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Beginning stories: how to create atmosphere

In this article, I’ll show you some simple but effective ways to create atmosphere in your...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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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...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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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...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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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...

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  • Answering the telephone - Help Wanted

    Heather T Business English Teacher (Bristol) Picture Answering the telephone – Help Wanted! So many people are reluctant to answer the phone. Native speakers and non-native speakers alike, but with my non-native speaker students, this subject crops up all the time. They’re asking for help, so how can we help them? Predicting what type of...
  • High IELTS score or ability to cope at university? Editor's Pick

    Heather T IELTS Tutor (Bristol) Picture What is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic workload? Having taught IELTS to quite a lot of international students in recent years, one question continually arises.  Are they taking (and sometimes retaking) IELTS in order to simply get the score they need...
  • Analysing Poetry Editor's Pick

    Alex Deamer A-level English Tutor (Chelmsford) Picture Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have outlined a basic approach that I find useful. It is not intended to be exhaustive, a poet may utilise additional literary devices; nor is it exclusive, there are numerous ways to read a poem....

 

  • Listening to Difficulty

    Anna Arbiter A-level English Tutor (North West London) Picture Whether you're a parent or an educator, one of the best ways to help a child succeed is to accept their struggle to learn. As well as working in education, I'm a trainee child psychotherapist, and it’s from both these fields that I’ve learned this: the most powerful agent of progress and change...
  • An individual approach to language learning

    Sue Caporn English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Bristol) Picture How we learn foreign languages depends on us as individuals.  We're all different, and language learning involves many elements, including the structure of the language (grammar), vocabulary (lexis) and how to make sentences (syntax).  For many years, traditional class-based methods of...
  • Improving Sentences

    David Cummings Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Uxbridge) Picture Improving Sentences These sentences are really boring and need to be made more interesting! Rewrite each one neatly in your homework book. Think about all the ways we have been learning to improve our sentences in class: use adjectives (but not too many!) to describe the noun use powerful...