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When documentation is required to prove proficiency in the English language, many non-native English speakers are unsure which examination to take. The two most popular British tests are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Cambridge English (CAE). Although there are some similarities between them, it is worthwhile taking a look at some of the key differences, to help you decide which one is right for you. The basics IELTS is taken by almost 2 million people every year. It assesses writing, reading, speaking, and listening. The CAE also tests these core abilities…
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When it comes to studying English, there are many great benefits to be gained by learning as part of a group. Here are just some of the advantages of group English courses: Improved motivation Finding the motivation to study can be difficult when you're doing it alone, but when you're learning as part of a group, you are encouraged by each other, and are more likely to feel enthused for what you're studying. Easier learning It is widely accepted that studying as part of a group can help you to grasp ideas and concepts much quicker than if you are studying alone. This is often because you g…
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Islington Centre for English offers a variety of Cambridge exam preparation courses. These courses, which range from part-time to super-intensive, are designed to get you ready for the Cambridge exams and to ensure that you get the best grade possible. As well as improving your level of English in preparation for the exams, you will also prepare for the exam questions under timed exam conditions, similar to what you’ll experience when you take the actual Cambridge English exams. Why take a preparation course? The Cambridge exam is an internationally-recognised qualification that looks great …
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At the Islington Centre for English, we offer a range of English language courses to suit a wide range of needs and abilities. Choosing the right course for you means finding a course that fits around your daily schedule and meets your long-term or short-term goals for improving your English fluency. Our most popular course is our General English morning course, which takes place every weekday morning between 9:15 and 12:15am. This course is great for learners who want to get their lessons out of the way early, freeing up the afternoon for work and play. Many people find that our morning less…
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Taking an English language course is without a doubt the best way to learn English, but in order to improve your vocabulary and pronunciation, and to get to grips with understanding and speaking the language in real world environments, it's a great idea to carry your learning out of the classroom. Here are what we have found to be the top methods of improving English outside of your language school. 1. Watch film and television with subtitles This is a simple but really effective way of improving English - simply watch your favourite films or TV shows with English subtitles. You'll be amazed…
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There's an app for almost everything these days, and learning English is no exception! There are hundreds of brilliant apps out there, many of which are free, to help you improve grammar, listening, speaking and translation skills outside of your English language class. To help you choose, we've compiled our top five apps that will help to make learning English as easy as possible. 1. Practice English Grammar  This free iOS and Android app uses a combination of games, flashcards and articles to help you improve your English grammar. We all tend to learn better when we're tested regularly on …
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Business English: The Importance of English in the Workplace English is the global language. It may not be spoken natively by most people (Mandarin and Spanish top the list), but it is indisputably the language spoken most widely in business. Successful business is all about communication. When communication takes place across borders, having a language in common is essential – and that language is increasingly becoming English.   Importance of English in Developing Countries English is important for businesses across the world, but especially in developing countries. An article in The Gu…
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Silent Disco!

Jul 03, 2015

When planning a night out, do you and your friends have trouble deciding on which club to go to? If you all have differing music tastes,  finding a suitable venue that you all agree on can prove problematic. Worry no more, all your planning nightmares could be a thing of the past for there is a new growing trend in London: Silent Discos. The concept is simple: every person in the club is given their own set of headphones and can choose between different DJs playing different sets simultaneously. With this, everyone should be able to enjoy their night together whilst listening to their own ch…
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Past Modals

Jun 25, 2015

Using modal verbs in the past can be tricky since they can be used in different ways with slight but important differences in meaning. The first way in which we use modals in the past is relatively straightforward and requires only a simple word change: I can speak French                         (Present ability) I could speak French                      (Past ability) I have to go to Porto                       (Present obligation) I had to go to Porto                         (Past obligation)   Some past modals can be formed with have and the past participle. When we use past modals u…
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World Naked Bike Ride

Jun 12, 2015
Taking the bike can be one of the best ways to get out and about around London. But if you take a wrong turn this weekend you might find yourself caught up in something very unusual: The World Naked Bike Ride! Part protest against oil-dependency, part celebration of the human body, the event starts at various points across London and merges at Westminster Bridge before finishing at Wellington Arch. It’s up to you how many items of clothing you are willing to shed but remember not to get naked before you reach the event! For more information, visit the official FaceBook page: www.tinyurl.com…
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