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General English vs Conversation Classes

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What is the difference between general English and conversation classes?

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

General English vs conversation classes the difference explained. Chess horses black and white.

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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English Language Learning in 3 Easy Ways

Posted on in Improve English speaking, Learn English Advice, Real English practice

3 easy ways of English language learning

Here are three easy ways to learn English and make your English language learning pleasant and effortless

Unless you aspire to be the world’s best polyglot and do the activity merely for the enjoyment of it, English language learning can sometimes be a daunting task. Most English learners will attend group or private English classes, some may self-study. No matter the way of study, all of them will want to practise English speaking in a real life context. If you would like to find out how to do this, keep on reading.

1. Learning English with Love

The reasons for learning English are varied. Many movies have added storylines centred on this and language learning. If you are a fan of seventies comedy and language learning then it is quite possible you’ve encountered Mind your Language. A show, which helped bring credibility to language learning.
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British Sense of Humour

Posted on in British Culture, Real English practice

British Sense of Humour Explained

Article by Link School of English in London

Do you get English jokes and sense of humour? Do you find British humour odd or not funny at all?

I recently saw British humour described as an oxymoron… I beg to differ; just because something doesn’t fit the norm, is different, unique, or has a culture of it’s own doesn’t mean it isn’t valid or isn’t funny. However, to an ‘out-sider’ I can see why some might think this.

Understanding British sense of humour and jokes in conversation with the English

British Humour

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How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

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Looking for Ways to Improve Spoken English and Make Less Mistakes?

How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

Here is some advice from one of Link School of English teachers, a simple 3-step exercise which you can do on your own to speak better English.

Learning advice to improve English speaking skills

How to make less mistakes in spoken English

Making mistakes is inevitable when you are learning English. Moreover, it should be encouraged. I know it sounds like a strange thing to say, but it is true. If we don’t make mistakes, it is impossible to learn! But the issue is, unless you have an English teacher or a fluent English speaking friend with you at all times, it is almost impossible to realise that you’re making mistakes in English.

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How to Improve English Pronunciation

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10 Tips on How to Improve English Pronunciation

How to improve your English pronunciation

Article and podcast by Link School of English

Listen to our podcast or read the article below:


Pronunciation is a tricky subject. People have different opinions about it, specially English learners. Unfortunately, many learners decide to work on pronunciation later on, once they have gained some fluency in the English language. This makes some sense, but it can mean that you can’t change your English pronunciation easily afterwards. Your mistakes could become permanent. There are many people who have learned English and can speak very well but their pronunciation is not at the same high level. These people are sometimes the hardest to teach because their mispronunciation has become a habit. You can correct them ten times and ten minutes later they will still say it in the same way as before. Changing mental habits and brain connections is not easy at all. Of course it is a combination of factors. Read more


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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How Academic IELTS Exam is Assessed – Speaking Module

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How is the Academic IELTS Exam Speaking Module Assessed?

This article is for students preparing for the Academic IELTS test and want to know how the speaking part is assessed. This exam module aims to check students’ ability to communicate effectively in English.

English speaking skills are tested by certified examiners who are appointed by the IELTS exam centre and approved by the British Council.
The candidate’s speaking performance is assessed using detailed performance descriptions relating to the nine IELTS bands and using four different criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. All these criteria have equal weighting.

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Fluency and Coherence

This criterion assesses the capability of speaking with natural levels o continuity, rate and effort as well as the ability to link ideas and language together to compose coherent, connected speech. Speech continuity and rate present evidence of speaking fluency.
The coherence criterion considers logical sequencing of sentences, marking stages of discussion clearly, narration or argument as well as the use of cohesive devices (e.g. pronouns, connectors and conjunctions).
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Christmas Party at Link School of English

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Christmas Party at Link School of English in London

You are warmly invited to our Christmas Party!

We are going to have some Christmas treats, a chat and get into the festive spirit together. Please feel free to bring some Christmas food from your country (or a winter dish if you don’t celebrate Christmas), songs, stories or whatever you would like to share. All our current, past and future students and friends are welcome.

Saturday, 15 December 2012, 18.30
Are you in?
Here is a link to the event page: www.facebook.com/events/216180461849680/

London Attractions in December

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20 Tips to Improve Conversational Skills

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20 Tips to Improve Conversational Skills

Learn English Communication Skills

Improving Conversational Skills is an ongoing process. Interacting with others is an art itself, and a complex one at that.

Here are 20 tips from Link School of English to help you in the process…

  1. Ask quality questions:  Avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ evoking responses by asking questions that require detail; these will typically start with one of the five ‘Ws’.
  2. Actively listen: Don’t be thinking of a response while the other is still speaking. Wait 5 to 10 seconds before responding.
  3. Take turns: Balance talking and listening. Monitor yourself to make sure you’re not dominating the conversation.

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