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The Poetry Flower - How to Read and Compare Poems

Are you puzzled by poems?  Ticked off with techniques?  Maybe you are also a little bit tired...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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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...
GCSE English

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How Not To Be A Grammar Queen

My last school has invited me to return and deliver lectures to my colleagues – the teachers in...
A-level English

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Literature, Wisdom and Emotional Intelligence

English literature is such a wonderful subject to study because it teaches so much; important...

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  • A Template for successful GCSE creative writing Editor's Pick

    Deborah Snow GCSE English Tutor (Slough) Picture I was a naughty pupil – I saw school as a social event and failed Maths – I sat with my best friend, an Indian boy called Poran, who is still my precious friend now; but that is another story, and we just had enormous fun every lesson. Poor Maths teacher! Anyhow, the end result was I had to...
  • Language Functions vs Grammar Editor's Pick

    L G Simmonds English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Bromley) Picture Human beings have evolved to use sophisticated written and spoken languages for all sorts of reasons. The most obvious and simplest explanation is so that we can communicate our thoughts and feelings to other humans, and our pets - even if they sometimes ignore us! Grammar, (oh no! Not the...
  • Success in A2: The final preparation

    A-level English Tutor (Enfield) Picture I do not advocate last minute preparation, but the final week of your 'revision' before your examination is critical, and can make all the difference in achieving a high grade. Many students do not know how to prepare for their A2 exams, particularly in subjects such as English Literature,...

 

  • The importance of debate at home

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Slough) Picture When growing up my family would always discuss, debate and argue all kinds of issues.  There was no right or wrong, just your opinion and facts/anecdotal evidence to back it up with.  There were three rules: - don't make things up - don't get personal -If tempers fray, don't walk out of the...
  • Revise Your Revision Strategy for New 9-1 English

    Jessica Shillingford GCSE English Tutor (West London) Picture “If we don’t teach students how to revise, then it’s an equal opportunities issue: those from supportive backgrounds will do better than those who have to fend for themselves” - Geoff Barton The new English GCSE exams are assessed by exam only. That means pupils need to show two years of...
  • Words of Advice Editor's Pick

    Karon Rickatson English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (York) Picture So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your registration fee for the CAE exam is not a waste of money? The Proficiency exam is your next challenge? Everyone deciding to invest money in private tuition will have their own personal objective, but how...