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Individual English lessons or group classes?

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Shall I choose individual English lessons or a group course?

When is it better to take individual English lessons?

This is a very common question our students ask: what is better for me, English lessons one-to-one or in groups?

There are many things that you need to think about, when deciding whether you should learn a language in a group or have private one-on-one English lessons. You might think that it is just a question of money, and that the answer is obvious, i.e. private lessons are the best. But it is not so simple. Actually the answer depends on some important factors. The key questions to ask when deciding whether to take group or individual English lessons are:

  • What English skills do you want to learn?
  • Can you commit to regular class times?
  • Are you under a time pressure?
  • Do you need to improve your English skills quickly, for an exam or job?
  • How much time do you have for classes?
  • Do you get bored easily? Can you concentrate for long periods?
  • Are you a very shy person, does it bother you if you make mistakes in front of others?
  • Are you easily distracted by others, maybe too sociable?
  • How much homework are you able to do?
  • How much money do you want to spend on your English language lessons?
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    General English vs Conversation Classes

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    What is the difference between general English and conversation classes?

    Find out which one is better for you: general English or conversational English course.

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    General English vs conversation classes

    One of the most common questions asked by our students registering for English courses is the one about the difference between general English courses and English conversation classes.

    The short answer is: general English classes cover reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as grammar and vocabulary. Conversation classes focus on speaking and listening skills in everyday communication.

    General English vs English conversation classes

    In addition to general English and exam preparation courses, Link School of English offers regular English conversation classes. All of our courses help students improve their speaking through a range of communicative activities. However, conversation classes place the most emphasis on speaking and offer a unique experience for learners of English. They are usually built around a specific theme or topic which students discuss in pairs or as a group. This may sound like something you have done at an English class before. What are the main differences?

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    How to make the most of your part time English course

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    Tips from a teacher on how to make the most of your part time English course

    Have you signed up for an evening or weekend English course and want to know how to maximase your learning?

    When you’ve made a commitment you certainly want to make ensure you make maximum progress in English. Here are some tips from an English language teacher on how to make the most of a part time English course.

    Attend all lessons

    My top tip for making the most of your part-time English course is simple: Attend all the lessons. It may be tempting to skip a lesson if you’re tired or if you have a lot on, but keep in mind that your course may only last for two or three months, while resting and socialising will always be possible later. It may also be tempting to miss a lesson if you are already familiar with the grammar or topic vocabulary that is coming up. But this is not a good reason to skip, because grammar and vocabulary are only part of what learning a language involves. The rest is skill-building. That is, most of what you do on an English course will involve improving your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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    Make friends with your class mates

    Another good reason to turn up is that doing so makes it more likely that you will to get to know your classmates – which is another very effective way to get the most out of your course. Striking up an acquaintance with fellow learners may allow you to create a support system for learning English, not only helping each other to complete the course but also continuing to practice your English outside the classroom.

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    Link School of English in Ealing Broadway

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    School of English in Ealing Broadway

    Link School of English in Ealing Broadway from January 2015

    Many of you already know that we have moved. After six years in Northumberland House in South Ealing we have moved closer to Ealing Broadway. From January 2015 Link School of English is based in Ealing House, 33 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London, W5 3HJ. Here in the new place we have better transport links, which will hopefully be to the advantage of all of us commuting in London. Now we benefit from the following stations and transport links:

    Ealing Broadway (8 minute walk)

    Central and District lines, National Rail trains and busses: 65, 83, 112, 207, 226, 297, 427, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E11

    North Ealing (2 minute walk)

    Piccadilly line

    Ealing Common (10 minute walk)

    Piccadilly and District lines
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    How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

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    How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

    Many of you are probably already on Facebook and Twitter. They are amazing ways of staying in contact with our friends and keeping up to date with everything happening in the world. But how can you use them to learn more English after your English language classes?

    Here are a couple of tips on how to learn English with Facebook and Twitter

    Step 1. Change the language!

    If you change the language of your Facebook or Twitter into English you will very quickly learn English words about the internet and communication!

    How to do it – on Facebook, click the triangle in the top right corner, click settings, click language and select English (UK). On Twitter you can change the language from the home page. Click language in the top right corner and select English.
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    Effective Business English Communication

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    Effective Business English Communication

    Business English Communication is a very big field and can be looked at from many angles. The main thing to bear in mind is that the aim is not necessarily or not only to be really fluent or to use beautiful and complex English words and grammar structures. That would be very good, but is not always necessary and could be a bad thing sometimes, for instance when your business partner doesn’t speak fluent English. The reason for learning Business English is so that you can communicate accurately and you can talk in English with people of different English language abilities. This means that you should be able to say what you want to say and be confident that both sides have understood clearly what needs to be done. This could be difficult even for English native speakers, and usually when there is a serious matter to be discussed, people tend to speak very plainly, using structures and verbs which cannot be misunderstood easily. Also, with globalisation, international trade and foreign clients, it really makes sense to speak English in a simple, accurate and clear way.
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    Learning English Outside of School

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    Learning English Outside of School

    How many hours do you spend learning English at the Link School of English every week?

    What if there was a way you could learn more English for FREE?

    There are lots of ways you can learn and improve English outside of the classroom: at work, at home and even on the bus. Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can learn:

    Learning English Speaking Skills

    – People in Britain love to chat, especially about the weather! Try talking in English to your colleagues or to people at the shops. I know that can be scary but here are some good ways to start a conversation in English:
    – Beautiful day, isn’t it? (if it’s sunny outside)
    – Terrible day, isn’t it? (if it’s raining outside)
    – Looking forward to the weekend? (on Friday afternoon or evening)
    – Good weekend? (on Monday morning)
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    Quality English School – Award for Link School

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    Quality English School in London

    Are you looking for a good English school in London?

    We are pleased to share with you this news: Link School of English in London has been awarded The Quality School Award 2014.

    The renown Languagebookings.com is honouring the world’s best Language Schools with the Quality School Award. This year Link School of English in London has received the certificate and been recognised as a Quality English School for its high quality standards in its range of language courses and students services.

    The LanguageBookings.com Quality School Award is granted to language schools with high appeal for international students, with an unbroken record of best value for money compared to hundreds of schools served by LanguageBookings.com. In addition, the schools show a high quality in education, course availability and impeccable customer service history.

    Quality School Award Certificate

    Link School of English offers:

    – General English Courses
    – English Conversation Classes
    – Academic English Courses (IELTS Exam Preparation)
    – FCE Exam Preparation
    – Business English
    – Aviation English
    – Individual English Lessons

    You can book English Courses at English academy through Languagebookings.com – follow this link to visit our profile:
    http://www.languagebookings.com/award-2014/link-school-of-english-london.html
    or you can book directly with us – follow this link to find out about our English Courses in west London.

    We look forward to welcoming new students to our English School!

    More posts about our English language school:

    5 Years of Link School of English in London
    Take a Step Forward with Confident English – Free English Learning Event at English Academy
    News from Our English Language Centre


    Take a Step Forward with Confident English!

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    Take a Step Forward with Confident English!

    Get Confidence in Business Communication – a GEW Event at our Academy of English

    Our Academy of English booming with ideas and getting ready for this event – how exciting!
    Here is the event programme, take a look and see which activities in our English language school you would like to join – all are FREE.

    WARM-UP
    10.00 – 11.00
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    Free GEW Event – Learning English for Business

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    Get Confidence in Business Communication!

    Learning English for Business

    Link School of English in London will be hosting a free event for non-native speakers of English planning to start or growing a business. This event has been featured in top ten events of Global Entrepreneurship Week UK 2013.

    Communication is the heart of any business. Successful communication starts with good language skills. Is your English good enough to represent the business well, connect with business partners, promote your product, manage employees, to network, research the market, check industry regulations, gain information to take good decisions?

    The way you express yourself matters. It influences how you show up and how others judge you. Did it happen to you that your other skills were underestimated because of your English language skills? Insufficient language skills may limit your career progress, promotion opportunities, confidence in starting own business, confidence in talking to clients, work colleagues, networking etc.
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