Listening can prove to be one of the most difficult skills to improve, especially for students who don’t live in an English-speaking country. Students sometimes feel nervous or even afraid of listening, perhaps because there are so many accents or because they think they don’t have a high enough level of grammar to understand what … Continued
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In our previous post we looked at a great little website that can help you improve your writings ‘Write and Improve‘. However, as we mentioned, it doesn’t really give you information about why your sentences and vocabulary are wrong. Also, we are using social networks to communicate more and more, but it can be difficult to … Continued
Students who come to Ireland to learn English tend to improve their listening and speaking the most. Certainly developing everyday conversation and fluency skills are the main focus of most of our General English Fluency classes. Students in Dublin also encounter English everywhere they turn and so your reading will usually improve quickly too. It … Continued
Volunteering and internships are two jobs paths to consider. While they tend not to be paid, they do allow you to spend time practising your English skills in an English-speaking environment, and also give you some valuable work experience that will help you find a paid job.
Learning and retaining vocabulary can be quite difficult for a lot of people. Also, when you get to higher levels of English, it can be more difficult to retain vocabulary that is not so common.
The IELTS Listening exam can be very difficult. In the exam, students have to listen to both monologues (a single person talks for a period of time) and dialogues (two people discussing a topic or having a conversation). The exam will be testing and looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas … Continued
The IELTS Reading paper can prove to be the trickiest part of the whole exam. You are given three texts to read and you will be asked questions from a variety of different question types – from multiple choice questions to the dreaded True / False / Not Given questions. One of the most challenging … Continued
If it’s your first time applying for a job in an English speaking country, you may have never talked about your previous work experience in English. Also, when writing your CV in English, you have to make sure you write the job roles you did in the past in proper English. In this blogpost we’ll … Continued
The IELTS Writing Task 1 asks you to write a summary of at least 150 words about some visual information, usually in the form of a graph or chart. You will need to pick out the main features and describe and compare the data given. The IELTS Writing Task 1 can prove to be quite … Continued
What is a PPS number, how much can you work in Ireland, what are you entitled to, how much do you have to pay in taxes – all these are questions that arise when you find your first job in Ireland. In this post we will tackle these questions so you will be ready to set foot … Continued