7 Tips to succeed in the Cambridge B2 First speaking exam

This week’s blog has been written by Elsa O’Brien, a Spain-based teacher who teaches young learners and adults at the British Council Madrid and at the University of Comillas. Looking for useful tips on how to get a good result in the Cambridge B2 First speaking exam? Well, look no further. Instead of poring throughContinue reading “7 Tips to succeed in the Cambridge B2 First speaking exam”

Top 10 tips for staying motivated when studying English

This week’s guest blog has been written by Kevin O’Donovan. Kevin has many years teaching experience having taught EAP at The University of Manchester and other universities in the UK and EFL in schools in Spain. Studying English or any language can be difficult. Yet, it is important to know, that with the correct approachContinue reading “Top 10 tips for staying motivated when studying English”

5 Tips to improve your academic IELTS listening score

1. Familiarise yourself with the listening test Sounds obvious but nothing should be a surprise. This is basic exam technique. The key points to be aware of in the IELTS the listening exam are: Timing: Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time). Questions: There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used,Continue reading “5 Tips to improve your academic IELTS listening score”

Fancy teaching English in a foreign country?

This week’s blog is brought to you by guest blogger Heather Collier, EFL teacher and qualified yoga instructor zenyourenglish Heather has taught in many different contexts: the UK, China, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Mexico. Have you ever wondered what it might be like to travel the world and work at the same time? I didContinue reading “Fancy teaching English in a foreign country?”

Inspirational women from Manchester’s past

International Women’s Day 2021 To mark International Women’s Day, 8th of March 2021 this week’s blog will highlight some of the inspirational women in history that hail from the Manchester area, have studied at the University of Manchester or have connections to Manchester. You may be surprised to learn that some of the amazing womenContinue reading “Inspirational women from Manchester’s past”

The benefits of extensive reading in EFL

As it is World Book Day on Thursday 4th March, this week’s blog will look at extensive reading (ER) in the context of the EFL classroom. Firstly, let’s consider what extensive reading is. Well, put very simply it is reading for enjoyment. Compare this with the intensive reading that is often done in class, whereContinue reading “The benefits of extensive reading in EFL”

Top 10 films set in Manchester

If you are thinking about coming to Manchester or Salford to study English and then a university degree, then you should familiarise yourself with the culture of the area. A great way of improving your English is by watching films, or if you are a lower level you could watch film clips. There are aContinue reading “Top 10 films set in Manchester”

What can language schools do to become greener?

When looking for a prospective language school students are quite rightly advised to choose one that has been accredited by the British Council and English UK. Why? Well, because this is the hallmark of quality covering the areas of management, resources and environment, teaching, welfare and (where applicable) care of under 18s. A lesser knownContinue reading “What can language schools do to become greener?”

Top tips to improve your IELTS speaking score

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an exam that measures the English language proficiency of candidates who wish to study or work in countries or organisations where English is used as the means of communication. It tests the four language skills, listening, reading, writing and speaking. Please see my previous blogs about writingContinue reading “Top tips to improve your IELTS speaking score”

10 top tips to improve your English vocabulary for IELTS

Here at Manc English we want you to improve all areas of English. How can you improve your vocabulary? Firstly, let’s consider the lexical approach. What is the lexical approach to language teaching and learning? Firstly, let’s look at the word lexis which according to the Oxford Learners’ Dictionary is a noun which means “allContinue reading “10 top tips to improve your English vocabulary for IELTS”