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Weekend IELTS Workshop

Posted on in About IELTS exams, English exams preparation, Learn English Advice, London for free

IELTS Workshop in London
Saturday 1st June 2019

IELTS Tips and Exam Preparation Advice

Free IELTS Event in London

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

Our weekend IELTS workshop is for those who are planning to take the IELTS exam and want to find out what more about the test requirements and how to prepare for IELTS. During this IELTS session we will give you an overview of IELTS task types in reading, writing and speaking modules. Apart from that, you will be able to try and complete some IELTS task on your own and ask questions to an experienced IELTS teacher.

Student writing during weekend IELTS workshop

IELTS workshop

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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.

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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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    IELTS Tips – IELTS Open Day

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    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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    False Friends in English

    Posted on in Common mistakes in English, English language tips, Improve English vocabulary

    Common False Friends in English – for French Speakers

    Attention French speakers – beware of false friends in the English Language

    It’s easy to confuse similar words, especially when learning a new language. Here are some examples of ‘False Friends’ in English and French, but we have them in other languages too.

    What is a False Friend in a foreign language?

    There are many common English words which appear to be the same in French, but which have an entirely different meaning. Lots of French and English words are indeed the same, as they often have the same origin, but there are some words which look or sound identical and are in fact ‘False Friends’ or ‘False Cognates’ as they are known in linguistic circles. So be sensible and make a habit of checking if the words which you happily recycle into English, really convey the meaning that you expect.

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    How to Read in English more Quickly

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    How to read in English Easily

    Find out how to read in English quickly and about benefits of reading in English

    Student reading in English at language school in London. Find out how to read in English more quickly.

    Read in English easily

    All of us read something every day, whether it’s for work or study, finding information for your everyday life or just reading for pleasure. At our English language school we very often hear from students that they would like to start reading books in English but they find it challenging. Here are some tips on how to get started with reading in English, make it easy and enjoyable. But let’s start from the benefits of reading in English, some of them you may find surprising.
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    How to Use the Present Perfect

    Posted on in English language tips, Improve English grammar, Learn English Advice, Link School of English

    All you need to know about the Present Perfect

    Do you find the Present Perfect confusing? Still making mistakes? Read this article.

    This article is for English language learners who want to understand the Present Perfect and improve their English grammar.

    When to use the Present Perfect tense in English?

    The Present Perfect is a tense linking the past and the present. We use it to talk about an action which happened in the past and we have the result of that action now, while talking about it.

    Light bulb. Light bulb moment when you find out how use the Present Perfect English tense. All you need to know about Present Perfect. English Courses in London with Link School.

    Learn about English Present Perfect Tense

    The Present Perfect Tense is one of the most confusing English grammar subjects for many learners. That’s because in many other languages there is no equivalents of this tense. Here are a couple of tips how to use the Present Perfect:

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    How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

    Posted on in English learning materials, Improve English speaking, Learn English Advice

    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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