Here is a handout for students preparing job applications and attending interviews. It features valuable tips and advice (and what to avoid!) to build the perfect resume.
It is very important to learn something about the company and position you are applying for and ensure this is reflected in your resume and cover letter. Candidates who send a standard cv and cover letter without bothering to learn the name of the recipient or how their skills and experience match the … Read more
One of the most effective ways for advanced students to develop more than one IELTS skill at the same time is to practice part 3 speaking questions in order to develop their own ideas and views to answer essay questions.
Similarly, one of the key problems facing many students in Task 2 Essay writing is a lack of ideas and opinions with which to answer the question. There are some simple steps, however, that students can take to overcome this … Read more
There are many topics in IELTS writing, and this can be confusing for some students who feel they may not have enough knowledge to write a good answer in task 2. However, if we look at the questions which were given over a longer period of time, we can see that some topics are more common than others – the actual questions are different, but the subject remains the same. This is useful for students because it will save time. … Read more
Learning how to write emails in a business environment can be confusing. Below are ten tips that can help you write better business emails in English.
1. Write a short title (Subject line):
By reading the title of your email it should be obvious what the email is about. Avoid important and urgent. Examples:
• Summary of Friday’s Staff Meeting
• 4th Quarter Financial Report
• Follow-up the Jan 29th Conference Call
• Questions about New Position
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Below are some definitions on the common topic of sport, followed by a full speaking test:
- an athletics meeting: an event where various athletics sports are held
- an athletics track: a running track
- an away game: a football match played in the opposing teams stadium
- a brisk walk: a fast walk
- to do judo: (not go or play)
- a football fan: someone who likes football
- a fitness programme: a schedule of activities
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The definition of culture is “a set of ideas, beliefs, and ways of behaving“. It is a fairly common topic in the exam, especially in the speaking test and task 2 essays. Questions are often based on the impact of globalisation and technology on local traditions and cultures – so this is definitely an area worth studying.
Describe a foreign culture that you like.
You should say:
- what culture it is and why you know about it
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Around the world, non-native speakers now outnumber native speakers by three to one. In Asia, an estimated 350 million people speak English. English has become the language of globalization and of international business, so why is it so many students are reluctant to speak English in class? There could be many reasons, but frequently they lack confidence, do not want to make mistakes and sometimes cannot find the words to express the ideas the teacher wants them to. Here is … Read more