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Listening: Reaction v's Response

20/03/2013

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.

Categories: General Language Talk, Language and Learning

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Easter Weekend in London

18/03/2013

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.

Categories: London, British Culture

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English for University: How to write well

01/03/2013

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.

Categories: Course Specific Talk

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The BEC Vantage Exam

15/02/2013

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.

Categories: Exams, Course Specific Talk

Exams

English for University: How to read and listen well

08/02/2013

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.

Categories: Course Specific Talk

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The London School of English Reading Challenge

23/01/2013

I’ve loved reading ever since I learnt to read, and in this week’s post I’m going to set you an exciting reading challenge to complete by the end of 2013! Read on to find out more...

Categories: Language and Learning

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Let It Snow - London Is Hit By Snow

18/01/2013

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.

Categories: London, News Stories

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With Barry Flanagan: Travels through Time and Spain by Richard McNeff

10/01/2013

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.

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New Year's Resolutions

08/01/2013

In this week's blog post we're taking a look at New Year's resolutions and suggesting what you can do to improve your English in the coming year.

Categories: Language and Learning, British Culture

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A Christmas story from Taiwan

21/12/2012

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.

Categories: The London School of English

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