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How to make the most of your part time English course

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

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

and reasons why it is a good idea

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

IELTS Open Day Schedule

Friday, 17th August 2018, from 5.30 pm

1) 5.30 pm – 6.00 pm: IELTS Secrets

How do I get my best IELTS score quickly and effectively? An IELTS expert will share with you hints and tips for IELTS test-takers.

Are you planning to take the IELTS test in the near future? Worried about not getting the score you need? Join us for our IELTS presentation, delivered by our IELTS experts who will tell you all you need to know in order to maximise your score, and give you hints and tips for the exam. Exam overview also included.

6.00 – 6.10 pm: Break

2) 6.10 – 6.40 pm: IELTS Taster Lesson

30 Minute IELTS Lesson on the Speaking and Listening part 1 of the IELTS exam.

6.40 – 6.50 pm: Break

3) 6.50 – 7.50 pm: Mock IELTS Exam – Speaking Module

An IELTS Speaking Test Session will follow the presentation and demo lesson. You will be able to test yourself in practice IELTS speaking exam with our trained professionals and receive a score prediction* in exam conditions. There will be one 15 minute slot available per person.

*Score prediction does not guarantee the score

Throughout the event you will also be able to find out more about the courses we offer and how Link School can help you achieve your potential and surpass your goals.


Interested in ILETS preparation courses? Check the express IELTS course at Link School of English:

FAST TRACK IELTS COURSE


Special Offers for IELTS Open Day Attendees

Special event discount: 10% off on IELTS courses at Link School when you book during the event
Bring a friend and each of you can get £20 discount on any group course at Link School of English
**Win 1 hour free one-on-one IELTS lesson**

NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED – BOOK NOW


GET YOUR FREE TICKET


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IELTS Open Day – How to Pass the IELTS Exam

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

*NEW*
IELTS Open Day 17th August 2018, 5.30 PM

IELTS Open Day in London – 7th July 2018

IELTS Exam Introduction and IELTS Exam Tips

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 thinking of taking the IELTS exam? Not sure what to expect? A bit nervous? Come to our free IELTS Open Day event at Link School of English. Find out what what to expect on the exam and how to get the score you want the first time.

IELTS student stresses before IELTS exam

IELTS Open Day Schedule

12.30 – 1.30 pm: IELTS Secrets

How do I get my best IELTS score quickly and effectively? An IELTS expert will share with you hints and tips for IELTS test-takers.

Are you planning to take the IELTS test in the near future? Worried about not getting the score you need? Join us for our IELTS presentation, delivered by our IELTS experts who will tell you all you need to know in order to maximise your score, and give you hints and tips for the exam. Exam overview also included.

1.30 – 1.45 pm: Break

1.45 – 2.45: IELTS Demo Lesson

60 Minute IELTS Lesson on the Speaking and Listening part 1 of the IELTS exam.

2.45 – 3.00 pm: Break

3.30 – 5.30 pm: Mock IELTS speaking exam

An IELTS Speaking Test Session will follow the presentation. You will be able to test yourself in practice IELTS speaking exam with our trained professionals and receive a score prediction* in exam conditions. There will be one 15 minute slot available per person.

*Score prediction does not guarantee the score

Throughout the event you will also be able to find out more about the courses we offer and how Link School can help you achieve your potential and surpass your goals.

Happy university graduate who passed IELTS exam successfully


IELTS Essay Correction Service

Interested in ILETS preparation courses? Check the express IELTS course at Link School of English:

FAST TRACK IELTS COURSE


Special Offers for IELTS Open Day Attendees

Special event discount: 10% off on IELTS courses at Link School when you book during the event
Bring a friend and each of you can get £20 discount on any group course at Link School of English
**Win 1 hour free one-on-one IELTS lesson**

NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED – BOOK NOW


GET YOUR FREE TICKET


You may be also interested in:
– Express IELTS Preparation Courses London
– Academic IELTS Courses in London


Things to do in London during Spring/Summer 2018

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Things to do in London during Spring and Summer 2018

Discover the best things to do in London in 2018

After long months of cold weather and much more snow than we expected, it’s finally time to get in the Spring/Summer mood and start planning all the fun activities in the city. London is definitely a very generous place when it comes to Summer activities. Expect food markets, pop up bars, rooftop bars, new art exhibitions, music festivals, open air cinemas and a lot more attractions. Also, be sure to spend lazy days laying in the grass on one of the many beautiful parks in London. If you want a more immersive experience, maybe an English Course in London could be a great way to explore the city and learn a new skill at the same time. The list of fun things to do in London during this time of the year is endless. In this article we share with you the best art exhibitions, music festivals and new theatre releases to attend and make the most out of your time in London.

Tourists in London and basker singing by the Thames near City Hall

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Go to the theatre

Although most theatres are indoors, it’s still a nice thing to do in London during the warmer months, since during this time of the year there are many new releases. Head over to the National Theatre to watch Macbeth, the famous tragedy from Shakespeare. Otherwise, watch Quiz, a fictional West End play about an scandal on the TV show game ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’. If you are a fan of Tina Turner, then you cannot miss the West End musical about the singer’s life since the beginning of her career. These are just a few highlights from the new shows releasing this Summer (2018). You can also watch classics like Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and so on.

Check amazing art exhibitions in London

Tourist in London at an art exhibition looking at old photographs

If you like art exhibitions then London is a great place to be during the sunniest months of the year. Visit Tate Modern to discover one year (1932) of work in the life of Picasso. Then head over to The Design Museum to see the ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition about graphics and politics. If you are a fan of the French Impressionist Monet, then you have to visit the National Gallery to check this new exhibition showcasing 75 of his paintings related to architecture.

If you wonder what the nightlife in London looks like from the nineteenth century to now a days, you can visit the Museum of London to check over 200 pictures. Also for the photography enthusiasts, Tate Modern has a new exhibition called Shape of Light, that shows the interaction between abstract art and photography. For a more innovative exhibition, head over to the V&A Museum and check Future Starts Here. You can find out there about the inventions and designs that will shape our future.

Enjoy many Music Festivals

Female artist singing and playing live in London Southbank

Spring/Summer is a fantastic time for all the music enthusiasts living or visiting London. There are many music festivals happening during the warm months on a variety of music styles, from rock’n’roll to folk, jazz, reggae and a lot more. Keep an eye on the line ups and be quick to buy your tickets as these festivals are quite popular among londoners. A few of the big names include:

  • Arcadia Festival – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – May 5 and 6
  • All Points East – Victoria Park – May 24,25 and 26/ June 1,2 and 3
  • We Are FSTVL – Upminster – May 25, 26 and 27
  • Hampton Court Palace Festival – June 5 to 23
  • Meltdown Festival –  Southbank Centre – June 15 to 24
  • Somerset House Summer Series –  July 5 to 15
  • British Summer Time – Hyde Park – July 5 to 16

 

As you can see, there are lots of great things to do in London during the Spring/Summer months. Besides going to the theatre, checking art exhibitions and attending music festivals, be sure to take the time to visit some of the amazing rooftops that are only open during the warm months. You can also plan day trips to nearby cities such as Brighton, Bournemouth and Cambridge. Take our tips and start planning your Spring/Summer activities to be sure you’ll enjoy most of what London has to offer.  

We hope you enjoy the fun things to do in London!
Do you have more ideas? Share with us in comments!


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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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English Exam Preparation

Posted on in About FCE exam preparation, About IELTS exams, English exams preparation, Learn English Advice

English Exam Preparation Tips and Advice

English language certificates are required by many educational institutions and employers. Passing an English language exam is an important step in your education, which can determine your future career prospects. Once you have decided which English language test to take, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS or any other, you can start your English exam preparation.

How to study for an English exam effectively?

Here are some tips on what to check before an English language exam and how to prepare.

Self-study vs English exam preparation course

The most important part of English exam preparation is learning the material. Check the syllabus carefully and make sure that you are aware which grammar points you are expected to know at this level of exam. It’s also important to research the kind of vocabulary you will need to use. The safest way of making sure that you cover all the material is to sign up for an exam preparation course. This will also give you access to a teacher who can help you when you get stuck. The teacher will correct your mistakes and give feedback on your progress.

If you can’t do that, then buy a textbook that you can work through alone. Self-study English test preparation books are available for all of the major English language exams. Make sure that you have a good grammar textbook and a decent sized dictionary as well. Remember though, that a textbook can’t help you to work on your weak areas, practise speaking with you, or correct mistakes the way a teacher would.

Student with books preparing for English language exam at Link School of English

English Exam Preparation Tips

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British Summer Customs and Habits

Posted on in British Culture, London attractions, Social Activities

British Summer Customs

Things Brits love to do in summertime

Article by Link School of English in London

Britain may not have the best summer in the world but the British summer customs are very enjoyable, no matter he weather. As the spring showers subside and the temperatures climb it is now customary in the UK to enjoy being outdoors and make the most of the long bright evenings and pleasant temperatures. Here are three ideas to get the British summer off to a great start.

3 British Summer Customs and Traditions

The BBQ

Although popularised by our friends from Australia, the BBQ is now one of the UK’s favourite ways to socialise and eat during the summer months. For those lucky enough to have a garden, nothing beats firing up the BBQ at the weekend and inviting friends and family over for food and drinks. Regardless of whether you prefer meat, fish or vegetables, the BBQ gives everything that great smokey taste.
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Cambridge Exam Centres in London

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Cambridge Exam Centres in London

Open Cambridge Examination Centres to take English FCE and CAE Exams

If you have just completed your FCE exam preparation or CAE exam preparation course, you need to register for your exam. Here is a list of Cambridge exam centres in London where you can take the Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced Exam in English.

1. The London Exam Centre (Platinum Centre)

Cambridge examination centre number: 14537

Address:
Tuition House
27-37 St George’s Road
Wimbledon
London, SW19 4EU
United Kingdom

Contact:
020 8971 9342
exams@wimbledon-school.ac.uk
www.londonexams.co.uk

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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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