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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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New Year, New Language!

You may be surprised to learn that, according to Ethnologue, English is now only the third most...
GCSE English

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How to teach essay writing in a way that works

When I was doing my teacher training, something I really struggled with was how to teach kids to...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Consonant clusters: the bane of your life

In the time I've spent teaching EFL, a difficulty my students have had time and again is the...
Key Stage 3 English

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Exam Preparation and How to Write an Essay

“A tutee’s ability in a subject is frequently not reflected in their grades simply due to...

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  • The Curious Case of A-Level English

    Hannah Knight A-level English Tutor (North London) Picture Thousands of 17-18 year olds will be receiving their A-Level results tomorrow. A good proportion of these will be collecting English Literature grades and amongst them will be two of my students.  Both of them were diligent, conscientious and engaged in our lessons. They both enjoyed exploring...
  • A question

    Adam Dixon English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Edinburgh) Picture So, a question for you all... What links these words? - boat- wrote- cappuccino- sew- grow- though Hint: say them out loud. Did you get it? Every one of them contains the /əʊ/ sound in standard British English. Look at the variety of spelling patterns that make this one sound: - boat- wrote...
  • Essay: Clothing in Woolf's Lappin & Lapinova

    Hannah Lawrence A-level English Tutor (Enfield) Picture Below is an extract from an essay considering Virginia Woolf's use of clothing in Lappin and Lapinova: A preoccupation with clothing is inherent across the body of Virginia Woolf’s writing: from her novels to short stories, critical essays to letters. This essay will examine the importance of...

 

  • Good Books

    I.  Gardner A-level English Tutor (Liverpool) Picture The Great Gatsby by  F. Scott Fitzgerald . The second is The Old man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. When you have finished studying these two books, look back at your own reading history and pick out what you think is a well written book. Examine three separate instances where you find it...
  • The New GCSE - Is Reality Starting to Bite?

    Christine Thomas GCSE English Tutor (Durham) Picture I know we need to move on and in some respects it is pointless comparing but having just supported a North East school to prepare their Year 11 for IGCSE and for AQA cert in Literature, and then in addition to this put schemes of work and teacher training in place for the current Year 10 to...
  • Pigeons and Crayola: African American English

    Farhaz J English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Croydon) Picture English is a colonial language, so its history is mired with tyranny and exploitation. This has ultimately resulted in, as Jenkins (2009, p. 56) writes, ‘the devaluing of local language and culture’. This occurred through a devaluing of the non-British ‘other’, as being not in accordance...