How to improve academic English skills for university study
3 tips on improving English for university
Going to university will likely be the most challenging test of your academic English skills. You will probably need to pass an English language exam such as Academic IELTS or another English exam. However, even after obtaining the required certificate you may still want to build up your English speaking confidence and continue improving your English. Whether you have started or are soon to start your degree, the following tips will help you make the most of your time at university.
How to improve academic English skills
Try to meet English speakers who are doing your degree. If you are passionate about your subject, this could be one of the most effective ways of honing your academic English skills. It has the potential to be a crash course in subject-specific vocabulary as well as a way of improving your speaking and listening skills. If you want to make friends in the UK, you may be more motivated to learn this way than with self-study. Read more
We are running IELTS preparation courses and we are often asked about address of IELTS exam centres in London. For our students and other exam takers we have prepared a list of places where you can take the IELTS test in London. Currently there are eight IELTS examination centres in London. Here are their addresses and contact details:
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College Gunnersbury Lane, London, UK firstname.lastname@example.org 08000 344 015
Eurocentres 70 Court Road, London, UK email@example.com 020 8297 1488 020 8318 9057 Read more
How is the Academic IELTS Writing Exam Module Assessed?
If you are preparing for the Academic IELTS exam this article will help you to understand how you’re the Academic Writing task is assessed.
The Academic IELTS Writing Test consists of Task 1 and Task 2, each of them is assessed independently. The IELTS examiner marks the candidate’s responses using performance descriptors corresponding to nine IELTS bands.
IELTS Writing Task 1 responses are rated using the following four criteria:
Task Achievement Academic Writing Task 1 is an information transfer task with a specified response where you need to draw on the factual content of a diagram. Remember, on this task you are not expected to speculate or explain anything outside of the input material. This is not a creativity task, stick to the content given. Your text must be at least 150 words in length. Read more
The meaning of ‘IELTS’ explained and exam taking tips
If you are thinking about taking an English exam and not sure which to choose you may be asking what is the IELTS exam. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is the most popular English proficiency test in the world. It is designed to assess your language ability to determine if you can adequately study or work where English is the primary language.
Since 1989, IELTS has proven to be a secure and valid test recognised by universities and employers in over 130 countries, including: the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is also recognised by immigration authorities, professional bodies and other government agencies.
Yes. To book your English course online, request a placement test and we will send it to you by e-mail. Registration form can be also sent by e-mail.
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, on your request. It is a good idea to collect certificates showing your progress in English and add them to your professional portfolio. There is an administration fee of £5 for the issue of a certificate.
Is there a registration fee?
No. Many English schools charge registration fees, but we don’t. You will only pay your course fees. However, if you book other services with us, additional fees may apply.
Do I need a course book?
If you attend our part-time English courses, you will need to buy a course book. With our intensive English courses student books are available to buy or borrow from the school.
What if I miss my class?
Don’t worry, if you miss one or two lessons, you will be able to follow your course. Ask your teacher what was done, check with a colleague their notes and your text book.