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In the UK people often get lots of presents from Father Christmas, but as the British pop sensation Cliff Richard points out in his hit single, Christmas is also “a time for giving”. Traditionally, Christmas is the season of goodwill and so who better to help than deprived children all over the world?
On Friday 14th December The London School of English is taking part in this year’s Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children.
We’re inviting everyone at school to wear a Christmas jumper for the day and donate £5 to help support Save the Children’s life-saving work.
The other week, one of my students asked me if it’s really funny for British people to hear all of the mistakes made by non-native speakers. Another one chipped in with an anecdote of how he’d been in the pub with a group of Brits who had seemingly made no effort to adapt their language to take account of the fact that English wasn’t his first language. I bought myself some time with the classic response ‘Hmm, that’s a really interesting question.’ However, I wasn’t lying – it is a really interesting question, one which I’ll attempt to give a multi-stranded response to this week.
Categories: Language and Learning
This year the James Bond franchise celebrates its 50 year anniversary with the release of the new Bond movie Skyfall, which is receiving some very positive reviews. Some people are calling it the best Bond movie ever, and it is likely to become the highest earning film of the franchise so far. In this blog post I'm going to give a brief overview of the history of the Bond franchise and then tell you what I thought of Skyfall.
Categories: British Culture
This year the BFI is hosting its 56th London Film Festival, where film fanatics can experience some Hollywood style glitz and glam, see their favourite celebrities and stay ahead of new releases. The festival runs from the 10th – 21st October during which time a broad range of genres, eras and styles will be explored. This includes ‘treasures’ from the archives, ‘shorts’ and ‘experimenta’.
If you’ve ever looked closely at our logo, you may have noticed the words “Since 1912”. This refers to the year that The London School of English opened its doors for business for the first time, and in this week’s post we’ll be having a look at how the school has marked the occasion.
Categories: The London School of English
We have another guest blogger this week. One of our teachers Lavinia.
This weekend was one of culture for me. Despite loving art, I often find myself not setting foot in an art gallery for ages and then all of a sudden I seem to see lots of exhibitions over a short period of time. This weekend was one of those times. Both Tate Britain and Tate Modern are open to 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, which is great as it means that on Fridays you can go after work or school.
As I mentioned in my brief post last week, this week I’m going to write about Julie Moore’s excellent webinar for OUP on Approaches to Teaching Academic Grammar. This was the first time I’d attended a webinar and I found the experience very interesting. Over a hundred attendees from all over the world could comment on and discuss Julie’s informative talk as she was giving it.
Many of our former students will be now be getting ready to start university in the UK. A major component of successful study at a British university is being able to understand and use academic English. That's why our English for University and IELTS preparation courses have a strong focus on helping students to develop their skills in this area.
Categories: Course Specific Talk
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