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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Consonant clusters: the bane of your life

In the time I've spent teaching EFL, a difficulty my students have had time and again is the...
University English

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The Riparian Underworld of Charles Dickens

It is a given that Dickens is pre-eminently a writer of the built environment, not the natural...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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The Heart of Learning

I cut my teeth teaching English in a southern Italian city. It was a paradox. Whilst bourgeois...
A-level English

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How to Read 'Beloved': A Student Guide

How to read ‘Beloved’ - A Student Guide Students reading the novel ‘Beloved’ by Toni...

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  • Private Tuition - How do I know who to hire?

    Laurence Dalton GCSE English Tutor (Coventry) Picture Private tuition is something that most parents entertain at some stage of their child's education. Most parents feel that private tuition is something that will help complement learning that is taking place at school and make a significant difference to examination outcomes. They are correct....
  • The Tutor’s role in SATs Editor's Pick

    Rebecca Dack Key Stage 1 English Tutor (Brighton) Picture SATs are a hot topic of political debate and media speculation at the moment. Everyone has an opinion about SATs and it seems we can’t escape them. The government believes the rigorous testing will raise standards, teachers know they are to measure the school’s progress and parents worry about...
  • How to Maintain Concentration and Avoid Overload

    Deirdre Lambert A-level English Tutor (Leeds) Picture This technique enables you to maintain concentration during long lectures full of new information; or for lengthy study periods when your feel your brain has reached over load; or when writing an essay and you feel you have run dry. It’s called Expanded Awareness, because that’s basically what...


  • 7 Secrets to Acquiring a British Accent

    Francesca Gordon-Smith English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) 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...
  • 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...