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Analysing Poetry

Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have...
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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...
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Word Journey

I developed a fun way to improve word recognition and usage skills - called "Word Journey" The...
A-level English

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English A-Level Reading List Advice

Reading for Pleasure … and Preparation: Advice to A Level English Literature Students "The man...

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  • Go In Like A Lamb, Go Out Like A Lion

    Jonathan Dagley A-level English Tutor (Canterbury) Picture ‘Go in like a lamb, go out like a lion’ I always remember being given this advice by my teacher when I was at school. After many years as a teacher myself, I find it is still good advice! It applies to a good essay or a story where you save the best till last. It is, of course, easier said...
  • A Few Myths Of Language Learning

    Liudmila English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Ipswich) Picture Myth 1: I have no time for studying a foreign language. Reality: 15 minutes a day is enough to keep a language alive. Whether you do some reading, listening or watching a film, it will all count as practice. Fifteen minutes a day will bring more results than four hours once a week. Try to write...
  • Pie Corbett - Jumpstart Literacy

    Jim Asbery Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Wakefield) Picture Pie Corbett - Jumpstart! : Literacy - Games and Activities for Ages 7-14 This is an invaluable book for any parent or teacher. Every page is packed with great ideas for developing just the types of skills that young writers need. Pie is an internationally known authority on English and how it...

 

  • Answering the telephone - Help Wanted

    Heather T Business English Teacher (Bristol) Picture Answering the telephone – Help Wanted! So many people are reluctant to answer the phone. Native speakers and non-native speakers alike, but with my non-native speaker students, this subject crops up all the time. They’re asking for help, so how can we help them? Predicting what type of...
  • High IELTS score or ability to cope at university? Editor's Pick

    Heather T IELTS Tutor (Bristol) Picture What is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic workload? Having taught IELTS to quite a lot of international students in recent years, one question continually arises.  Are they taking (and sometimes retaking) IELTS in order to simply get the score they need...
  • Analysing Poetry Editor's Pick

    Alex Deamer A-level English Tutor (Chelmsford) Picture Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have outlined a basic approach that I find useful. It is not intended to be exhaustive, a poet may utilise additional literary devices; nor is it exclusive, there are numerous ways to read a poem....