Fancy a Breakfast Club?

The Breakfast club is a free activity provided at the school in the lounge every day Tuesday to Friday. The breakfast club is done by one member of the staff who change every day, every morning from 8.30 am to 9.00 am. It is a conversation class to wake up your mind in English before you start your class. It can be a discussion about a specific topic, a game or a mini lesson.   All the students can join the breakfast club, students from all levels. It is a conversation activity but it can also be a listening activity. The breakfast club is a really good opportunity to improve your speaking and listening skills outside the class. You can also get to know the other students during this activity and share with them. Sometimes we start the breakfast club on one topic and we move to another one, the students can give their impression about anything and sometimes some tips. For example, which museum you can visit, what is their favorite place in London, they share some good restaurant addresses.   It’s really nice to see the students interact with each other’s and get friendly :). It also good for the students to listen to other student’s accent, to be able to understand the different nationalities accent, to be able to understand their classmate in class. The breakfast club is a good opportunity to improve your English during a fun activity. EVERYONE IS WELCOME, so don’t hesitate to join us. Interesting of having EC London breakfast club experience, join us at the school to take English classes for adult in London.

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 know how we (as native speakers) are going to pronounce something, you won’t understand it! It’s not your fault. Have you ever learnt a new word and then suddenly started hearing it everywhere? This isn’t because people have suddenly started saying it more often, now that you know it’s possible, you can hear it. Before, it was just sounds and it meant nothing to you.   This is also the reason you should learn your phonemic symbols, because in English we don’t always pronounce words the way they are written. Have a look at how native English speakers would pronounce the pieces of English below. Use the phonemic chart above to help you or click here to hear the sounds.   Do you want to = /ʤəwɒnə/ If I were you = /faɪwəjuː/ I’m going to = /əmgənə/ I want to = /əwɒnə/ a glass of wine = /əglɑːsəwaɪn/ I should have left = /əʃədəleft/ I can swim = /aɪkənswɪm/ Have you ever = /vjevə/ Do you ever = /ʤevə/ You should notice that there are certain differences between how you would expect these words / phrases to be pronounced and how a native English speaker would say them. But don’t worry, you don’t need to do a whole English course on pronunciation, even from the examples above, you can see there are a lot of patterns. Also, listening to TV shows and films with the subtitles on and noticing how the words are being pronounced can really help you.   If you’re thinking … Read more