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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

Top Tips For The B2 First Writing Exam!

Writing can be scary – especially when you have to do it in a second language and in an exam!

Use these top tips to help you succeed:

Time Management:

You have 1 hour 20 minutes for the Writing exam and each of the two parts is worth the same number of marks. Therefore, you should spend 40 minutes on each part. If you spend too much time on one part, you will not have enough time for the other part and your marks will suffer.

How many questions do I answer?

The short answer is two questions. There are two parts in the B2 First Writing exam. In Part 1, there is only one question, so you must answer this. In Part 2, there are three questions, but you only answer one of them. You choose which question you want to answer in Part 2.

What do I write about?

The questions include points that you must include in your answer. You need to be able to identity the points that the questions ask you to write about and then make sure that you write about them in your answer. If you do not include all the points, you will lose marks.

Style & Register:

It is important that you write in an appropriate style. Part one always asks you to write an essay; in Part 2, you might write a letter / email, review, article or report. The way you write a report is different to the way you write a letter, so if you are writing a report make sure it is in the style of a report, not in the style of a letter!

Register is also important. The questions will tell you who you are writing for. Use this information to help you decide if you need to write formally, semi-formally or informally.

Coherence & Cohesion:

To make your writing coherent, you need to write something that makes sense; to make your writing cohesive, you need to link your writing together – using linking words and expressions will help you to do this.

Grammar & Vocabulary:

The examiners are not looking for perfection! They know that you are learning English and that your language will develop over time. Therefore, it is better to use more complex grammar and vocabulary and make some mistakes rather than to use simpler language perfectly.

Put these top tips into practice in your B2 First Writing exam and you will be on the road to success! Good luck with your exam!

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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.

Cambridge FCE Preparation Weekend Course

Cambridge First (FCE) Exam Preparation Weekend Course

The Cambridge First (FCE) exam consolidates the upper-intermediate (CEFR: B2) level and shows a competent level of understanding and communication in both spoken and written English. The class will focus on all aspects of the exam preparation using an official Cambridge University exam preparation book and supplementary materials. This highly recognised qualification is used to improve employment opportunities for professionals whose first language is not English. The level is equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0.

Click here to register your interest!

Days: Every Saturday
Time: 10:00am – 14:30pm (30 minute break from 12:00 – 12:30pm)
Length: 10 weeks
Cost: £390 (includes all course material)

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How to Register

1. Complete our Online English Level Test – this will test your current level of English.

2. You will receive an email with your test results and level of English.

3. Send a copy/photo of your Passport or National ID to: info@eurospeak.org.uk.

4. Make the payment – you can pay online here, or by bank transfer (Eurospeak Language School, Account Number: 04294181, Sort Code: 403804). Please be sure that you put your name as a reference.

5. Once you have made the payment you will receive an email as your receipt.

6. Once you have completed the steps above, you will receive an email from us with the Student Handbook attached.

For more information, contact us on: 01189 589599 or info@eurospeak.org.uk

Business English Weekend Course

Business English Weekend Course

The Business English weekend course are designed to help you manage any situation in which you need English for work. There will be a different theme each week, and the topics chosen will be based on student preference. The suggested topics are CVs, job interviews, business meetings, networking, negotiations and recruitment, amongst others. We will follow a professional business English syllabus taken from the Cambridge BEC & BULATS syllabi and will be supplemented with additional materials.

Click here to register your interest now!

Days: Every Saturday
Time: 10:00am – 14:30pm (30 minute break from 12:00 – 12:30pm)
Length: 10 weeks
Cost: £390 (includes all course material)

How to Register

1. Complete our Online English Level Test – this will test your current level of English.

2. You will receive an email with your test results and level of English.

3. Send a copy/photo of your Passport or National ID to: info@eurospeak.org.uk.

4. Make the payment – you can pay online here, or by bank transfer (Eurospeak Language School, Account Number: 04294181, Sort Code: 403804). Please be sure that you put your name as a reference.

5. Once you have made the payment you will receive an email as your receipt.

6. Once you have completed the steps above, you will receive an email from us with the Student Handbook attached.

For more information, please contact us on: 01189 589599 or info@eurospeak.org.uk

Weekend English Courses at Eurospeak

Do you work all week and not have time to improve your English? Would you like to gain a formal Cambridge English qualification to improve your job? Want to study English on Saturday?

Interested in weekend English classes?

Eurospeak is excited to offer new weekend courses!

Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00am – 14:30pm
Break: 12:00 – 12:30pm
Start Date: 6th February 2016
Duration: 10 weeks

Available Courses:

  1. Business English Course
  2. FCE Preparation Course
  3. CAE Preparation Course
  4. IELTS Preparation Course

Price: £390 (including all course material)

5. Trinity College B1 ESOL Test for Citizenship and ILR Preparation Course – £50

Please click here to register your interest:

http://tinyurl.com/eurospeak-weekend-classes

Or, for more information, please contact us on: info@eurospeak.org.uk; 01189589599

Things to do in Reading this Bank Holiday Weekend

The August Bank Holiday weekend is nearly here, and you might be thinking what you’d like to do instead of studying!

1. Reading Festival

Reading Festival is the classic August Bank Holiday weekend fun! The festival this year kicks off with Mumford & Sons today, Metallica tomorrow and The Libertines on Sunday. It also features such well known artists as Lethal Bizzle, Ms. Dynamite, Bastille, Royal Blood, Alexisonfire, Kendrick Lamar and Jamie T.

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It can be expensive for tickets, but if you are a student with Eurospeak and live locally, it is much cheaper to buy day tickets for around £75 per day.

2. Storm Trooper Display

There will be a Storm Trooper display from the Hollywood Special Effects Crew, set up in Broad Street Mall on Saturda 29th August 2015. This is a once in a lifetime experience to be able to see, pose with and marvel at the genuine Stormtrooper costumes from the 1970’s hit movies.

3. Tilehurst Festival

If you are feeling a bit fed up of the thousands of students and old timers at Reading Festival, you could always check out Tilehurst Festival. In contrast to Reading Festival, it is free entry, very family friendly and features local bands, food and entertainment, in a very relaxed atmosphere.

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4. Newbury Ladies’ Day

Feeling flush? Head over to Newbury, 15 minutes on the train, and flout your swag at Ladies’ Day. The annual race dedicated to women and girls alike, is available for viewing from around £10 and is sure to show you a true British institution! Be sure to wear a fancy hat!

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5. Netflix and Chill

If you feel a bit like everything is too much for you this weekend, there is nothing quite like relaxing at home with family and friends, and watching a good movie on Netflix. But don’t forget to study!

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Student Accommodation Options in Reading

Student Accommodation options in Reading

If you are coming to study with us at Eurospeak Language School, and are looking for accommodation in Reading, you can choose from a number of student residences or we can arrange a host family for you. You can also find your own shared house or flat to rent privately.

Student Residence

Fawley Bridge Student Accommodation, 191 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 4EX

Fawley Bridge Residence is not a new residence but has a great location. It’s only 10 – 15min walking from Reading city centre and train station so you don’t have to use any transport. All rooms have a private bathroom and a kitchen shared with 7 other students. There is also a lounge and laundry (washing & drying facilities). All bills and Wi-Fi is included in the price, and you have the freedom to cook or yourself or eat out whenever you feel!

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All the information and prices for Fawley Bridge can be found here: http://www.fawleybridgestudents.com/

Unite Student Residence, Kendrick Hall, 4 Crown Place, Reading, RG1 5AE

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This is a brand new student residence with a great location. It’s only 15 minutes’ walk from the Reading city centre, train station and Oracle shopping centre.

All the information and prices for Kendrick Hall Student Residence can be found here: http://www.unite-students.com/reading

Student residences are available only in summer, so please check availability of rooms before you come.

Studio Flats

Fresh Student Living, 6 Greyfriars road, Reading, RG1 1NP

These flats are absolutely brand new and opened to students in 2014. The apartments are located in the centre of Reading so you can easily walk to the school, city centre and the train station. These are self-contained studio apartments with private bathroom, kitchen and living area. There is also a communal living/lounge area on the ground floor. If you prefer a completely private and luxury apartment for yourself and friend or family, this is the option for you.

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All the information and prices about Fresh Student Living accommodation can be found here: http://freshstudentliving.co.uk/location/reading/central-studios-reading/

You can also search for privately rented flats and apartments on the following websites:

www.spareroom.co.uk

www.gumtree.co.uk