Category Archives: General English

How to Pass your English Language Reading Test – 6 Top Tips!

Manage your time

You’re up against the clock, and it’s stressing you out! One easy way to fix this is by managing your time. If you’re taking any of the big exams like IELTS (the International English Language Testing System), the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the FCE (Cambridge English First), then you have a strict time limit. For the IELTS academic reading test, for example, you have one hour to answer the reading section and there are three reading passages. Continue reading How to Pass your English Language Reading Test – 6 Top Tips!

Do you really have to go abroad to learn a language?

Nowadays, people are learning English in incredibly high numbers all over the world. Studying in academies like EEC, at university, or through online courses are just a few of the methods that students use to learn the most important language in the world. Another method, and quite a popular one, is ‘total immersion’. Total immersion is when the learner is completely immersed, or surrounded, by the language they are trying to learn. That usually means going abroad to an English-speaking country like the USA, Canada or the UK, for example, and living there for a short while. It’s a great way to learn, but it comes with an expensive price tag which many people simply can’t afford. Continue reading Do you really have to go abroad to learn a language?

Celebrities have to learn English too!

There’s no denying that English is the world’s language. We use it to travel, to do business in a global environment, to speak with people from other countries and so on. It is also the most popular language of entertainment and the media. The most popular movies, TV shows, books, magazines and newspapers are usually in English. Therefore, for those who want to make their careers in entertainment, it’s just as important for them to learn English. We’ve put together some surprising examples of famous people (celebrities), who also had to learn the world’s number one language. Continue reading Celebrities have to learn English too!

English Idioms: Can you use them?

So, you come out of your English class full of confidence and ready to speak! There’s just one problem. These native speakers still seem to be speaking some other kind of language! Is it because they’re speaking too fast? Well, that’s part of the problem. But it’s also because they’re using special phrases and expressions known as ‘idioms’.

Idioms are created by speakers over time, as a quick way of explaining something in just a few words. Because they’re created over time, they keep changing! It is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand idioms in the English language, but don’t worry – you just need to know a few of the most common ones. Continue reading English Idioms: Can you use them?

How did you learn English? An Interview with our EEC Staff

Meet Sahar!

She has worked at EEC for almost one year now as our hard-working, assistant director. She uses both English and Arabic at work, juggling tasks such as liaising with teachers, staff members and, of course, our students. Basically, she’s part of the family here. We decided to find out more about her, and how she came to learn English. What better way to do this than a one-to-one interview? Continue reading How did you learn English? An Interview with our EEC Staff