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Events in London in Autumn 2019

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4 Events in London in Autumn 2019

Find here some of the best events and things to do in London this autumn

Have you just arrived to London and are looking for things to do in this amazing city? Perhaps you came here to study English or maybe you are just visiting as a tourist and want find interesting events in London. We will give you some ideas to get the best of this town.

1. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Until 21 September 2019

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is an award-winning theatre based in the Regent’s Park. A well established event of summer in the city, the theatre provides a cultural hub in the green surroundings of a Royal Park.

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2. London Restaurant Festival

From 01 October 2019 to 31 October 2019

One of many events in London for food lovers wanting to discover new flavours and places to have an interesting meal. During that time London celebrates its eclectic food scene. This month-long festival is a city-wide homage to great food in the capital, and the perfect excuse to try out some of the London’s world-class restaurants. You can discover cuisines from around the world, go restaurant hopping or attend special themed nights pairing food and film.
You can also enjoy great-value special menus at some of London’s favourite eateries, from local neighbourhoods to Michelin-star restaurants.
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Individual English lessons or group classes?

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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

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    What is the difference between general English and conversation classes?

    Find out which one is better for you: general English or conversational English course.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    British Summer Customs and Habits

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    British Summer Customs

    Things Brits love to do in summertime

    Article by Link School of English in London

    Britain may not have the best summer in the world but the British summer customs are very enjoyable, no matter he weather. As the spring showers subside and the temperatures climb it is now customary in the UK to enjoy being outdoors and make the most of the long bright evenings and pleasant temperatures. Here are three ideas to get the British summer off to a great start.

    3 British Summer Customs and Traditions

    The BBQ

    Although popularised by our friends from Australia, the BBQ is now one of the UK’s favourite ways to socialise and eat during the summer months. For those lucky enough to have a garden, nothing beats firing up the BBQ at the weekend and inviting friends and family over for food and drinks. Regardless of whether you prefer meat, fish or vegetables, the BBQ gives everything that great smokey taste.
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    Winter and Christmas in London

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    Christmas in London – 2016 Attractions

    Find London Christmas attractions and things to do in autumn and winter

    Article by Link School, an English language centre in London for adults

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    London in winter

    1. Winter Wonderland

    This year Winter Wonderland is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For six weeks, London’s Hyde Park will be transformed into Winter Wonderland. The attractions will include winter markets, circus shows and ice skating. There will be also stalls with winter treats, mulled wine and variety of food.
    One of the best London attractions in winter!

    18th November 2016 – 1st January 2017
    The gates open at 5 p.m. on the opening night of 18th November. After that the opening times are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (except Christmas Day).

    Free entry to the park, but the main attractions are paid.

    See also: Link School Christmas Gathering

    2. Christmas in Leicester Square

    Celebrate the festive season in one of London’s most famous squares.
    This year in Leicester Square you can enjoy a grotto – traditional Christmas market and a vintage velvet-draped Spiegeltent – a venue pitched in the middle of the square. You you can watch there Christmas shows such as the famous La Soirée circus and many other cabaret acts.
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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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