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Did you find the explanation about the present simple and the present continuous helpful? I hope so! Let’s carry on with that theme now and think about the past simple and past continuous. When do we use the past simple? Finished actions in the past, usually with a time. E.g. I bought some potatoes last week. We use the past continuous to talk about actions that were in progress at a certain time in the past, and often we use these two tenses together with when or while. For example. While I was shopping last week, I bought some potatoes. Was shopping is the longer action and bought is the sho…
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The British Museum

Mar 05, 2015
It might be nearly Spring but it’s not warm enough to go to the park yet, so you might want to go to some museums with your friends at the weekend. London is quite famous for it’s free museums and they’re a great thing to do if it’s raining too much to do anything else. Have you been to the British Musuem? Sometimes teachers in our school take their students there to do different kinds of lessons and talk about the exhibits. If not you should definetly go down and see the free exhibits, or if you are feeling rich you could pay to see the current exhibition, right now their popular ‘Eight mummi…
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London Fashion Week

Feb 24, 2015
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This week has been London Fashion Week – a very important date for all fashionistas. Here is some informal vocabulary you can use related to wearing clothes, that use the verb ‘dress’. Dress up: Phrasal verb – to get dressed up – to wear the kind of clothes you wear when you go to a party Dress down: Phrasal verb – to dress down – to wear informal clothes that you wear around the house Dress for the occasion – to dress for the occasion – to wear a specific kind of clothes, e.g the kind you wear to a wedding or a job interview Dress to impress – to dress to impress – to wear clothes that …
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Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year everybody! Today we can celebrate the turn from Year of the Horse to the Year of the Goat or Sheep. Do you know what animal you are born under in the Chinese Horoscope? Here is some interesting information for you to read about Chinese customs over the new year period: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year/ and have a look on the Timeout website for some more information about what’s going on in London http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/chinese-new-year-in-london. Don’t forget to wear red – it’s a lucky colo…
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Pancake Day!!!

Feb 17, 2015
Category: Learn English

Today is a very important day! Perhaps the most important day of the year – it’s Pancake Day! Otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, this is the day before Lent begins (a period when Christians give up luxury items before Easter). Traditionally people made pancakes to use up all the luxury food items they had in their cupboards before Lent began. Not everybody follows Lent nowadays but Pancake day still remains as a great time to get together with friends and cook lots and lots of pancakes. Have a look at this website for recipe ideas. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pancake-day D…
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This weekend is Valentine’s Day, so in preparation let’s look at some useful vocabulary. What do you think the words in the following story mean? Try to guess them and I’ll tell you on Thursday. John met Julie at a Language School, they were in the same class and he started to realise that he had feelings for her,  he thought about it and decided to ask her out! Luckily Julie fancied John too and they went on a date. They began their relationship, but sadly one day after an argument they decided to break up with each other. Hopefully one day soon they will make up, but who knows?!
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The January Blues

Feb 03, 2015
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January seems to have rolled away very quickly and it’s February already! This is good news, a lot of the students in my class have been feeling the cold of the winter months and it’s making them miss their home countries, London can sometimes be grey in the winter. Now that February is here, it’s only one more month until we start to see some signs of Spring and a bit more colour around us. We have a phrase for the sad feeling that people experience in January – it’s called ‘the January Blues’, sometimes we describe people as blue when they are feeling sad. So now hopefully the January Blues …
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Suitable for PON C5 funding Aimed at:  Groups of students - minimum 5 students Minimum Language Level:  CEFR B1 (Intermediate) Minimum age:  16 years Location:  Islington Centre for English in central London Course summary Join our Journalism Work Experience Course and mix real, hands-on journalistic experience with 'English for Journalists' English language course at the Islington Centre for English in conjunction with British Learning Academy. Component 1: 'The Language of Journalism' Students study English journalistic language with an experienced, native speaking tutor on the follo…
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