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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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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...
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...
French (general)

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6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

  Learn a new word each day - It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or...
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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  • 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

    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...
  • Learning French as a 2nd language. How I see it.

    Maria Barrett French (general) Tutor (Brighton) Picture As far as I'm concerned, verbs and tenses are the core to French language learning. I say this because they underpin the whole language. Obviously, the rote learning method is old-fashioned and out-of-date, although I don't see that everything old fashioned has no value. Nonetheless, today there...
  • Words of Advice Editor's Pick

    Karon Rickatson English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (York) Picture So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your registration fee for the CAE exam is not a waste of money? The Proficiency exam is your next challenge? Everyone deciding to invest money in private tuition will have their own personal objective, but how...
  • Improving Your French With Self-Study

    Waveney Languages Tuition French (general) Tutor (Ipswich) Picture When learning a new language, nothing really beats one to one interaction.  A tutor, whether that is online or in person, is essential if you want to reach a level of proficiency in your chosen language.  However, how do you get that extra practice during the time in between lessons? How do...
  • Learn a British Accent

    Ashley Howard Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Hemel Hempstead) Picture First question: What is a British Accent? Well, there are many. Over 56 according to some studies: RP accent, Estuary accent, Manchester accent, Liverpool accent, Cockney accent, Somerset accent etc... Second question: Is there a standard British accent? No, but most native British English...
  • Teaching Little Children Mandarin

    Rita Chen Mandarin Tutor (Enfield) Picture I have come across many parents asking me how to teach little kids Mandarin by themselves. Especially parents who are Mandarin native speakers still have this issue. Unlike your mother tongue, it's not easy to pick up a second language just by immersing yourself in the environment. We need to...
  • Fun expressions with vegetables or fruit in

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Histoire de légumes! There was a fun question in a game / un jeu, yesterday on the French radio ; the contestants/ les participants had to recall three idiomatic expressions/ idiomes with the name of a vegetable or a fruit/ un légume ou un fruit. They easily won of course, the French language...
  • Five free* apps for language learning Editor's Pick

    Sönke Beyer German (general) Tutor (Torquay) Picture (*most free apps try to introduce you to products that come at a price) Here I introduce five free apps for language learning, and two personal favourites. It does not require expensive research to know that everyone’s learning is in many ways similar but might require different...

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