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Academic English Skills for University

Posted on in English language tips, Learn English Advice

How to improve academic English skills for university study

3 tips on improving English for university

Going to university will likely be the most challenging test of your academic English skills. You will probably need to pass an English language exam such as Academic IELTS or another English exam. However, even after obtaining the required certificate you may still want to build up your English speaking confidence and continue improving your English. Whether you have started or are soon to start your degree, the following tips will help you make the most of your time at university.

How to improve academic English skills. Female university student writing.

How to improve academic English skills

Engage

Try to meet English speakers who are doing your degree. If you are passionate about your subject, this could be one of the most effective ways of honing your academic English skills. It has the potential to be a crash course in subject-specific vocabulary as well as a way of improving your speaking and listening skills. If you want to make friends in the UK, you may be more motivated to learn this way than with self-study.
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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.

    General English vs conversation classes the difference explained. Chess horses black and white.

    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.

    How to make the most of your part time English course. Do more computer screen display.

    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

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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

    IELTS Essay Correction Service

    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
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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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    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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