The Ultimate Pronunciation Challenge

The Ultimate Pronunciation Challenge

Hello again! This pronunciation challenge was passed on to me by Niels Barrezeele, one of my trainees on the TESOL cert course this month (thank you Niels). It was tough to get through but also a lot of fun. The text is below if you want to read along or try it out yourself! Enjoy … Continue reading

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Why you gotta be so rude?

Why you gotta be so rude?

You gotta love a good tune! And that’s exactly what ‘Rude’ by MAGIC is. I heard this song the other day for the first time when my colleague Laila was playing it in the classroom next to mine. I was in the middle of an FCE speaking test with my students. Needless to say we … Continue reading

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How to use the passive in English

How to use the passive in English

Hello again! I hope you found my previous video on ‘How to form the passive’ helpful? Today’s video will answer questions like ‘Why do we even have a passive construction in English?’ and ‘What is the difference between an active and a passive sentence?’. Make sure you write some own example sentences when you have … Continue reading

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How to form the passive in English

How to form the passive in English

In this video we will have a look at how to form passive sentences in English. Sometimes they are called passive constructions or passive voice, but that is all the same. We will look at example sentences using present but also past tenses in the passive. It is important to know how to form passive … Continue reading

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So you want to study in the UK?

So you want to study in the UK?

  Frankie Austin shares her top tips for finding the perfect English immersion course in the UK. We all know that you are far more likely to advance in English if you take yourself to a country where you are surrounded and immersed in the language. There is also no secret of the importance of … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Practice: l and r sounds

Pronunciation Practice: l and r sounds

This week’s video will focus on the sounds ‘l’ and ‘r’. These two sounds can be difficult, especially for students from Asia whose first language is Japanese, Chinese or Korean. Click on the link below and have a look at Tim’s jing video. It teaches you the difference between ‘l’ and ‘r’. At the end … Continue reading

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4 Pics 1 Word – Practise your vocabulary

4 Pics 1 Word – Practise your vocabulary

Welcome to this week’s post. Let me introduce you to my latest favourite app: 4 Pics 1 Word. I found out about 4 Pics 1 Word through a friend on Facebook and have since become a little addicted to it. It’s great fun and a nice way for students to practise vocabulary whilst having some … Continue reading

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Words with a final ‘s’

Words with a final ‘s’

Our first post in March is a pronunciation practice for words with a final ‘s’. For example, ‘buses’, ‘languages’, ‘changes’, ‘it’s’ and ‘George’s’. Click on the link below. Watch the jing video. Can you hear the difference? Now, practise your own pronunciation. Link to jing video. * This video uses flash and does not work … Continue reading

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Final Consonants

Final Consonants

After a rather extended Christmas break we are back with our first blog post in 2013! I have to apologise for our long absence. I had a lovely Christmas break with my family in Germany while Tim was exploring the beautiful scenery of Chiang Mai in Thailand. Now, we’re back at work! Our first post … Continue reading

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