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”

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”

Top 10 tips for studying online

Studying online, once the exception has now become the rule for the vast majority of students. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live our daily lives, not least how we study. Distance learning used to be an option for studying, the Open University has been around for decades, and was another option forContinue reading “Top 10 tips for studying online”

Why is student teacher rapport important?

Why is student teacher rapport important? At Manc English we think that if we are in a relaxed, supportive environment, we learn better. Therefore we are not afraid of experimenting or making mistakes. The rapport between the student and the teacher is very important, as is the rapport between the learners. If both of theseContinue reading “Why is student teacher rapport important?”

Questions international students might ask before moving to Manchester to study

What kind of clothes should I bring? Good question. You can have four seasons in one day in Manchester. English weather is very changeable so it’s a good idea to wear layers as one minute you are cold but then when you go indoors you can get too hot when the heating is on. InContinue reading “Questions international students might ask before moving to Manchester to study”