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Summer Storywriting Competition

All you have to do is write a story between 150-250 words which ends with the sentence: “That was the best summer of my life”.

Maybe it was the summer you had a fantastic holiday or maybe it was the summer that you finished all your exams. Whatever happened to make it your best summer ever, we would love to hear about it.

Don’t worry about your level of English - anyone can enter this competition. We are not judging the entries on grammatical accuracy. The winner will be the person who writes the most interesting story!

So if you can remember the best summer of your life so far, why not write and tell us about it. The lucky winner will be able to choose ANY iPass Course as their prize and will be announced in next month’s newsletter.

Competition closes 31st July 2011

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Thought I’d start the ball rolling by telling you about one of my best summers!

It was the summer of 2002 and I was living and working in Budapest, in Hungary. I had started the job as an English teacher the previous year and it was the first time in many years that I hadn’t gone back to the UK to work in the summer. So I was free for 5 whole weeks!!

Me and my boyfriend decided to spend 3 weeks visiting Croatia, a country we had never been to before. We went there by bus from Budapest with just our backpacks containing a few clothes, sleeping bags and our small tent. It felt like a real adventure because we didn’t make any plans, we didn’t know exactly where we were going to stay. We just boarded the bus and went!

We started our journey in Split, a beautiful town on the Dalmatian coast and then went across to 2 or 3 different islands where we camped for a couple of weeks before heading down to the wonderfully restored city of Dubrovnik. I was really impressed by everything I experienced, the friendliness of the people, the cleanliness of the beaches, the food, everything. There was a genuine warmth to the place which I hadn’t expected.

After our travels we went back to England for a music festival which was really good fun and the weather was surprisingly good too. 3 days of great music, laughing, dancing, being with friends and feeling free. It was just like being a student again which is why I think it was one of the best summers of my life!!



By Jenny Bedwell on 2011 07 06

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Elena, Russia

Elena, Russia

I would like to share my happiness with you!

Today I got my IELTS test results and I did not believe to my eyes!!!
My overall band score is 7.5!!!

Listening: 7.5
Reading: 7.0
Writing: 7.5
Speaking: 8.0

Jenny, THANKS A MILLION for your help!!!
You are such a BRILLIANT teacher!! I wish I had more teachers like you in my life!!

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