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French (general)

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How to increase exposure to a foreign language

As a language learner, you can increase exposure to a foreign language and culture simply, even...
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...
Business English

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Is Business English a new dialect?

At times, Business English can seem like a different language. The individual words are clearly...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Having lived and taught in a number of countries, it is interesting to see how differently...

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  • Passe compose ou imparfait?

    Isabelle Stevenson French (general) Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture This is every student’s nightmare….. How do we know when to use which? Especially as a direct translation is not always helpful! It is best to think in terms of each tense’s specificity (description, repetitive action, or one-off action?) , and the emphasis you give it in the sentence...
  • English Elocution for personal and Business use.

    Liam O'Sullivan Elocution/ Accent Reduction Tutor (Northampton) Picture Speech training can help to enhance speech and increase the confidence of the speaker by improving:  Diction     – enhanced articulation and sound production. Appropriate     Intonation – accurate pitch and stress Error     Correction – identification and then...
  • German is everywhere!

    Nora German (general) Tutor (South East London) Picture Did you know, that German is the mother tongue of almost 100,000,000 people in the world? And the most widely spoken mother tongue in the EU! Kindergarten, autobahn, rucksack or strudel: These are all German words. -You'd like to travel to German speaking countries? -You like their nature,...
  • English Can Be Hard To 'Fathom' Editor's Pick

    Laura Mullan English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Tonbridge) Picture One of the things I love about teaching English is that it continually throws up opportunities for me to learn more about my own language, and where it came from. One of the difficulties in learning English comes from its very complexity - words that look the same can have different...
  • How To Learn German, Or Any Other Language

    Miss Rosa German (general) Tutor (Uxbridge) Picture Firstly a good teacher or book are a must. Now I have spent ages finding the right books for the languages I learned but also trying to find the right books to teach German. No one book is perfect but it is a start. A phrasebook is also good to have as well as a beginners dictionary. When...
  • Why Learn A Foreign Language? Editor's Pick

    French (general) Tutor (Croydon) Picture No matter one's age, learning another language is bound to benefit one mentally, psychologically and culturally. It can also be an advantage when competing in the job market, whether national or international. I would say it opens your mind, eyes and heart. You gain another perspective in life...
  • The benefit of ESL teacher training

    IELTS Tutor (East London) Picture How all teachers can benefit from ESL teacher training practice.  ESL practitioners are taught to never assume too much so when a student walks into a class always take the approach that the student is starting from the beginning regardless of how advanced they might be . ESL students tend to...
  • The Verb Conjugation

    German (general) Tutor (Milton Keynes) Picture The dreaded German verbs conjugation! German verbs are not easy, but with a few good rules, you can get your head around them. The book I always refer my student back to is the Schaum's Outlines of German Grammar. The bible of grammar and includes everything you need to know plus so many...
  • Managing Expectations in Language Learning

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Portsmouth) Picture Directing a learner towards the best course or form of assessment for them is an important task for any tutor. We now have English language learners in a wide variety of circumstances, not just here settling in the UK or on a student’s visa to sit a Cambridge EFL exam before returning home....
  • Why Learn Russian? Editor's Pick

    Anastassia Russian Teacher (Bradford) Picture Popularity. There are 150 million native Russians speakers, plus Russian is still spoken in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. It’s estimated more than 200 million people worldwide speak Russian, which makes it the 8th most widely spoken language in the world. Russian...

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