Traditional English Christmas Food

Just like with any important day, food plays a big part of British culture at Christmas. Here are a few important examples: Roast Turkey - the classic dish! It needs to be cooked in an oven for quite a long time. Brussel Sprouts - a…

Christmas Market Leeds

Another tradition that has come to us originally from Germany (see Oktoberfest) - the Leeds Christmas market has stalls, food & drink, gifts and entertainment. It’s a lovely way to spend a few hours in the cold weather! Our students…

Halloween Party!

This year, at the Leeds School of English, we had a halloween party to celebrate this spooky festival! The students and staff dressed up as Halloween characters - some obvious and some not! What can you see in the picture below?    As…

How can I improve my IELTS score?

Many students face a similar problem – they need to get a high score on their IELTS exam. Does this seem familiar to you? Whether it’s for university entry requirements, a job or immigration purposes, having a certain IELTS score is a concern…

Writing: A quick guide to using commas

  Have you ever been confused about how to use a comma? Has your teacher ever said your sentences are too long? Don’t worry, these are typical problems! The rules of comma use are varied and a bit complicated, but we’ll try to give…

Tips for learning Vocabulary

Learning Vocabulary is not just a case of knowing the translation of a word in your language. In order to really master your understanding, you should try finding out the following things: Connotation - this is about what kind of idea or…

Tips for improving Pronunciation

Many students make a lot of progress in terms of their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, and can get ready good at reading as they practise lots on their own. However, one area that can be hard to improve is pronunciation. Here are some top…

How long does it take to get a 7 in the IELTS exam?

The short answer is: it depends! The score you get from doing the IELTS exam is a reflection of your current level. The scores are roughly equivalent to the CEFR scales, and can more or less be matched to the well-known labels: “Elementary”,…

Oktoberfest!

This festival has its origins in Munich, Germany, where it was initially a celebration of a royal wedding between Kind Ludwig and his bride, Princess Theresa. It is now an incredibly popular event in Bavaria, and involves fairground rides, amusements…

Studying English in Leeds

Why study English in Leeds? Apart from being one of the biggest cities in England, without being as expensive as the others, like Manchester and London, there are many other aspects to Leeds that make it ideal for studying English abroad! Transport…