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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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How to be Understood in English

HOW TO BE UNDERSTOOD IN ENGLISH When we try to learn English, there is such a lot to think...

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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...
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Sound and Fury: An Introduction to Shakespeare

The very first thing any student of Shakespeare should learn is this: Shakespeare was a...
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The Tutor’s role in SATs

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  • Indispensable (adj.) – synonym: essential

    Lucy Roberts English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Swindon) Picture While the internet is an incredible resource and one I use frequently, I still love physical reference books. The Oxford Book of Quotations, Brewerʼs Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Fowlerʼs Modern English Usage... Many a happy hour has been whiled away with these, and others. When it comes...
  • Page to screen: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Tristessa Moore A-level English Tutor (Hull) Picture The following is my blogged response to the BBC's recent adaptation (2015) of Susanna Clarke's novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004) which was part of my Masters thesis on magicians in literature and film, including Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006) starring Hugh Jackman and...
  • Reading is the key to improved English

    Mrs. Marlene Poteratchi Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Kingston upon Thames) Picture In my vast and varied experience of teaching pupils of all ages, it has become quite clear to me that the biggest hindrance to a child succeeding in all forms of English tests (reading, writing and comprehension) is down to the amount of reading they have done form infancy. Unfortunately, boys...


  • The Evolution of the ESL Schools in Brazil

    Rick Aquilino English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) Picture In my opinion, there is no career more rewarding than teaching English as a second language. I started teaching ESL when I moved to Brazil in 2001. Initially, I trained under… let’s call her Elle for the sake of not putting anyone on the spot. Elle was a career teacher with more than 30...
  • 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...
  • Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Poet Editor's Pick

    Jane Davis GCSE English Tutor (Harrow) Picture Teaching poetry for English Literature exams can be a challenge. Thanks to rap music, and the increasing number of spoken word and performance poetry venues, poetry may now seem more accessible and even enjoyable. There is still an enormous difference between finding pleasure in a poem and...