5 free resources to practise your IELTS

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 by

1. EssayBuilder This is a fantastic resource for students who want to improve their IELTS writing task 1. It shows you the vocabulary and the grammar that you need to describe a graph, chart, table or diagram. 2. iPass IELTS videos IELTS speaking test practice videos showing real candidates doing mock interviews; includes full transcripts

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5 sources for extra study

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 by

Youtube The biggest collection of video and audio material on the web, Youtube is a great way to get extra listening practise related to whatever you are studying it in class – grammar, IELTS, English for business – it’s all here. See this link for Steve jobs’ famous iPhone launch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYlhShD2oQ  TED TED.com has become

What is an autonomous learner? An autonomous, or independent, learner is someone who takes charge of their own learning. They know their preferred learning styles, are aware of their strengths and actively seek to work on their weaknesses, inside and outside of the classroom, through a variety of activities. Why is this important? It is

The 1+2 policy is designed to introduce the teaching of two foreign languages during primary and secondary school in Scotland, the first language being introduced in primary and the other one taken over the years until the end of secondary school. By 2020, all schools in Scotland should be teaching two languages from an early

Making the most of your morning

Friday, 04 October 2013 by

On your commute to school: Start your day by thinking positively about your lessons. Imagine yourself using new vocabulary successfully in class and then use the vocabulary in your lessons that day. If you take the bus to Live Language, pick up a free copy of the Metro. Have a read at some of the

What’s your learning style?

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 by

What’s your learning style? Some people prefer to hear about a concept to learn it; others need to see a demonstration. Learning Style Theory states that different people learn in different ways and that it is good to know what your own preferred learning style is. By recognizing and understanding your own learning styles, you

5 IELTS Spelling Tips

Thursday, 19 September 2013 by

1) Always say the word or move your lips when spelling any new words or words you are unsure of. 2) Think about the number of syllables in the word and spell the syllables. In general, the number of syllables equals the number of vowel sounds: e.g. Mon/day, Tues/day 3) If you’re not sure of

Personal Statements, what to do?

Friday, 13 September 2013 by

First impressions last, at least that’s what they say.  With your personal statement this is your big chance to make a lasting impression on the university you have chosen to spend the next 4 years of your student life at. Give your opinions: Universities don’t expect all students to be Einstein or Newton, but they

7 tips to improve your IELTS listening score

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 by

Circle keywords before each question to make sure you know when an answer is coming. Use the 30 seconds before and after each section to predict answers.This will help you catch the answer when you hear it. Students with a Band 7 or Band 8 can predict answers with a high level of accuracy. Understanding

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1.  The meaning can depend on the context Set up a meeting means arrange a meeting Set up equipment means assemble equipment Set up a room means prepare a room for use 2. Different contexts means different meanings, so remember that that means different opposites The music on the office put me off – meaning