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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 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.
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.
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.
What would you do if you had an extra hour in your day? How would you spend it? Perhaps you would use it to improve your English. We often hear our students say that there isn’t enough time in the day to learn English, even on one of our intensive courses. In this week’s post, Laura reviews a book a book called ‘How to save an hour every day’ by Michael Heppell, which promises to give you that extra hour a day back.
A few weeks ago on the blog, our Courses Manager Ben recommended some of the best places to eat near our Westcroft Square centre. In this week’s blog post, he’s taking a look at the local pubs with his top tips for the best place to have a drink and socialise near our Westcroft Square centre. So, if you fancy a swift half or a little tipple, check out the boozers below!
Choosing the right language school isn’t easy! London in particular has a wide range of language schools. At times, it’s difficult to know where to start. Here are our top 10 things to consider when choosing your next course.
In this week’s post, our guest writer Robert takes us on a tour of some the more unusual sights of our nation’s capital. Robert is a journalist by trade, and has been teaching at the school for the last four years.
With our final FCE and CAE courses of the year starting next month, we decided to look at some useful tips and hints for students planning on taking one of our exam courses. Our trainer Laura shares her insights into teaching FCE and CAE and gives us the lowdown on getting the most out of your course.
In this week’s post, we interviewed our Courses Manager Ben about the Cambridge Business English Certificate exams. With our next preparation courses starting soon, we thought that this was the perfect time to pick his brains!