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September! September! Remember?

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 September means 'back to school' for so many of us. Even if you left school a long time ago I am sure you always remember September as the end of the long summer holidays and that 'back to school' feeling!  It's certainly a good time to start planning your learning journey for improving your English skills! 

August - holidays and time to relax!

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August is a month when many of you are enjoying a break from work and taking the opportunity to relax, have fun and spend time with friends and family. Hope you are having a great time! 🌞🌞 Summer fun!🌞🌞 Did you know there are some idioms about holidays?  Here's a few for you to look at when you have time! See if you can use them in conversations. T ake a break - stop working and have a rest Take it easy - slow down and do as little as possible Get away from it all - stop working and go somewhere to change your routine Travel light - don't take too much luggage, just take the essentials Hit the road - start your journey Get the travel bug -  want to travel Be as brown as a berry - get a good sun tan  Recharge your batteries - get yourself more energy

July 2021! Sun, sand and time to relax!

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  Summer is the season of sun and fun! Lots of you go on holiday and take a rest from studying or working. It's the perfect time for doing some leisurely reading and learning some new vocabulary. If you are feeling creative you could even write your own story! Here's a simple writing frame to help get you started and you can take a look at some of the stories my students have written! Go to the page here!

June in the UK! Sunshine, flowers and lots of exams!

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Lots of you are busy practising for your exams this month.  Only practice makes perfect your speaking, listening, reading and writing. So just remember,   if you practise you will pass . I don't want to hear you say "If I had practised I would have passed." (Although grammatically it is a  well-constructed 3rd conditional sentence it would mean you didn't pass because you hadn't studied so that is why I don't want to hear it!) The three conditional sentences: If you bring me flowers I will be happy ( You could bring me flowers and I think you will.....) If you brought me flowers I would be happy ( You could bring me flowers but I am not sure you will.....) If you had brought me flowers I would have been happy. ( You didn't bring me flowers so I was unhappy) Present + future Past + conditional Past perfect + conditional perfect Practi s e or Practi c e? Practise ( verb)  some of your own. Remember practice ( noun) makes perfect! Good luck with the exa

May in the UK and it is raining cats and dogs!

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That means it is raining a lot! Practise English idioms here. There are lots! Perfect for a rainy day!

JOBS WITH LANGUAGES : Would you like to be an Interpreter?

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  Would you like to be an Interpreter? Becoming an interpreter involves a lot more than fluently speaking another language. Although there are a number of ways to start working as an interpreter, and different types of interpretation involve different skills, interpretation agencies will look at certain qualifications and attributes before taking on a new member of their team. All top interpreters share certain characteristics. We will identify and discuss those characteristics, the difference between a translator and interpreter, and the types of interpretation services and jobs available, so aspiring interpreters can establish whether or not a career in interpretation is right for them. What qualifications do you need? Qualifications and accreditation are not mandatory for interpreters, however, there are courses you can take that will benefit your career in the industry. For conference and consecutive interpreting, a degree in languages or a related field, and/or a postgraduate degr