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Three reasons why English spelling is confusing

Three reasons why English spelling is confusing

31/07/2014

In this week’s post, Akiko takes a look at the common problems associated with spelling in English, and reveals that these problems may run much deeper than you might expect.

Categories: British Culture, General Language Talk, Language and Learning

One simple secret to giving a good presentation

One simple secret to giving a good presentation

18/07/2014

Last week, I was invited to a digital marketing conference in Liverpool, where I attended workshops with Google, Microsoft, ASDA, Oxfam etc. The conference was about social media and online marketing, and although it was a manic day it was also very inspiring. Many of the presenters talked about how to communicate well and a key phrase that they kept returning to was ‘story telling’.

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

The London School of English - Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

18/07/2014

Earlier this month, as part of our new Intensive General English summer programme, the course participants at our Westcroft Square Centre took part in a Scavenger Hunt. A Scavenger Hunt is a game, usually played outside, in which the players, who are often divided into teams, have to collect a number of miscellaneous objects. Scavenger Hunts are often used by companies as team-building exercises because they encourage communication and planning. The London School of English Scavenger Hunt took place in Stamford brook which is where our Westcroft square centre is located.

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

Book review – Getting to Yes

Book review – Getting to Yes

09/07/2014

How often do you read? What types of book do you like? What was the last book you read in English? It can be difficult to find something suitable to read in English, so we’re going to give you some book recommendations from time to time. In today’s post, Laura reviews a popular business book which was recommended to her by one of our course participants!

Categories: London, General Language Talk, Language and Learning

The London School of English - British Accent

How good is your British accent? How good does it need to be?

17/06/2014

For many people, the correct use of grammar and a broad range of vocabulary is the be all and end all when learning English. Unfortunately, communicating effectively involves much more than the right words and tenses: accent and pronunciation play a key role.

Categories: London, Language and Learning, General Language Talk

The London School of English - Why are you thinking about learning better English?

Why are you thinking about learning better English?

30/05/2014

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re considering the idea of improving your standard of English. You probably know this will take effort and determination. Even so, you are willing to do it. That’s because you know it will be worthwhile. You’re right, as this blog will explain.

Categories: Language and Learning, General Language Talk, Business

The London School of English, Marketing Manager

Behind the scenes

23/05/2014

We recently uploaded our 100th video to our YouTube channel, a testimonial featuring a student from Brazil. The driving force behind our videos is our Marketing Manager, Akiko. In this week’s post, Akiko took time out from her busy schedule to talk to us about her video project.

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

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

7 reasons why speaking a language is the best way to learn it

7 reasons why speaking a language is the best way to learn it

25/04/2014

In last week’s post we looked at why face-to-face learning is still relevant in education today. Still don’t believe us? Why not let our trainer Laura try to convince you with seven more reasons why studying a language in the classroom is still the smartest way.

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

The London School of English - Brazilinglish2

From Brazinglish to English, part 2

10/03/2014

In the second part of our two-part blog on common Brazilian errors, Laura points out five more common errors that Brazilians often make. If you remember, Laura spent a week in Belo Horizonte teaching our International Business English course. You can read the first part of her post here. Read on for the second part.

Categories: Foreign Travel, General Language Talk, The London School of English, British Culture

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