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Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Areas to work on for Accent Improvement

Accent Improvement - areas to work on First of all, I prefer to refer to “accent improvement”,...
Russian

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The Very First Russian language Class

How do we usually start our studies with students who are complete beginners?   I start my...
French (general)

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Learning a language by listening to audiobooks

Different resources for different learning styles The web is full of resources for learning...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Using a lexical approach in EFL teaching

I was having a conversation with one of my students the other day that reminded me of an...

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  • Hindi Script

    Hindistars Hindi Tutor (Watford) Picture Hindi Script is known as the Devanagari script. It is written from left to right. Devanagari script has forty-seven primary characters, of which fourteen are vowels and thirty-three are consonants. Modern Hindi is written in Devanagari script, which is made of two Sanskrit words: Deva, meaning...
  • Music and English as a foreign language

    Leo Nolan-Evans English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Manchester) Picture My long experience of teaching English as a second language, began in Israel/Palestine in the late 1970s. This was a particularly delicate and dangerous period in the region, and my musical background proved to be useful. I began my official work, by bringing Israeli and Palestinian children...
  • 7 Secrets to Acquiring a British Accent

    Francesca Gordon-Smith English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Rochester) Picture I rarely write about accent reduction because whilst it appears to be my main offering, it is, in fact, just one of the many routes to becoming a confident communicator. This week I had a chat with a potential client, who like many people I speak to on the phone, said that he was convinced he...
  • English speaking skills lesson tips.

    Jayna English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (East London) Picture One of the biggest challenges faced by many EFL tutors today is teaching English speaking skills. It’s a tricky subject to teach and currently in high demand by many professional students around the world. I regularly meet students who tell me they struggle with English speaking skills, whether...
  • Languages: the key to New Worlds

    Nina Miralles Russian Teacher (South East London) Picture Getting to learn a language is very much like getting to know a new world. To me, it has always been a means of becoming part of an entirely different culture, history and way of living. Although many people nowadays consider languages as part of a useful skillset for business (and indeed it...
  • Volunteering - a great way to improve your English Editor's Pick

    Rachel Hobbs English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South East London) Picture Trying to practise English in London can be a frustrating task. With so many languages spoken in this wonderfully diverse city, it can mean that it's often far too easy to fall into the trap of only spending time with speakers of your native language. A common concern I hear from students is...
  • What does it mean to really know a word?

    Rebecca Moden English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (West London) Picture Are you an English language student aiming to study at university? Or do you want to communicate your ideas very clearly and precisely for work or study? If so, then developing your vocabulary is a key priority. In order to cope with challenging tasks like writing extended essays or giving a...
  • Why you should learn the Russian language

    Valentina Ross Russian Teacher (North London) Picture If you decide to study the Russian language, many prospects will open up for you. In 2016, Russia's population is currently about 150 million people. You can find business partners, meet friends and even find love in Russia. If you know Russian, you will be able to talk not only to naive...
  • Introduction to Chinese Languages

    Sim Tze Wei Mandarin Tutor (South East London) Picture Mandarin and Cantonese are the two Chinese languages you might have heard of but is that all they have in China? The answer is no. In fact, there are more than 300 languages spoken in China. Now you might think that Cantonese may be the second biggest language spoken in China. This presumption...
  • Why Germany is a wonderful holiday destination.

    Charlotte Thompson German (general) Tutor (Harrow) Picture For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with German. As a Brit, this is often viewed by others with a mixture of bemusement and amusement. Yet 14 years on, I insist more than ever to those I meet that everyone should go to Germany. These are the reasons I believe that Germany and...

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