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The IELTS reading and writing tests are challenging. Both exams require you to complete a great...
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100 Hours of Awareness

My students often ask me, "how can I improve my English?" "Well," I say, "you're here, aren't...
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Why we don't always mean what we say

The meaning of a statement is not always obvious from the meaning of the words it contains. I...
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High IELTS score or ability to cope at university?

What is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic...

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  • Conversation Skills

    Yasmin Akhavan French (general) Tutor (West London) Picture I have been teaching beginner/intermediate spoken French for 7 years now. If you are looking to impress someone, or just obtain some conversation skills for work, then get in touch. I then make a tailor made plan to factor in the right vocabulary sheets and prep lesson plans for your needs. I...
  • Are Elocution Lessons Still Relevant Today? Editor's Pick

    Sonya Ross Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (North London) Picture In 2017, in a modern, fast-paced diverse city such as London, it can be hard to imagine where an old-fashioned term like 'elocution' would fit in. After all, isn't it preferable to just speak how we speak, to be natural and authentic? Do elocution classes even still exist? If so, who are they...
  • 5 Ways to Measure Confidence Speaking English

    Steven Hobson Business English Teacher (Stockport) Picture “I feel fine communicating in English when I go on vacations, but I don't have confidence speaking English in front of my colleagues in work meetings.” Does this sound familiar to you? I hear this frequently when I meet international professionalsand ask them what their main difficulties are...
  • 30 English Expressions Used In Meetings Editor's Pick

    Steven Hobson Business English Teacher (Stockport) Picture Have you ever participated in an English meeting with native speakers, and sometimes found it difficult to understand them? Or maybe you attend English meetings regularly, but would like to express your ideas more like a native. An effective solution to solve both of these issues is to learn...
  • Top 5 Tips For Learning A Language On-The-Go!

    Rebecca M English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Stockport) Picture It can be hard striking a work/life balance, especially when one of your main activities out of work is something as time-consuming as learning a foreign language. Here are some tips to help you utilise the limited time you have to maximise your learning of the language you love: 1. Keep a...
  • Do I need grammar when studying a language?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Do I need to learn grammar when studying a language? Grammar is a set of rules that explains how a language works. I like to compare grammar to the rules of a game or a sport. Knowing the rules helps you to play better. Just like with games and sports, each language has its own set of rules that...
  • The Benefits Of Learning A Language

    Monika Schumann-Carter German (general) Tutor (Redhill) Picture There are many advantages to learning a language, such as increasing employment prospects, university entry, improvement of one's first language, improved understanding of the world and for travel and leisure. To master an additional language can be very satisfying. A definite sense of...
  • The Sensitive Topic of Received Pronounciation

    Jane F Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (West London) Picture The modern name for Received Pronounciation (RP) is Standard English. This means that one speaks the consonants and vowels of English without the discernible stress or changes that indicate a regional or foreign accent. Standard English should not be confused with so-called "posh" speaking, but...
  • How To Learn Phrasal Verbs Using Context Exercise

    Ritsya Mathews English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Kingston upon Thames) Picture "The first line of the Moscow Metro opened on 15 May 1935. Sometimes called ‘the people’s underground palace’, it has made it through the last eighty years relatively untouched by the passing of time. During rush hour on a normal weekday, it carries as many as 9 million passengers and has almost...
  • Why Are Pronunciation and Spelling So Important?

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture Why are pronunciation and spelling so important? One of the questions that often students ask me is: “What is more important when learning a new language: grammar or pronunciation?” Of course grammar, the rules that explain how a language works, is important but when you are trying to make...

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