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French (general)

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Corporate Capital through Languages

In a post-Brexit and Trump world, where borders and walls appear to be rising more than being...
Elocution/ Accent Reduction

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Elocution - a new scientific approach

Elocution - just the word is sufficient to conjure up images of Victorian or Edwardian gentlemen...
Italian (general)

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Discovering why you wanted to learn languages

People who want to learn a language, generally, start with a quite common purpose: work,...
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...

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  • 6 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Editor's Pick

    Philippa Harrington French (general) Tutor (Bromley) Picture   Learn a new word each day - It may not sound much, but that’s 7 new words a week or 30 or so per month, which soon adds up.. Use memory aids such as flashcards - There are a number of memory aids to help with memorising  new words, expressions and grammar, such as: flashcards, recording...
  • A Few Myths Of Language Learning

    Liudmila English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Ipswich) Picture Myth 1: I have no time for studying a foreign language. Reality: 15 minutes a day is enough to keep a language alive. Whether you do some reading, listening or watching a film, it will all count as practice. Fifteen minutes a day will bring more results than four hours once a week. Try to write...
  • Why Learn Spanish?

    Victoria Killeen Spanish (general) Tutor (Warrington) Picture Spanish is spoken currently by an estimated 350 million people around the world and it is the fourth most commonly spoken language. Besides Spain, Spanish is the dominant language in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Columbia, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico, Phillipines and in...
  • Why learn a new language?

    Fatima Bida-Foster French (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture While I was doing my PGCE, a lot of the pupils I was teaching kept asking me why they had to learn another language. Having grown up in a bilingual family, speaking two languages has always been normal for me. So I looked into it and was amazed by the findings which i eagerly shared with...
  • Answering the telephone - Help Wanted

    Heather T Business English Teacher (Bristol) Picture Answering the telephone – Help Wanted! So many people are reluctant to answer the phone. Native speakers and non-native speakers alike, but with my non-native speaker students, this subject crops up all the time. They’re asking for help, so how can we help them? Predicting what type of...
  • High IELTS score or ability to cope at university? Editor's Pick

    Heather T IELTS Tutor (Bristol) Picture What is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic workload? Having taught IELTS to quite a lot of international students in recent years, one question continually arises.  Are they taking (and sometimes retaking) IELTS in order to simply get the score they need...
  • An individual approach to language learning

    Sue Caporn English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Bristol) Picture How we learn foreign languages depends on us as individuals.  We're all different, and language learning involves many elements, including the structure of the language (grammar), vocabulary (lexis) and how to make sentences (syntax).  For many years, traditional class-based methods of...
  • Communication And Language Learning

    Luke Lucas Spanish (general) Tutor (Brighton) Picture There are many different approaches to language learning, each with its advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to consider which is the best way for each individual. There are several things which we should consider including: our language goals, what we enjoy and find motivating, what...
  • French Films

    Suzy Murdoch French (general) Tutor (Brighton) Picture Lesson time is precious, students are juggling other subjects, courses, commitments, social life etc...so how can you maximise out of classroom learning? I always give my students a list of films which are chosen specifically to appeal to young people. Also films which relate to an area of the...
  • The importance of student-centred learning

    Italian (general) Tutor (Sutton) Picture Student-centred learning is very important in any learning situation.  By asking the students what they want to learn and any ideas about what activities interest them you take into account an individual's choice and help realise their potential.  This is done by creating appropriate...

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