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Academic or General IELTS?

Academic and General IELTS – What’s the difference?

There are two versions of the IELTS exam: Academic and General. Here’s a quick guide to the differences (and similarities) between them.

Both versions of the IELTS exam have four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same in both versions, but the Reading and Writing sections are different.

For both versions, in the Listening section, you listen to a total of four monologues and conversations, and answer a variety of different questions on them. You only listen once and the test is approximately thirty minutes.

For both versions, in the Speaking section, you answer questions on familiar topics, speak continuously for one to two minutes on a topic, and answer questions on more abstract topics. You do the speaking exam individually with one examiner. It’s eleven to fourteen minutes long.

For Academic Reading, you read three longer texts and answer a variety of questions about them. The texts are more academic in nature. You have one hour to complete the test.

For General Reading, you also read three texts and answer a variety of questions on them, but these texts are more related to work and general interests. This test is also thirty minutes.

For Academic Writing, you write two pieces of writing. The first is a summary of information. You might be asked to summarise information from a chart or graph, a table, or a diagram showing a process, objects or maps or plans. The second piece of writing is an essay. You have one hour in total for both Writing tasks.

For General Writing, you also write two pieces of writing. The first task is a letter and the second task is an essay. The length of the exam is also one hour in total for both Writing tasks.

Now you know a little more about the difference and similarities between Academic and General IELTS.

At Eurospeak Language School we offer our IELTS exam students real IELTS practice material and for homework and in class.

We also have additional resources, practice IELTS exams and sample IELTS material for you to use in your own time, at home, or to study in the students’ area.

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Reading or Eurospeak Southampton, please contact us on:

Eurospeak Southampton
10 Cumberland Place
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2BH
+44 (0) 2380 636494
hello@eurospeak.org.uk
www.eurospeak.org.uk

Eurospeak Reading
29a Chain Street
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 2HX
+44 (0) 1189 589599
info@eurospeak.org.uk
www.eurospeak.org.uk

 

Effective Reading Techniques

We all know that reading in a second language can be tricky. Why is this and what can you do about it so that you can become an effective reader?

Let’s first consider obstacles to effective reading. Are you reading something you enjoy? If you wouldn’t read it in your first language, then you certainly won’t want to read it in your second language! So choose something that you actually want to read to motivate yourself to do it more.

Another obstacle is feeling that you need to understand every single word. Well, you do NOT need to understand every word to read effectively. Effective reading is possibly as long as you can understand the important words in a text.

So, how can you be an effective reader? The answer to this depends on why you are reading. You might be reading just to get the gist of a text, in other words, to understand in general what the text is about. If you are reading for this reason, try skimming, which involves reading a text quickly to understand its main ideas, but not to grasp all the details. If you are reading for details, then you should try scanning. When you scan, you take a closer look at the text to find out more information about particular points of interest.

Another key to effective reading is the ability to read at a good speed. If you think you’re reading too slowly, give yourself a time limit when you read – and stick to it! If you don’t finish within your time limit the first time, don’t give up – with practice, you will improve!

It’s also a good idea to practice reading using shorter texts. Taking on a very long text can be daunting, and you might find that you give up reading it. So, read something shorter and more manageable – you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something when you’ve finished it, which will make you feel good and encourage you to read more.

Finally, to be an effective reader you, of course, need to understand what you read. A great way to check your understanding of what you’ve read is to write a summary of it after you’ve read it. If you can do this, then you have understood; if some parts are difficult to write, you can go back to your reading text again for clarification.

So, find something that you want to read, implement these ideas and you’ll be on the road to becoming an effective reader.

At Eurospeak we offer our Cambridge exam students real Cambridge reading material and authentic exam practice material for homework and in class.

We also have a class library scheme for General English classes, so that you can choose the book of your choice, at the correct CEFR Level, and return it once you have finished!

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Reading or Eurospeak Southampton, please contact us on:

Eurospeak Southampton
10 Cumberland Place
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2BH
+44 (0) 2380 636494
hello@eurospeak.org.uk
www.eurospeak.org.uk

Eurospeak Reading
29a Chain Street
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 2HX
+44 (0) 1189 589599
info@eurospeak.org.uk
www.eurospeak.org.uk

The Benefits of Language Learning

THE BENEFITS OF LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Ever wanted to learn another language but found there was always something stopping you? Well, here are six great reasons to just get on with it!

Career Prospects:

More and more these days employers are looking for people who can speak more than one language. Learning another language can boost your chances of being offered your dream job, but that’s not the only benefit – think of all the exciting foreign travel you might experience through your work!

Cognitive Development:

Learning another language improves your cognition in a number of ways: better memory, increased attention span and reduced risk of mental decline as you grow older. Different words and expressions in your new language can also help you to see the world in different ways.

Other Cultures:

When you learn another language, you also learn about the countries and cultures where people speak that language. This is beneficial in itself, but it also helps to broaden your mind and makes your more open to new people and experiences.

Don’t Get Lost in Translation:

Ever watched something translated into your language and thought, I just don’t get the joke? That’s because so much is lost in translation. If you learn another language, you can watch TV and films, and read books in their original language and experience them in the way they were meant to be experienced, in other words, you will get the joke!

Your Own Language:

Learning another language helps to improve your knowledge of your own language. By learning about the grammar of another language, you will become more familiar with how your own language is structured.

Even More Languages:

Once you’ve learnt one second language, the good news is that it is then so much easier to learn additional languages. You will learn your third, fourth and even fifth language a lot more quickly than your second language because of the cognitive effects learning a language has on your brain and also because you will have developed study skills that you can apply more rapidly to additional language learning.

So, no more excuses! Start learning another language today!

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Reading or Eurospeak Southampton, please contact us on:

Eurospeak Southampton
10 Cumberland Place
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 2BH
+44 (0) 2380 636494
hello@eurospeak.org.uk
www.eurospeak.org.uk

Eurospeak Reading
29a Chain Street
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 2HX
+44 (0) 1189 589599
info@eurospeak.org.uk
www.eurospeak.org.uk

 

Cambridge Exam Dates April 2017

At Eurospeak we are happy to present our Cambridge Exam Dates for April 2017!

 

FCE (Cambridge First Certificate in English)

Date: Saturday 8th April 2017
Price: £125
Final Registration: 10th February 2017
Late Entry Fee: £25
Speaking Exam: TBC (31st March – 9th April 2017)

CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)

Date: Saturday 1st April 2017
Price: £130
Final Registration: 10th February 2017
Late Entry Fee: £25
Speaking Exam: TBC (24th March – 2nd April 2017)

Please ask at reception to register.

Please remember we need a copy of an official photo ID, which you must also bring with you on the day of the exam.

We also need the payment, a completed registration form and your speaking partner (if you already have one).

We are a closed centre, so you must study with us if you wish to take the exam. For more information about our Cambridge Preparation classes, please see our courses on our website.

We also have fantastic membership options for intensive preparation courses.

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Hello! My name is Kai, I am 23 years old, I am from Switzerland and I’m studying at Eurospeak in upper-intermediate level and I feel satisfied with the results. My conversation has improved a lot since the day that I arrived. Study in Eurospeak I think is one of the best things because you can get to know a lot of people.

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My name is Miriam, I am from Mexico, I am 28 years old and I am living in Reading, I have studied Graphic Designer, and the best option for my job is learn English. Classes are fun and productive because the students are friendly and my teacher is amazing, we are a multicultural student community and great learning atmosphere.

 

 

Cambridge Advanced (C1) Preparation Classes

At Eurospeak our Morning CAE (C1) Preparation classes  will be continuing from Wednesday 9th September 2015.

These classes run Wednesday, Thursday & Friday; 9:30am – 12:45pm.

Each class costs £18, and we have a minimum booking of 5 classes (£90).

For 5 weeks (15 classes) the total cost of the classes would be £270. For 10 weeks (30 classes) the total cost of the classes would be £540.

We require payment in advance. If you book the classes 5 at a time, you will only be charged for each class when you attend.

We also offer a 10 week membership option (30 classes) which costs £450. This is a 27% saving on the regular price.

With the membership option, if you do not attend a class, you will still be charged for the class and the classes paid for will be finished after the 10 week period once you have started.

The only other cost would be the book, which is mandatory to buy, and can be bought for around £25 from Amazon. Once you start the classes, you should ask your teacher which book the class is using, and you can either buy it yourself, or ask at reception for us to order it for you.

Advanced Evening classes are back!

From Tuesday 8th September 2015, Advanced Evening classes will run every Tuesday & Thursday from 18:30pm – 20:30pm.

Each class costs £12, and we have a minimum booking of 5 classes (£60).

For 5 weeks (10 classes) the total cost of the classes would be £120. For 10 weeks (20 classes) the total cost of the classes would be £240.

We require payment in advance. If you book the classes 5 at a time, you will only be charged for each class when you attend.

We also offer a 10 week membership option (20 classes) which costs £180. This is a 25% saving on the regular price.

We also offer a 20 week membership option (40 classes) which costs £320. This is a 33% saving on the regular price.

We also offer a 40 week membership option (80 classes) which costs £480. This is a 50% saving on the regular price.

For more information, please email us on info@eurospeak.org.uk or call us on 01189589599.

Autumn term timetable

We have General English morning classes from Monday – Friday at 9.30am – 12.45am.

We also run Conversation classes from 2pm – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

General English evening classes from Monday – Thursday at 6:30pm – 8:30pm (depending on the level).

Course timetable

Autumn Timetable
Autumn Timetable

Autumn term

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We offer General English Classes in the morning 9:30 – 12:45h

Conversation classes 14:00 – 16:00h

General English evening classes 18:30 – 20:30h

Morning General English classes 9.30 – 12.45h 
Elementary (Everyday)
Pre-Intermediate (Everyday)
Intermediate (Everyday)
FCE Preparation (Everyday)
CAE Preparation (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
IELTS (Monday and Tuesday)

Afternoon classes 14:00 – 16:00h
Pronunciation (Tuesday)
Conversation ( Monday and Wednesday)
Writing (Thursday)
Job skills (Friday)

Evening General English classes: 18:30- 20:30h
Elementary (Monday and Wednesday)
Pre- Intermediate (Tuesday and Thursday)
Intermediate (Monday and Wednesday)
Upper- intermediate (Tuesday and Thursday)

Autumn term dates:

Starts: 7th September 2015

Finishes: 18th December 2015