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Getting the most out of your Skype lesson

This article is aimed at both tutors and students, so that you can both get the most out of your...
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The Literature of Depression

The literature of depression has a long and distinguished pedigree. While we will never really...
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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Having lived and taught in a number of countries, it is interesting to see how differently...
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Volunteering - a great way to improve your English

Trying to practise English in London can be a frustrating task. With so many languages spoken in...

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  • What Does "Thinking Outside The Box" Mean?

    Hannah Congdon A-level English Tutor (Twickenham) Picture It's taken me a long time to realise what the nebulous phrase "thinking outside the box" means in practice, specifically in the practice of studying English Literature. The phrase itself has become the very kind of dry cliche that it instructs against. Being told to "think outside the box" is...
  • How Not To Be A Grammar Queen Editor's Pick

    Ms Poppy GCSE English Tutor (North London) Picture My last school has invited me to return and deliver lectures to my colleagues – the teachers in the English department – on grammar. Really. Turns out that I have gained the status of sage in the use of the dash and the transitive and intransitive verb. As the Americans say – hoo noo? Me, a...
  • From Ordinary to Extraordinary!

    Sarah Gordon Key Stage 3 English Tutor (Cleveland) Picture That’s what we all want for our children and their learning. And that can be a lot easier than it seems, at least when it comes to their writing! This time of year can seem pretty dull, as the nights draw in, the mornings get cold and dark and nature waves us all goodbye for another season....

 

  • 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...
  • Intergalactic travel and the English speaker

    Pete Goodland English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sheffield) Picture What to do this particular sun splashed afternoon 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 absolute...
  • Busting The "I'm Rubbish at English" Myth

    Jude Vale GCSE English Tutor (Bath) Picture There's a familiar sound in classrooms across the UK. It's a sound and a sentence I hear every year, usually in September as a crew of fresh faced students cross the threshold of my classroom, ready to study another year of English. "Miss, I'm rubbish at English!" English and Maths. These core...