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Applying to university in the UK - Four things international students need to know!

Applying to university in the UK - Four things international students need to know!

21/08/2014

Every September, many of our former students start their university course in the UK. We are always sad to say goodbye to them as they start the next stage of their education, but we are very proud of their achievement and wish them the very best of luck for the future.

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The London School of English - Effective Lecturing Skills in English

Effective Lecturing Skills in English

20/08/2014

In this week’s post our trainer Anne talks about her recent experiences of teaching Effective Lecturing Skills in English, taking her from the classroom in London all the way to a conference in Valencia, Spain. Anne tells us more below.

Categories: Course Specific Talk, The London School of English, Language and Learning

The London School of English summer General English course

London is our classroom - A new makeover for our Intensive General English course this summer

25/06/2014

It’s that time of the year again: Wimbledon; strawberries and cream; music festivals; hay fever; deckchairs; picnics in the park; ice cream; barbecues; and, of course, sunburn. Summer in London is all of these things and more.

Categories: Course Specific Talk, London

The London School of English - IELTS for doctors

New IELTS score requirement for doctors in the UK – why so high?

06/05/2014

In this week’s post we’re looking at the decision by the General Medical Council to revise its criteria for assessing knowledge of English amongst its members, and the implications of these changes.

Categories: Language and Learning, The London School of English, General Language Talk, Course Specific Talk

Learning with Chocolate!

Learning with Chocolate!

13/02/2014

Grammar, listening and vocabulary exercises are not the only ways to improve your English. Far from it! Chocolate can play its part too. In this week's post, one of our trainers Kate talks about her recent Young Business English course.

Categories: Course Specific Talk, Language and Learning, Learning Through Technology

Exams

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.

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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.

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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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Academic Grammar

16/09/2012

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.

Categories: Course Specific Talk, Language and Learning

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Academic English

07/09/2012

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.

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