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Great reasons why you should do a TEFL course

Why you should do a TEFL course

Whether you have always dreamed of being an English teacher, or if you want to work and travel at the same time, getting a TEFL certificate is one of the best ways to get out there. Here are 8 great reasons why you should do a TEFL course. Read more

How much can you earn teaching in China?

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This is how much South Africans can earn teaching English in China

South Africans who have completed a TEFL course (Teach English as a Foreign Language), can make serious money teaching in China.

According to data provided to BusinessTech by Global Teacher Recruitment, TEFL teachers can earn anywhere between R30,000 – R45,000 a month depending on where they work and who they teach. Read more

More tips to keep up with your English

More tips for improving your English skills on your own

Early January, I shared with you my top tips for improving your language skills at home. This post is focusing on how to work on and memorise vocabulary better and master your English grammar. Finally, at the end of the article, you will find your “English prescription” to help fix your English followed by my top most essential secret ingredients for improving your English dramatically. So, are you ready?

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Keeping up with your English

Tips for improving your English skills on your own

Are you studying English now or have studied English before and wish to carry on practising at home and keep up with your English on your own for free? If yes, then these tips are for you!
Whether you are currently studying English in an English-speaking country, busy doing your degree in varsity or working in your country, you will need to set aside some time to practise English every day. The good news is: you don’t necessarily have to spend 5 hours a day. Only 30 minutes suffice as long as you keep it up EVERY DAY.

So, here are my tips and favourite websites and apps to help you improve the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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Softening the message: Polite English

How to sound more polite in English

There always comes a time when you need to make sure that your English is as polite as possible. You could be asking for information or trying to make a suggestion and you don’t want to come off as too direct or rude. In this video we share 3 important tips on how to sound more polite.

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Pronunciation of Consonant Sounds

Pronunciation of Consonant Sounds

When it comes to pronouncing consonants in English we can divide them into two main categories: Voiced and Unvoiced.

Watch this video to learn about the differences between “voiced” and “unvoiced” sounds, and improve your understanding as we explain how to make consonant sounds in English.

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OK: okay?

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OK: and how to use it

Even if you have just started learning English, I’m pretty sure there is one word you already know – in fact, it’s the most recognised word in the world: “Ok”.

Going back to 1839 we see “Ok” being used for the first time as a playful abbreviation for “all correct”. Since then “Ok” has spread across the globe and found its way into all of our lives. Today “Ok” has become one of the most common expressions in the English language. Here is how you use it. Read more

Inspiration and Partnership

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Inspiration and Partnership

One of the best things about being a teacher is when our hard work is recognized by our pupils. This feedback is a great fuel for us to keep on doing what we do.

Six months ago we said See you soon to one of these very special students, Fernando.

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Cambridge Exam Prep Courses

English One showcases one of its most useful (and intensive!) courses: the Cambridge Exam Preparation courses. Learn more about these courses and how they can help you achieve the results you need from your Cambridge Exam.


Course Overview

Our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses offer you the skills and techniques that you’ll need when taking your exam. Our small classes, Cambridge exam experienced teachers and focused courses ensure that when the exam day arrives you are well prepared and confident. Taking our preparation courses will help you develop the skills to enable you to get the most from living, studying and working in English-speaking countries. Give yourself the best chance for success by joining one of our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses. With our expert guidance and knowledgeable experience, we can help you get the result that you need.

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Essay Planning

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Perfect Essay Planning

Writing an essay takes a fair amount of effort – even for native speakers! When I write anything significant, it takes me the better part of a week to write and then I check it 2 or 3 times. Consider this when you are trying to put an essay together in an hour. Not even hardcore academics can do that, so please don’t. Essays are an important part of learning any language and if you do the due diligence, you will succeed. Read more

11 Extra Ways to Use LIKE

11 Extra Ways to Use Like

As I mentioned before, like is one of the most versatile words in the English language.  So far, we have reviewed the 5 most commonly taught and traditional ways of using it.  Now, we will explore all the fantastically diverse ways to incorporate like into your conversation.

 icon-exclamation-triangle CAUTION: Using like in the following ways will make you sound like a native speaker!

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How to use LIKE

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The Unlikely Power of Like

Like.  We use the word like in nearly every conversation. More recently, since the advent of Facebook, it has even become a physical action.  As we scroll through our friends’ timelines and posts, we make sure to click on that familiar icon just to show our friends that we have acknowledged their photo, their current status or even their tasty looking lunch.  And, though we may hate to admit it, our self-esteem may even depend on how many of those likes we can gather on our own status updates and photos.  Beyond our own egos, businesses large and small, are incredibly dependent on how many likes they can manage.

But, are all likes equal? Or has the simple, four letter, single syllabled word taken on a power of its own?

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IELTS Writing Guide

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The Great IELTS Writing Guide

The Writing section of the IELTS test doesn’t have to be scary! With the information that we’re sharing with you here you can be confident of succeeding in this section of the test. We’re going to give you some expert advice as well as strategies on how to prepare and answer the different question types in the Writing test. Read more

Learn English in Cape Town

LEARN ENGLISH IN CAPE TOWN: SUMMER of 2017/18

It’s summer in Cape Town and we’re celebrating by offering an amazing deal for anyone who wishes to improve their English in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Take a look at what you get: Read more

Sentence Structure Part 2

The Big 5: Expanding the Basic Sentence Structure

In the BIG 5 Part 1, we learned how to construct the 5 basic sentence structures.  In this post, we will learn how to expand those basic structures by adding other parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs).  This helps to add certain details or information to our sentences. Read more

Sentence Structure Part 1

The Big 5: Sentence Structure in English

Real accuracy in English is easy once you know how to order the words in a sentence. Without the proper word order you may confuse the person you are speaking to, or at the least make it harder for them to understand you. Once you know the basic rules of word order you will find it much easier to speak and write in English with confidence.

In this first part we look at the basic elements of sentence structure. Please check out Part 2 for more information. Read more

Academic English

English One showcases one of its popular specialized English Courses: Academic English. Learn more about this course and how it can help you in your studies or professional life.


Course Overview

The Academic English course is here to assist students who are studying, or want to study, at an English university. There is a strong focus on academic reading and writing as well as improving student’s listening skills. The course is also designed to prepare students for various English exams such as the Cambridge PET, FCE, CAE or CPE exams, as well as the important IELTS test. This part of the course works on developing your exam skills as well as improving your use of English. Read more