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The Importance of Languages

Why is it so important to study languages? The English have shown a historic reluctance and...
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The Poetry Flower - How to Read and Compare Poems

Are you puzzled by poems?  Ticked off with techniques?  Maybe you are also a little bit tired...
GCSE English

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A Template for successful GCSE creative writing

I was a naughty pupil – I saw school as a social event and failed Maths – I sat with my best...
Key Stage 3 English

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How To Get Your Child To Start Reading

How To Get Your Child To Start Reading As an English teacher and tutor I am often told by...

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  • A Little Advice For Business English Students

    Mark Philipps Business English Teacher (West London) Picture Is English really not priority number 1? In a 10 hour working day does language practice regularly end up lower down the list? No problem: we business English teachers are not offended! Would you maybe accept a little advice? Let's try to simplify the process of language learning? After all we...
  • English Language Creative Writing Tips

    Lisa McKnight GCSE English Tutor (Guildford) Picture How to Write Creatively for your GCSE English Language Examination Think about this. Your creative writing piece for your first English Language paper is worth 25% of your GCSE level. The second writing question in the next English Language paper is worth, you guessed it, 25% of the total...
  • Why is English so difficult?

    Gillian Crimp Key Stage 1 English Tutor (Exeter) Picture In my day to day work as an English tutor, I find myself astonished at the wide range of variants in both pronunciation and spelling of our language. Using phonics to teach reading is useful, but how many times do I need to explain that although a word looks the same, it sounds different, or,...

 

  • Reading for Love In Secondary School

    Helen Murphy A-level English Tutor (Brighton) Picture It seems obvious to suggest that students who achieve highly in English and English Literature at Secondary school read a lot. They have the habit of reading and they have had the habit of reading since they were very small. Success in English is easier for them because they understand innately...
  • IELTS Speaking Advice

    The IELTS Teacher IELTS Tutor (South East London) Picture Many students forget that the speaking part of the IELTS test is assessing you on your ability to speak naturally and fluently. Many of my students suffer from giving robotic pre-prepared answers - this is not advisable at all! Examiners can easily spot answers that are pre-prepared and lack a...
  • Learning English or French through conversation

    Patrick Blum Business English Teacher (Twickenham) Picture Conversational language lessons may appear an easy option for students and tutors. After all, it looks a lot easier to be chatting away casually, than sitting down to a formal study of grammar and accompanying exercises. But it isn’t. ChallengeIf a conversation in English or French, for...