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French (general)

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How to increase exposure to a foreign language

As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even...

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So You Need To Pass IELTS?

Until you need an IELTS score, you've probably never heard of it. And it seems to have a...
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...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Don't chew - just get connected!

Many non-native speakers of English are completely mystified when they hear continuous spoken...

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  • French Films

    Suzy Murdoch French (general) Tutor (Brighton) Picture Lesson time is precious, students are juggling other subjects, courses, commitments, social life how can you maximise out of classroom learning? I always give my students a list of films which are chosen specifically to appeal to young people. Also films which relate to an area of the...
  • The importance of student-centred learning

    Rosemary S L Beard Italian (general) Tutor (Sutton) Picture Student-centred learning is very important in any learning situation.  By asking the students what they want to learn and any ideas about what activities interest them you take into account an individual's choice and help realise their potential.  This is done by creating appropriate...
  • Just Jump Into The Deep Water With French

    Aleksandra French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture You choose French studies. You think it will be easy - a couple of words and phrases to memorise every week. Then you realise what you didn't realise before; that French Literature studies are really about Literature. OK, it has just got a bit more difficult but, hey, still it's 10 hours per...
  • How You Can Love Learning Languages

    Phoebe Moxsom-Turnbull Spanish (general) Tutor (West London) Picture One of the comments I hear most often when I tell people I am a linguist is, "I wish I spoke another language." Here in the UK we are not as much in the habit of learning foreign languages as many of our fellow Europeans are. As speakers of the third most spoken language in the world (and,...
  • Tips For Learning Vocabulary For The FCE Exam

    Eleanor Cooper Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Teacher (South West London) Picture The thought of doing an exam is always a bit scary for me. I get very stressed out, which can sometimes make me forget things. So when teaching FCE classes I give my students these tips to help them with their vocabulary, so on the actual day they feel like they know plenty of words and...
  • Good news for German speakers!

    Gabriele Trinczek German (general) Tutor (North London) Picture German tops the list for highest paid and most in demand languages in the UK in 2016. If you want to advance your career prospects by learning a foreign language, knowing German will earn you a higher salary than French, Arabic or Spanish, according to the latest statistics. Out of over one...
  • How to create an Irish Accent

    Amanda Jayne Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Derby) Picture Soften your vowels. Perhaps the best example of how vowels in the Irish argot are softer is contained in the schoolhouse recitation of the alphabet. American kids begin with "ay, bee, see . . ."; Irish kids begin with "ah, bee, see . . . ." Let's begin with perhaps the first phrase you'll utter...
  • So, you want to learn a foreign language, do you?

    Helen Evans Italian (general) Tutor (Bristol) Picture Learning a new language comes easier to some than to others, there’s no question about it. I have tried many ways of learning the Italian language - group lessons, 1:1, 2:1, residential courses in Italy, staying with a host family whilst studying the language, and I’ve even indulged in an online...
  • Learning a Language

    Felicity McDevitt Business English Teacher (North London) Picture The best way to learn a language is to go and live in a country where it’s spoken. Then you are surrounded by that language and can absorb it naturally as you see and hear it used in context around you.  Even if you have no interest in learning, you are forced to come to terms with it if you...
  • Tips To Make Your Language Dream Come True

    Annie Marrec French (general) Tutor (Bath) Picture How to find the time, the tools and some motivation to learn a languageWe all have different reasons to learn a language. For instance I may never have chosen to learn English at a more advanced level if it were not for my passion for English and American Literature. It helped a lot that I had a...

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