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?
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. Read more
Perhaps you are an English learner trying to understand 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.
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.
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.
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
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. Read more
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) Read more
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.
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). Read more
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.
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.