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Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)

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I want the Cambridge First Certificate in English

I want the Cambridge First Certificate in English and I want it now!! Are you one of those...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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English Can Be Hard To 'Fathom'

One of the things I love about teaching English is that it continually throws up opportunities...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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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...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Elocution Basics

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

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  • The Sensitive Topic of Received Pronounciation

    Jane F Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (West London) Picture Today's 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 is...
  • Why Learn A Foreign Language?

    M Ganesh French (general) Tutor (Ilford) Picture Learning an additional language is a life skill especially at the very young age. Learn a foreign language as a child and you have a lifetime to benefit from cross-cultural friendships, broader career opportunities, exciting travel adventures and deeper insights into how others see the...
  • A tutor also helps raising self esteem in adults

    Nora German (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture I read an article on a parents website about how important a tutor can be for a child. Not just in terms of the subject itself, but for the child's self esteem. "A lot of the time with B. it’s a matter of confidence as much as ability." I think it is similar with adult students. I taught a lot...
  • The best approach to learning a language.

    esitaliano Italian (general) Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture 4 questions to ask yourself before embarking in learning a new language. The basic answer to the question “which way to learn a language is best?” is pretty short and straightforward: choose the way that works best for you. And that is true for learning anything, not just languages. But what...
  • The Reasons Why My Students Learn Portuguese Editor's Pick

    Solange Negrello Portuguese Tutor (West London) Picture When new students start learning Portuguese I ask them why they want to learn the language. The main reason is because they have a Brazilian partner. They go to Brazil to visit the partner's family and have a hard time if they do not know a bit of Portuguese, as the majority of Brazilians only...
  • Differences And Expressions In Spanish

    Malena G Spanish (general) Tutor (Bristol) Picture A question that is quite commonly asked is why is the Spanish of Argentina so different from the Spanish of Spain? ¿and the rest of Latin America?... Each Latin American country has its own accent. It has nothing to do with the Mexican, Venezuelan or Chilean accent. For one who knows the...
  • The 'Pretérito Perfecto' Tense in Spanish

    Beatriz del Río Spanish (general) Tutor (North London) Picture The focus of this article is the uses of a tense called "pretérito perfecto". This is a tense we use to talk about what we call "a past in the present". It refers to a past action in a time frame that has not yet finished. How to form "Pretérito Perfecto"This tense is formed with an auxiliary...
  • Culture And Cultural Awareness In Italian

    Gisa Calogero Italian (general) Tutor (South West London) Picture In the past, methods based on behaviourism, which regarded language learning as mere acquisition of sets of skills, were based on drilling followed by positive or negative reinforcement. Culture was not part of language learning. The communicative approach recommended today shifted the focus on...
  • Do We Ever Stop Learning With Languages?

    Claudia Barth Newlyn Spanish (general) Tutor (Croydon) Picture In this modern age of globalised markets and internet communication, it seems we are expected to keep on learning and developing new skills. So why not learn and perfect a new language? Many successful people propound the benefits of learning another language. Doing so not only helps one to...
  • IELTS Advice to improve your Writing

    David Cummings IELTS Tutor (Uxbridge) Picture 4 great tips that will help you gain a better score in the writing task Make sure you identify the key words in the question. It’s really important to be absolutely sure that you know what is expected of you. Look carefully at the questions and underline or circle the words that TELL YOU WHAT...

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