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FREE: Evening Taster Class

Excel English part time evening general English lessons will be starting from Monday October 22nd. Before they begin, we will be having a free evening taster class on Wednesday October 17th at 18:30.

 

This taster class will give potential students a chance to experience a lesson first hand and ask questions to our friendly teachers and staff there on the night. Even for students thinking of joining one of our full time courses, this is a great opportunity to come to our beautiful school and see what makes our lessons so interesting and enjoyable.

We hope to see you there!

To find out more and book a place, all you have to do is email us at info@excelenglish.co.uk

Our part time evening lessons will then take place every Monday & Wednesday evening from 18:30 till 20:45.

Evening General English Lessons

Apply now!

 

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NEW COURSE: English for Olympic Volunteers

English for Olympic Volunteers

London is an Olympic city. We are the only city to host the games 3 times and London 2012 is widely considered to be the best Olympics to date. One of the main reasons it was so special was because of the people working there, the volunteers.

 

We have a very special language and culture course adapted for the needs of people volunteering for the Olympics, especially Tokyo 2020. Students will learn about London’s Olympic heritage while visiting various Olympic sites across the city.

They will take part in a specialist language course, learning the language necessary for volunteering at the Olympics while also learning about the organisation that went in, behind the scenes, to make London 2012 such a success.

 

They’ll get to meet London 2012 volunteers who will speak to them about their own personal experience being games makers for the event. There will also be afternoon tea, a dinner night and 2 Saturday excursions included in the package. It is a great way to see the best of London and prepare them for a once in a lifetime experience at the Olympics.

The course will be running twice in 2019:

  • Monday March 11th – Friday March 22nd
  • Monday October 14th – Friday October 25th

 

Learn more about English for Olympic Volunteers

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Can going to a festival improve your English?

Learning doesn’t just begin and end in the classroom. There are endless ways you can improve your English when you visit the UK.

In London, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to festivals in summertime. With our seemingly endless sunshine this year, there is no better place to enjoy a fun day out with friends. From watching all the greats of music, old and new, at British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, to a festival dedicated solely to chicken wings, there is something for everyone.

Right here on our doorstep in North London, we are lucky to have multiple major festivals & concerts within 10 minutes of the school. This year in Finsbury Park, they have already hosted Wireless Festival, Liam Gallagher and Community Fest. All that and there is still the London Slip and Slide Fest to look forward to on August 5th!

In Alexandra Palace, the most anticipated festival of the year took place on Saturday July 21st. Kaleidoscope was a one-day music and arts festival featuring music from the Flaming Lips, Mystery Jets, and many more. It had great food, theatre & performance, and there was even a dedicated spoken word and comedy stage. All of this took place in the beautiful surroundings of Alexandra Palace & Park.

 

 

 

What has this got to do with learning English?

For English learners, going to a festival or concert is a great way to improve their language skills. Time in the classroom is spent listening to songs, news stories, people having conversations, all with the same goal in mind, to train your ear and boost listening and speaking skills. Our talented teachers pride themselves on creating fun and engaging lessons for students. Why not put the skills you learn in the classroom into practice while having some fun at the same time! Get out and go to a festival! There are song lyrics to be heard, jokes to enjoy and friendly people to speak with and have a good time!

 

“We encourage our students to get out and practise their English as much as possible. Learning English can be a fun experience, and when you’re in London, you have the opportunity to meet real Londoners, make friends and experience what this great city has to offer. We help our students excel both in and out of the classroom, so they learn effectively and quickly, and hopefully they have fun along the way.”

Kerry Dorling – Director of Studies

 

Learn English and experience the best of London here at Excel English.

 

Here are some of the best concerts, festivals and events coming up in London this Summer.

21st July – Kaleidoscope Music and Arts festival – Alexandra Palace

4th/5th August – London Wing Fest – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

28th/29th July – StrEATlife: Street food and craft beer festival– Alexandra Palace

18th August – The Great Fete: Free Music & Performance Festival – Alexandra Palace

26th/27th August – Notting Hill Carnival – Notting Hill

25th/26th August – South West Four Festival – Clapham Common

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Essential apps for your night out in London.

London is thought to be an expensive city when going out. However, if you know where to look, you can have a great time on any budget. If you’re coming to London and have your course booked, it is best not to wait and plan everything once you arrive at the last minute. Start planning now! The U.K and especially London have a thriving music & arts scene. Shows can sell out fast and people can be left disappointed when there are no tickets left. To avoid disappointment, here are four apps to help you prepare and have the best night out in London.

For music lovers, there are some useful apps you can download.

Bandsintown:

Like Songkick, GigAlert and other similar apps, Bandsintown allows you to follow your favourite bands and see when and where they are playing according your location. You can let the app scan the music on your phone through Spotify or Apple Music and it will automatically add the bands to your watchlist.

Set your location to the city you are planning to visit and the app will let you know if any of the bands you like are playing there. It will also recommend similar bands based on the music you like. If you see a show you want to attend, the app will direct you to the events ticketing page. Turn on your app’s notifications and you will be first to know when tickets go on sale.

Download Bandsintown on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Timeout London.

Timeout is the most used site in the U.K for people looking for bars, restaurants, theatre, arts and events. Simply go onto the app, find the type of event you are looking for and Time Out will have lots of suggestions for you.

You can swipe through the photos of each venue and see what Time Out and other users have to say about the place. Tap the details section to see the venues opening hours and admission prices (if any). It will show you the location and tell you the best way to get there either by public transport or how much it will cost you in an Uber taxi. It has all London’s free and paid events in one place and has exclusive discount offers to help you save some money.

Download TimeOut on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Drinki.

A favourite with our students. Drinki offers you one free drink a night in some of London’s best bars. Simply pick a bar, show the app to the bar person and get your free drink. If you are staying for more than one, they offer discounts of up to 50% off the next round of drinks.

Download Drinki on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Excel English App:

If you want to practise your English before you arrive, our free Excel English app lets you practise your English while on the go. In the ‘Get around town in English’ section, it has all the English you will need for your evening out. From booking a taxi to ordering a meal at a restaurant, it lets you practise through fun videos, speaking activities, pronunciation practise and more.

Download the Excel English App on the App Store and Google Play.

 

 

There are so many things to do for free in London. To read about more free activities, have a look at our ‘London for Free’ section and keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for more tips and suggestions.

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Choosing the correct summer teenage programme in the U.K

What should you look for when booking an English summer programme for your teenager?

Here are some questions to ask yourself before booking:

  • What part of the U.K is best for my child?
  • What do they want to do while they are here?
  • How good is the school?
  • How will this programme benefit them?
  • How much will this cost?

 

First of all, what is the best location for them? Throughout the U.K there are courses to suit every age group & level. For the younger teen, who is visiting the U.K for the first time, maybe a school located in the British countryside is the best option. They have a chance to learn in a quieter environment without having to deal with navigating around a busy city, which can be daunting for a first timer in the U.K. For the slightly older teen, who has a good level of English, a mid-size town or city would be next natural step. They can improve their English and experience the busier side of British culture. For the teen that has been to the U.K before, they may crave what the biggest cities such as London have to offer.

 

Summer Teenage Programme

Every teenager is different. Some teenagers may want to learn English and do as many sports as possible, others may want focus on art and being creative. Some just want a little bit of everything. Here at Excel English, our Summer Teenage Programme has a very unique university skills theme. It offers a mixture of all language skills and also university skills suitable for studying anywhere in the world. The 18 hours of tuition include public speaking, debating, presentations, how to take notes, essay planning, time management, summary writing, some academic English and the opportunity to speak to recent graduates and university lecturers about what studying at university is really like. Students improve their English, and also to learn skills useful for their future lives. People can spend a fortune on going to University abroad and when they arrive they realise that a U.K university is not for them. Unfortunately at this stage their parents have spent a lot of time, money and effort figuring out they want to pursue something completely different. Our course gives students a first-hand look at what it is like to attend a university here in the U.K. We want to give students the information they need to make a more informed decision when that time comes. It could be a costly decision otherwise!

 

When it comes to choosing the school, how do you know it is good quality? The answer is simple, accreditation. The best schools are inspected regularly by accrediting bodies so it guarantees the school meets their standards. Each school will advertise which organisations they are accredited by, then you can do a search online to check what the accreditation means. The main accreditation scheme in the U.K is run by the British Council. Look at the reports on the British Council’s website here to see how well the school has passed its recent inspection. Memberships of quality associations are also important. Look at IALC, Quality English, and The English Network (TEN) for example. For more information on accreditations and on how to choose the right language school for you, read this article here.

 

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So, you know what part of the U.K you want your teenager to go to and you have found some quality schools in that area, how do you know which teenage programme is the right one? This could simply come down to what activities they offer or how much the whole thing costs. When you are looking at the programme outline and the activities planned for the course, make sure you know what is included in the price. Some schools may advertise wonderful excursions and activities around the U.K, but are they included? You do not want your teenager to be in the U.K and suddenly find out that they need to pay extra for all the trips they were really looking forward to beforehand. Make sure the school information is clear about what is included in the package. Our programme is very transparent in this regard. You will know what is included before you pay.

 

Our Summer Teenage Programme runs from July 1st till August 12th 2018.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our course, have a look at our Summer Teenage Programme here. Or, you can get in touch with someone here at Excel English either by phone or by email. We are always happy to help with your questions.

Apply Now

P: +442083652485

E: info@excelenglish.co.uk

 

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How to choose the correct language school

If you’re considering taking an English language course abroad, here’s what you need to think about before making any decisions:

It is a question that we are sure that many of you have considered:

“Where  should I go to learn English, and which English school is the best one for me?”

As with many of the most important questions in life, there are different correct answers for different people.  So here at Excel English, we have prepared the following guide to help you choose the right English school for you.  There are a number of different considerations –

  1. Which country / city do I want to go to?
  2. How do I know this school is a good quality one?
  3. Does this school offer the services I need?

Which country / city do I want to go to?

Deciding on the location for your studies is the most important factor in choosing your language school.  Every English-speaking country has English language schools, all with different strengths and weaknesses.  Which country you choose may depend on how far you want to travel, how expensive that country is compared to your home country, and how much you want to visit that country.

Here in the UK, we are proud to be the home of the English language, with centuries of history and culture, ancient buildings and museums. We’re also a very modern country with cutting edge architecture and exciting new businesses.

London

And having decided on the UK, you will need to think about whether you prefer a large city, the seaside, a university town or somewhere in the countryside. Many parts of the UK are wonderful, with welcoming people and stunning attractions, but we think that London is at the top.  With more theatres, museums, restaurants, concert venues, sports stadiums, historic buildings and shopping malls than anywhere else in the UK, you will never be bored in  London. What’s more, the rest of the UK – and Europe – is just a train ride away when you want to spend a weekend in a different place!

If you are worried that London is too big, remember that there are many different residential parts of London (including our home – Muswell Hill), where you can relax in a peaceful area with its own shops and restaurants.  In these areas, you’ll also find that your accommodation will usually be much closer to the school than if you study in the centre. From many of these residential areas, it takes less than 30 minutes by public transport to travel to the centre of London and its visitor attractions – so you still won’t miss out on the best that London offers.

How do I know this school is a good quality one?

When you are considering a school, how do you know it is as good as its website says it is?  Our answer is just one word – accreditation.

The best schools are regularly inspected by accrediting bodies, which check the quality of their teaching, student care, administration and management, to make sure that you will learn English in a safe environment, that your booking will be handled efficiently and you will get the course you have been promised.

Each school will advertise on its website which organisations it has been accredited by, so make sure you do a Google search to check what the accrediting body stands for and what their accreditation means. It also helps to look at what organisations the school belongs to as these can also help indicate quality.

The British Council established the first accreditation scheme in the world for English language schools and it is still the biggest and most intensive inspection scheme and sets the standards that UK English language schools must maintain.  There are now over 500 accredited organisations in the UK.  To find out how well an organisation did in their latest inspection, read their inspection report on the British Council website, and look at how many strengths they’ve received, and if they have any areas for development.

English UK is the professional organisation representing English language teaching organisations in the UK.  Check if the school you’re interested in belongs to the association.

IALC is the International Association of Language Centres and its members include schools worldwide teaching the language of their country including English schools in the UK, French schools in France and German schools in Germany. Before schools are accepted for membership, they must be accredited by their local accreditation scheme and they also have a further IALC inspection.

Quality English is an international organisation that invites member schools to join once they have been recommended by past students and Educational Travel Organisers.  There are Quality English schools in every English-speaking country in the world.

The English Network  (TEN) is a group of independent English schools in the UK, who are all English UK and IALC members.  These schools work together to achieve the highest standards of service for their students.

Does this school offer the services I need?

At Excel English, we believe that coming to London to learn English is about more than just the lessons.  Of course we offer quality teaching by experienced professional teachers, but what happens when your lesson has finished?

  • Do you want to do some extra study in our Self-Access Centre, where you can use the Excel English App or borrow a book or DVD from our library?
  • Do you want to take part in our regular social programme and join your classmates on a guided walk, visiting a museum or having fun playing Laserquest?
  • Would you like to sit in our comfortable Student Room to talk with your friends, or relax in the garden?
  • Will you go home each night to quality, local accommodation that we have found for you?
  • If you have a problem will there be someone to listen to you and help you with your difficulties?

While these things are secondary to your main objective of learning English, they all help you to succeed in your task, because they will help you to relax, have fun, make friends and enjoy London – all while practising your English!

We hope that this information has been helpful to you, so you can choose the right school for your studies.

If Excel English sounds like the perfect school for you, click on one of the links to find your perfect course:

We look forward to meeting you in London soon!

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Free Excel English App

           Introducing a fun FREE way to learn English while you’re out and about!   

Excel English App

Our learning app features videos, speaking activities, pronunciation practice and much more.  And it’s FREE for you, your friends and family.  So now everyone can improve their English anywhere and any time.

Get it now from the App Store or Google Play by searching Excel English

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Free London Travelcard

A FREE LONDON TRAVELCARD
SUMMER & AUTUMN 2016!

 A great added value opportunity for all students wishing to study English in London in 2016!

Oystercard

Book a minimum of 2 weeks English tuition at Excel English and get a FREE London travelcard (Oyster card worth £5) + travel money loaded onto the card to spend at any time on the London transport system.  For more information about this exciting deal – see details of the offer below.  And the more hours per week you study, the more travel money you get.

BOOK 2-4 WEEKS

  • Super Intensive (22.5h/week) – receive a free Oyster card with £60 travel money
  • Intensive (15h/week) – receive a free Oyster card with £40 travel money

BOOK 5-12 WEEKS

  • Super Intensive (22.5h/week) – receive a free Oyster card with £120 travel money
  • Intensive (15h/week) – receive a free Oyster card with £80 travel money

BOOK 13 WEEKS & MORE

  • Get the same offer as 5-12 weeks + a FREE one way Heathrow airport transferworth £80!

To benefit from this offer quote the word TRAVEL at booking stage.

Note: This offer is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and is valid on courses started before 31st December 2016 and booked on or after June 24 2016

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How to choose the right English language school

If you’re considering taking an English language course abroad, here’s what you need to think about before making any decisions:

It is a question that we are sure that many of you have considered:

“Where  should I go to learn English, and which English school is the best one for me?”

As with many of the most important questions in life, there are different correct answers for different people.  So here at Excel English, we have prepared the following guide to help you choose the right English school for you.  There are a number of different considerations –

  1. Which country / city do I want to go to?
  2. How do I know this school is a good quality one?
  3. Does this school offer the services I need?

Which country / city do I want to go to?

Deciding on the location for your studies is the most important factor in choosing your language school.  Every English-speaking country has English language schools, all with different strengths and weaknesses.  Which country you choose may depend on how far you want to travel, how expensive that country is compared to your home country, and how much you want to visit that country.

Here in the UK, we are proud to be the home of the English language, with centuries of history and culture, ancient buildings and museums. We’re also a very modern country with cutting edge architecture and exciting new businesses.

London

And having decided on the UK, you will need to think about whether you prefer a large city, the seaside, a university town or somewhere in the countryside. Many parts of the UK are wonderful, with welcoming people and stunning attractions, but we think that London is at the top.  With more theatres, museums, restaurants, concert venues, sports stadiums, historic buildings and shopping malls than anywhere else in the UK, you will never be bored in  London. What’s more, the rest of the UK – and Europe – is just a train ride away when you want to spend a weekend in a different place!

If you are worried that London is too big, remember that there are many different residential parts of London (including our home – Muswell Hill), where you can relax in a peaceful area with its own shops and restaurants.  In these areas, you’ll also find that your accommodation will usually be much closer to the school than if you study in the centre. From many of these residential areas, it takes less than 30 minutes by public transport to travel to the centre of London and its visitor attractions – so you still won’t miss out on the best that London offers.

How do I know this school is a good quality one?

When you are considering a school, how do you know it is as good as its website says it is?  Our answer is just one word – accreditation.

The best schools are regularly inspected by accrediting bodies, which check the quality of their teaching, student care, administration and management, to make sure that you will learn English in a safe environment, that your booking will be handled efficiently and you will get the course you have been promised.

Each school will advertise on its website which organisations it has been accredited by, so make sure you do a Google search to check what the accrediting body stands for and what their accreditation means. It also helps to look at what organisations the school belongs to as these can also help indicate quality.

The British Council established the first accreditation scheme in the world for English language schools and it is still the biggest and most intensive inspection scheme and sets the standards that UK English language schools must maintain.  There are now over 500 accredited organisations in the UK.  To find out how well an organisation did in their latest inspection, read their inspection report on the British Council website, and look at how many strengths they’ve received, and if they have any areas for development.

English UK is the professional organisation representing English language teaching organisations in the UK.  Check if the school you’re interested in belongs to the association.

IALC is the International Association of Language Centres and its members include schools worldwide teaching the language of their country including English schools in the UK, French schools in France and German schools in Germany. Before schools are accepted for membership, they must be accredited by their local accreditation scheme and they also have a further IALC inspection.

Quality English is an international organisation that invites member schools to join once they have been recommended by past students and Educational Travel Organisers.  There are Quality English schools in every English-speaking country in the world.

The English Network  (TEN) is a group of independent English schools in the UK, who are all English UK and IALC members.  These schools work together to achieve the highest standards of service for their students.

Does this school offer the services I need?

At Excel English, we believe that coming to London to learn English is about more than just the lessons.  Of course we offer quality teaching by experienced professional teachers, but what happens when your lesson has finished?

  • Do you want to do some extra study in our Self-Access Centre, where you can use the Excel English App or borrow a book or DVD from our library?
  • Do you want to take part in our regular social programme and join your classmates on a guided walk, visiting a museum or having fun playing Laserquest?
  • Would you like to sit in our comfortable Student Room to talk with your friends, or relax in the garden?
  • Will you go home each night to quality, local accommodation that we have found for you?
  • If you have a problem will there be someone to listen to you and help you with your difficulties?

While these things are secondary to your main objective of learning English, they all help you to succeed in your task, because they will help you to relax, have fun, make friends and enjoy London – all while practising your English!

We hope that this information has been helpful to you, so you can choose the right school for your studies.

If Excel English sounds like the perfect school for you, click on one of the links to find your perfect course:

We look forward to meeting you in London soon!

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Thinking of preparing for an English language exam? Read this first!

Excel English students succeed thanks to our highly trained teachers and specialised courses. Excel English students succeed thanks to our highly trained teachers and specialised courses.

Preparing for an exam, whether it’s to help you get into a university, qualify for a job, or as a personal challenge you’ve set for yourself, can seem like a daunting task. In our many years of experience of preparing students for various exams, there are a few tips that will help make the process easier and slightly less stressful!

Before you even start preparing for an exam, any kind of exam, you should really make sure that your level of General English corresponds to the score you’re hoping to achieve on the exam. If you want to pass the Cambridge FCE exam with an A grade, for example, you’ll have to be quite a strong B2 to do so. Once you’ve got your level of English up and you’re comfortable using the grammar and vocabulary that is expected of that level, the actual preparation for the exam isn’t as difficult as you may think.

One key strategy we’ve come across in our years of teaching is knowing how to say the same thing in different ways. The wording of questions will almost never be the same as what comes up in the answers – whether it’s Listening, Reading, or Use of English. Remember this when doing the exam – look for synonyms, phrases with similar meanings, collocations, and of course everyone’s favourite: phrasal verbs!

Read as much as you can. Read broadsheet newspapers, magazines, books; anything aside from your textbook. Familiarizing yourself with language beyond what you’re exposed to in your textbooks will definitely be an advantage and help you along in your exam preparation: you’ll read faster, understand more, expand your vocabulary, and feel more comfortable when faced with words you haven’t come across before.

Practice, practice, practice! The more familiar you are with the exam and know the ins and outs of each section, the more likely you are to feel relaxed on the exam day, and know how to manage your time while writing. Time yourself at home. Practice the speaking tasks with a friend. Write as much and in as many different styles as you can.
Most importantly, remember this age-old bit of advice: get a good nights’ sleep the night before and eat a healthy breakfast on the day of the exam!

Excel English offers exam preparation courses for FCE, CAE, and IELTS.
Contact us today to sign up! info@excelenglish.co.uk or +44 20 8365 2485

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