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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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English: Whose language is it anyway?

The world population now stands at approximately 7.2 billion. Of those 7.2 billion people, approximately 1.5 billion... More »
IELTS

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Words of Advice

So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your registration fee for the... More »

Fresh Articles

  • English: Whose language is it anyway? Editor's Pick

    Rachel Ashby English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Wolverhampton) Picture
    The world population now stands at approximately 7.2 billion. Of those 7.2 billion people, approximately 1.5 billion people are able to speak English at a useful communicative level - that’s just over 20%, or one in five, of the world’s population. But is it really necessary to have a single...
  • Personalising Language Learning

    Farhaz J English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Croydon) Picture
    Personalising Language Learning by G. Griffiths & K. Keohane provides guidance and practical activities for teachers who are looking for ways to make language learning more person centred. Taking the learner as the starting point, the book presents a range of ready-to-use materials which draw on...
  • Learning a language should be fun!

    Angie Potter German (general) Tutor (Redhill) Picture
    I believe that learning a language should be fun! It should not be a laborious experience. It is amazing how much the subconscious absorbs simply by hearing a foreign language (just as children grow up understanding and speaking their own native language by hearing it being spoken around them...
  • Words of Advice Editor's Pick

    Karon Rickatson IELTS Tutor (York) Picture
    So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your registration fee for the CAE exam is not a waste of money? The Proficiency exam is your next challenge? Everyone deciding to invest money in private tuition will have their own personal objective, but how...
  • How to increase exposure to a foreign language Editor's Pick

    Christine Sautereau-Chandley French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture
    As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even when you are busy in the house or driving along... A few changes every day can be a trigger and make such a difference, thanks to modern technology. Digital radios and the internet allow us to be...
  • Your first Russian language class Editor's Pick

    Elvira I Russian Teacher (Nottingham) Picture
    How do we usually start our studies with students who are complete beginners? Before going into detail and examples I would like to point out that there are two approaches to studying any language: 1. When a student moves from studying letters, simple constructions and phrases to understanding...
  • Chinese is not hard! Editor's Pick

    Max Troy Mandarin Tutor (South East London) Picture
    Chinese, in case you thought so, is not a difficult language. Grammar: In the first place probably the easiest thing about Chinese is the grammar. To be able to communicate most things you don't actually need to study ANY, it's so simple that you will learn it by talking to people and listening...
  • Best words to learn for quickest results.

    Max Troy Mandarin Tutor (South East London) Picture
    When starting to learn a language I strongly believe you should start with the most common words in the language, in other words the most useful to the least useful or the most important to the least important. You will feel like you are making quick progress and be able to express a lot more in...
  • Bande dessinée recommendations

    Alex Laight French (general) Tutor (Birmingham) Picture
    As an individual with an enthusiasm for French, I find it fun to read books and BDs, watch films and speak with French people in my local area in order to maintain my level of French and to keep learning new things about the language and culture of France. BDs, or comic books, are very popular...
  • It's easy to speak French

    Graham Prior French (general) Tutor (Reading) Picture
    It's easy to speak French. We just need to learn in the same way that we learn our mother tongue, by sound. For example, what sound conveys the past tense? At first, there is no need for grammar, reading or writing, or even perfection;these come later with more experience at using the language....

English as a Foreign Language

  • English and the language of football

    Pete Goodland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sheffield) Picture
    So here I am happily ensconced in beautiful Birkdale where every day's a joy. Then what? My Chinese students - confused as they are by our (...
  • Cheap classes?

    James Dedman English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (East London) Picture
    Are you looking for a cheap English tutor in London? I ask this for a reason. As somebody who takes a lot of pride in what I do, I would say that...

European Languages

World Languages

  • Introduction to Chinese Languages

    Sim Tze Wei Mandarin Tutor (East London) Picture
    This is a language taster I prepared myself. http://www.scribd.com/doc/227827409/Introduction-to-Chinese-Languages
  • Why Learn Russian?

    Zara Remnant Russian Teacher (Peterborough) Picture
    Let us dwell on the importance of learning Russian. Well, it is worth mentioning that Russian is one of the most widely used languages in the...

Other

  • Why study a 'dead' language?

    Roisin Therese Latin Tutor (Edinburgh) Picture
    True, no one has spoken Latin in their daily lives for quite some time. But far from being a dead language, Latin is all around us. The Latin...
  • The way we speak can change our life

    Luke Aspden Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Southampton) Picture
    Received Pronunciation (RP) was once the Gold Standard in speech and now we find it is much more acceptable to have a 'modified RP' accent, which...

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