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Free GEW Event – Learning English for Business

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Get Confidence in Business Communication!

Learning English for Business

Link School of English in London will be hosting a free event for non-native speakers of English planning to start or growing a business. This event has been featured in top ten events of Global Entrepreneurship Week UK 2013.

Communication is the heart of any business. Successful communication starts with good language skills. Is your English good enough to represent the business well, connect with business partners, promote your product, manage employees, to network, research the market, check industry regulations, gain information to take good decisions?

The way you express yourself matters. It influences how you show up and how others judge you. Did it happen to you that your other skills were underestimated because of your English language skills? Insufficient language skills may limit your career progress, promotion opportunities, confidence in starting own business, confidence in talking to clients, work colleagues, networking etc.
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Cool things to do in London in July 2013

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Thinking what to do and see in London in July?

Here are a couple of ideas on cool things to do in London in July 2013

SUMMER ENGLISH COURSES IN LONDON

JULY EVENTS IN LONDON – EVENT AND EXHIBITIONS

CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
Different activities around London (concerts, street walks, theatres…) have a look at the virtual leaflet on www.colf.org for further info. Till 26th July, includes some free activities.

THE CORONATION FESTIVAL
Place: Gardens of Buckingham Palace. Exhibitions take place at daytime; celebration of music and dance over the past 60 years – in the evening. Entry £30-£90, 12 – 14 July.
www.coronationfestival.com
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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme

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Erasmus for Business in London

This week at Link School of English in London we are welcoming Patricia – our Erasmus trainee.

The great news is that Link School of English has been already (as a relatively young English language school) recognised as a successful business and is acting as a hosting company in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme. For the nearest couple of months Magda, our Managing Director will be coaching Patricia on setting up a language school. Patricia will be helping us with everyday school duties and learning from practice.

Check also:
Link School Internships in London

The exchange programme is sponsored by the European Commission and within this programme Link School is working with the University College London (UCL Advances).

A warm welcome to our Erasmus, Patricia!

If you are looking for an internship in London, please get in touch with us, we have a new intern vacancy open from time to time.

Find out more about our English academy in London

Looking for an English teaching position or an intensihip in London?

Find out about career opportunities at Link School of English.

English Learning Event at Link School of English


English Language in the News

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English in Newspapers

English Language in the News

Article by Link School of English in London

Do you read The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Sun, The Mirror, Metro, London Evening Standard or City A.M.? Or maybe you prefer watching news on TV?

In both English newspapers and on television news programmes, humorous or ‘quirky’ news items offer readers and viewers some light relief from depressing news of economic and social problems. English people are known as ‘a nation of animal lovers,’ and readers enjoy news articles about animals doing odd, brave or unusual things or overcoming difficulties.

Recently, the London Metro newspaper covered the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, complete with eye catching photos of dressed up dogs and an attention grabbing headline;  ‘Dressed up like a dog’s dinner.’ It went on to describe ‘the four legged followers of fashion,’ who were dressed in all the latest trends. Dressed up is a common phrasal verb or multi-word expression, meaning to wear smart or stylish clothes. If you’re ‘dressed up like a dog’s dinner’ you are probably going out for the evening;

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Is good English important for your career?

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Is good English language knowledge important for your work and career?

What Do You Think?

This is question we are commonly asked by students before they enroll on an English language course and at the risk of sound bias, I would say the answer is most definitely ‘Yes’.

Out of all the factors that determine your success in your professional career, as important as what you know is who you know or in other words, your relationships and connections and with English being the most common language in the world it’s important for you to be able to communicate effectively with others.

A good command of English can help you achieve that.

I thought I would take this time to write a post about how good English skills can help you not just at work but in other areas of your life as well.

Let’s begin with the area of work.

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4 Tips to Improve Your Grammar

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How to Improve English Grammar?

One obvious answer would be to join a good English course. However, the age of the internet has brought along many wonderful and useful tools that have made our life easier.  Sat-navs, e-book readers and the myriad tools available in Microsoft Word such as spell-check and auto correct all attempt to improve our productivity in some way.

The downside of using these tools without giving it much thought, especially inbuilt typing tools such as auto-correct commonly found in MS Word also means that without a conscious effort, we could very likely be using words inappropriately without having fully understood what they mean.

Lets take a look here at some very simple ways you can steadily improve your English grammatical skills and mistakes to avoid

Listen to the podcast or read the article below:

1)  Understand the meaning and spelling of the more complex words in your vocabulary before you use them

This is perhaps the most common mistake people make when speaking in English: using incorrect spellings not just of complex words but often very simple ones as well.  Take the example of ‘they’re, their and there’.

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Looking for ways to improve your vocabulary?

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Looking for ways to improve your vocabulary?

Check our advice on learning English vocabulary – read or listen:

Luckily for you, vocabulary is one component of any language that is perhaps, the easiest to improve. There are hundreds of tips, tricks and ways you can improve your vocabulary quickly and effectively. Here we are going to take a look at some of which I and our students have found most helpful.

1. Learning the meaning of new words is important

However, knowing the correct context to use it in is more important. The most effective technique I have found to help improve vocabulary is setting a goal to learn a couple of new words each week and then finding at least 2 places where you can use them: one whilst speaking and another whilst writing.  This approach will help you avoid simply memorising the meaning of the word (which is of little use alone) and then knowing when and how to use it

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Christmas Party at Link School of English

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Christmas Party at Link School of English in London

You are warmly invited to our Christmas Party!

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.

Saturday, 15 December 2012, 18.30
Are you in?
Here is a link to the event page: www.facebook.com/events/216180461849680/

London Attractions in December

Check special offers on English Courses at Link School of English


Advice on choosing an English School abroad

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Advice on choosing an English School abroad

Are you looking for a good English language school abroad?

Here is some advice…

The best way to learn English is to spend time immersed in the language and culture of an English speaking country.

The important thing to remember when choosing an English language school abroad is to keep your goals and preferences in mind in order to make the right decisions:

Your goal may be to learn English in preparation for a job or to study abroad

Choose a school that prepares you for national and international certification exams, like those given in Trinity, Cambridge, City and Guilds, and others.

Your goal may be to try to fit learning English abroad into your schedule

For busy people, who have very little spare time you will want a school that offers a flexible programme. Most schools offer courses that accommodate different schedules. Make sure that the school is aware of your schedule so they can customize your course accordingly.

Your goal may be to learn

  • Business English
  • Academic English, or
  • English for tourists

Whatever your goal, finding a course taught by, native English speaking instructors is essential.

How do I know which English school and course to choose?

  1. Start by choosing your desired geographical location. For example: in a tropical location, in a warm climate, in a city, in the country…
  2. Since cost is a major factor for most students – make a list of schools in your chosen location by order of the cost of their standard course, including accommodation.
  3. Visit the websites of several English schools you’re interested in to find out the methodology and materials they use so you know it will fit your learning style.
  4. Narrow down your list of schools then begin contacting them and ruling out those that don’t meet your goals and criteria.
What else do I need to know about choosing an English school?
  • You are investing a lot of time and money. Therefore, it is in your best interests to check on the certifications and licenses of the schools and teachers to ensure you will be receiving legitimate and proficient English instruction.
  • It is important that the school you choose gives you the choice of what courses to take based on your goals and skill level, i.e. beginner or advanced.
  • If you are going abroad during a peak period, such as the summer, schools typically employ temporary teachers just for these periods. These instructors may be inexperienced.
  • Ask what kind of accommodation options the school offers. It is beneficial to attend a school that arranges home stays with families. Staying with a local family is the best way to learn about a new culture and be immersed in the language.
  • To cut costs and ensure you are picking a recommended school, go with a group. Group organisers are familiar and knowledgable with all the schools out there. However, organisers do receive discounts from most language schools. Agents who organise these tours will choose the schools who give them the largest discounts, thus, they may not necessarily be the best schools.

 

Be careful that the school you choose is a professional one that employs qualified, experienced, native English speaking instructors and is committed to maintaining high standards.

Link School is a School of English in London. For more information about our range of English classes, Intensive English Courses, Evening English Courses, Weekend English Courses or Academic IELTS, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Read our articles about learning English as a foreign language:
– Individual English lessons vs English courses in groups
– How to Learn English Vocabulary?
– Is Evening English Course right for You?
– About English Levels and Exam Comparison


20 Tips to Improve Conversational Skills

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20 Tips to Improve Conversational Skills

Learn English Communication Skills

Improving Conversational Skills is an ongoing process. Interacting with others is an art itself, and a complex one at that.

Here are 20 tips from Link School of English to help you in the process…

  1. Ask quality questions:  Avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ evoking responses by asking questions that require detail; these will typically start with one of the five ‘Ws’.
  2. Actively listen: Don’t be thinking of a response while the other is still speaking. Wait 5 to 10 seconds before responding.
  3. Take turns: Balance talking and listening. Monitor yourself to make sure you’re not dominating the conversation.

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