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Is it really just a formality?
Contributed by Barbara (Canberra ESL Team)   Knowing how and when to use formal and informal English language is a big part of communicating well in any language. Many languages have special pronouns or grammatical cases to signal formal language, such as the German formal pronoun ‘Sie’ and the French pronoun ‘vous’. Some languages have… Continue reading Is it really just a formality?
An English Learner’s Guide and Action Plan for IELTS
English is one of the most spoken languages in the world, with around 370 million English speakers and at least 978 million people who consider it their second language. Due to the sheer number of speakers, English has become the default language for business, travel, and international communication. Whether it’s enrolling in a language school… Continue reading An English Learner’s Guide and Action Plan for IELTS
7 Reading Tips to Improve Your Reading Skills
Studies have shown that reading daily can help improve your memory and enhance your thinking skills. More than that, these short, daily reading sessions are the best tools you have inboosting many other skills. For example, you will learn to better comprehend and explain what you read, which will in turn help you to develop more… Continue reading 7 Reading Tips to Improve Your Reading Skills
Have You Ever Wondered What English Sounds Like to Foreigners?
English is a universal language that connects people from all over the world.  English is also amazing given its vast vocabulary, with nearly a quarter of a million words. It’s a global language with many different accents. So, does accent affect the sound of the English language? With so many people eager to learn English,… Continue reading Have You Ever Wondered What English Sounds Like to Foreigners?
The Personal and Professional Advantages of Speaking English Fluently
In an ethnically and culturally diverse country like Australia, it’s common to hear languages such as Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Italian, in otherwise English-dominant communities.There are also efforts to preserving Indigenous languages such as Djambarrpuyngu, Pitjantjatjara and Warlpiri. Kriol, Yumplya Tok and Aboriginal English are spoken across the continent, too. But of the… Continue reading The Personal and Professional Advantages of Speaking English Fluently
6 Practical Ways You Can Improve Your Communication Skills
Your communication skills greatly influence your job performance, more so if you’re a non-English native speaker working with people who are fluent in English. It’s not enough to learn how to speak and write in the language, you have to make sure you can express yourself and accurately convey your thoughts. You also need to… Continue reading 6 Practical Ways You Can Improve Your Communication Skills
5 Must-Do’s When Preparing for a Language Exam
Contributed by Barbara (Canberra ESL Team) Okay, you’ve decided to take an English language test, now what? Here are 5 must-do’s to help you prepare.   Research the exam beforehand Find out as much as you can about how the exam is administered, how long it is, what topics does it cover, and what the… Continue reading 5 Must-Do’s When Preparing for a Language Exam
6 Reasons You should Hire a Private English Tutor
These days, mobile apps, websites and videos are specifically produced to help beginners and advanced learners master English grammar and expand their vocabulary. In fact, with the numerous resources available online, people would be more than capable of learning English on their own. That doesn’t mean working with a teacher or tutor has lost all… Continue reading 6 Reasons You should Hire a Private English Tutor
7 Golden Rules for Business Writing
Contributed by Barbara (Canberra ESL Team) Struggling to write at your job is not an uncommon experience. Even some native speakers find it difficult to adapt their hard-won essay writing skills to the workplace. This isn’t surprising – business writing is a very different style from anything you have likely used before. In school, at… Continue reading 7 Golden Rules for Business Writing
Meet the Tutor:  Ashley
Ashley started with ESL Tutoring Services in April 2015 in Melbourne. She worked for 18 months with a variety of clients. Her clients ranged from corporates needing to expand their knowledge of the language for professional development to private clients new to the country and wanting to learn English and more about their new home.… Continue reading Meet the Tutor:  Ashley
Everything You Need to Know About Sitting the IELTS Exam…
Contributed by Barbara (Canberra ESL Team) The International English Language Test (IELTS) is one of the most widely recognised English language proficiency tests available. Both Australia and New Zealand accept IELTS results when applying for visas, jobs, and academic programs, making this exam ideal, and oftentimes essential, for those looking to travel here for work… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Sitting the IELTS Exam…
How to Improve Your English Writing Skills: A Full Guide
Most of the common English writing mistakes committed by non-native speakers involve inconsistency – from tenses and points of view to spelling styles (mistakes/irregularities). These kinds of errors don’t only confuse readers, but they can also diminish one’s credibility as a writer. Some of the other usual writing mistakes made by people with English as… Continue reading How to Improve Your English Writing Skills: A Full Guide

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