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IELTS Academic Writing Advice

IELTS Academic Writing Advice

Below we shall talk through some useful tips and advice based on the writing section of the IELTS Academic exam: IELTS Academic Writing Question Types The writing sections of the IELTS academic test is comprised of two task: Within the first task you will be required to summarise and also compare data. What this means […]

English

IELTS Exam Advice

IELTS Exam Advice

Are you preparing to take the IELTS exam? Here are 3 quick types to help you get a higher IELTS score band! Get to know the question types: There are 4 types of test you are scored on, speaking, listening, reading and writing. In the reading and listening part of the test, you will be [...]

English

IELTS for migration purposes

IELTS for migration purposes

In many English speaking countries around the world IELTS is required for skilled migration and also permanent residency in these countries. Also a number of Commonwealth countries use IELTS scores in order to see the prospective immigrant’s competency within the English Language. IELTS I the only Secure English Language Test which is approved by UK [...]

English

IELTS

IELTS

If you are looking to achieve your best in the IELTS Examinations the most useful thing to do is prepare yourself for them. Preparation for the Exams will significantly increase your chance of getting the score you wish to obtain. At Notting Hill College we will help you prepare for the exams in order to [...]

English

Strategies for IELTS Success!

Strategies for IELTS Success!

In Listening, use the example at the beginning of the first section to familiarise yourself with the sound, the situation, and the speakers. Imagine what might be spoken of. Keep listening until the recording stops, looking only at the questions that relate to the part being played. There are often pauses in the recording between [...]

English

Preparing for Trinity College London Selt Examinations

Preparing for Trinity College London Selt Examinations

It is easy to become confused about which SELT examination to take, why, and when. Alternatively, you may know exactly what test you need to take, but do not know how to best prepare for it! Let’s begin with the purpose of the different SELT tests. If you are a non-European, resident in the UK […]

English, Uncategorized

Characteristics of an Effective TEFL Class

Characteristics of an Effective TEFL Class

Characteristics of an Effective TEFL Class This article explores the characteristics of a good, effective  TEFL class. In this article, I talk about my teaching experience as an ESOL  teacher. I will also introduce some workable ideas that have proved successful in my own classroom. I will also speak about the value of knowing your students’ […]

Teaching

How did the American Army used English Tests to Screen Soldiers’ Abilities?

How did the American Army used English Tests to Screen Soldiers’ Abilities?

“How did the American Army use English Tests to Screen Soldiers’ Abilities? Looking back in the history of industrial and organization (I/O) psychology, World War I and testing within the Army shows the early beginning of this field. Robert Yerkes is given the most credit for developing the Army Alpha test along with others within […]

Assessment

Happy birthday to the Bard.

Happy birthday to the Bard.

William Shakespeare (April 1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright. Throughout the world, Shakespeare is generally regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, as well as being one of the world's most famous dramatist, if not the most famous! It is believed he was born on or around 23rd April, the date his [...]

Culture

ELT and English Literature.

ELT and English Literature.

ENRICHMENT: THE ROLE OF LITERATURE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING Traditionally, in the UK at least, there has been a clear, slightly arbitrary, and certainly negative, divide between the teaching of English Language as a foreign or second language and the teaching of literary texts which are written in English (therefore including Scottish-, Welsh-, and Southern- […]

Teaching

Interesting Historical Facts about Manchester

Interesting Historical Facts about Manchester

Rolls-Royce: In 1884, Henry Royce started his electrical and mechanical business. His first car, the two-cylinder Royce 10 was made in the corner of a Manchester factory 20 years later in 1904. In total, Royce made three of these vehicles, one of which was sold to one of the factory directors, Henry Edmunds. Edmunds showed [...]

Manchester

Living in the UK

Living in the UK

Living in the UK is almost certainly a very exciting and daunting prospect for international students. That is why here at Notting Hill College we offer a lot of support and advice to help our students settle in and get the most out of their time here. Cultural Differences There may be a number of [...]

Manchester

Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

I like the way you use videos with us -- you get us moving, talking, writing and speaking. The problem is you make us think too much." -- "John," one of our English-Language Learner students We can think of far worse things a student might say to us, and John's comment demonstrates our perspective on [...]

Teaching

Let’s Not “Fall” Behind: Three Tips to Help You Stay Organized

Let’s Not “Fall” Behind: Three Tips to Help You Stay Organized

Let’s Not "Fall" Behind: Three Tips to Help You Stay Organized Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Smith It's about that time of year: the turning of the leaves, the excitement of the holidays . . . the falling behind in your process. [...]

Educational Management

Seven Classroom Tips

Seven Classroom Tips

Here’s how to put this concept into practice. 1. Everyone has the same rules. Exceptions may be made for unusual circumstances, but positive social interaction is pretty much the same for everyone. 2. Consequences are flexible. When a rule is violated, the teacher can choose from a large set of possible consequences. These consequences work [...]

Teaching

What Parents and Educators Want from Assessments

What Parents and Educators Want from Assessments

This article could be relevent for the QCF Level 3 Award in Education and Training students as it explains the purpose of assessment and its value for education and training.

Assessment, Teaching

Why Is Teacher Development Important?

Why Is Teacher Development Important?

Why Is Teacher Development Important?: Because Students Deserve the Best Teacher-preparation programs provide educators-to-be with the tools, mentors, and hands-on experience they'll need once they begin their career. Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it [...]

Teaching

Should We Measure Student Learning? The Many Forms of Assessment

Should We Measure Student Learning? The Many Forms of Assessment

Should We Measure Student Learning? The Many Forms of Assessment There is more than one way to measure a student's abilities. Assessment is at the heart of education: Teachers and parents use test scores to gauge a student's academic strengths and weaknesses, communities rely on these scores to judge the quality of their educational system, [...]

Assessment

Important Traits for a Principal

Important Traits for a Principal

Being responsible for an entire school is a tough job but somebody has to do it. It can be rewarding and will definitely be challenging. Most people are not cut out to be educational leaders as they lack the necessary characteristics to be successful in the roles & responsibilities of the principal. Negating obvious professional [...]

Educational Management

Guidelines for TEFL Teachers

Guidelines for TEFL Teachers

Punctuality: Arrive early, always try and arrive early so you can prepare yourself and the classroom. Observation Pays Off!!!! When arriving at your new place of work observe senior teachers, you will pick up new ideas and learn new ways of teaching. Be Confident, You are in control of the classroom. Don't worry if you don't [...]

Teaching

The Most Important Qualities of an Effective Teacher

The Most Important Qualities of an Effective Teacher

When asked who your best and worst teachers were, you are almost always able to easily recall the answers. This is because we have all had experience of effective and ineffective teachers. So what qualities separate effective and ineffective teachers? In order to educate students to an excellent standard effectively, every teacher needs each of [...]

Teaching

Influencing Factors on the Way We Teach

Influencing Factors on the Way We Teach

It is widely believed that teachers are more effective if they understand why they behave in the way that they do while teaching because of personal characteristics such as gender, personality, past experiences and beliefs etc. Although others do not readily accept this theory, they believe that there isn’t much need for self-understanding if a [...]

Methodology

Educational Experience and Preparation

Educational Experience and Preparation

Educational experiences such as the way we are taught, our knowledge of our chosen field and the type and duration of the preparation we receive are another set of factors that influence the way we teach. The Way That We Were Taught. Inexperienced teachers model their teaching style on the style of the teachers who [...]

Methodology

Educational Context

Educational Context

The final set of influencing factors comprises of the number of learners you have, class and classroom size, the availability of instructional materials and equipment, time, the nature of the lessons taught and national educational priorities. How Student Differences Affect the Way We Teach It is every teacher’s job to recognise and take into account [...]

Methodology

Humanistic Education

Humanistic Education

Abstract Humanistic education is the approach to education that is based on the humanistic approach to therapy by Carl Rogers.  Its premise is person-centered with the educator’s role being empathetic, caring about students, and being genuine with them.  This approach seeks to involve the whole person; their intellect, their feelings, their social capacities, as well [...]

Methodology

Manchester Keeps on Surprising all of us !!!

Manchester Keeps on Surprising all of us !!!

As Notting Hill College is based in Manchester we are very biased and we will always say Manchester is the place to be, but we are not the only ones, “Manchester named in Lonely Planet’s top ten destinations in the world” Manchester Evening News. You can visit the Louvre in Paris, The Big Apple in [...]

Manchester