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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.



International students talking about finding English language school abroad


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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    What is the IELTS Exam?

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    What is the IELTS Exam?

    The meaning of ‘IELTS’ explained and exam taking tips

    If you are thinking about taking an English exam and not sure which to choose you may be asking what is the IELTS exam.
    The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is the most popular English proficiency test in the world. It is designed to assess your language ability to determine if you can adequately study or work where English is the primary language.

    A female student writing in a notebook preparing for the Academic IELTS test

    Since 1989, IELTS has proven to be a secure and valid test recognised by universities and employers in over 130 countries, including:  the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is also recognised by immigration authorities, professional bodies and other government agencies.

    Check also:

    IELTS Essay Correction Service

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    3 Great Things to Do in London during Autumn 2012

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    Great things to do in London

    3 ideas on what to do in London in autumn

     

    Autumn is a great season to be in London. Even though it begins to get cooler and days become shorter, there are still plenty of great things to do in London and activities you can enjoy around the town.

    You may be also interested in:
    – School of English in London
    – More London Attractions in Autumn

    Londoner’s are spoiled for choice of cultural events, shows and exhibitions. Here are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in London during this season.

    Big Ben in London - an interesting place to see while studying English in London

    Exhibitions

    Exhibitions are a great way to spend time learning something new…
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    Link School of English at Expolingua Berlin

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    Link School of English in West London taking part in Expolingua Berlin

    Learn about our English courses for adults, become our student or recruit students for us.

    We are exhibiting at Expolingua in Berlin 26 – 28 October 2012 and it would be a great opportunity to meet up if you are going to attend. Come and meet us at our stand, the venue address is:

    Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur, Friedrichstrasse 176 – 179, 10117 Berlin.

    Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 18:00 p.m.

    If you would like to get in touch in advance of the event please contact office (at) linkschool.co.uk or +44 203 5815 806.

    We will be presenting our offer of English courses for adults in London, English summer course programme, English plus courses, social activities for adults and more…

    There will be special offers available for those who visit us at our stand at Expolingua in Berlin.

    We hope to see you there.

    Check our offer of English Language Courses in London

    Read more about Link School of English in London

    Quality English School – Award for Link School


    Is an Evening English Class right for you?

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    Is an Evening English Class right for you?

    If you’re looking to work and study English at the same time, an evening English course may just be ideal for you.

    Here we look at some of the advantages of our evening classes to help you decide if this is right for you.

    Firstly, as availability of jobs globally (and especially in countries like Greece and Spain) continues to reduce, many students who come to Link School find the need to work and study at the same time in order to be able to fulfil the cost of not just improving their English language skills but also of supporting themselves during their stay in London.

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    8 ways to improve the way you speak English

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    How to improve the way you speak English?

    If you want to improve your English speaking skills or learn a more “natural” English accent, there are many things you can do to make this happen.

    Here we discuss 8 tools and techniques you can use that could help improve your skills in this area.

    1) Watch and learn from mouth movements

    An easy way to improve your spoken English skills is to…
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    Common mistakes in English: stationary vs stationery

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    Common mistakes in English: stationary vs stationery

    Are they two different words or is it just a spelling mistake?

    Stationary vs stationery



    These two words are often confused. Stationary is an adjective. Means standing still, not moving.
    Stationery is a noun. Means writing materials, as pen, paper, envelope, ink, ruler.

    Words origin

    Word origin: from Latin ‘stationem’ (station). ‘Stationarius’ in Medieval Latin was a stationary seller. (Peddlers were more common in the Middle Ages). ‘Stationers’, sellers with a fixed location, were often bookshops. From the 18th century ‘stationery’ was used for articles sold by a stationer, seller of books and paper.

    Do you know if the pronunciation of these words is the same of different? Write in your comment below if you know the answer.

    Read more about common mistekes in English and how to get it right:

    – Common Mistakes in English: Adapt vs Adopt

    – Common Mistakes in English: Connect to or With

    – False Friends in English

    – Our Weekend English Courses

    Free London Attractions – Art Galleries

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    Art Galleries in London

    One of the best things about London – its art galleries. 

    Entry to all galleries listed below is free of charge!

     
    Top 10 Art Galleries in London – our list by Link School of English.

    The National Gallery – impressive collections of Western European art
    www.nationalgallery.org.uk

    National Gallery in London to visit while studying English

    TATE – a family of four art galleries housing the UK’s collection of British art from 1500 and of international modern art
    www.tate.org.uk 
    Tate Britain www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain
    Tate Modern http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern
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    Learn English: connect to or with

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    What is correct: connect to or with?



    Connect to or connect with



    Actually both may be correct depending on the context. Each of them collocates with different words.


    ‘Connected to’ usually means a physical connection. E.g. ‘Your computer is connected to a printer’.

    ‘Connected with’ someone or something means a relationship. E.g. ‘He is still connected with his school colleagues’, ‘symptoms connected with kidney stones’.



    Read about the English language:

    – What is correct: anyone or anybody
    – Stationary vs Stationery

    – What is correct: Does anybody or Do anybody

    – Our Evening English Courses