1          Read the title and subtitle of the passage to orientate yourself to the text. 2          Look quickly at the questions to analyse what kind of questions are being asked but don’t read them individually.  This wastes time and without a context for the questions, it will be difficult to understand them. 3          Skim the

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IELTS Tips for the listening section

Thursday, 07 May 2015 by

In the 30 seconds before each part of the listening, make sure you read the questions to identify what kind of information you require. Try to predict what the answer may be before listening. At home, practise listening and writing at the same time.  Take notes while watching TV to get into the habit of

CAE Exam – What you need to know

Thursday, 16 April 2015 by

What is CAE? Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is a globally recognised certificate of language skills. The exam is intended for use in academic and professional life. The exam is extremely popular with around 60,000 candidates each year in more than 60 countries opting to take it. It is recommended for learners who have attained an

Learn English for free!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 by

How to learn English for free   You may study with us from 3 hours to 25 per week, but what can you do to improve outside class without spending any money?  This blog looks at some of the ways to learn during all 24 hours of the day.   At Live Language – Take

Ask your English school what free learning resources they can recommend to you, perhaps you can borrow some listening CDs or some text books to practice your grammar.  Maybe your school has a Study Centre or quiet area where you can work independently.  Don’t be afraid to ask – they should be happy to see

Listening Section 1 is a dialogue between 2 people arranging something. Try listening to a conversation and write down any numbers and well known names of people, cities and countries you hear. For example: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/video/   Listening Section 2 is a monologue, often about a tour or changes to somewhere. If you’re in the U.K.,

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Improving your reading for the IELTS exam

Monday, 03 November 2014 by

The reading section of the IELTS exam is often one of the most difficult for students.  The academic style of the text can be unfamiliar and the vocabulary is more challenging than everyday English.  Here are some tips to improve your score: Don’t read intensively – at school and university it’s important that you understand

What is it? An oral interview between a candidate and an examiner. How long is it? 11-14 mins How many parts are there? 3 parts What are they? Part 1: Introduction and Interview Examiner introduces themselves and checks the candidate’s identity. Examiner asks questions about personal information such as home, studies, family, work, studies, interests

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Scottish Slang

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 by

Do you ever listen to local people and have no idea what they are talking about?   Do you ever hear words that just don’t sound like English?   Chances are that you have heard some Scottish slang during your time in the country. The following is a list of typical slang words and expressions

A useful guide to phrasal verbs

Thursday, 02 October 2014 by

Phrasal verbs are an integral part of the English languageand there are many reasons why students should afford these a particular focus.  Native speakers use the very frequently each day (sometimes without realising it), therefore a knowledge of phrasal verbs will help students to interact with and understand native speakers authentically.  Perhaps of more obvious

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