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How to Read in English more Quickly

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How to read in English Easily

Find out how to read in English quickly and about benefits of reading in English

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Read in English easily

All of us read something every day, whether it’s for work or study, finding information for your everyday life or just reading for pleasure. At our English language school we very often hear from students that they would like to start reading books in English but they find it challenging. Here are some tips on how to get started with reading in English, make it easy and enjoyable. But let’s start from the benefits of reading in English, some of them you may find surprising.
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How to Use the Present Perfect

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All you need to know about the Present Perfect

Do you find the Present Perfect confusing? Still making mistakes? Read this article.

This article is for English language learners who want to understand the Present Perfect and improve their English grammar.

When to use the Present Perfect tense in English?

The Present Perfect is a tense linking the past and the present. We use it to talk about an action which happened in the past and we have the result of that action now, while talking about it.

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Learn about English Present Perfect Tense

The Present Perfect Tense is one of the most confusing English grammar subjects for many learners. That’s because in many other languages there is no equivalents of this tense. Here are a couple of tips how to use the Present Perfect:

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How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

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Looking for Ways to Improve Spoken English and Make Less Mistakes?

How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

Here is some advice from one of Link School of English teachers, a simple 3-step exercise which you can do on your own to speak better English.

Learning advice to improve English speaking skills

How to make less mistakes in spoken English

Making mistakes is inevitable when you are learning English. Moreover, it should be encouraged. I know it sounds like a strange thing to say, but it is true. If we don’t make mistakes, it is impossible to learn! But the issue is, unless you have an English teacher or a fluent English speaking friend with you at all times, it is almost impossible to realise that you’re making mistakes in English.

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What Type of English Learner are you?

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How do you learn English?

What type of English learner are you?

When you are in language class, do you find some exercises really easy? And some problems really, really hard? Don’t worry! Everybody has this problem. We all learn differently and so you will all learn English differently too. When you know what type of learner your are you can do the most of your study time.

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Find out what type of learner you are

If you do this short quiz below you can find out what type of English learner you are:
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How to Improve Reading in English

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How to Improve Reading in English

6 Tips and hints from an English teacher at Link School of English

There are various ways to improve your speed at reading in English, these ideas apply just as much to English native speakers as to English learners. You may find that you have imported some of your bad (or good) habits from your own language.

Tip 1: Don’t say the words in your head

When you are reading in English for speed, don’t say the words in your head or by moving your lips. This is called sub-vocalization. It can really slow you down and doesn’t look good either. Not everyone does this, but watch out for it in case you do it. If you do tend to do it, try to keep your mouth shut or chew some gum etc.
Try to see words as pictures, not something you need to say.
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How to Improve English Pronunciation

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10 Tips on How to Improve English Pronunciation

How to improve your English pronunciation

Article and podcast by Link School of English

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Pronunciation is a tricky subject. People have different opinions about it, specially English learners. Unfortunately, many learners decide to work on pronunciation later on, once they have gained some fluency in the English language. This makes some sense, but it can mean that you can’t change your English pronunciation easily afterwards. Your mistakes could become permanent. There are many people who have learned English and can speak very well but their pronunciation is not at the same high level. These people are sometimes the hardest to teach because their mispronunciation has become a habit. You can correct them ten times and ten minutes later they will still say it in the same way as before. Changing mental habits and brain connections is not easy at all. Of course it is a combination of factors. Read more


IELTS Examination Centres in London

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IELTS Examination Centres in London

Looking for an IELTS Exam centre near you?

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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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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.

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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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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 also need to make them feel that they really need you.
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