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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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The Heart of Learning

I cut my teeth teaching English in a southern Italian city. It was a paradox. Whilst bourgeois...
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How to Read 'Beloved': A Student Guide

How to read ‘Beloved’ - A Student Guide Students reading the novel ‘Beloved’ by Toni...
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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...

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  • David Foster Wallace on Modern Times and Art

    Anna C Maguire University English Tutor (North West London) Picture "Look man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s...
  • IELTS speaking do's

    Fatema Desai IELTS Tutor (East London) Picture IELTS speaking do’s Here are some ideas to get you started Examiners like to see a range of tenses and vocabulary but don’t let this get in the way of your fluency.Only use tenses that fit the purpose of the question. If the question is asking you Do you like travelling? You need to state...
  • Developing A Love Of Reading

    Alice Blakeman Key Stage 1 English Tutor (East London) Picture Good readers make fantastic writers - there’s a clear connection between the two. But how do we instil a love of reading that children will take through to adulthood? Reading records are used in most schools in a variety of ways. They are a way of children recording what they are doing and it...


  • How to Read for A Level English Editor's Pick

    Jan-Peter Westad A-level English Tutor (East London) Picture Of course you can read the words on the page, or tube advert, or instagram comment. However; when it comes to reading for exams, or essays at school and university, it can become habit to read great literature in the same way you might read a recipe you already half know. You can skim through...
  • In Search of Originality Editor's Pick

    Stuart Riddle GCSE English Tutor (North London) Picture In Search of Originality In terms of progressing pupils to improve GCSE Examination standards it is important to write and work closely with the pupil - mostly on past papers. Many pupils I work with begin with only moderate writing skills because they haven’t been trained to think clearly...
  • The Importance of Context in GCSE English

    Melissa-Rose Marsh GCSE English Tutor (Watford) Picture What could be argued as the biggest change in the new GCSE curriculum is the importance of context and including context within your exam responses. In order to really impress the examiners it is essential that you read around the contextual issues of the texts you are studying. The British...