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IELTS exam preparation course

What is IELTS? The International English Language Testing System is a test of English which is recognised throughout the world.  The IELTS exam has now become one of the most commonly recognised English language tests in the world. Every year, more than 1 million people take the IELTS exam to…

IELTS exam preparation in a small group with a maximum of 5 students

Intensive IELTS exam course in a small group

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Cambridge English: Advanced examination

Cambridge English: Advanced examination (formally CAE) Do you feel confident enough when using English, but still make errors when speaking and writing? Or do you speak accurately using basic structures and vocabulary, but tend to play safe and only use the language you feel comfortable with?  If…

Prepare for the Cambridge English: Advanced exam in a small group with a maximum of 5 students

Prepare for the Advanced exam in Edinburgh

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How can I learn English easily?

Is there an easy way to learn English? Many people ask us ‘is there an easy way to learn English?’ The easiest way to learn English is to start learning as a child and through games and playing naturally.  If you missed that opportunity and you are…

Take an intensive English course in an English speaking country

Scotland is a small and friendly English speaking country. Learn English in Edinburgh.

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How can I learn to speak English?

How can I speak English? Firstly, think about why you need to speak English? Think about the times when you use English and what you usually talk about, can you express yourself in every situation? Where do you get stuck for words?  Make sure you have a…

Speak English outside the classroom.

Take part in activities with other students and speak English as much as possible.

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What is the difference between various international English exams?

How can I practise and prepare for an international English examination? First you must decide which examination is most appropriate for your present or future needs.   If you want to develop your general English skills overall then the Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE) or Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency Examinations (CAE…

Small group exam preparation class. Prepare for your FCE / CAE / IELTS exam in a small group.

Improve your general English speaking and listening skills as well as specific vocabulary and structures for your exam.

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Is it possible to learn English conversation?

What exactly is conversation?  What does ‘learning English conversation’ involve?  Conversations are all around us from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we fall asleep. We interact with family and friends at home, we exchange ideas with colleagues at work, we…

Coffee breaks are taken together so you have even more opportunity to learn English conversation skills in an informal environment.

Small group courses allow you to practise English conversation skills. Learn to speak English through a variety of interesting topics.

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Can you learn English fast?

Can you learn English fast? The question most often asked by students at ECS Scotland is ‘How can I learn English fast?’. This is often because they have a short timescale in which to improve their English.  Suddenly there is an important meeting coming up in English…

Small group courses help you to learn English fast

Edinburgh is lovely city in which to do an intensive English course

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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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How often should I study English?

How often should I study English? Study English as often as you can, but really try to do something with English every day.  Over Christmas, we often have students who go home for a few weeks, and return in the New Year having forgotten half of what they had…

Social and cultural English is included in our General English courses

During the morning coffee break you can use your social English conversation skills

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What vocabulary do I need to know?

Learn English vocabulary Everything is useful, so start with what interests you and do it in English!  Do you love watching cookery programmes on TV?  You could try to find one in English on YouTube.  Or do you avidly read the football reports online?  Perhaps the…

Visit Edinburgh after your classes and practise English with other students

There are plenty of free and interesting museums and galleries in Edinburgh. Take advantage of these to practise your English in an authentic way

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How can I learn English vocabulary?

Learn collocations!  A collocation is a pair or group of words which often occur together.  For example, think about the British obsession with weather.  We talk about it all the time, even with people we don't know!  It's easy to talk about rain, snow,…

Learn vocabulary in pairs or groups of words. This is called a 'collocation'

We regularly include class activities on collocations

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How do I learn spoken English?

How can I speak English? By speaking as much as possible, of course!  But how can I find opportunities to speak?  It depends where you are.  If you live in an English-speaking country, there are lots of opportunities to speak English – in the shops, at the…

Improve your confidence by practising your speaking and listening skills

Join a small group intensive English course, it is one of the best ways to improve your spoken English

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How can I improve my English?

You can take English classes or teach yourself but you need motivation and time if you want to improve your English. Regular lessons with a teacher means you don’t need to make all the decisions about how and what you learn.  Teaching yourself means you must know…

Small group English course

Learn to communicate in English

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