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Italian (general)

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Learning languages in modern times

It is commonly believed that languages need to follow a certain sequence when teaching them to...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Volunteering - a great way to improve your English

Trying to practise English in London can be a frustrating task. With so many languages spoken in...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Elocution Basics

Elocution Basics By Pauline Midwinter The importance of speaking ‘correctly’ is becoming ever...
French (general)

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Confessions of a French Grammatician

Language learning contains four main elements: speaking, listening, reading and writing, and...

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  • Italian Grammar Is Important, But Not Vital

    Valentina Lallai Italian (general) Tutor (Twickenham) Picture First by attending to the students' needs, they have to be at ease and keen to learn Italian, and that is why tutors should involve them and get them to be enthusiastic in a fun, but enlightening way. But without the little building blocks of grammar we cannot build houses, bridges nor cities in...
  • Borrowing words from other languages

    Ruth Farrell IELTS Tutor (Derby) Picture Borrowing words from other languages and using them with students who have English as their second language. The UK has taken on many words from other countries due to its historical past and people coming to live and work here.  The English language can be a complicated minefield of many words...
  • Learning A Language Is More Than Words

    Amelia Sweetland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (East London) Picture As an actor and a teacher I really love words! I love reading text to decipher meaning, I love looking at the form of words and I love speaking and communicating speech….and words! For a couple of years I lived in Spain and while teaching English as a foreign language, I was also learning a...
  • Teaching Arabic to Dyslexic Students

    Baraa Almahsiri Arabic Tutor (South West London) Picture Dyslexia is never an easy thing to deal with. Being a teacher of Arabic as a foreign language for 8 years now, I have experienced teaching a handful of dyslexic students. And guess what, it works! Here are some tips for teachers on how to maximise the learning ability of a dyslexic...
  • Should I Study EFL In A Language School?

    English With Andrew English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sutton) Picture So, you want to learn English, right? Better find a language school and sign up for a class, yes? In a language school you can learn about the grammar behind the English language. And you can do written exercises which will help you to understand this grammar. And you can practise saying these...
  • Intergalactic travel and the English speaker

    Pete Goodland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sheffield) Picture What to do this particular sun splashed after lunch class with my Chinese Students? More IELTS and phrasal verbs? Then.... ( and this you will not believe ) I hear a Spaceman is about to arrive at Birkdale. Has this writer spent too much time on the pop? I hear you cry. But, no, this is the...
  • English and the language of football

    Pete Goodland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sheffield) Picture So here I am happily ensconced in beautiful Birkdale where every day's a joy. Then what? My Chinese students - confused as they are by our ( English ) obsession with the game we're utterly useless at ( Ok, this could include any number of sports, but you get my drift ) -  ask for lessons on the...
  • Reasons for learning Portuguese

    Luis Pousada Portuguese Tutor (Bromley) Picture When I was living in Portugal an English friend of mine said that Portuguese as a language was like a club of which only native speakers were members and if a foreigner attempted to speak the language, they would giggle - not out of mischief, but because they saw no point in others learning...
  • What kind of language will I need to know?

    Paul Grace Spanish (general) Tutor (Manchester) Picture If you're at beginners' level in Spanish the type of language you will need to know when you go on holiday is the most basic, everyday words and expressions. Just focus on these and your learning will be very specific and therefore straightforward to learn. Choose a tutor who is prepared to...
  • Winemaking In The Douro

    Patrick Blum Business English Teacher (Twickenham) Picture On a bright and unusually hot September day, the family are debating how to respond to a weather forecast of heavy rain later in the week. They must decide quickly how best to protect the vindima or wine harvest. Vines need rain, but too much of it at the wrong time spells disaster. Grapes...

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