Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Our goal is to help you achieve excellent results quickly with the main emphasis on improving your spoken English. Teaching expertise includes:

  • Preparation for exams including TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, GRE, TOEIC. 
  • English for the workplace.
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  • Grammar - explaining grammar in a clear and interesting manner.
  • Conversation practice
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  • Accent reduction
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I am writing to let you know that I got a good score at TOEFL. With your help I made a great improvement on my speaking and writing skills. Many of my classmates and colleagues at lab are Chinese. Consequently, although I have studied in the U.S. for two years, my English ability didn't reach as high a level as I expected. I love your approach of teaching and practising. Also I greatly appreciate your specific strategies for TOEFL. I strongly recommend anyone who is struggling to improve English ability or preparing for TOEFL to take your courses. (Liangzi )

Thank you very much for your course. Your lessons helped me a lot with my English skills and I improved my score at IELTS. I recommend everyone who wants to learn English to try these one to one lessons. I think that with one of these lessons you learn more than with conventional schools. Thank you very much indeed from Barcelona (SPAIN).

 I'm writing to let you know I passed the IELTS. I got 7.5 in speaking. Thank you for all your help, I am very happy! (Kelly V. Peru)

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I am on a business trip to the US. At first ,I felt a little afraid of talking to people in English but after a few lessons, my spoken and listening skills improved very quickly. I can talk to my US colleagues in English now.
Thank you! (Yushi, China)

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

TOEFL Preparation- The Speaking Test

Speaking is an area where many students have fear or lack of confidence especially when being tested. Fear not! The speaking section of the TOEFL test is only 20 minutes long and consists of just 6 questions. The purpose of the test is to determine the taker's ability to communicate in the English language. Clarity is the foremost thing to keep in mind when taking the test. Of the 6 questions two will be from familiar topics, two will be in response to written passages, and two will be responding to a conversation and a lecture.

Questions 1 and 2

In the first question you will be asked about a topic familiar to you. You will be given 15 seconds to prepare your answer and 45 seconds to respond. During the preparation make sure to jot down the key elements to your response. The question will be fairly simple and give you plenty of room to add details with supported reasoning.
The second question will offer you a choice, it doesn’t matter which scenario you pick ,it is your response that counts. Again you will be given 15 seconds to prepare and 45 seconds to respond. Make sure to give supporting reasons for your choice and explain why you made that choice.

Questions 3 and 4

These questions are drawn from a written passage and an accompanying short listening piece related to the passage. Question 3 will have you read a passage relating to an issue pertaining to university life. You are allowed 45 seconds to read the passage which will introduce you to the subject and then typically you will hear two viewpoints which you are then given 60 seconds to respond. The examiners aren't looking for your personal opinions on the passage but the details and opinions of others in the passage, so make sure you take some notes of the details while listening.

Questions 5 and 6

These questions will be based solely on listening material. In each question you are given 20 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to speak. Question 5 will be a conversation between two people. Remember to take notes on each persons opinions on the subject and the issues they are talking about.

The last question in the speaking section of TOEFL is drawn from a lecture. Make sure to be listening out for specific facts that will most likely be the source of your response.

How to Prepare for the Speaking Exam:

What you want to be doing to prepare yourself for the speaking exam is having conversations in English as much as you can. Make sure you have someone with whom you can practice speaking. Preferably a native English speaker. You need to be able to speak clearly and naturally with a high degree of grammatical accuracy. Talk about specific subjects with a friend: watch a movie and talk about noteworthy situations and scenes that happened. Make sure if you are practicing with a speaker of your own native language that you do not resort to conversing in your mother tongue.

Above all don't let your nerves get the better of you. For many, speaking in a foreign language can be the most difficult part of learning a new language. This is because languages are different when they are spoken from when they are written. Just relax and focus on expressing yourself clearly. Have fun if you can!


Each question is graded on a scale of 0-4. 3 is usually considered a decent score. Things they factor into grading are delivery (pronunciation and clarity of speech), language use (grammar and vocabulary), and topic development (whether your responses related to the topic). You want to  ensure that you automatically form sentences correctly and don't step back to rearrange sentences. Minor errors won't hurt your score too badly as long as the meaning of your response is not obscured. Stay on topic and don't veer into unrelated territory.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Idioms - color

English is a very colorful, idiomatic language and it's important to learn some of the more common expressions if you want to perfect your speaking skills. Here is a handy list of idioms that use color in their construction.

Blue- I was feeling so blue after my father passed away. (Meaning sad, melancholy)

To see red- After my wife stole everything from me I just saw red and destroyed her car. (Uncontrollably angry, not being able to stop oneself from acting on anger)

Green- The newbies are a bit green with organizing files the right way. (Inexperienced, naïve)

Yellow bellied- Quit being such a yellow belly and go sky diving! 
 (Cowardly, scared)

White lie- It was just a white lie so he wouldn't get hurt. (A lie about something not important/consequential enough to matter)

Black and blue- The poor boy came home black and blue after an unfortunate rugby accident. (bruised and beaten)

Black and white- It was black and white who was to blame in the murder. (Straightforward and clear, unambiguous)

Red handed- I caught you red handed stealing my books! (To catch someone in the act)

Born with a silver spoon- The princess was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, never having to struggle for anything. (To be born fortunate/wealthy and not having to struggle)

Grey/gray- Internet piracy falls under a grey area of morality. (Unclear, ambiguous)

Red eye- I had to catch a red eye to Dallas. (A flight that leaves very early in the morning)

Black sheep- My father is the black sheep of the family and no one has spoken to him in many years. (Someone ostracized/ left alone, disliked)

Green thumb- Maggie has a real green thumb in the garden. (Good with plants and growing things)

Rose colored glasses- I didn't see him for who he was, I guess I was looking through rose colored glasses. (Looking at the past in a way that makes it seem better than it actual was)

Out of the blue- That ball came right out of the blue and hit me in the face! (To come from out of nowhere, unexpectedly)

Once in a blue moon- Once in a blue moon I'll take Sally out to the movies. (Happening not very frequently)

Golden goose- Oil is the golden goose of the United States. (Most profitable source) 

Golden opportunity- I had to take the golden opportunity to live in New York! (A promising opportunity)

Red tape- There is too much red tape involved with immigration. (Bureaucratic obstacles, official things that get in the way)

Tickled pink- The bear was tickled pink when it found a bush full of berries. (Very happy and appreciative)

True colors- He showed his true colors when he said those hurtful remarks. (To show one's true self)

Flying colors- She passed the quiz with flying colors! (To exceed)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy!

IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy

Everything You Need to Know to Ace the IELTS Speaking Exam

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The IELTS is one of the most internationally recognized exams and a crucial part of immigration and university admission. But the speaking portion may be the most intimidating for test takers. Very few classes and resources properly address how to pass this exam while overcoming the natural pressure that comes with public speaking. Fortunately one book solves both problems.

IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy is a handy all-inclusive guide to the speaking portion of the IELTS exam. We left no aspect of the speech test behind and cover everything from conversational skills to improvisation to some of the most commonly asked questions. And IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy covers both versions of the IELTS exam:

Academic Version
For university enrollment candidates and aspiring professionals such as doctors, nurses, pilots, and engineers. Prepare for more advanced English-speaking evaluations and start gaining the skills and experience needed to compete in the academic and professional worlds.

General Training Version
For future immigrants, those seeing general advancement in their place of work, and those simply looking to improve their English-speaking abilities. Gain a generalized understanding of conversational English that will suit you well not just in this test but also in everyday life.

Guidance for All Three Parts
As one of the most comprehensive IELTS preparation guides on that market, IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy includes advice, strategies, and examples for all three sections of the speaking exam:

  1. Prepare to speak about yourself in part one. Learn what test givers commonly ask interviewees and mentally prepare yourself to speak fluently on topics already familiar with you.
  2. Review specific unfamiliar topics examiners typically give in part two. Develop the pacing and concentration required to speak for up to two minutes. Many test takers find this part the most intimidating, so get ahead of the learning curve and prepare for whatever your examiner has in store.
  3. Formulate better answers for the general discussion portion of part three. Review general conversation skills and learn how to make abstract concepts easier to understand.

Handy step-by-step guides and sample questions are also included, making IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy the closest thing to the actual exam experience as possible.

The preparation tips in IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy will prove invaluable for any test taker. But this book doesn’t just contain information about the exam. [Author] covers mental strategies that many test takers find to be the difference between success and needing to try again.

  • Gain confidence and go into test day with a clear mind.
  • Learn aspects of speaking English you might have missed in other prep courses.
  • Review practice topics and learn exactly what is in store for you.
  • Start the process of integrating into a new and exciting environment before the test begins.

Nobody likes taking exams: the pressure, the rules, the tension. And when the test involves university admission or immigration, the pressure gets even more intense. The best way to make the IELTS Speaking Test easier for you is by purchasing IELTS Speaking Test Made Easy.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

English Speaking Skills and Accent Reduction for the Work place

Do you have a business presentation coming up? Is giving presentations an important part of your job? Do you feel that your presentations lack punch and sometimes miss the mark with your listeners? Do you feel that your accent gets in the way of your ability to deliver your message? Are you embarrassed by the way you speak? Do you feel that people can't understand you very well?

 I get many inquires from professionals who feel deep down that their accents are holding them back. They share that business meetings, presentations, interviews and many other aspects of business interactions  have become an ordeal for them. I have to say that we love helping our clients feel better about their speaking skills by giving them the tools and personal one on one feedback to get them back in the game. 

No matter how they perceive their spoken abilities, we can always offer some help and promise of improvement by working on the key areas of accent reduction, pronunciation and correct intonation. This crucial area of language learning is often skipped over but I would like to emphasize that it is key in helping you speak clearly, confidently and to be understood by others. Furthermore, it is never too late to start practicing.  Clarity of speech helps us connect with others and this is vitally important when we have an important message that we need to convey such as in a meeting, or speaking on the phone with a client or communicating with our co-workers.

Some quick tips that you can use right now :

  •  Speak a little slower if you have a tendency to rush. This will give you more control over your voice and allow your tongue and mouth to be in the correct position to make the correct sounds.
  • Pay attention to the endings of words - for example ed endings and words ending in t, d. If the word does not have a silent letter at the end then you need to pronounce it.
  • On the other hand if the word ends in a silent letter then don't pronounce it! For example comb has a silent b. 
  • Try to link words together in a sentence so that you are not pausing between each word unnaturally.
  • Pay attention to how native speakers use rhythm and intonation. Notice that the voice goes up and down and gets stronger on certain sounds and types of words.
  • Visit this page for more information on Accent reduction 

 We have helped many busy professionals develop the necessary skills in order to to give  effective and engaging presentations. 

We offer quality coaching classes in the following areas of spoken English:

  • Presentation Skills 
  • Telephone Skills
  • Sales Calls
  • Business meetings
  • Interview practice
If you can relate to the picture at the top of this post then email today to set up a free half hour trial session. During this session you will get the opportunity to try our method for free. We will give you an honest appraisal of your situation and you can pick our brains and get some great tips that you can use right away.

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ESL Tutor and Teacher Training

 When looking for a suitable ESL tutor there can be many points to consider before making a final choice. 
Some questions you might like to ask yourself are:
  • Do I feel comfortable with the ESL tutor? Do I want to learn from this particular person?
  • Is the tutor qualified to teach me? Remember just because someone speaks the language it does not necessarily mean they can teach it to another person. One qualification that testifies to the skills and competency of an ESL tutor is having a CELTA qualification.
  • Does the teacher offer some kind of trial lesson so you can see if you like their style of teaching?
With this in mind I have a guest post today written by a recent CELTA graduate of International House. I am a graduate of International House of some 20 years ago and it is nice to see that the standards of ESL tutor training remain high. 

Here is teacher Sunny's experience:

English as a language is very important in today's world. It is the primary language of business. I knew if I was able to teach it to people I'd be able to live wherever I wanted , even on a paradisaical beach or any forgotten gem of the world I could dream up.

 I set off in the Spring of 2012 from London to Seville, Spain to do a 1 month intensive class at an International House associated school. I knew I had a lot to learn in a short amount of time so I tried my best to prepare my mind to soak up as much information as I could. 

The first day of school we were briefed on what to expect from the course and we were introduced to the two ESL classes that we would be teaching over the course of the next month. One class was beginner and one was intermediate. There were three teachers in my group and we each taught a lesson during the day. After the class was taught we would reconvene with our two tutors who would let us know points we missed or better ways to address points to the students.

 I learnt so much about how we learn and how best to teach someone a language. We learned lots of techniques to elicit information from the student and to see if they're actually picking up on what you're saying and if they're actually learning something. The classes went smoothly for the most part and although the course was certainly challenging and demanded a lot of perseverance with lesson preparation I came through in the end knowing that I had made someone's English a little bit better and was equipped with the skills to take me to whatever part of the world I wanted. 

I would wholeheartedly recommend taking a CELTA course to anyone wanting to teach English as a second language. Safe travels!

Monday, April 2, 2012

IELTS Test Dates in The Philippines 2013

Here are the upcoming test dates for The Philippines for the next few months for 2013. Contact the British Council Test Centers for particulars for your location.

March 9th 2013 Academic and General Training

March 14th 2013 Academic

March 23rd 2013 Academic and Training

April 6th 2013 Academic and General Training

April 18th 2013 Academic

April 27th 2013 Academic and General Training

May 11th 2013 Academic

May 16th Academic and General Training
May 25th 2013 Academic and General Training