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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Successful One to One Teaching

My experience of one to one English language tuition is that it is one of the most challenging...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Rethinking your thinking: The practice of teaching

All Fine Art degrees require students to 're-think their thinking'; that is, to step outside the...
German (general)

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A guide to German pronunciation

What I really like about German is the fact that it is a phonetic language i.e. you pronounce...
German (general)

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A plea for taking the wider view

Language is much more than just a tool for conveying the message. A plea for taking the wider...

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  • 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...
  • The Importance Of Confidence In Language Learning

    Jess Mills Italian (general) Tutor (North West London) Picture Confidence is an important asset to have in all areas of learning. If we do not worry about making mistakes, and what others will think if we do, we are more willing to attempt tasks. We are also better prepared to make the errors necessary to learning and, therefore, are more likely to improve....
  • 6 Top Traditions when Celebrating Chinese New Year

    Jing Xia Mandarin Tutor (Birmingham) Picture Traditions celebrating Chinese New Year do vary from region to region in China, but these 6 traditions are the most widely practiced. 1 Clean the house and go shopping Before the New Year coming, every house is spring-cleaned and well decorated. It's essential to start the new year with a...
  • Emotional Intelligence When Learning English

    Anneli Edmundson-Walley English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Coventry) Picture My experience as an English tutor teaching many wonderful second language learners has taught me two main things. Students need to know the tutor is on their side and that they can make mistakes and that the tutor is human and not some unapproachable person that they cannot relate to. A big...

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