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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

 

HELLO SOUTHAMPTON!

We are proud to announce the opening of Eurospeak Language Schools in Southampton!

Eurospeak Southampton opened on the 22nd October 2018 and is Eurospeak’s second location in the UK.

Eurospeak Southampton is beautiful, historic building with 4 floors, which is a 5 minute walk from Southampton Central train station, 5 minutes’ walk from Southampton city centre and also opposite the biggest park in Southampton, Watts Park.

We’d love for you to come and have a look at our wonderful building and classrooms, on 10 Cumberland Place, SO15 2BH, Southampton.

Eurospeak Southampton runs General English courses, Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses and IELTS exam preparation courses and does not compromise on the quality of classes or teachers.

We pay attention to your English language learning needs, with morning classes, which are an equal mix of speaking, listening, reading and writing. With private classes also available if you feel the need of extra attention. This would allow you to improve your overall ability and understanding of the language structure, vocabulary and application.

As a student of Eurospeak, you would also have a personalised assessment with your class teacher (an Individual Learning Plan), to identify your personal learning goals, and which aspects of English you need to improve to meet your goals. This would include personalised feedback and additional study material to practice in your free time.

You would also have access to our Virtual Classroom. This is a huge benefit to students who want to study more at home. The Virtual Classroom is accessible from any computer (with an internet connection), any place, at any time. The VC has a study and activity library of practice tests, additional exercises and additional study material for students to use, free of cost.

  • We have a friendly multicultural student community
  • Town centre location: 5 minute walk from West Quay shopping centre, 5 minute walk from Southampton Central train station
  • We have the most modern interactive SMART flat panels in all of our classrooms
  • We use interactive learning software in all of our classes
  • Comprehensive social programme for students to engage with each other, meet new friends and practice English socially, not just in the classroom

If you’re interested or have any questions friendly and attentive team will be very happy to help!

Make sure you come in for a visit! Classes start on Wednesday 2nd January 2019!

 

Testimonials 3.

IMG_20160331_125206My name is Elf, I am from Thailand and I am very happy in Eurospeak because we use the newest teaching materials and the most modern interactive white boards, and the people is very nice, also Reading have a excellent transport links of the UK and I can travel around the country. And now I know a lot of places.

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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.

 

 

Christmas Holiday Opening Hours

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

christmas tree

If you have any queries over Christmas, you can find our opening hours bellow:

Monday 21st December – 9:00am – 18:00pm
Tuesday 22nd December – 9:00am – 18:00pm
Wednesday 23rd December – 9:00am – 18:00pm
Thursday 24th December – 9:00am – 18:00pm
Friday 25th December – Closed.
Saturday 26th December – Closed.
Sunday 27th December – Closed.
Monday 28th December – 9:00am – 18:00pm
Tuesday 29th December – 9:00am – 18:00pm
Wednesday 30th December – 9:00am- 18:00pm
Thursday 31st December – 9:00am – 18:00pm
Friday 1st January – Closed.
Saturday 2nd January – Closed.
Sunday 3rd January – Closed.
Monday 4th January – 8:30am – 20:30pm – classes
Resume as per normal schedule.

We look forward to seeing you next term!!

Halloween Party!

Good news everyone!

Halloween party was a success!  and there is still  a chance to win £40!  Share your favorite picture on our Facebook page with your friends, the picture with the most “LIKES” will win £40!

Competition will finish on Friday 6th November 2015 at 18:00. The winner will be informed by email on Monday 9th November 2015.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

And here are some of the…Halloween costumes from Friday!
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Student Testimonials: Levent

IMG_20151008_124409366“I can definitely recommend this school. I’ve made very good progress in English since I am here and I’ve also found a lot of friends from different countries. School often organize some events so we can know each other better and have fun together, not only study hard. 😉 All staff in Eurospeak is also very friendly and helpful.  I am really happy in Eurospeak family!” 🙂