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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.
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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.
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So this morning London has been hit with the first heavy snowfall of the winter. Most students have made it to class today, although some arrived late as the blizzard has caused problems on the roads, buses and trains. The snow and the travel disruption look set to continue this evening and as a result lots of people are trying to leave work early.
The TEFL industry attracts teachers who have more skills than teaching, and the London School of English has quite a few people like this. Among the staff, there are artists, musicians, lawyers, journalists, an actor, a story-teller, a comedian, a cake-maker, a singer, and a novelist. Today, Robert introduces one of our trainers, Richard's new book.
Christmas is traditionally a time of sharing and a time of giving. In this spirit, we would like to share a story from one of our former students from Taiwan. James, who is a 65 year old retired business man, studied Intensive General English at our Westcroft Square centre earlier in the year. When he retired, he decided to come to London for twelve weeks to learn English so that he could go home and volunteer as an English teacher in a poor area in the mountains where there is no funding for language teachers. While he was in London, James bought supplies to send home so that there was something to teach from.
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