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IELTS Examination Centres in London

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

IELTS Open Day – 17th August, 5.30 pm
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IELTS Examination Centres in London

Looking for an IELTS Exam centre near you?

We are running IELTS preparation courses and we are often asked about address of IELTS exam centres in London. For our students and other exam takers we have prepared a list of places where you can take the IELTS test in London. Currently there are eight IELTS examination centres in London. Here are their addresses and contact details:

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Gunnersbury Lane, London, UK
ielts@wlc.ac.uk
08000 344 015

Eurocentres
70 Court Road, London, UK
ielts@eurocentres.com
020 8297 1488
020 8318 9057
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Easter and Spring in London – Cool Things to Do

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Easter and Spring in London – Things to Do

Top 8 Spring Events in London

Article by Link School of English Language

1 Easter at the Roof Gardens – Kensington

Londoners who stay in the town for Easter can enjoy 1.5 acres of green in central London, just above Kensington High Street. Up there, children can hunt chocolate treats together with the Easter Bunny. In the meantime, parents can unwind and sip special cocktails served at the Roof Gardens bar.
Start: 11.45 a.m.

2 London Chocolate Tour – Mayfair

Chocolate lovers can expect an informative and delicious treats on this two-hour long tour of Mayfair visiting some of the world’s finest chocolatiers. The walk is suitable for ages of thirteen and over and booking for this tour is essential.
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About CAE Exam

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About CAE Exam – Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

What to expect on the Cambridge CAE exam?

The Cambridge CAE Exam

is an advanced level test for speakers of English at C1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference. It is widely accepted by universities and academic institutes as a measure of the language level necessary for higher education. As such, if you are planning to study here in the UK, the CAE can be an invaluable qualification. C1 is the equivalent of an IELTS exam score of between 6.5 and 8.0 points.

Current CAE Exam Formula – 2015

The CAE tests five key areas of language usage: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of English. As of January 2015, the exam format has changed slightly however, with Reading and Use of English modules now being assessed in the same exam paper. As with any Cambridge examination, it is important to be aware of which skills are being tested at each stage. There is a large amount of material to cover in each paper, and knowing what to expect (and what is expected of you) will help you to manage your time efficiently.

CAE Exam – Reading and Use of English Paper

The Reading/Use of English paper is worth 40% of your overall CAE mark and is divided into eight parts.
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Link School of English in Ealing Broadway

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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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Things to Do in London in December 2014

Posted on in British Culture, Cool things to do in London, London attractions, London for free, Social Activities

Things to do in London at Christmas and in December 2014

Are you spending this year’s Christmas in London? There are plenty of events, activities and things to do in London to choose from during the Christmas holiday period and December. Here are some ideas shared by our English school:

Christmas Markets in London

Traditional German Christmas Market
From 21 November 2014 to 04 January 2015 in Hyde Park
A traditional German Christmas market returns to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Back with entertainment, festive food and drinks, mulled wine, the market is the perfect place for Christmas shopping.

Christmas at Greenwich Market
From 26 November 2014 to 24 December 2014
An alternative to the high street for your shopping to find Christmas gifts. The Greenwich Market is selling all kinds of festive stuff. You will find there mixing up arts, crafts, vintage fashion, antiques and other quirky things.
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Tips on How to Learn English for Beginners

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6 Tips on How to Learn English for Beginners

The most difficult is to start, so they say…

Here are some tips and ideas how to start learn English for beginners.

As a beginner language learner, in some ways you are like a baby. Babies learn their language slowly through these stages:
• First, they listen to the language.
• Then, they start to speak.
• Finally, they learn to read and write.

Tip 1: Listen to English Every Day

You can listen to English songs – this is an easy way to learn English for beginners and doesn’t take a lot of time. You may look up the lyrics of your favourite songs and check new words to understand better next time you hear the song.

Watch English TV. Start watching the news or series you have already watched in your own language. You might not understand much the first time but don’t worry about that. Even if you understand only a couple of words, that is OK, you are only a beginner. Watch it again and again. You will progressively understand more and more words and sentences.
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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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How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

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How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

Many of you are probably already on Facebook and Twitter. They are amazing ways of staying in contact with our friends and keeping up to date with everything happening in the world. But how can you use them to learn more English after your English language classes?

Here are a couple of tips on how to learn English with Facebook and Twitter

Step 1. Change the language!

If you change the language of your Facebook or Twitter into English you will very quickly learn English words about the internet and communication!

How to do it – on Facebook, click the triangle in the top right corner, click settings, click language and select English (UK). On Twitter you can change the language from the home page. Click language in the top right corner and select English.
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Effective Business English Communication

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

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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How to Learn English with Films

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How to learn English with films


Are you a big movie fan? Are English classes (or work) destroying your precious TV watching time? Well this is your lucky day. Here is an English learning technique for you which combines both study and pleasure.

We should all know about switching on the subtitles on the TV or DVD player by now. You can usually turn on the subtitles for your language or into English, depending on the original language. This is a reasonably useful tool, especially for reading and writing development. But subtitles can easily just turn into a lazy way of reading movies, you probably won’t develop all the necessary skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) in an even manner. Also let’s face it, automatic subtitles can drive you crazy with typos, delays and random errors.
The way to really get learning in a big way via watching loads of movies is actually a little different from what you might imagine.
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