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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Having lived and taught in a number of countries, it is interesting to see how differently particular nationalities... More »
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Confessions of a French Grammatician

Language learning contains four main elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and grammar crosses over... More »

Fresh Articles

  • Italy through films. Some ideas…

    Agnese Italian Tutor (Guildford) Picture
    If language is culture, and culture is language, one of the best ways to learn both is watching films! They are not only excellent means to improve your listening skills, but also a fantastic key to understand a culture. This is my personal list for Italian learners (in a chronological...
  • Reasons why you should learn a language

    Lauren Higson Spanish Tutor (Manchester) Picture
    There is no valid reason why you should not learn a language nowadays. It is a highly valued skill and will benefit you in so many ways. Examples -Higher salary -Improve self confidence -Being able to work independently or in a team -Be more culturally aware -Increases brain activity. If you are...
  • The joy of the e-book

    Eleanor Levin Spanish Tutor (Lancaster) Picture
    I will avoid mentioning any brand names here.  Suffice it to say that the e-reader can be a great tool for the language learner. It is possible to upload all sorts of Spanish books, bilingual books and other texts onto your device, according to your level in the language, and your interests. If...
  • Spanish and your personal development

    David Romero Spanish Tutor (North London) Picture
    Learning a second or third language is an investment in yourself. There is no better way to grow your skills and capabilities than by investing energy in a talent that will enable you to communicate earnestly with more human beings. Many people for whom English is not a native language, and who...
  • Reasons for learning Portuguese

    Luis Pousada Portuguese Tutor (Bromley) Picture
    When I was living in Portugal an English friend of mine said that Portuguese as a language was like a club of which only native speakers were members and if a foreigner attempted to speak the language, they would giggle - not out of mischief, but because they saw no point in others learning...
  • Why learn a foreign language?

    Eleonora Pani Italian Tutor (South West London) Picture
    Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits. Below are seven cognitive advantages to learning...
  • Why should I learn a language?

    Eleonora Pani Italian Tutor (South West London) Picture
    Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication. The reasons below may help to convince you to take the plunge, if such persuasion is needed. Some reasons are practical, some aspirational, some intellectual and others sentimental, but whatever your reasons, having a clear idea of why...
  • Foreign Languages

    Eleonora Pani Italian Tutor (South West London) Picture
    I love teaching very much as it gives me great pleasure to enrich other people knowledge. Studying foreign languages is not hard work because with clear explanations and structured, well-organised lessons according to the student's needs, I'm sure that great results can be achieved. One of the...
  • 5 easy steps to achieve clear confident speech!

    Emily Kirsop-Taylor Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (West London) Picture
    1. Stand tall It's all about posture, if you look confident you sound confident. Stand or sit up straight, shoulders back, face forwards.2. Make eye contact Look at the person you are talking to. To let them know you are passionate about what you are saying, show them with your eyes.3. Breathe ...
  • One Grammar Point, Every Day

    P Chambre English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (West London) Picture
    One book that I find very helpful in many different areas of study - essay writing, EFL, GCSE and A-level English - is English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy. Grammar is really the foundation of all writing (and speaking), and with a good base here we can build and build in argument, style,...

English as a Foreign Language

European Languages

  • Starting To Learn A New Language

    Michele Vergolani Italian Tutor (East London) Picture
    Learning a new language means entering into a new life adventure. Discover different faces of a culture, go deep inside it. To do so, you need to...
  • Why I Love Language Teaching

    Fola Ademoye French Tutor (East London) Picture
    The use of modern technology provides a wide range of teaching methods which contrasted quite severely with my own recollection of Secondary...

World Languages

  • First Lessons In Chinese

    Dongmin Xu Mandarin Chinese Tutor (West London) Picture
    "3 dogs are coming! We have to go!" This is the phrase I always give to my students, together with three horrible wolf dogs in a picture from...
  • My Philosophy

    Olga Hornett Russian Teacher (Watford) Picture
    Everything is possible if you are patient and ready to work hard towards your personal goals. This is the only way to improve your current skills...

Other

  • Is Elocution Relevant? Editor's Pick

    Joanna Lucie Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (South East London) Picture
    Elocution? That's a bit old-fashioned, isn't it? Do people actually WANT that stuff? How now, brown cow... that sort of thing? Yes, it seems,...
  • Lip and tongue positions affect pronunciation

    Laura Field Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Nottingham) Picture
    Developing accurate tongue placement and lip shape is essential for the clear pronunciation of standard English (Received Pronunciation). For the...

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