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Looking for ways to improve your vocabulary?

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Looking for ways to improve your vocabulary?

Check our advice on learning English vocabulary – read or listen:


Luckily for you, vocabulary is one component of any language that is perhaps, the easiest to improve. There are hundreds of tips, tricks and ways you can improve your vocabulary quickly and effectively. Here we are going to take a look at some of which I and our students have found most helpful.

1. Learning the meaning of new words is important

However, knowing the correct context to use it in is more important. The most effective technique I have found to help improve vocabulary is setting a goal to learn a couple of new words each week and then finding at least 2 places where you can use them: one whilst speaking and another whilst writing.  This approach will help you avoid simply memorising the meaning of the word (which is of little use alone) and then knowing when and how to use it

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Advice on choosing an English School abroad

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Advice on choosing an English School abroad

Are you looking for a good English language school abroad?

Here is some advice…

The best way to learn English is to spend time immersed in the language and culture of an English speaking country.

The important thing to remember when choosing an English language school abroad is to keep your goals and preferences in mind in order to make the right decisions:

Your goal may be to learn English in preparation for a job or to study abroad

Choose a school that prepares you for national and international certification exams, like those given in Trinity, Cambridge, City and Guilds, and others.

Your goal may be to try to fit learning English abroad into your schedule

For busy people, who have very little spare time you will want a school that offers a flexible programme. Most schools offer courses that accommodate different schedules. Make sure that the school is aware of your schedule so they can customize your course accordingly.



International students talking about finding English language school abroad


Your goal may be to learn

  • Business English
  • Academic English, or
  • English for tourists

Whatever your goal, finding a course taught by, native English speaking instructors is essential.

How do I know which English school and course to choose?

  1. Start by choosing your desired geographical location. For example: in a tropical location, in a warm climate, in a city, in the country…
  2. Since cost is a major factor for most students – make a list of schools in your chosen location by order of the cost of their standard course, including accommodation.
  3. Visit the websites of several English schools you’re interested in to find out the methodology and materials they use so you know it will fit your learning style.
  4. Narrow down your list of schools then begin contacting them and ruling out those that don’t meet your goals and criteria.
What else do I need to know about choosing an English school?
  • You are investing a lot of time and money. Therefore, it is in your best interests to check on the certifications and licenses of the schools and teachers to ensure you will be receiving legitimate and proficient English instruction.
  • It is important that the school you choose gives you the choice of what courses to take based on your goals and skill level, i.e. beginner or advanced.
  • If you are going abroad during a peak period, such as the summer, schools typically employ temporary teachers just for these periods. These instructors may be inexperienced.
  • Ask what kind of accommodation options the school offers. It is beneficial to attend a school that arranges home stays with families. Staying with a local family is the best way to learn about a new culture and be immersed in the language.
  • To cut costs and ensure you are picking a recommended school, go with a group. Group organisers are familiar and knowledgable with all the schools out there. However, organisers do receive discounts from most language schools. Agents who organise these tours will choose the schools who give them the largest discounts, thus, they may not necessarily be the best schools.

 

Be careful that the school you choose is a professional one that employs qualified, experienced, native English speaking instructors and is committed to maintaining high standards.

Link School is a School of English in London. For more information about our range of English classes, Intensive English Courses, Evening English Courses, Weekend English Courses or Academic IELTS, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Read our articles about learning English as a foreign language:
– Individual English lessons vs English courses in groups
– How to Learn English Vocabulary?
– Is Evening English Course right for You?
– About English Levels and Exam Comparison


What is the IELTS Exam?

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What is the IELTS Exam?

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.

A female student writing in a notebook preparing for the Academic IELTS test

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.

Check also:

IELTS Essay Correction Service

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Is an Evening English Class right for you?

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Is an Evening English Class right for you?

If you’re looking to work and study English at the same time, an evening English course may just be ideal for you.

Here we look at some of the advantages of our evening classes to help you decide if this is right for you.

Firstly, as availability of jobs globally (and especially in countries like Greece and Spain) continues to reduce, many students who come to Link School find the need to work and study at the same time in order to be able to fulfil the cost of not just improving their English language skills but also of supporting themselves during their stay in London.

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