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Individual English lessons or group classes?

Posted on in English Courses at Link School, Learn English Advice

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

    Posted on in English Courses at Link School, Learn English Advice

    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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    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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    IELTS Tips – IELTS Open Day

    Posted on in About IELTS exams, English Courses at Link School, English exams preparation, Learn English Advice, London for free

    IELTS Preparation Open Day in London
    Friday 17th August 2018

    IELTS Tips and Advice How to Approach the IELTS Exam

    Free IELTS Event

    Please note, we work on first come first served basis. The number of places in limited – arrive early to secure your place.

    Are you planning to take the IELTS exam? Not sure what to expect or how to prepare? A bit nervous? Come to our free IELTS Open Day at Link School of English. Find out what what to expect on the exam and how to maximise your score. If you are considering taking an IELTS course, you will be able to attend a free demo lesson to help you decide on your exam preparation.

    Happy university graduate who passed IELTS exam successfully

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    English Levels Compared

    Posted on in About FCE exam preparation, About IELTS exams, English Courses at Link School, English exams preparation, Link School of English

    English Levels Compared – Table

    Want to know what is your level of English?

    Are you confused by many different names used to describe English levels?

    One of the most common questions asked by our students or people enquiring about our English courses is related to English levels. That’s we we prepared a comparison of levels.

    There are different terminologies used to describe levels of English language fluency. Very often different language exam centres or language schools use the same names to describe different English levels or the other way round – various names are being used to describe the same level of language skills. So it may be easy to get confused about your actual language skills, to decide what English exam to approach or what English language course to choose to reach the desired English level. Here is a table with English levels compared, we hope you find it helpful!

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    Link School of English in Ealing Broadway

    Posted on in English Courses at Link School, Link School of English

    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 Prepare for a Job Interview in English

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    How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

    5 Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

    One of the reasons people study English is job interview preparation. If you want to work or study in an English speaking environment you will also need to go through application process in English.

    Going for a job interview is usually stressful enough as it is, but when you have the additional hurdle of needing to communicate in a language which is not your mother-tongue, it can feel like an almost impossible task.

    However with the right strategy you can give yourself a good chance of success.

    First of all, make sure you can actually do the job. Of course you can be optimistic and aim high, but you should have the basic skills to do the job. After that comes the question of how to convince the interviewer that you are the best person for the vacancy. This means selling your skills and experience. You need to make them feel that they really need you.
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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:
    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


    Posted on in Cool things to do in London, English Courses at Link School, Learn English Advice, Link School of English, London for free


    Link School of English is celebrating its 5th anniversary in Ealing!

    At this occasion we have prepared a free English language event at Link School of English in London.
    Come and join us for an open afternoon!

    You may be also interested in:
    – Free English learning event 2018 – How to pass IELTS with a High Score

    This is a great opportunity to meet our teachers, find out more about our English school, get useful English learning tips, try an English lesson for free and maybe enrol on an English course.

    Within the past 5 years we have helped to improve English, and hopefully to better lives, of many hundreds of students. This is the time to celebrate success English learning stories of our students, fantastic feedback we have been receiving from them throughout the years and enjoy a couple of moments together. And we invite you to celebrate it with us!

    Wednesday, 9th April 2014
    Times: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (last entry 4.45 p.m.)

    £50 vouchers for all who attend the event! (T&C apply)
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    How is Academic IELTS Writing Assessed

    Posted on in About IELTS exams, English Courses at Link School, English exams preparation, English language tips, Improve English writing, Learn English Advice

    IELTS Open Day – 17th August, 5.30 pm
    Maximise your IELTS Score

    Happy university graduate who passed IELTS exam successfully

    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 Correction Service

    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.
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