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Quiz: Are you a natural English ESL Teacher?


If you love the English language and can express yourself in it concisely and eloquently and enjoy interacting with people and communicating on all sorts of subjects, then you might ask yourself whether you could be a teacher of English as a second language (ESOL).

Categories: Language and Learning

Skype English Lessons

Skype English Lessons: 10 Tips for English Learners


Many busy learners choose to learn English with us via Skype and there is an increasing demand for this kind of learning due to its flexibility and ability to focus on individual needs.

Categories: Language and Learning

12 Writing tips for Legal English

12 Writing Tips for Legal English


Our trainer, Laura Stamps, shares her advice on writing for Legal English:

Categories: Law and Legal English

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TESOL Certification – the benefits and 10 tips


With our first teacher training courses starting in November, course tutor Karen Chambers takes a look at the advantages of becoming a fully-qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.

English pronunciation tips for Italians

English accent tips for Italians


In this English video lesson our voice and accent trainer Salvatore Sorce gives tips on English pronunciation for Italian speakers.

From Brazilian to English or how not to speak Brazinglish


Have you been learning English for many years but still get the impression that your English is a little, well, Brazilian?

Hey-up Doc!


In the recent general election, the National Health Service was a keenly debated issue. In particular the trend for overseas doctors working in the UK and their language ability.

In this week’s post, guest blogger Ros writes about a recent trial of our new English for Medical Professionals course, which she delivered to a group of doctors in the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

London's green places


London is famous, of course, for the variety of its cultural life. But people often forget about another aspect of the city: its parks and green spaces.

An incredible 47 per cent of London is “green” and it has eight million trees, making it the world’s largest urban forest. In the City of London – the square mile of the old financial district - there are no less than 400 green areas, while there are over 1,000 across the whole of the city.

Slow down!


This week, guest blogger Robert Nurden looks at whether or not English people really ‘speak so fast.’ Many students say: “English people speak so fast. I can never understand them.” In fact, English is one of the slowest languages. On average, native speakers use 150 syllables a minute. But Spanish people go along at an amazing 300 syllables a minute. Japanese is another fast language. Mandarin is probably the slowest.

We 'wish' you a Merry Christmas


As it’s nearly Christmas, we thought we’d give you a grammar gift - the basic uses of 'wish'! Wish is a word you will hear a lot at this time of year as people want to offer other people positive feelings for the festive season.

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