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Welcome to Cara's Learn English Blog where you will find plenty of resources, tips, stories and information to help you learn English. As well as sharing my knowledge and experience as an ESOL Teacher, I explore some of the most common challenges for English learners and introduce ideas and materials to help you overcome them.

All my blog stories are graded as suitable for different levels of English reading ability to help you build confidence in your English reading skills. If you have any questions or would like to request a topic to be featured in my English blog please contact me!

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What to Pack for your Trip to England

Posted on 8 January, 2019 at 9:45 Comments comments (1)
The UK's looming departure from the EU in March is good news for English learners because the weaker pound () means it is (at least for now) cheaper to visit England. Coming soon and wondering what to pack? Here is my Top 5 essential packing list created especially for students visiting the UK to study English: 1. Passport, ID and travel documents Please check visa requirements for your specific country and apply for a visa (if necessary) before you travel. It's a good idea to print ... Read Full Post »

What are The Nine Parts of Speech?

Posted on 19 November, 2017 at 0:40 Comments comments (0)

In a bid to deepen my knowledge of linguistics and English language, and perhaps also as an act of sneaky procrastination that has coincided conveniently with the start of this year's master's level study, I recently started reading about the history of English grammar.

It was here I came across this charming and surprisingly useful little poem.  The Play Grammar was published...

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Phrasal Verbs Series: The difference between give way, give away, give out, give up and give in

Posted on 16 September, 2017 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

Suitable for CEFR pre-intermediate (B1+)

Give way

Give way is used to describe when a physical structure collapses under too much weight. 

For example: The bookshelf gave way.

It can also mean withdrawing or yielding to open space for something else.

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Posted on 20 August, 2017 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

Suitable for CEFR intermediate (B2+)

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking for anyone, but how should you prepare for an interview if English is not your first language?

Prepare for your English language job interview just as you would for any other interview. This should include researching...

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30 English Words for Beginners

Posted on 31 July, 2017 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)

Suitable for CEFR beginners (A1) + 

Language learning can sometimes be quite difficult, especially with a rather complex language like English, which has many tenses. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But the secret to learning any language is very simple: speak as much as possible!

Don’t worry about grammar too much in the beginning. Don't let complicated ...

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Am I the Right Teacher for You?

Posted on 16 July, 2017 at 9:00 Comments comments (0)

Suitable for CEFR beginners (A1) + 

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Not sure whether I am the right teacher for you? Check out my new video introduction to hear me speaking and find out how I can help you tak...

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British Values: What is Democracy and Why is it Important?

Posted on 7 June, 2017 at 17:15 Comments comments (0)

Suitable for CEFR intermediate (B2) + 

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The UK is a democratic societyDemocracy is listed as one of the fundamental British Values and Principles, and on the 8th June 2017 millions of British citizens will vote at polling s...

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Assessing Soft Skills in Community ESOL Provisions

Posted on 30 May, 2017 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

TEACHERS – are you involved in community learning? Are there challenges you aren’t sure how to overcome? Are you lacking in resources or guidance? Is there a tried and tested method you use for assessing soft skills in your classes?

I have been asked to sit on a professional panel involved in adult education services as part of an ongoing project to improve planning and develop new ways of evaluating and...

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The Benefits of One-to-One Tutoring

Posted on 28 May, 2017 at 13:35 Comments comments (0)

Suitable for CEFR intermediate (B2) +

One-to-one tutoring has several advantages over group study. Firstly, one-to-one tutoring is a personal experience between you and the tutor, and for this reason one-to-one tutoring can be much more focused and versatile than learning in a group setting.

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The Importance of Finding a Good Teacher... and How to Find One!

Posted on 27 May, 2017 at 16:55 Comments comments (0)

Suitable for CEFR upper-intermediate (C1) +

With all the free content available to learn English online you might wonder whether you really need to make the effort of finding a teacher at all. If you log into YouTube, for example, there are literally hundreds of videos posted by teachers and others learning English, cover...

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