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Students who did the PoppieS Foundation in 2019-2021:

“Hi, Paloma! I hope you’re doing fine. I just wanted to let you know that I have passed both exams with an average mark of 8.5. I wanted to thank you for all the materials as well as for your lessons ☺️”

Ane Benito – Basque Country. 2021.

“Joining Paloma has been the best thing I could have ever done to prepare my competitive exam! The different blocks of contents are perfectly organized and related, everything has a purpose! During the course, you work on the different parts of the exam, not only on the first exam but also on the oral presentations, which is essential for the second part of the exam. Paloma focuses not only on the contents but also on the form and structure of what you write. She always gives you the necessary support, not only academic but also personal; she motivates you to continue working and she always trusts you even when you don’t! Without her, I would not have obtained my position!”

Beatriz Izquierdo Algarra

“My name is Amy and with the help of PoppieS Foundation Course I was awarded a permanent placement in Madrid in the 2021 exam. It was my first time taking the exam and I couldn’t have done it without Paloma’s help. The course is brilliantly organized and I loved how Paloma challenged and helped me along the way. With her guidance I learned not only what I needed to know to pass the exam, but also how to be a more effective teacher and communicator. Thank you for everything Paloma!”

Amy Klingensmith

“Hi Paloma, I’d like to tell you that I really learned from and with you. I have had a few teachers to prepare this exam, but none with the knowledge you have, so, thank you!”

Alba Carrasco

“Thanks a lot, Paloma! You helped me a lot. I really appreciate your help and the way you guided me in all the tasks. When I presented the rationale and the didactic unit in my exam I felt really excited and knew that it was going to be alright. I remember every single detail I learnt from you! So part of my success is also yours! Many, many thanks. I will recommend your teaching practice to everyone that asks me. Thanks a lot again and again.”

Laura Caballero



Doing the Poppies Foundation and BB1 in 2017-18 had to say

I think the resources are really varied and I wouldn’t make any changes. All of them are useful to a large extent and they serve their purpose.
In my case, I was mainly reading topics and doing assignments. I didn’t watch the videos about the topics, although I did watch those related to the course design. I didn’t participate in the forums since I was attending lessons weekly and Paloma could answer all my questions.
It’s a great choice for those who are working. Besides, the contents are appropriate and the resources are varied. You can work at your own pace and have someone else’s support, which is great.

Students who did the Poppies Foundation in 2015-16

I liked the contents a lot. Especially the relationship between the topics and the language part.
It was always my pleasure to start a new section. I found quite interesting the selection of listenings, texts, and translations. They were perfect to boost discussion and analysis.
The contents helped me to link different aspects
I think the way we work on the practice contents always bearing in mind the topics is an intelligent way of working towards this competitive exam. We never know what is going to come up in the language part, and a good example was this year’s exam, quite different from the previous ones, so the way we work in this part in your classes is very useful.

Further feedback from students – Más Comentarios de alumnos

Expectations for & Results from Poppies A Foundation Course

  • This is what Andrea Fábrega wrote when she started the Poppies Foundation Course + Face to face classes  in February 2015:

My name is Andrea and I have been in Madrid for 10 years now. I decided to take the English exam and become a civil servant about 7 years ago but, unfortunately and after having taken the exam 4 times in Madrid and 1 in Barcelona I have not been successful yet…

…I expect  to cover different aspects on the English language through the course, to be able to perform better than I did last time and to be able to pass the first part which, for me, is the most difficult.

So far , I must say I have liked what I have seen and I have enjoyed today’s lesson.

  • …and this is the e-mail she sent me when I asked her to give me feedback on the course, once it was over. She sent it at the beginning of September 2015, when she didn’t have access to the course any longer.  Andrea was successful and got a permanent position in Madrid in July 2015

Comments on the Poppies. Mini-course 1

I think the materials that you provide us with in the platform are brilliant and I appreciate the way you make us reflect on the topics with the questions on the Practico. It’s very useful that they are related… I feel really lucky to have access to the platform. 🙂 (Noemi I)

 Comments on the Poppies Didactic Guide & Course Design

Comentario Cati

Cati got a permanent place in 2006.

Clara got a permanent place in 2010.

Bego's comments

Bego  got a permanent place in 2014

Maria's comments

María got a permanent place in 2014

Comments on topics & exam preparation



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