How to use the past tense in English

20 January, 2017
Erin O'Neill

When you’re learning a new language, one of the most difficult things to understand is grammar. There’s a lot to remember and practise, making grammar something that many people struggle with. In English, there are two main tenses; the past and the present. In this article we will explore the past tense and how to use it correctly.

Top tips to improve your presentation skills

13 January, 2017
Erin O'Neill

It isn’t unusual to be tasked with giving a presentation; whether it’s during university classes or as part of a job. Many of us, understandably, aren’t completely comfortable with delivering a presentation to a group of people – public speaking can be a nerve-wracking experience. 

Top tips for students studying in Manchester

06 January, 2017
Char Willis-Jones

Studying English in Manchester offers you a great opportunity to learn the language in a native setting. A lot of evidence suggests that independent learning plays an important role in language acquisition. This means that, whilst attending classes and completing homework are both important, you can learn language faster and more accurately by exploring outside of the classroom too.

Coast to coast: The best places to visit in Canada

20 December, 2016
James Burt

Some people think the best places to visit in Canada are its natural forests or tundra areas, but Canada has become a multi-faceted place for travellers in all of its urban, rural, and natural locations.

Just going from the West to East coast, there are some key places to visit. Here are just a few.

Language learning and the brain

15 December, 2016
Char Willis-Jones

Have you ever wondered why learning a new language becomes more of a challenge as we get older? Tiny babies seem to learn how to speak without even trying, whilst as adults, we struggle with new forms of grammar, vocabulary and writing. It turns out that humans are hardwired for language learning, but our brains both help and hinder the process.

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