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Improve your English on our trips: Bray and the Sea Life aquarium

The social programme here at Atlas Language School means you can visit lots of interesting places in Dublin and further afield. In this series of blogs, you can learn some vocabulary that you can use when you visit these places, or some phrases related to these places that you can try to add to your … Continued

Advice for Students Studying English in Dublin

(Thanks to photographer Adriano Elisei Silva) To whet your appetite for the upcoming series on How to Improve Your English Outside Class, we have some advice from last term’s Intermediate students for making the most of your stay in Dublin. They have arranged their useful words of wisdom into four categories: practical advice, transport, cultural … Continued

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Atlas Essentials Study Guide

Happy New Year! To welcome you into 2016 we have a little present. The first in our new Atlas Essentials series of FREE downloadable Pdfs – Volume 1 Keeping a Vocabulary Notebook – is now available here: Atlas Essentials Vol. 1 – Keeping a Vocabulary Notebook.pdf Further volumes will follow throughout 2016, consolidating and developing … Continued

How to Revise Vocabulary – Part 2

In the last blog we finished up by introducing you to some activities that can help when you’re revising vocabulary. The first activity was personalization and today we’re going to look at some further ways to revisit and reuse the vocabulary you have recorded. Let’s get going. 1. Mental Associations: The more associations you make, … Continued

How to revise Vocabulary

How to Revise Vocabulary – Part 1

In this post – the first of two on revising vocabulary – we will show you a few techniques to help you revise and remember the vocabulary in your notebooks. Many students have problems trying to remember vocabulary. For example, you study something in class, or write a great expression in your notebook, and then, … Continued

How to Organize your Notebook

In the notebooks we use in class, we often write new words in alphabetical order, sometimes with a translation of that word into our first language, or maybe with an explanation in English. However, your Vocabulary Notebook should be organized more effectively. One way of doing this is by recording vocabulary – collocations and patterns … Continued

Vocabulary Notebooks – Part 2

In the last blog we discussed some ways of recording collocations in your vocabulary notebook and asked you to share some of your ideas. We made the point that words like the company of other words; that words like to hang out together. We looked at how words combine. This week we’ll be focusing on … Continued

Vocabulary Notebooks – Part 1

Many of you find English vocabulary difficult. To be honest, so do many teachers! There are SO many words and expressions in English. Sometimes it is difficult to know WHAT to record or even HOW to record them. To make matters worse, English vocabulary doesn’t have simple rules like so many grammar items you learn … Continued

English Words Foreign Speakers Struggle to say

Do you struggle with certain English words? Are there some English terms you just can’t pronounce? Well, earlier this year Reddit user, JustATreeNut, asked Reddit: What’s the hardest English word to pronounce? It seems as though there are thousands of English words which cause foreign speakers a whole load of trouble. We have compiled a … Continued

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How to improve your IELTS Writing score

The IELTS writing paper has two parts: Task 1 Sample task http://ielts.org/PDF/120430_academic_writing_%20task_1B.pdf Task 2 Sample task http://ielts.org/PDF/120430_academic_writing_task_2B.pdf When working on your writing for this exam it is important to be aware of how it is assessed. For IELTS there are four criteria: 1. Task response How comprehensively have you completed the task? For task 1 … Continued