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Choosing Your Teacher of English: Native Speaker or Local Teacher?

Choosing Your Teacher of English: Native Speaker or Local Teacher?

When people only start to look for a teacher of English, they often don’t know who would be better for them: a native speaker or a person who speaks their language. Some students are just afraid to communicate with foreigners, while others do not respect local teachers if they are

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IELTS Speaking – Three Reasons to Use YASI Website

Most of my IELTS students were happy to use Yasi website, which really helped them in efficient preparation for IELTS speaking. Though the site doesn’t have a fancy design, beautiful pictures or exquisite fonts, it has tons of valuable information. Reason 1 You can find a high-quality extensive database of

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How to Make Sure that Your Employees Learn English?

I have a couple of friends who work in HR for companies that are generous to pay for English lessons of their employees. However, it often happens like this: the company hires one or two teachers (often native speakers) and forms groups according to employee’s levels. Then, lessons start after

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How to Learn English Vocabulary Quickly

At some periods of life I needed to learn huge volumes of English vocabulary very quickly. The first time it happened when I was 20, preparing for two difficult exams: TOEFFL and GRE. Surprisingly, I discovered that my vocabulary left much to be desired. So, I spent hours and days learning.

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Learn English As a System

Some of my students really enjoy learning English. They spend several hours a day doing some exercises from self-learning textbooks, read books in English or watch TV series. That’s great because this way their progress is faster. However, there are some cases when students do only what they like doing.

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IELTS Speaking – What You Need to Know about Part 3

You probably know that the third part of IELTS Speaking is a discussion of abstract topics connected with Part 2. At first, some students have no clue what they can say during 45 seconds, so uncomfortable lapses of silence occur. 1. Silence is not an option This is the first

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IELTS Essays: How to write introductions

An ideal IELTS essay introduction meets 3 criteria. It is relevant to the topic, logical and concise. What is a relevant introduction? It is the one that follows the task to the letter. It covers ALL the task parts and doesn’t add unnecessary information. If the task asks one’s opinion,

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IELTS Essay: What is Formal Style?

You have probably heard that IELTS essays should be written in “academic” or “formal” style. IELTS band descriptors do not give any specific guidelines regarding style, except the “format”. If the format is “inappropriate in places”, an essay will not get more than 5 for Task Response. Different teachers give

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IELTS Essay – How to Plan Paragraphs

Last December a new IELTS student sent me an essay with nine (!!) paragraphs, some of which had only one sentence. An examiner would mark this essay down for “Coherence and cohesion” since such paragraphing can be regarded as “inadequate”, meaning not more than Band 5 for this criterion. Let’s

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Christmas Traditions in the UK

With Christmas approaching, it’s high time to start having festive mood. Today you can learn about popular Christmas traditions in Great Britain. It is one of the favourite family holidays that both children and adults look forward to. During this time, even churches have special services with carols sung by

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