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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.

    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

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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.

    Happy university graduate who passed IELTS exam successfully

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    English Levels Compared

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    English Levels Compared – Table

    Want to know what is your level of English?

    Are you confused by many different names used to describe English levels?


    One of the most common questions asked by our students or people enquiring about our English courses is related to English levels. That’s we we prepared a comparison of levels.

    There are different terminologies used to describe levels of English language fluency. Very often different language exam centres or language schools use the same names to describe different English levels or the other way round – various names are being used to describe the same level of language skills. So it may be easy to get confused about your actual language skills, to decide what English exam to approach or what English language course to choose to reach the desired English level. Here is a table with English levels compared, we hope you find it helpful!

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    Link School of English in Ealing Broadway

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    School of English in Ealing Broadway

    Link School of English in Ealing Broadway from January 2015

    Many of you already know that we have moved. After six years in Northumberland House in South Ealing we have moved closer to Ealing Broadway. From January 2015 Link School of English is based in Ealing House, 33 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London, W5 3HJ. Here in the new place we have better transport links, which will hopefully be to the advantage of all of us commuting in London. Now we benefit from the following stations and transport links:

    Ealing Broadway (8 minute walk)

    Central and District lines, National Rail trains and busses: 65, 83, 112, 207, 226, 297, 427, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E11

    North Ealing (2 minute walk)

    Piccadilly line

    Ealing Common (10 minute walk)

    Piccadilly and District lines
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    How to Learn English with Films

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    How to learn English with films


    Are you a big movie fan? Are English classes (or work) destroying your precious TV watching time? Well this is your lucky day. Here is an English learning technique for you which combines both study and pleasure.

    We should all know about switching on the subtitles on the TV or DVD player by now. You can usually turn on the subtitles for your language or into English, depending on the original language. This is a reasonably useful tool, especially for reading and writing development. But subtitles can easily just turn into a lazy way of reading movies, you probably won’t develop all the necessary skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) in an even manner. Also let’s face it, automatic subtitles can drive you crazy with typos, delays and random errors.
    The way to really get learning in a big way via watching loads of movies is actually a little different from what you might imagine.
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    Learning English Outside of School

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    Learning English Outside of School

    How many hours do you spend learning English at the Link School of English every week?

    What if there was a way you could learn more English for FREE?

    There are lots of ways you can learn and improve English outside of the classroom: at work, at home and even on the bus. Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can learn:

    Learning English Speaking Skills

    – People in Britain love to chat, especially about the weather! Try talking in English to your colleagues or to people at the shops. I know that can be scary but here are some good ways to start a conversation in English:
    – Beautiful day, isn’t it? (if it’s sunny outside)
    – Terrible day, isn’t it? (if it’s raining outside)
    – Looking forward to the weekend? (on Friday afternoon or evening)
    – Good weekend? (on Monday morning)
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    Quality English School – Award for Link School

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    Quality English School in London

    Are you looking for a good English school in London?

    We are pleased to share with you this news: Link School of English in London has been awarded The Quality School Award 2014.

    The renown Languagebookings.com is honouring the world’s best Language Schools with the Quality School Award. This year Link School of English in London has received the certificate and been recognised as a Quality English School for its high quality standards in its range of language courses and students services.

    The LanguageBookings.com Quality School Award is granted to language schools with high appeal for international students, with an unbroken record of best value for money compared to hundreds of schools served by LanguageBookings.com. In addition, the schools show a high quality in education, course availability and impeccable customer service history.

    Quality School Award Certificate

    Link School of English offers:

    – General English Courses
    – English Conversation Classes
    – Academic English Courses (IELTS Exam Preparation)
    – FCE Exam Preparation
    – Business English
    – Aviation English
    – Individual English Lessons

    You can book English Courses at English academy through Languagebookings.com – follow this link to visit our profile:
    http://www.languagebookings.com/award-2014/link-school-of-english-london.html
    or you can book directly with us – follow this link to find out about our English Courses in west London.

    We look forward to welcoming new students to our English School!

    More posts about our English language school:

    5 Years of Link School of English in London
    Take a Step Forward with Confident English – Free English Learning Event at English Academy
    News from Our English Language Centre


    How Academic IELTS Exam is Assessed – Speaking Module

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    IELTS Speaking Module Assessment

    How is the Academic IELTS Exam Speaking Module Assessed?

    This article is for students preparing for the Academic IELTS test and want to know how the speaking part is assessed. This exam module aims to check students’ ability to communicate effectively in English.

    English speaking skills are tested by certified examiners who are appointed by the IELTS exam centre and approved by the British Council.
    The candidate’s speaking performance is assessed using detailed performance descriptions relating to the nine IELTS bands and using four different criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy and Pronunciation. All these criteria have equal weighting.

    IELTS examiner listening to exam taker talking during IELTS speaking exam

    You may be also interested in our IELTS Courses:

    IELTS COURSES IN LONDON

    Fluency and Coherence

    This criterion assesses the capability of speaking with natural levels o continuity, rate and effort as well as the ability to link ideas and language together to compose coherent, connected speech. Speech continuity and rate present evidence of speaking fluency.
    The coherence criterion considers logical sequencing of sentences, marking stages of discussion clearly, narration or argument as well as the use of cohesive devices (e.g. pronouns, connectors and conjunctions).
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