A New Mayor for London

On 5th May 2016 the residents of London voted for a new mayor /meə/. The Mayor of London is a politician who is responsible for governing greater London. The Mayor is responsible for various policies and strategies related to issues that are very important to Londoners (people who are from London). These include housing, London … Read more

Understanding Native English Speakers!

If you’ve done an English course in the past but you’re still having trouble understanding native English speakers, it might be because you haven’t spent enough time studying pronunciation. Now I know what you’re thinking: “How on Earth can studying pronunciation help me with my listening skills?!”, well, the fact is that if you don’t … Read more

Weekly Grammar Question: Habits – past, present and annoying!

Habits, we all have them, both good and bad. Present habits are one of the first things you learn to express in English but there’s so much more to it than just the present simple. Take a look at some of the different examples and the explanations below. LET’S START WITH THE EASY STUFF. I … Read more

Weekly Grammar Question: Will, Going to or Present Continuous?

So, I’m going to tell you a story, a story that will hopefully clear up the difference between will, going to and present continuous:   My ex-girlfriend came home one night with a beautiful new painting that she’d bought at the market. “David,” she said. “I’d like you to hang this painting please.” “Of course,” … Read more

Tips for learning English: English-English dictionaries by Ayan Ali

  Translators can give you help with vocabulary quickly, but English-English dictionaries have a lot of information including: pronunciation – a speaker button so you can hear the word or phonemic script grammar (e.g. uncountable nouns) example sentences to help you understand the word in context register (how formal the word is) collocations (words it … Read more

Future Tenses

  This week one of our teachers taught our  Grammar In Contexts 1 class how to use different future tenses. The lesson started with every students being given a new celebrity identity… Here are some examples – Angelina Jolie, Jamie Oliver, Barack Obama and Richard Branson! The students had to keep their new identities secret … Read more