Thursday, 21 August 2014

September is Coming!

While everyone is still enjoying the summer, the sun is still be soaked up, the beach parties are still in full swing and fashions are continuing to reflect the heat of summer, the calendar keeps on creeping nearer and nearer towards September and the start of our back-to-schoolnew school year.

Group lessons will be starting soon, so now is a good time to contact us to arrange your free diagnostic test.  The test involves a short chat with one of our teachers and then a written test, this is to assess your level in order to place you on the most suitable course to fit your needs.

If you are thinking of starting a course with us in the school year, now is the right time to get in touch and organise to come to speak with us and for those of you returning to the school, we will be in touch to let you know when your groups will start again.  For individual students who have taken a summer break, we advise to contact us as soon as possible to arrange your return lesson to the school.

Take a step forward in improving your language skills , there is no time like the present, so telephone, call into the school or email today.

Wishing you all a happy and fun end to your holidays.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Tips for improving your Speaking & Listening Skills this summer

What you can do to improve your speaking skills:

It might seem simple but the best thing you can do is speak!
Don't be afraid to make mistakes, everyone does and we learn more from what we get wrong than what we get right.
Don't be afraid to join in conversations, you may not be able to make huge contributions in the beginning but little by little you will progress.
Find other English language students and spend time speaking to them in English - practice, practice, practice!
There are a lot of tourists in the area at the moment, so why not try to make conversation with them? Ask where they are from, how long they are here for and what they like about Sicily.
If you can't find anyone to talk to, talk to yourself!! Just saying sentences out loud will boost your confidence and make your speaking more well ordered when you do find someone to speak to.

Happy chatting!


What you can do to improve your listening skills:

The only way to get better at listening is to listen, listen, listen!

Watch English/American films and TV shows in their original language (with Italian subtitles if you are below an upper intermediate level).
Go to English language news sites and watch the news in English (for example

Listen to English language music while studying the lyrics, you could even try to learn the words to some of your favourite songs.
Spend time in the company of English speakers, try to join in with their conversations if possible, listen to the tone and rhythm of their voices... there are lots of tourists around during the summer, so now is the best time to find some native speakers to do this.

Remember, even though you are on holiday, language is something that needs to be practiced and kept up - like playing a musical instrument or maintaining fitness.

Happy Listening!