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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...
A-level English

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Which English A Level Should You Choose?

This is the time of year when year 11 students begin to think about the next stage of their...
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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...
GCSE English

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Why Is It Important To Study English?

Since becoming a teacher seven years ago the biggest obstacle I have found I have had to...

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  • Tutors Don't Teach, They Help

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Newcastle upon Tyne) Picture My experience of being a tutor has told me that tutoring only works when students want to learn and they take the initiative. The spoon-feeding way of teaching is just a waste of time and energy. So I think it is the students' job to be specific about what they need. Then tutors are around to...
  • Fairy Tales and Their "True" Meanings

    A-level English Tutor (Harrow) Picture I shall discuss the works of the feminist writer Angela Carter, with particular reference to The Company of Wolves and The Werewolf, both from the traditional fairy tale entitled Little Red Riding Hood. It can be suggested that a fairy tale is a fictional story which contains “characters...
  • What is IELTS?

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Ilford) Picture IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a highly valuable qualification. A must if you are seeking to enter university or work in a professional field. Training classes will be more effective than reading from a test book and memorising information.


  • I Believe in International Friendship

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South East London) Picture Hello - thank you for reading my little article. I would like to tell you that I am a great idealist: I believe that we all (in our hearts) wish to live a life of friendliness and kindness. It is not important whether we come from Asia, Africa or Europe, etc. We all want to make our world a...
  • Social Class in 'Great Expectations'

    A-level English Tutor (Leeds) Picture In ‘Great Expectations’, Charles Dickens explores the deeply ingrained relationship between class and self-identity in a pre-Victorian society. Revealing the contrasting self identities of his characters from various social classes, such as Joe and Pumblechook, Dickens encourages the reader to...
  • British and American English

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (East London) Picture Hello there! Just a quick one on EFL resources to improve reading and listening abilities. Many students find it challenging to distinguish British and American English. How do we tackle that? Yes, you guessed right, through PRACTICE! News report videos online are excellent material. The...