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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Improving your pronunciation

One thing I hear so often from students of English is that they want to improve their...
Key Stage 3 English

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Exam Preparation and How to Write an Essay

“A tutee’s ability in a subject is frequently not reflected in their grades simply due to...
Key Stage 2 English

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Learning new spellings, remembering old spellings

Advice for students and parents It isn't always easy learning how to spell new words. It isn't...
GCSE English

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In Search of Originality

In Search of Originality In terms of progressing pupils to improve GCSE Examination standards...

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  • Intergalactic travel and the English speaker

    Pete Goodland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sheffield) Picture What to do this particular sun splashed after lunch class with my Chinese Students? More IELTS and phrasal verbs? Then.... ( and this you will not believe ) I hear a Spaceman is about to arrive at Birkdale. Has this writer spent too much time on the pop? I hear you cry. But, no, this is the...
  • English and the language of football

    Pete Goodland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sheffield) Picture So here I am happily ensconced in beautiful Birkdale where every day's a joy. Then what? My Chinese students - confused as they are by our ( English ) obsession with the game we're utterly useless at ( Ok, this could include any number of sports, but you get my drift ) -  ask for lessons on the...
  • How to Revise for GCSE English Editor's Pick

    Farihah Chantler GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture "But Miss, how do I revise for English?" Students often assume that 'revision' equates to memorising a list of facts and regurgitating them in a written exam. However, in the world of closed book exams and unseen texts, the new specification of GCSE English demands that students become...

 

  • Poetry Analysis 101: Forming Associations and Tex

    Oli Delgaram-Nejad A-level English Tutor (Exeter) Picture Poetry Analysis 101: Forming Associations and Textual Evidence The Horses I climbed through woods in the hour-before-dawn dark. Evil air, a frost-making stillness, Not a leaf, not a bird— A world cast in frost. I came out above the wood Where my breath left tortuous statues in the iron light....
  • What's In An Essay? Editor's Pick

    Natalie Kondratii A-level English Tutor (South West London) Picture The cultural impact the tradition of essay writing has left cannot and should not be underestimated. In his recent collection of essays, Essayism, Brian Dillon makes a case for essay writing by describing the genre's two sided nature: as an instruction manual and an elusive, intuitive mode of...
  • Winemaking In The Douro

    Patrick Blum Business English Teacher (Twickenham) Picture On a bright and unusually hot September day, the family are debating how to respond to a weather forecast of heavy rain later in the week. They must decide quickly how best to protect the vindima or wine harvest. Vines need rain, but too much of it at the wrong time spells disaster. Grapes...