Author: Bret Blackmore

Make the Right Choice!

With so many schools providing English language services, how do you know which one to choose? With so much to think about, before you enroll in an institute, take a moment to consider how you learn best and what the ideal setting is for you to get the most value for your language learning.What do […]

The Importance of Pronunciation

Pronunciation is often overlooked, but all the grammar and vocabulary in the English language won’t help you if you can’t be understood. While it isn’t usually a situation of life or death, simply confusing the pronunciation of “s” and “th” can make a huge difference in what you are trying to get across. Poor pronunciation […]

Learning English Made Easy

Learning English Made Easy Learning a new language is hard enough and English is especially weird. Unlike Math or Chemistry or some other subjects, English is fluid and things change at random. For example, one word can have many meanings depending on the sentence. Or, two words spelled the same way, have different pronunciations and […]

3 Things You Need To Know Before Sitting The IELTS

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, has become the most widely used English language test in the world. It is designed for people who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment and comprises of reading, writing, listening and speaking examinations. The IELTS doesn’t come cheap, at around $200 USD so it’s […]

Why Choose Malaysia For Your Studies?

It’s easy for us living, working or studying here in Malaysia to see why it’s such a comfortable place to stay. However, for those in their home countries who have recently finished high school/bachelor’s degree and are looking to continue their education abroad, they might be sceptical about committing to Malaysia. Here are a few […]

How to Answer IELTS True / False / Not Given Questions

In the IELTS reading component, there are 14 different question types that students are confronted with when sitting the academic and general exams. A question that is often raised in IELTS preparation circles is how to answer the True and False questions? The general issue with most students is the fact that there is also a Not Given option with this type of task. Thus, […]

Which ESL Exam is Right for Me?

If you are reading this, you’re probably looking for a test of English language proficiency that will: Qualify you for entry into an English university or college Secure professional accreditation and employment Fulfill application requirements for Permanent Residency or Citizenship If you are looking to obtain any of the above, then the IELTS (International English Language […]

Nothing Small About Small Talk

Recently, I have been discussing a lot with my students about the importance of small talk and how it can affect their relationships with those around them. It is not as simple as it may seem and it can be very daunting for ESL students, which has led me to believe that there’s nothing small […]

IELTS Speaking – What To Expect

The Speaking Module of the IELTS tests your ability to communicate clearly, correctly and meaningfully in English in over a variety of situations. An examiner interviews you alone and the conversation is recorded. The same three-part structure is always followed in the Speaking section, though the topics vary from one candidate to the next. To […]

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