the school and out teacher Mrs. Samira for a special Cinnabon and wonderful pizza.

First Hassan called me to make sure if I am coming to school or not, while I was driving my car and when I was entering the class Ahmed called me to ask if there's a class today. Everybody came to class except Fadia and Wafa and we took one hour to talk and answer some exercises. Next we decided to go to the restaurant and we argued which car we'll take because everybody has a car. So I rode in my teacher's car and the guys rode in Osama's car and when the teacher was driving she told me that she's been driving since 1977 ands she is still afraid of driving which needs a brave person. Then we entered the restaurant. It's a small area with four small tables but it looks very beautiful.

Later, me and Hassan preferred pieces of pizza and you can't imagine how Khaled was looking at Hassan when he suggested to buy a big size of pizza. The teacher chose Cinnabon with green tea, Ahmed and Osama chose Cinnabon with Foster Drink and Khaled took a Cinnabon and we talked, joked and laughed for two hours.

Shortly after that we went around the supermarket and showed to Osama how it's very expensive to have a family and a house. Finally, we finished this wonderful day and the teacher showed us the perfect way to get something you want from anyone as a gift. Then everybody went back to his home with a smiling face.

Abdalmageed Ali
PET Preparation

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Mohammed, my oldest friend

My oldest friend is called Mohammed. We met three years ago at school. He studies with me now in secondary school language class. He is a good boy and very friendly. I like this boy, he is very clever in class and he always gets second in the class. He is a very good boy. In class all the teachers like him.

Saleh Alnass

My oldest friend

My oldest friend is named Taha. We met each other when I was a child. He went to Egypt when I was six years old and then he returned to Libya. He lives next to me. Then we became best friends. When I was eleven his father got a job in Belgium for four years. Taha's a special friend because he's a genius. He's good and he's lovely.

Ebrahim Abudaya

My friend Kamal

My oldest friend is called Kamal. We met twenty years ago when I was fifteen years old. We met on my street because he lives by my house. He's my neighbour and we share the same ideas. Before I always saw him but now it's different because he is married and he moved. He has a baby named Harroun. I like my friend Kamal.

Sharf-Aldeen M. Abudheer

Sunday, January 06, 2008

IELTS Workshop

Yethreb staff and IELTS preparation students attended a workshop at the British Council. The workshop was presented by Sue O'Connell, author of the book Focus on IELTS as well as other exam preparation books and focused on the grammar and vocabulary necessary for students preparing to sit the IELTS exam.

A resource suggested by Ms. O'Connell was the Academic Word List. The most frequent word list can be downloaded as a PDF file: Most Frequent Words PDF

There are also some online exercises available for each sublist.
You can find them here: Academic Word List exercises

We'd like to thank the British Council, Tripoli for allowing us to attend the workshop and thank you to Ms. O'Connell for sharing with us her knowledge about English and IELTS.