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5 YEARS OF LINK SCHOOL OF ENGLISH – FREE ENGLISH LEARNING EVENT

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5 YEARS OF LINK SCHOOL OF ENGLISH IN LONDON – FREE ENGLISH LEARNING EVENT

Link School of English is celebrating its 5th anniversary in Ealing!

At this occasion we have prepared a free English language event at Link School of English in London.
Come and join us for an open afternoon!

You may be also interested in:
– Free English learning event 2018 – How to pass IELTS with a High Score

This is a great opportunity to meet our teachers, find out more about our English school, get useful English learning tips, try an English lesson for free and maybe enrol on an English course.

Within the past 5 years we have helped to improve English, and hopefully to better lives, of many hundreds of students. This is the time to celebrate success English learning stories of our students, fantastic feedback we have been receiving from them throughout the years and enjoy a couple of moments together. And we invite you to celebrate it with us!

Wednesday, 9th April 2014
Times: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (last entry 4.45 p.m.)

£50 vouchers for all who attend the event! (T&C apply)
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How is Academic IELTS Writing Assessed

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How is the Academic IELTS Writing Exam Module Assessed?

If you are preparing for the Academic IELTS exam this article will help you to understand how you’re the Academic Writing task is assessed.

People with tablet discussing Academic IELTS writing assessment criteria

The Academic IELTS Writing Test consists of Task 1 and Task 2, each of them is assessed independently. The IELTS examiner marks the candidate’s responses using performance descriptors corresponding to nine IELTS bands.

IELTS Writing Correction Service

IELTS Writing Task 1 responses are rated using the following four criteria:

Task Achievement
Academic Writing Task 1 is an information transfer task with a specified response where you need to draw on the factual content of a diagram. Remember, on this task you are not expected to speculate or explain anything outside of the input material. This is not a creativity task, stick to the content given. Your text must be at least 150 words in length.
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Take a Step Forward with Confident English!

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Take a Step Forward with Confident English!

Get Confidence in Business Communication – a GEW Event at our Academy of English

Our Academy of English booming with ideas and getting ready for this event – how exciting!
Here is the event programme, take a look and see which activities in our English language school you would like to join – all are FREE.

WARM-UP
10.00 – 11.00
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Christmas Party at Link School of English

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Christmas Party at Link School of English in London

You are warmly invited to our Christmas Party!

We are going to have some Christmas treats, a chat and get into the festive spirit together. Please feel free to bring some Christmas food from your country (or a winter dish if you don’t celebrate Christmas), songs, stories or whatever you would like to share. All our current, past and future students and friends are welcome.

Saturday, 15 December 2012, 18.30
Are you in?
Here is a link to the event page: www.facebook.com/events/216180461849680/

London Attractions in December

Check special offers on English Courses at Link School of English


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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    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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