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LEARNING GRAMMAR FOR REAL COMMUNICATION

We mostly use a kind of knowledge that is unconscious to speak our first language. We don’t think very much about how to say what we are thinking, we just say it.

When we learn a second language, we often develop a very different kind of knowledge, one that is conscious and requires mental effort. For example, we may know that verbs in the present simple are followed by -s in the third person singular. It is very difficult to use this kind of knowledge while speaking because accessing this knowledge in real time isn’t easy and because we need to pay attention to many other aspects of the conversation. As a result, we can end up having correct knowledge of the language but not being able to use it during fluent communication.

Most experts in this area of second language acquisition today agree that to overcome this difficulty we need large amounts of practice. According to this view, practice at using our conscious knowledge can help us gradually build an unconscious knowledge system which can eventually allow us to speak our second language the way we speak our first language: fluently, spontaneously, and effortlessly.

Practice can include a range of activities, from the more traditional exercises typical of a grammar book through more communicative classroom activities to conversations outside the classroom. All these kinds of practice are beneficial if not necessary, but, importantly, their effectiveness depends on whether or not we are making use of our conscious knowledge. So, if we are trying to learn to use a grammar rule, say adding -s to present simple verbs in the third person singular, we need to try to use this rule correctly during practice. This will require considerable effort at the initial stages, but the effort will gradually decrease as we continue practising.

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

BEGINNING & ENDING AN INFORMAL EMAIL OR LETTER

When you write an email or a letter to a friend or family member, it is usually appropriate to write informally. Here are some informal words and expressions that can help you to begin and end your emails or letters in an informal way.

Formal email / letters start with Dear, but when you’re writing to a friend, you can be much more, well, friendly. You could try these ways of saying hello:

  • Hi, Hiya, Hey, Heeeeellllllllloooooo,

You may want to follow any of the above with your friend’s name, but always use a comma at the end.

Next, move down two lines and start with a capital letter, but what can you write here? Here are some suggestions:

  • This is just a quick email / letter to say…

It was great to hear from you.

Thanks for your email / letter.

Sorry I’ve taken so long to write back.

Of course, you then need to write the main body of your email / letter. When you get to the end, you could try finishing with one of these expressions:

  • Well, that’s all for now.

Give my love to everyone.

Don’t forget to write soon.   

followed by:

  • See you soon,

See ya soon, (ya is a very informal way of writing you)

All the best,

Lots of love,

and your name – don’t forget your own name – that’s very important!

So, the next time you’re writing an email or a letter to a friend, try using some of these expressions to set an informal tone.

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.

FCE exam dates in Reading, Berkshire

FCE Exam success at Eurospeak

Take the FCE exam at Eurospeak Language School in Reading, Berkshire. The next FCE exam will be held on Tuesday the 2nd of December. FCE preparation classes at Eurospeak Language School start from the 1st of September. Learn from our expert tutors who have a proven track record helping students achieve success in their FCE exams.

Limited time FCE Study Offer!!

365 pounds of Savings! 🙂

13 Weeks of FCE Classes (15 hours per week) from 1st September to the 28th of November + FCE course book + FCE Exam (on the 2nd of December) for only £800!

Normal price (£1165):
13 Weeks of Classes (15 hours per week @80 per week) = £1040
FCE Book = £25
FCE Exam Fee: £100

But with this limited time special offer, you pay only £800 and SAVE £365!!

So what are you waiting for! Book your classes now. Call 0118 9589599 or email info@eurospeak.org.uk or visit Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX.