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 you…

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…

General Election

You may have heard on the news that there’s going to be a general election soon in this country - the current Prime Minister, the leader of the government, has called for a vote to let the people of the U.K. decide who they want in their local…

Halloween!

This special day has its origins in the culture of the people that lived in Western Europe, mainly the UK and Ireland, 2,000 years ago! These people, the Celts, celebrated the end of the summer period and the start of the cold, wet winter that…

Light Night Leeds

Starting in 2005, Light Night Leeds in an annual free arts event that celebrates the diversity and artistic talent that the city has to offer. In 2018, the event drew up to 80,00 visitors – both from other parts of the U.K. and from oversees.…