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Useful Online Resources for A-level English

Most A-level students probably spend more time on the internet than I do, which is no mean feat...

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Top 5 Habits of the Best Language Learners

Language teachers are very often asked how long it will take to become proficient in a language....
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...
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Is online tuition good?

Pros of online tuition Online tuition can be the perfect solution for older students who are...

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  • 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...
  • The Dreaded Public Speaking For GCSE English Editor's Pick

    Fleur Shepherd GCSE English Tutor (West London) Picture It is totally natural for your heart to beat faster and for your forehead to break out in a cold sweat at the thought of standing up in front of a room full of people and having to deliver a speech. This fear can be made even worse when you are being assessed on the talk you are about to give as...
  • Revising Poetry for GCSE English Literature

    Mary Tanton GCSE English Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture "Poetry is so difficult! I don't understand it. We did it at the beginning of Year 10 and now I can't remember any of the poems. What shall I do?" Unfortunately in tutoring English Literature, many of the students I come across have pretty much given up trying, as they see it as an impossible...


  • The Different Ways Of Teaching EFL

    Sara Weintraub English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (North West London) Picture There are many benefits to learning English as a Foreign Language particularly if the student is at a very basic level. But there are many challenges too, like realising you have to put yourself in the mindset of the basic student. The student knows nothing and one has to rely on gesture and...
  • They're, Their and There! Editor's Pick

    Joanna Sanderson GCSE English Tutor (Manchester) Picture Strangely enough, for one of the most widely spoken languages around today, there remain some nuances of the English language which elude even the most nimble or confident of its linguists.  Even if it's possible to navigate around the semi-extinct conventional usages of "one" instead of "you",...
  • Language Is Communication

    Hazel Abbott English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Brighton) Picture Learning EnglishTo communicate effectively - in any way - we use a recognised code. In language, we can use words, gestures, and expressions. Every language is filled with them - yours and mine. The way we use these codes is how we work towards understanding each other. Naturally, there has to...