One of the things about language learning is that there’s always things you can do to get better: to move up from beginner, to intermediate, to advanced, to proficient. Even native speakers are always discovering new words or idioms that they didn’t know before. If you want to improve your fluency, then reading a book in its original English is a great way to do this. So go ahead and abandon that translation of Harry Potter you’ve got on the shelf – reach for the English version instead.
Following the closure of the University of Surrey's IELTS operations in June 2019, MTS is pleased to announce that it was successful in winning a competitive tender recently put out by the British Council, granting the rights to re-commence IELTS English language testing in Guildford.
In my last blog post, I looked at variations in everyday English used in the workplace in Britain and America. In this blog post, I look at differences in the kind of idiomatic English used on both sides of the Atlantic.
“The English and the Americans are two peoples divided by a common language.”
That’s what Nobel Prize winning author, George Bernard Shaw, is meant to have said at any rate. We all know that Americans and Brits don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to spellings, grammar and vocabulary. But what about the everyday speech we use in the workplace?
So, your test date is approaching, and as the time you’ve got left ticks down, your panic levels go up. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone. You don’t need an expert to tell you that exams and tests can be one of the most stressful times of your life, especially when there’s a lot at stake. Here are some ideas to help get you in the right frame of mind and to help you keep your focus and stay calm. It’s all a case of using the right psychology and approach.
Yvert has worked in English language teaching for over 25 years in a variety of different roles from test writing to teacher training. This has enabled him to travel around the world, which one of his other passions. He also enjoys watching films and playing chess.
Sona Lisa Bose
Sona is a DELTA qualified teacher who has written two books on the IELTS exam and also writes her own travel and lifestyle blog. She enjoys photography, reading and baking.
Michal is the CEO of Mobile Testing Solutions. He previously worked as Head of Open Exam Centres at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, at the time the largest IELTS Test Centre in Europe. When he’s not at work, he enjoys cooking and going for early morning runs.
Sonya is a DELTA qualified teacher who enjoys teaching English to adults and children at all levels. She is also an examiner and proof reader. Apart from her work in education, Sonya is a qualified music journalist who manages her musician husband and also writes all the lyrics for his songs.