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Episode 16

Jamie's taken his exam and is waiting for the results. Adam and Jo talk about the meaning of different exam results in the UK.

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  • Exams or continuous assessment – which do you prefer?
  • Which do you think is better?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


apart from having visited sherlock holmes museum in london, i have read 'and then there were none', which is a mystery from agatha christie.

my foundation studies at the open university which i began after six form college called gymnasium is vital for me, presently, while i am doing cambridge cae to incorporate into it.

I feel like making some complaints. I think series three and series four are a little bit boring and less intersting compared to series1 and series two.Next,please don't read listeners' comments in the podcasts,not any more. Everytime during the first 3 minutes of each epsode, i will skip it and listen to what I am intersted.AS for the length of one podcast,it had better last for 25 or 30 minuters because we need special time to focus on English listenning AND studying.There is one for Adam.could you speak english in your normal speed? I often lose my patients and got unhappy cuz you speak slowly.

Hello Redsneakers,

Sorry to hear you haven't been enjoying the recent series. We've had a lot of positive feedback, but we know not everyone likes the change in format. Since you want something longer and with faster speech, it sounds like you might be looking for a higher level of material. Have you tried some of the other series around the site?

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I everyone,

I'm back. It's a long time now.

I've been listening all podcasts of all series, again and again, and I enjoyed them. Thank's to the teem for the app, it's pretty good for the learners. But I met a lot of confusion about short questions: sometimes, short question is negative after a positive sentence, sometimes all are postive like "we drink a lot of tee here.... do we?"; you remember the conversation between Tess and Ravi...

Oh poor Carolina. She got the job to the convenient, important for her, Jamie is up. Now Jamie got a job to Borneo important for him, she's upset. very difficult to take a decision when your are in couple.

Ohh I've just commented and I forgot the must important thing: Thank you very much for such a wonderful podcast, I really enjoy the whole way you implemented it.

At my university there was not an homogeneus way of determining students grade, it was up to the professor. Must times it was fifty-fifty. Anyway I prefered continous assessment, cause if you are constant at study you don't have to make big efforts at the end. Some professors or subjects (or both) were really hard and must people used to fail at the regular course, in those cases we had three or four chances (I dont remember well I failed two or three times) to apply for an exam, if even then you fail youŕe out of the school.
Sometimes when the professor was really good at teaching and we liked the subject we took the risk to apply for one of those exams expecting to get a better mark, I never make it better but thank God I never failed.

Hi everyone!

Reading this postcard, I'm descoveredes the important about some examen in our lifes, maybe it's true that the result that we can obtaing could change our lifes.As a far I'm concerned we must take account all for where and when we make the next step in our lifes. I give your a piece of advice, if I have in your shoes I would study all my ways and chose always the best one.

Best wishes!


Hi everyone! I'm freshman in comments on the LearnEnglish podcast. Glad to be here. I learn English only eight months and that is very interesting for me. When I read about Luiz Carlos, from Brazil, is 69 years old, who never improved his English like now, I was impressed and also inspired, because I'm 52 years old.
Thanks a lot!