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Description de l’ecole de Southampton

Eurospeak Southampton est une école de langues ayant ouvert ses portes en Octobre 2018. C’est le 2eme site d’Eurospeak au Royaume-Uni après Eurospeak Reading fondé en 1991. Eurospeak Southampton est situé en plein centre-ville, dans un bâtiment historique et rénové de 4 étages. L’école est située à 5 minutes à pied de la gare centrale de Southampton, à 5 minutes à pied du centre de Southampton et se trouve devant le plus grand parc de Southampton, Watts Park.

Les cours :

Le bâtiment dispose d’un ascenseur, d’une salle de repos aménagée où vous pouvez déjeuner ou étudier et d’une cuisine où vous pouvez prendre un café gratuit.Nos salles de classes sont lumineuses et ont une vue direct sur le parc. Elles sont également parfaitement aménagées et équipées de tableaux intelligents.

L’académie offre des cours d’anglais général à tous les niveaux, du niveau de base A1 au niveau avancé C1. Vous pouvez également améliorer vos compétences linguistiques à travers des cours d’expression écrite & orale et des cours privés. Enfin, Nous accompagnons nos élèves dans leur préparation à l’examen IELTS, ou aux examens Cambridge B2 (FCE) ou C1 (CAE). N’hésitez pas à consulter notre article : Cambridge vs IELTS which one choosepour connaître les différences entre ses deux diplômes.

Nous vous offrons la possibilité de choisir le niveau qui vous convient le mieux mais vous pouvez aussi choisir vos horaires de cours : le matin, l’après-midi ou le soir. Vous pouvez choisir de faire des cours particuliers ou optez pour des formules plus intensives combinant les cours du matin, de l’après-midi et du soir.

Les prix :

L’académie vous offre des prix imbattables. En effet, les étudiants de l’Union européenne, bénéficient d’un prix de £6/heure de cours sauf pour les cours privés qui sont de £30/heure. De plus, si vous réservez plus de 10 semaines de cours, vous obtiendrez des réductions allant de 10% à 20% sur le montant total.

L’anglais pour les moins de 18 ans :

En été, nous offrons des cours pour les élèves âgés de 12 à 17 ans (à condition qu’un parent ou un tuteur soit responsable d’eux).

Les classes et nos étudiants :

Nous sommes très flexibles avec nos étudiants. En cas d’absence, l’élève concerné n’a qu’à nous prévenir en avance et il pourra rattraper ses cours à son retour. De plus, vous pouvez commencer le cours n’importe quel lundi et le terminer quand vous pensez avoir atteint le niveau désiré.

Tous nos professeurs sont parfaitement qualifiés et ils vous permettront d’acquérir d’excellentes compétences linguistiques. L’enseignement est de qualité et tout est fait pour permettre à l’étudiante d’atteindre tous ses objectifs.

Il y a 12 étudiants en moyenne par classe, cela permet aux professeurs d’avoir plus de temps à accorder à chacun. Nous avons des étudiants d’âges et de nationalités différents tels que Saoudiens, Français, Brésiliens, Espagnols, Italiens… C’est donc l’occasion idéale pour rencontrer des gens et découvrir de nouvelles cultures. Nous organisons souvent des excursions et des activités pour nos étudiants afin qu’ils puissent mieux se connaître et surtout apprendre en s’amusant.

Tout au long de leur séjour à l’école, nos étudiants bénéficient de conseils personnalisés que ce soit pour leur logement, inscription à l’université… Lorsqu’ils ont des questions ou rencontrent des difficultés, nous sommes toujours là pour les écouter et les aider. Nous vous aidons pour la commande de vos livres (nécessaire pour assister aux cours). Par ailleurs, nous mettons à votre disposition des hébergements en famille d’accueil.

Pour en savoir plus n’hésitez pas à consulter nos derniers articles sur le blog !

Conseils pour les transports publics

Voici quelques conseils pratiques qui peuvent vous faire économiser de l’argent durant votre séjour ! Nous allons parler des différents moyens de transports dont vous disposez à Southampton.

Tout d’abord, Southampton est une ville où vous pouvez facilement vous déplacez à pied.  Google Maps devient rapidement votre meilleur ami !

Pour les longs trajets, il y a le “National Express“, compagnie de bus proposant des prix abordables. C’est un bus ordinaire oùvous trouverez des prises électriques et des ports USB pour recharger votre téléphone portable, ainsi que des toilettes. De plus, l’autocar est équipé d’air conditionné, de sièges XL et vous pouvez vous connecter à son wifi gratuit.

Les prix évoluentgénéralement en fonction de la période àlaquelle vous réservez votre billet. C’est toujours de s’y prendre à l’avance. Par exemple, un aller simple Southampton-Londres coûtera £8.70. De plus, vous pouvez profiter de prix réduits avec le National Express Coach en achetant une carte de réduction. Vous trouverez ici les différentes options d’abonnement qui s’offrent à vous.

Le train en revanche, est plus cher dans la plupart des cas, mais aussi plus rapide. En termes de prix, vous pouvez également faire une bonne affaire avec le train : par exemple, il est souvent moins cher de réserver un aller-retour en même temps. Et même conseil que pour le bus, réservez à l’avance !

Parfois, le train part quelques minutes plus tôt que ce qui est indiqué sur votre billet. Cela signifie que vous devriez être sur le quai assez tôt pour ne pas rater votre train.

Concernant les transports urbains, il existe plusieurs compagnies de bus à Southampton. Pour plus d’information, veuillez suivre ce lien : Southampton City Council Public transport

How to remember new vocabulary

Here are some key factors for improving your overall capacity to remember new terms and expressions!

1.     Interest

In order to improve your ability to recognize and memorize new words and expressions you need to be interested in and passionate about what you are doing. Cultivating an interest in a particular field and constantly reminding yourself why you are doing it provides an incredible boost in your learning process. Emotions enhance memory

2.     Attention

Concentration and attention are key factors in the learning process. In the Internet era, concentration is diminished due to multitasking. So, avoid distractions such as music radio, tv or social media and you will focus on the task at hand.

3.     Comprehension

We only learn what we can understand. Whenever you fully understand a sentence or a concept, you also understand its single parts and the connections among them. If a language learner understands a given sentence, he will remember the words better.

4.     Association

Our brain is a huge network of neurons: So, if we want to make the best of learning processes we should adapt them to the way our brain is structured. One of the most effective tools for doing this is association is linking new information with old information, which is stored in our long-term memory. For example, associate words with the same root: you learn a new word: ‘useful’ so you can associate it to a word that you already knew ‘use’.

5.     Visualization 

One of these ways is through images. Our brain also processes information via colors, forms, etc. If you link a given word with an image, that word will be more likely to be linked with other information already stored in our memory. As a result, we will remember it better.

6.     Consolidation

Take the time to process and store information. One of the best and simplest ways to do this is simply to review what you have learned at regular intervals. Repeating something makes your brain realize that it might need that information and it helps you to fix that information in a much more effective way.

7.     Context

It is important to always learn words in their context which helps your brain to form images, associate the word to other words. Search the new word in contexts, you will also find collocation, so you will use in the correct way.

8.     Multiple contexts

Reading makes us connect the dots. When we read a lot, we enormously raise the possibility of finding the same word in different contexts, which enormously reinforces our capacity to retain it.

9.     Dynamic

Learning a language is a skill that we acquire. A dynamic learning process is preferable to a static “study” of the language. Search online games or create flash cards to learn your new vocabulary.

Hospedarse en Southampton

Coste de vida en Southampton

Si planeas venir a Southampton es importante tener en cuenta el coste de vida en la ciudad, debes asegurarte de que puedes afrontar los gastos. Es importante también tener en cuenta que la libra es una moneda cuya conversión no es la mismo que el euro y hay que tenerlo en cuenta a la hora de pagar porque podemos pensar que estamos pagando menos por un producto cuando en realidad estamos pagando más o igual cuando en realidad

10£ = 11.69€                      10€ = 8.56£

50£ = 58.46€                      50€ = 42.78£

120£ = 140.30€                    120€ = 102.66£

El coste medio es entre 800£ y 1000£, aunque esto dependerá de nuestro estilo de vida.

Tabla de precios estimados

 

Alojamiento

Existen muchos tipos de alojamientos, pero si quieres ahorrar tiempo y dinero te recomendamos que busques alojamiento en un sitio cercano a la escuela.

Alquilar una habitación:

La manera más económica vivir en Southampton es compartiendo casa o piso pagarás por una habitación entre 300£ y 600£, algunas incluirán facturas otras no por lo que se le sumará alrededor de unas 100£. Puedes buscarlo en páginas web como Spareroom para compartir alojamiento con trabajadores o otros estudiantes. En grupos de Facebook como españoles en Southampton podrás encontrar múltiples de anuncio de personas que ofrecen habitación.

Alojarse con una familia:

En Eurospeak te ofrecemos alojamiento con host-families donde podrás vivir en casa de una familia en su mayoría británicas, tendremos en cuenta los gustos de ambas partes para asegurar una agradable convivencia.

Residencia de estudiantes:

El alojamiento en residencia para estudiantes es una excelente manera de conocer a otros estudiantes y aprovechar al máximo el tiempo en Reino Unido. Las estancias de corta duración solo están disponibles en verano, por lo que le recomendamos consultar la disponibilidad antes de venir.

A 1 minuto andando de Eurospeak los precios varían de 150£ a 210£ a la semana.

Con precios desde 145£ a 285£

Comida

Restaurantes:

Southampton ofrece una gran variedad de comida podemos disfrutar de la comida local, o de cualquier otro país encontraremos restaurantes de comida Italiana, China, India… La academia EuroSpeak esta muy próxima a muchos restaurantes, algunos muy baratos y otros muy curiosos al igual que abundan las cadenas de comida rápida. También hay numerosas cafeterías cercanas para disfrutar de un tranquilo café.

Supermercados en Southampton

Si no quieres gastar mucho dinero te recomendamos que hagas la compra y cocines en casa. Te recomendamos a continuación algunos supermercados económicos y otros de comida de más calidad.

En el Reino Unido, existen gran variedad de supermercados donde puedes realizar la compra de tu comida. Como es de suponer, los precios y calidades de los productos varían entre los distintos supermercados. Algo muy curioso es la cantidad de comida para llevar o platos precocinados que encontrarás en ellos

Los supermercados más económicos

  • LIDL, como en España encontramos una gran variedad de alimentos
  • ASDA no solo hay comida, sino que tienen otros productos también
  • Iceland,es un supermercado peculiar, ya que el 90% de la comida que vende es congelada, por lo que la calidad es más baja
  • Aldi

Supermercados normales:

La calidad y variedad de la comida es buena y los precios son aceptables y están dentro de lo normal para la zona.

  • Sainsburys
  • Tesco
  • The Co-operative

Los supermercados más caros:

Estacan por su calidad y variedad en productos frescos, pero obviamente, esto se paga caro.

  • Waitrose
  • Marks & Spence
  • Poundland:Poundland es una mezcla entre un supermercado básico y una tienda de chinos española, en la que no solo podrás encontrar alimentos básicos y envasados sino también un gran surtido de elementos y utensilios para la cocina, oficina y casa en general. Su precio es inmejorable ya que… ¡todos sus productos cuestan solo £1!

Tiendas de barrio:

Existencia de mini-supermercados de barrio, regentados normalmente por indios o pakistaníes, donde en un reducido espacio puedes encontrar un poco de todo. Seguramente tengas uno más cerca de casa que cualquier super pues hay uno en cada calle y te vendrá muy bien para necesidades puntuales.

Tabla de precios estimados

How many words do I need to know to be fluent in a foreign language?


Let’s say that our vocabulary counts are using headwords and word families that are included in our active vocabulary (the vocabulary that you can quickly remember and actively use when writing, speaking and thinking).

So, we are not counting all the different forms of a given word, and we are not counting anything that’s only in our passive vocabulary (the vocabulary that you are passively able to understand when you see it or hear it, but that you cannot use—or that you are unsure of how to use—when writing, speaking and thinking.

When we reduce our perspective like this, we can start making approximations.

  • Functional beginner: 250-500 words: basic, everyday conversations. In most of the world’s languages, 500 words will be more than enough to get you through any tourist situations and everyday introductions.
  • Conversational: 1,000-3,000 words: With around 1,000 words in most languages, you will be able to ask people how they are doing, tell them about your day and talk about everyday life situations like shopping and public transport.
  • Advanced: 4,000-10,000 words: Past the 3,000 word mark in most languages: C2 level. Moving beyond the words that make up everyday conversation and into specialized vocabulary for talking about your professional field, news and current events, opinions and more complex, abstract verbal feats.
  • Fluent: 10,000+ words: Near-native level of vocabulary, words for talking about nearly any topic in detail and understanding the unfamiliar ones from context.
  • Well-educated Native: 10,000-30,000+ words: Total word counts vary widely between world languages, making it difficult to say how many words native speakers know in general. As we discussed above, estimates of how many words are known by the average native English speaker vary from 10,000 to 65,000+.

Symbols of the UK (Part 2)

SCOTLAND

Land of kilt and Highlanders, Scotland is a land of contrasts, which uses symbols that we all know.

Thistle

The Scottish Thistle is the oldest recorded ‘National Flower’ and is probably one of the most well-known, and easily recognized symbols of Scotland. This flower perfectly represents the history of Scotland. Indeed, it has beautiful flower heads, viciously sharp thorns, a stubborn and tenacious grip on the land and the defiant ability to flourish despite efforts to remove it.

 

Unicorn

With Scotland being famed for its love of myths and legends, it is no surprise that a fabled creature such as the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal. Symbol of purity and innocence, the unicorn was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century. This proud beast represents the ideal of the Scots which is to be untameable.

 

 

Lion Rampant of Scotland

Symbol of the kings of Scotland, it occupied the shield of the royal coat of arms of the ancient Kingdom of Scotland. Together with a royal banner displaying the same, it was used by the King of Scots from the 12thcentury until the Union of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland.

 

Kilt

It’s a long piece of fabric (tartan) tied around the waist then fastened in place with a thick, leather belt. Originally, the rest of the cloth was thrown over the shoulder and tucked into the belt at the back, but not anymore. Each tartan is closely identified with a particular Scottish Clan. During the Jacobite wars in the 18th century, the kilt became a symbol of opposition to English domination and was therefore prohibited. It reappeared in the 19th century in Wales and Cornwall where it began to be worn during celebrations. 

 

Symbols of the UK (Part 1)

Since the beginning of humanity, people have sought to express complex notions using symbolic images. Thus, a symbol can be an object, an image, a written word, a sound or even a living being.

Monarchies have often used symbols of strength to demonstrate their own power in the face of their subjects and other monarchs.

ENGLAND

 

Tudor rose

This rose is a very important emblem in England. White represents the York House and red is for the Lancaster House. During the 15th century, the two houses clashed to conquer the crown of England. This was called the “War of the Two Roses”, which ended in 1485.

 

Lion

It traditionally symbolizes courage, nobility, royalty, strength because it has always been perceived as the king of animals. Thus, England chose the lion as a symbol of the monarchy and then of the British Empire as it imposed its force on the world.

 

 

Bulldog

The English bulldog possess a strong body and a powerful jaw. His tenacity and his willingness to fight stronger animals are what made him very popular with cartoonists from the late eighteenth century to the point that they began to accompany the figure of Britannia with a lion and a bulldog.

 

Britannia

This female personification of Great Britain has been a popular figure since the 1st century, when she was first depicted as a goddess.She is seen as a symbol of British unity, liberty and strength. Indeed, she often resurfaces during particularly challenging times. Like Columbia in the US and Marianne in France, Britannia becomes more prominent in times of war or when national pride is booming.

 

Improving your pronunciation

Having clear pronunciation is an incredibly important factor in communicating with others successfully, but getting it wrong it can make a situation awkward or embarrassing, and stops us from wanting to practise. Read our tips below to help you practice pronunciation from the comfort of your own home and build up your confidence.

Use a mirror and the BBC Pronunciation Videos

Pronunciation is a very physical activity, and it’s important to pay attention to the shape of your mouth in order to create the right sounds. Use a clear video, like those on the BBC Learning English website, and a mirror to help you make some of the more challenging sounds. ↓

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/pronunciation

Record yourself

Although it might feel a little strange at first, recording yourself is one of the best ways to really understand what you need to improve about your pronunciation. Try repeating a phrase from a film or TV series and then listen back and compare with how the actor sounds. You could even record yourself using video to help you analyse your mouth shapes too.

Talk to Siri

Many of us have a digital assistant, perhaps Siri, Alexa or Google, which can tell us all sorts of information in seconds. But did you know that these clever systems can also help you with your pronunciation? Make sure that you have the language setting to English, and try to have a conversation. You could write down some phrases with sounds that you find particularly challenging and then check that your digital assistant can understand you when you say them.

Sing

Singing is not just good for your mood, but good for you language too. Watch a music video which has the song lyrics included. Listen a couple of times to get familiar with it, then try to sing along in a similar style to the original artist. Pause and repeat as many times as you need to.

Cambridge vs IELTS – Which one to choose?

Some of the most common questions we are asked by students are ‘What is the difference between Cambridge exams and IELTS?’ or ‘Which exam should I take?’ They’re the 2 biggest exams in the UK, so have a look at our handy table below to decide which one is best for you.

  Cambridge IELTS
Types of exam Different exams for different levels – KET (A2), PET (B1), FCE (B2), CAE (C1) and CPE (C2) The same exam for all levels, but you choose the Academic English or the General English exam
Grading Pass A-C grade, or fail, although a ‘high’ fail gets a certificate from the level below You receive a band score between 1-9
Papers 4 papers – Speaking, Listening, Writing, Reading and Use of English (this is focused on grammar and vocabulary). 4 papers – Speaking, Listening, Writing, and Reading
Certificate You have a certificate which is valid forever Your certificate is normally only accepted at institutions for 2 years after you take the exam
Purpose To prove a general level of English; accepted by some university courses To go to university in the UK; for some types of visa; to work in the NHS

If you’re not sure, think about why you’re taking an exam – is it to show your general level, or to take a course? To get a job or to get a visa? Check on the website of the specific organisation to find out what they need – often they will accept either type of exam.

At Eurospeak we have extensive experience with both types of exam, so why not come in and have a chat with one of our friendly staff and let us help you find the exam and course which is best for you!

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HOW TO MAKE NEW WORDS

Every time we create or discover something new, we need to name it. This means that we are always adding new words to our language, and it can happen in a few different ways:

  1. Adding two or more words together. For example, if we want to talk about a piece of paper that gives us news, we can call it a newspaper.
  2. Mixing words together. How do you describe a meal that happens between breakfast and lunch? Brunch, of course!
  3. ‘Borrowing’ words from other languages. We get the word ‘robot’ from Czech, ‘shampoo’ from Hindi, and ‘yogurt’ from Turkish!
  4. Using brand names. We ‘google’ information on the internet, we ‘hoover’ our houses and, if we’re lucky, we might use a ‘jacuzzi’ at the swimming pool!

Can you think of any more examples? Do you know how new words are created in your language? Tell us in the comments!

 

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