In April the vast modern BT Convention Centre in Liverpool hosted the annual IATEFL conference, a gathering of English language teaching professionals from all over the world. With views of the River Mersey and the renovated Albert Docks, the location was excellent as were many of the plenary sessions, workshops and talks. The event lasted for five days and touched on many aspects of what is now a global industry.
I’ve been an avid runner for many years, completing marathons and half-marathons, 10km and 5km races. I try to run regularly, even when I’m away from home or on holiday. I love the feeling I get from running and the camaraderie among the runners in the big events. So when I heard about a fun run that had been organised especially for language schools, I had to get involved.
There are a number of ways in which the performance of an organisation such as The London School of English can be measured.
In part two of our IATEFL diary, one of our trainers Douglas tells you about his experiences of running a workshop and gives you a few insights into the city of Liverpool.
Last week the annual IATEFL conference took place in Liverpool. Several trainers from the London School of English participated in the event and over the coming days and weeks we’ll each be giving our impressions of the conference and the city.
This post is written by guest blogger and English Language Trainer Michael Brooman.
In the process of study it can be easy to overlook the real reason for learning a second language and the purpose of language itself. Unless they intend to become a linguist or grammarian, people primarily learn English to improve their ability to communicate.
As you may or may not know, it’s Easter next weekend and for many people in the UK, including those at the London School of English, it means a few days off work.
We have bank holidays on Good Friday (29th March) and Easter Monday (1st April) so it’s a 4 day weekend and the school is closed except for a few individual tuition classes.
So, once you’ve prepared for your topic by doing plenty of reading and listening (in and out of class) you should be ready to write your essay. Below is some advice concerning grammar, plagiarism and critical thinking.
I’m due to teach a BEC Vantage course next week and I’m really looking forward to it. BEC stands for Business English Certificate and it is a Cambridge ESOL Examination which tests learners on their English ability through a business context. The exam tests a learner’s knowledge of the English language not their knowledge of business and so the exam is divided into four areas which are reading, writing speaking and listening.
In this week’s post I’ll be looking at some of the differences between how you use your English skills in general English and how you use them in academic English. This post covers how to read and listen well in academic English.