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IELTS is not just an English exam!

I know it is difficult for students from other countries to see the IELTS test as anything other...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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100 Hours of Awareness

My students often ask me, "how can I improve my English?" "Well," I say, "you're here, aren't...
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5 Tips to Help You Learn Chinese Vocabulary

Vocabulary plays a fundamental role in mastering a new foreign language. Having a good command...
French (general)

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Confessions of a French Grammatician

Language learning contains four main elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and...

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  • Working with Languages

    Jennifer O'Brien French (general) Tutor (Southend on Sea) Picture It is almost the start of a brand new school year, and at this point every year I pose the question to my lower school students about the benefits of learning a language. 9 times out of 10 the response to my question is that languages will never be useful to them, so why bother learning one! It...
  • Spanish will be the language of the future

    Maria Luisa Luque Spanish (general) Tutor (Croydon) Picture No doubt Spanish will be the language of the future Spanish is one of the fastest growing languages on the planet, according to the Cervantes Institute (Instituto Cervantes).  In its latest report, published in 2015, the Institute states that about 560 million people currently speak Spanish...
  • Greek language in the context of Greek culture

    Yiorgos Toliadis Modern Greek Tutor (Lancaster) Picture "I belong to a small country. A rocky promontory in the Mediterranean, it has nothing to distinguish it but the efforts of its people, the sea, and the light of the sun. It is a small country, but its tradition is immense and has been handed down through the centuries without interruption. The...
  • A question

    Adam Dixon English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Edinburgh) Picture So, a question for you all... What links these words? - boat- wrote- cappuccino- sew- grow- though Hint: say them out loud. Did you get it? Every one of them contains the /əʊ/ sound in standard British English. Look at the variety of spelling patterns that make this one sound: - boat- wrote...
  • Theatre and motivation in teaching Spanish

    Patricia Almohalla Spanish (general) Tutor (North London) Picture  I certainly know that motivation and learning go together. Therefore, I like using theatre tecniques in my lessons because it is fun and motivating, besides including opportunities to practise the language. One of my favourites techniques is role-play. Through it, students can become who they...
  • Understanding the building blocks of accent work

    LJones Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (East London) Picture When working on an accent that is different from your own it may seem like a daunting task. Through my teaching at various drama schools and professional companies I have used easy, bite- sized techniques to help and guide the speaker into new territory with a sense of fun and inquisitiveness. I...
  • Get the most value out of your language lessons

    Chris Heaven French (general) Tutor (Exeter) Picture  Although I was extremely well taught at school, when I went to France for the first time on the French exchange to Orleans and stayed with my “host” family I could barely say anything intelligible in French at all. ( I could probably have written most of it down in grammatically accurate...
  • What is 'Received Pronunciation'?

    Andy Collins Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Durham) Picture When people come to Britain, having learned English in another country, they are often amazed by the number of different ways there are of speaking the language. Britain is not, after all, a very big place, yet the accents of and dialects of Yorkshire, say, or Cornwall, County Durham or...
  • 3 Ways to enjoy German grammar

    German (general) Tutor (Birmingham) Picture There is no doubt that grammar is one of the most discussed topics in language learning. It is considered the fundamental structure of a language. However, it can only come alive by speaking and it can only develop further through social interaction. Language is a tool that has to be used whilst...
  • What a Foreign Language Can do for Your Career Editor's Pick

    Joleen Carter French (general) Tutor (Rochester) Picture As a language student, I heard it a million times: “What are you going to do with those languages? Teach?” It seemed it was my only option… but I’ve always been stubborn and I quickly decided to prove the naysayers wrong. After living all over the world and working almost exclusively with...

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