We regret to tell our blog followers that a memory card error occurred and it’s been impossible to recover the files, so we can’t see Arnau, Aritz and Tomas explaining their experience in Ireland, all the students doing the TIE exam and the afternoon in the centre of Dublin buying gifts for family and friends. No doubt, it would have been a really interesting video.
We started the day, December 8th with a Holy Mass. It was the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the day to commemorate when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was graced by God to lead a life “free of sin”. Then, at 10:45 the TIE exam
TIE, the Test of Interactive English
The test is in two parts – a speaking test and a written test. In the oral test you present your project, talk about either your book or news story and talk to your partner to reach a decision based on some material the examiner will give you.
The writing test is about grammar and use of English. The writing test takes 1 hour and the speaking test takes 25 minutes for Junior TIE.
The students had been preparing this exam on Saturdays. People are almost always nervous before an exam but the boys were relatively calm. The exam began at 10:45 and finished at 12:15. Some said that the oral part had been easier, others than the written part, comments of all kinds, but they were quite satisfied. We hope they all get through the exam. Let’s wait for the results. Good luck to you all!
Then, the packed lunch, and later on, we went to the centre of Dublin. We walked along the pedestrian Gafton Street, we saw buskers, souvenir-sellers, jugglers… The weather was awful, but everyone was happy. We went into Carrolls Irish Gifts, a big gift shop. “… I will buy this shirt for my brother … this cap for my father, he will love it … for my mother this mug … these key rings for my friends…” Actually they were already anticipating and living their return home. At all times they behaved with great responsibility and we enjoyed ourselves. The next time we take the bus we will be going off to the airport.