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IELTS

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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...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Words of Advice

So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your...
German (general)

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Five free* apps for language learning

(*most free apps try to introduce you to products that come at a price) Here I introduce five...
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...

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Why Learn Spanish?

    Monica Bernal Spanish (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture Learning a new language is very important as it helps to open the door to a whole new world of cultures throughout the world. Spanish is spoken throughout Central and Southern America; a part of the world with a unique, diverse and rich history. Travelling and working in this part of the...
  • Motivation With Online Language Learning

    Howard Coan English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sutton) Picture It has already been accepted by many that first and second language acquisition are different. In terms of motivation, although it is accepted that all learners are different; it is very interesting to look at differences in levels – that is peaks and troughs as a student learns a language. As...
  • Grammar Is Your Friend In Languages

    Jane Sowden German (general) Tutor (Newcastle upon Tyne) Picture Do not be afraid of grammar in any foreign language. Often students worry, probably because the grammar of their native language (English) is not fully explored with them. But having a grasp of grammar gives the learner power. The power that comes with understanding and knowledge, comes the...
  • What Is English, And Why Do I Enjoy Teaching It?

    Chris Heaton English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) Picture The interesting thing about the time that I have spent teaching English as a foreign language is that it is something which has happened to me later in life, after extensive experience in university (but also in life in general) of learning foreign languages and some very abstract linguistics....
  • Language Functions vs Grammar Editor's Pick

    L G Simmonds English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Bromley) Picture Human beings have evolved to use sophisticated written and spoken languages for all sorts of reasons. The most obvious and simplest explanation is so that we can communicate our thoughts and feelings to other humans, and our pets - even if they sometimes ignore us! Grammar, (oh no! Not the...
  • The importance of debate at home

    Jill Dowling English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Slough) Picture When growing up my family would always discuss, debate and argue all kinds of issues.  There was no right or wrong, just your opinion and facts/anecdotal evidence to back it up with.  There were three rules: - don't make things up - don't get personal -If tempers fray, don't walk out of the...

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