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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Using a lexical approach in EFL teaching

I was having a conversation with one of my students the other day that reminded me of an...
Business English

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Is Business English a new dialect?

At times, Business English can seem like a different language. The individual words are clearly...
A-level English

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Useful Online Resources for A-level English

Most A-level students probably spend more time on the internet than I do, which is no mean feat...
IELTS

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The IELTS reading and writing tests are challenging. Both exams require you to complete a great...

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  • How To Get Your Child To Start Reading Editor's Pick

    Simon Warner Key Stage 3 English Tutor (North West London) Picture How To Get Your Child To Start Reading As an English teacher and tutor I am often told by worried- and sometimes exasperated parents- that despite their best efforts their child just won’t read. I hear this said by parents about their young child and by parents about their teenager; and in the...
  • Why new Grammar Schools are BAD.

    GCSE English Tutor (Swindon) Picture Why new Grammar Schools are BAD. Or are they?   A recent letter to the Guardian reads: As education organisations representing hundreds of thousands of teachers, support staff, governors and other education professionals, we are united in opposing the government’s plans for expanding...
  • The Importance of Homework

    Simon Warner GCSE English Tutor (North West London) Picture                                                                     Ways Parents Can Help Children With Their Homework We all know that homework is an integral part of a child’s education. It has long been a daily concern for...

 

  • Storytelling

    Wendy Cavalier-Hirth GCSE English Tutor (Bournemouth) Picture Towards the end of the first year of my degree I came across a book, well it fell, almost jumped off the college library shelf at me, as I was looking for something else. It was Storytelling: Imagination and Faith by W. J. Bausch (1984). I will never know what made me read the back cover after I...
  • Poetry

    Linda de Klerk GCSE English Tutor (South East London) Picture At GSCE level you will be asked to COMPARE two poems, where you will talk about BOTH poems all the way through your answer and look at the SIMILARITES and DIFFERENCES between these two poems.  When doing your PLAN write out a table like below:   Poem 1 Ideas/subject Attitudes &...
  • Writing An Analytical English Essay Editor's Pick

    Helen M Bailey GCSE English Tutor (Rochester) Picture Writing a good essay is like following a recipe; use it as a guide and throw in a bit of personality where you can! Start with looking closely at the key question; you will need it for your introduction and paragraph signpost sentences. e.g. How does the poet use language in 'One flesh'? "HOW"...