Last Tuesday, I was privileged to spend an hour chatting to the latest ‘students’ at Hamilton School (part of Global School of English in Edinburgh). They are in fact English teachers from Morocco who came to develop their already exceptional English: four lovely ladies, full of fun, enthusiasm and motivation. Our discussion was wide-ranging, stimulating and fascinating.
Ahmed Nouh is from Saudi Arabia. He has been studying at Glasgow School of English since October 2014 and recently won a competition at the School to identify locations across the world that had been ‘visited’ by Scottie, the School’s mascot. Read more
It’s summer in Scotland. This means we’ve had some very nice weather, with warm, sunny days – ideal for a BBQ. It really is one of the most beautiful countries in the world*, as you can see from the photograph of Loch Lomond below. Read more
Marketing is a vital activity for all Schools of English nowadays. Digital marketing is very much the dominant force, tied in to social media, but is there still room for some more traditional, or should we say less conventional, ideas? While Glasgow, Edinburgh and Hamilton Schools of English are very much up to speed with social and digital media, we have embarked on a new adventure with the adoption of a little Scottish friend, or more specifically a mascot. Read more
There are a variety of formal English language exams on offer, all with a different focus or different areas of the language being tested. IELTS, for example, has two different versions. The General Training version is often taken for employment or immigration purposes, while the Academic version is usually used to assist with entry to a further or higher education course. There are some exams, such as TOEIC and BEC, that have a Business English focus, and some exams, such as the Cambridge Suite, that are graded to particular proficiencies of English. Once you have determined which exam is suitable for you and your objectives, as well as your current level of English, it’s time to start preparing. Read more
It is argued, and not just by the Scots, that Scotland has made a greater contribution to the modern world than almost any other country. Yet many study travel agents tell us, that, for example, the vast majority of people in China don’t know much about Scotland. Read more