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A collection of stories covering everything from English courses and accommodation to Edinburgh and beyond. If you’re looking for something specific use the category buttons to the right.

Recent articles — February 2013

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Believing in effigies - A visit to the Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh First of all I had tea under the eye of John Byrne in the new and comfortable café of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. At the beginning I thought it was Frank Zappa, because of the…

Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street (photo from VisitScotland)

Portrait Gallery cafe (photo from Mondoarc)

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Environmental English course

We started our new Environmental English Combination Course this week, this course is aimed at Environmental Professionals from a variety of working backgrounds.  Our client is a landscape surveyor, so we covered the essential vocabulary of geographical features, before moving on to look at how…

Arthur's Seat. Overlooking Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth and Carlton Hill

Arthur's Seat, 25 minutes walk from the school

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What can I learn on an advanced English course?

What is an advanced speaker of English?   According to the Common European Framework (CEF), a PROFICIENT (or advanced) user can understand from a wide range of demanding language to understanding virtually everything heard or read.  A proficient or advanced speaker can recognise implicit meaning, summarise information and reconstruct…

An advanced speaker can express themselves fluently, spontaneously and precisely

Develop your collocational and idiomatic use of English

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What are private English lessons?

What are private lessons? Private lessons are the same as one-to-one lessons or Individual Tuition. They all mean one teacher and one student in the classroom.  They are an opportunity for you to develop your English as effectively as possible by working together with your teacher on your…

1-to-1 lessons focus only on you. Learn as quickly or as slowly as you want

Have some of your 1-to-1 lessons outside the classroom. Take you teacher with you to visit some of the sites of Edinburgh

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Principal’s Post February 2013

A Happy Pancake Day to you all.  Today, as in many parts of the world is Shrove Tuesday.  People in Scotland traditionally eat pancakes on this day. They also take part in one or two strange rituals, such as tossing pancakes into the air or running through the…

The coffee room has been buzzing with friendly chatter.

Practise your spoken English both inside and outside the classroom.

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