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For Readers: The Melbourne Writers Festival

August 30, 2016 by in category General English, Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini My students often ask me, “How can I improve my writing?” It’s a great question, and also one that has an unsatisfying answer; without an editor or native English speaker, it can be difficult for even high-level ESL students to self-correct and edit their writing with absolute accuracy. Unlike with speaking, a [...]

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TESOL, TESL, & TEFL: Which One Is for Me?

July 26, 2016 by in category Career Tips, Teaching, TESOL tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini In the world of teaching English as a second language, there are several options for proper certification. The options range in price and hours of instruction, and beyond that into learning in a classroom and teaching real students. Many can be taken totally online, but typically the best and most widely accepted [...]

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Explore English arrives in Europe

July 5, 2016 by in category ELICOS, Learning English, Study English, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , ,

At Explore English, we all enjoy Italian pasta, Spanish Paella and English Fish & Chips… well, maybe not this last one. But what is sure is that Europe, also known as the Old Continent, is one of the most, if not the most, diverse and culturally rich continents in the world.   In some cases [...]

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Why PTE is the lesser known english proficiency test – until now

May 10, 2016 by in category PTE, PTE Pearson tagged as , , , , , ,

Since IELTS (International English Language Test System), or ELTS as it was first known (English Language Testing Service) was set up in 1980, it has grown in popularity, demand and global student usage. The Pearson Test of English, on the other hand, was launched in 2009, for non-native English speakers to improve their standards of [...]

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Most Common Phrasal Verbs

April 26, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , , ,

In English, like bread and butter or tea and biscuits; a sentence using phrasal words really does make the world go around. You may not have noticed that you’re actually using them, most of the time – because a phrasal verb is a combination of a verb + adverb or a verb + preposition, mostly [...]

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World English Language Day

April 20, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , ,

How apt to begin a blog of the language we promote, than to refer to probably the most famous English poet of them all, William Shakespeare; to guide us into thoughts about this day of vernacular celebration. For it was Shakespeare who changed the way modern English has become, with its many ways of expressing [...]

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The use of technology in class at Explore English

April 10, 2016 by in category Learning English, Teaching, Technology tagged as , , , , ,

At Explore English, technology in the Classroom is something we take pride in. Our Classrooms are all affixed with huge wall mounted Widescreen Computers that are loaded with course materials, as well as being able to be used for displaying lessons, web pages and playing audio and video content.   This week, students had fun [...]

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How a General English Class Should Be

April 5, 2016 by in category General English, Learning English, Study English, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , ,

Routine Each student should know what to expect from their text books and the way that the class is managed by the teacher. This way, there should be a comfortable, but professional relationship between learner and educator. If a student knows what they are learning at a steady pace, they can ask for support, where [...]

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The Importance of Learning in an International Environment

March 2, 2016 by in category Learning English, Study English, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , ,

From Early Years pupils starting their first modern multinational class learning environments to mature student refugees who have travelled to different countries for the first time under completely different circumstances – it could be said that a mixed, multicultural backdrop for education is the way forward in so many ways.   While the modern world’s [...]

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ELICOS and University

February 22, 2016 by in category ELICOS, Learning English, Pathways, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , ,

When you take a foreign language, it will always look good on your applications for university or college. As a student in a foreign country, you will often be asked for certain certifications when you are applying for university. If you have taken any English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) you will have [...]

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