Categories
Eurospeak Reading Life in Reading Reading University travel

Voyager: quelles sont les options pour venir à Reading?

Reading est une ville britannique située dans le Berkshire, au sud ouest de Londres à seulement 40 kilomètres au Sud d’Oxford et à une soixantaine de kilomètres de la capitale. Il est assez facile de s’y rendre depuis la Capitale que vous arriviez de Gatwick Airport or Heathrow Airport ou de St Pancras International. Dans cet article, nous vous donnons toutes les informations utiles pour vous rendre sereinement à  Reading.

Voyager depuis Heathrow Airport:

La meilleure option pour voyager de Heathrow à Reading est de prendre le Bus de la compagnie “RailAir”. Ce départ du bus se situe au Terminal 5.

Si vous atterrissez au Terminal 5, vous n’avez qu’à vous rendre au niveau de l’arrêt numéro 9 où vous pourrez trouver les informations avec les horaires de passage du bus. Vous pouvez acheter directement votre ticket par carte dans le bus.

Si vous arrivez  du terminal 4, il existe un transfert gratuit vers le Terminal 5 pour pouvoir rejoindre la gare de bus.

Si vous venez des Terminaux 1 2 ou 3, il est conseillé de suivre les panneaux d’indication pour Heathrow Central Bus station. Une fois arrivé sur place, vous trouverez  des automates pour acheter vos tickets de bus.

Il faut regarder les informations sur les écrans pour pouvoir connaître l’heure de départ de votre bus pour Reading.

Un ticket Adulte coûte environ £20.

Lorsque le bus arrive à Reading, il vous dépose devant la gare de Reading.

Voyager depuis Gatwick Airport

si vous atterrissez au terminal Nord, vous devez prendre la navette (gratuite) pour le Terminal Sud. Une fois arrivé à ce terminal, vous devez vous rendre à Gatwick Train Station.

Vous devez ensuite acheter un ticket de train pour Reading, ce qui coûte environ £30. Le trajet dure entre une heur et une heure et demie pour vous rendre à Reading. Ce ticket vous servira pour la totalité du trajet donc gardez le bien pour effectuer les différents changements.

Il faut prendre le train “National Rail Thameslink”pour Central London et vous arrêtez à Farringdon pour faire un changement pour “Hammersmith & City Line” et sortir à l’arrêt Paddington. Vous devez quitter le métro pour vous rendre dans la gare de trains de Paddington. Enfin, il faut prendre “the National Rail Great Western Railway train” pour Reading Station. Depuis la gare de Paddington, il y a de nombreux trains, veuillez bien lire les indications du panneau d’affichage pour savoir quel train s’arrête à la gare de Reading.

Cela prend une vingtaine de minute pour vous rendre à Reading depuis la gare de Paddington.

Voyager depuis St Pancras International:

Si vous avez pris l’Eurostar et êtes arrivé à St Pancras International, vous devez vous diriger vers la gare de King’s Cross  pour prendre “the Underground” (le métro londonien) et choisir “Hammersmith & City Line”. Faites attention, certains métros ne s’arrêtent pas à Paddington, soyez donc vigilant et regarder les arrêts avant de monter à bord de train. et sortir à l’arrêt Paddington. Vous devez quitter le métro pour vous rendre dans la gare de trains de Paddington. Enfin, il faut prendre “the National Rail Great Western Railway train” pour Reading Station. Depuis la gare de Paddington, il y a de nombreux trains, veuillez bien lire les indications du panneau d’affichage pour savoir quel train s’arrête à la gare de Reading. Cela prend une vingtaine de minute pour vous rendre à Reading depuis la gare de Paddington.

Espérant que ces informations vous seront utiles lorsque vous viendrez étudier à Eurospeak Reading!

Sources:

https://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/by-coach-or-bus
https://www.firstgroup.com/railair
Categories
Academic IELTS B1 Test CAE Exam Preparation English Courses English Language School Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation General IELTS Grammar IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation ISIC Language School Life in Reading Listening online english Reading Reading University skills Solent University Southampton Southampton University Universities in UK Vocabulary

The Benefits of Extensive Reading

Extensive reading – what is it?

Well, it’s like intensive reading: intensive reading for English classes or finding answers for your YES / NO /NOT GIVEN questions in IELTS, but for fun! Extensive reading is reading something that you enjoy or are interested in and lots of it; extensive reading is just reading, and it should be for enjoyment, interest or pleasure.

Reading is a mental activity as opposed to TV which is not; TV is purely visual (although TV is good for listening comprehension and pronunciation among other things, but that’s another story).

Everyone including those of us learning a second language can benefit from extensive reading. Carrel and Grabe (2010) argue that language learners can improve their comprehension and vocabulary by doing a little extensive reading. According to Julian Bamford and Richard Day (in Kreuzova 2019) you should read as much as you can on a variety of topics that you have chosen; the materials should be easily understandable to you from books, newspapers and magazines.

Extensive reading is moving away from the intensive reading of answer identification in your Cambridge, TOEFL or IELTS exams, and the reading skills of skimming and scanning toward a more relaxed form of reading; the kind of reading you do on the sofa because you want to, because there is nothing on TV or there’s nothing on your streaming service worth watching. So, think about what you like to read; are you interested in reading about what English-language newspapers say about your country or region; are you interested in learning about your own country’s history from another perspective? Like cooking? Read a few recipes? Remind yourself, what do you like reading in your own language: try reading the same in English.

I was surprised when I started to learn about British history from the Spanish and Argentinians. I never knew the British invaded Buenos Aries in the nineteenth century. I never knew the Dutch sailed up the Themes and stole the English flagship. It has also been suggested that extensive reading helps in examination results, make them more aware of the grammar when they are reading, increase a learner’s reading proficiency and by extension their vocabulary learning (Prowse, 2000) and (Liu and Zhang 2018).

There are other beneficial effects. It is generally believed that reading develops your concentration. When you’re watching TV, you’re probably doing something else: chatting, eating, doing your nails, interacting with social media, but reading, well reading is a different matter.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love binge-watching The Man in the High Castle on a lazy Saturday afternoon trying to forget work. With a book, you need to concentrate and focus on what is written and everything that it implies. Which brings me to another thing reading improves: your imagination. You can lose yourself in a character or situation, imagining yourself in their situation. Imagine yourself as a different person or asking yourself what you would do in such a situation.

In turn, reading is a good de-stressor; you are more likely to read when you’re in a quiet room, with no TV and oblivious to the world outside and exercising the most important organ in your body – your brain. So, while you are doing whatever you are doing like channel hoping, you are not using your imagination. We switch off our imaginations, but with a book we use our imaginations to a greater extent. Reading enhances your verbal skills; TV is visually-based media and normally uses short and simple sentences whereas books contain complex language more than you would find on TV or in a streaming service. This means using a greater range of vocabulary, longer sentences and more complex sentences; you can become aware of punctuation. So, go and borrow a graded reader from your school’s resource centre, borrow a book from the city library or read some on-line articles in magazines or newspapers on-line.

by Chris Scott, March 2020

Reference List

Carrel, Patricia. L., and Grabe, W. (2010). Reading. In: N. Schmitt, ed., Applied Linguistics, 2nd London: Hodder Education, Page 215- 229.

Sarka Kreuzova 17 July 2019, Encouraging Extensive Reading, English Teaching Professional (1 09), viewed 31 December 2019, < https://www.etprofessional.com/encouraging-extensive-reading >.

Philip Prowse (2000), The secret of reading, English Teaching Professional, (13), viewed 2 January,2020, < https://www.etprofessional.com/the-secret-of-reading >

Liu. J., and Zhang. J., (2018). ‘The Effects of Extensive Reading on English Vocabulary Learning: A Meta-analysis ‘, English Language Teaching; Vol. 11, No. 6; 2018, viewed 2 January 2020, < https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1179114.pdf >

Categories
CAE Exam Preparation English Courses English Exams English Language School eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS Grammar IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation Language Learning Language School Learn English online english Reading University Southampton Study Abroad Summer School Uncategorized Vocabulary writing

EASILY CONFUSED WORDS

English has a lot of words that can be easily confused not only by those of you learning English, but also by those of us studying English, and by ‘native’ speakers. English is a rich mix of different influences; very little survives of the original Celtic language from the original inhabitants of the British Isles apart from place names such as York; Church Latin brought by the Roman’s persisted until the sixteenth century; the Germanic Anglo-Saxon ‘settlers’ colonised the eastern and southern part of Britain by the 5th century. Then came the Viking invasions in the 9th and 10th centuries; they brought the influence of Old Norse. In 1066, the Norman conquest of England began bringing a heavy Norman French influence. Then with Britain’s expanding trade and eventually Empire new words entered the language brought not only by the British but the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch empires thought trade.

There are also many inconsistencies in spellings; there are homographs (wind and wind), homophones (capital and capitol) and homonyms (produce the verb and produce the noun).

Confusion can come about when the meaning is misunderstood by the listener. When we learn a new language, or study our own language, enter a new job or read a new book we are confronted by new words that can confuse us in the form of faddy neologisms or jargon.

It took me a few days to stop using the Spanish word coger in South America; I could no longer coger el colectivo I had to tomar el colectivo (take the bus) in South America. In English there are a number of ways we can confuse ourselves; the first are the superficial differences between the ‘Englishes’ usually to do with spelling or semantics – the meaning of a word. For example, there were two computer programmers; one from America and one from England. When the English programmer and finished writing his program, he sat down to watch a TV programme; then, when the American finished her program she sat down to what her TV program. Which program or program you use depends on where you are and what you are doing. In the next two examples the meaning of each sentence is different; In England it is quite acceptable to say “I’ve never seen such a gorgeous ass”; you would be complimenting someone on their donkey, but using the exact same words in the United States could land you in gaol or is it jail? I get easily confused by these two words. There are also confusions brought about by time, for example, until the early twentieth century, it wasn’t unusual for people of a certain education to say, “I’m feeling rather gay today.” This meant “I’m feeling rather happy.” During this time people sometimes said they felt rather ‘queer’ or strange; both gay and queer have different meanings today – in the early twenty-first century; these are prime examples of the semantic shift in words. England also has a fantastic culinary tradition; one such culinary delight is the faggot; I love faggots and regularly eat them – faggots in England are large meatballs by the way. However, I am sure this is still an arrestable offence in some parts of the United States and the wider world.

Time has also changed the meaning of wicked and cool; in the late 1990s they meant something like fantastic or really good. In today’s news media the words snowflake and gammon have taken on a new meaning. These words are often used as terms of abuse in the news media it is debatable how much they are used outside the confines of newspapers and troll or water armies. Confusion can also occur through pronunciation; in the American ABC comedy TV series Modern Family the character Gloria Delgado-Pritchett played by the American-Columbian actor Sofía Vergara is asked by her husband to get some baby cheeses and she orders lots of baby Jesuses. But there is also confusion brought about by homophones; for example, which of the following means to be still or not moving? In her Grammarly blog Top 30 Commonly Confused Words in English, Brittney Ross mentions two confusing words: Complement and Compliment; both words are spelt differently; they both have different meanings but the same pronunciation both for the verb and noun forms. So, what happens when we hear these words, how do we learn how to spell them? Stationary or stationery? Confused? It’s common to confuse these two words even among so-called ‘native’ speakers, so look at the two words in context: The train was stationary, so I popped into the stationery store and got these envelopes and pens. How do I get around the problem? In my head I tend to stress the final vowel in both words and remember the context; that helps me remember the spelling. And there are the principles and principals: There are fundamental principles we all live by; one of them is that we shall not steal. Many school principals have at least a master’s degree is the headmaster of a school. How do you remember which is which? Well you could use spelling mnemonics; for example, my pal is a school principal. The other way of confusing you is the non-transparent spelling system; we don’t always mean or say what is written; in English vowels aren’t pronounced or used. Take, for example, the word chocolate; in Spanish all the vowels are pronounced, in English we are lazier and drop the second ‘o’ vowel sound, so it’s pronounced as choclate.

So, knowing how a word is pronounced and practicing can often help our spelling, but there is also the problem of the spell check; how many of us have used the spell check and this marvellous device has sent the wrong word making us look completely illiterate? Embarrassing isn’t it! As Brittney Ross says in her Grammarly blog Top 30 Commonly Confused Words in English ‘your word might be spelled right, but it may be the wrong word.’ We also have the double entendre is a figure of speech that has two meanings or interpretations; this form of ambiguity can cause confusion in meaning, for instance, newspaper headlines are notorious for this; take for example this headline, ‘Strikes to Paralyse Travellers’; does it mean that travellers will be physically paralysed or does it mean that the infrastructure will be paralysed and travellers won’t be able to travel? Anther confusing example is that 21 taxes choke tourism operators – Parliament cries; a parliament crying because tourism operators were choked by twenty-one taxes!

Chris Scott February 2020

Reference List

Brittney Ross [n.d.], Top 30 Commonly Confused Words in English, Grammarly blog, viewed 30 December 2019, < https://www.grammarly.com/blog/commonly-confused-words/ >.

Mirror.co.uk 17 August 2016, Strikes to Paralyse Travellers, Mirror, viewed 30 December 2019, < https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/strikes-to-paralyse-travellers-638297 >

Richard Annerquaye Abbey January 24, 2019, 21 taxes choke tourism operators – Parliament cries, viewed 30 December 2019, https://thebftonline.com/2019/editors-pick/21-taxes-choke-tourism-operators-parliament-cries/

Categories
CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English IELTS Preparation Language Learning Language School Learn English online english Solent University Southampton Southampton University Summer School Universities in UK websites writing

SeaCity Museum, Southampton

Last week was amazing; I visited the SeaCity museum in Southampton with my friend Hassan.  I learned a lot about Southampton’s history and the Titanic.  Actually, I got very excited watching the Titanic film. 

While we were at the museum, we talked about what happened, and we visualised the lack of safety boats on the Titanic and how this changed for future ships.  In my opinion, there is no person to blame, but this was the result of a sequence of mistakes and wrong decisions.  

The important thing is that we get the benefits of what happened and maybe try to avoid such events again. 

Mustafa A.

October, 2019 

Categories
Academic IELTS CAE Exam Preparation English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing European Funding eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language School Learn English Life in Reading online english Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University Study Abroad Summer School Universities in UK

Benefits of reading and books recommendations

There is a great deal of research on the benefits of reading for students of a second language. Among them are learning a wide range of vocabulary, improving our written expression, improving general language skills, being motivated to read, developing our autonomy as learners, developing empathy and becoming better readers.

Before starting a book we have to take into account two things, that it is to your taste and that the difficulty of the book fits your level in that language.

To do this Eurospeak will show you below a selection of books that are available at the Eurospeak Southampton school.

Elementary level

The Watchers, Jim and Stella, an English brother and sister on holiday on Crete, and Nikos, their Cretan friend, go into the caves. But the watchers are waiting for them…

The adventures of Tom Sawyer, It tells the adventures of Tom and his friends in a graveyard, in a old house and in a cave… why is Tom afraid?

The Battle of Newton Road, a civil engineer wants to knock down the houses and build a new road. And the people of Newton Road are very angry. But can they win the battle?

A White Heron Sylvia, a shy nine-year-old, is bringing home the milk cow when she meets a young ornithologist who is hunting birds for his collection of specimens. He goes with her to her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother, Mrs. Tilley, has rescued Sylvia from a crowded home in the city, where she was languishing.

The Railway Children

Pre-intermediate level

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories is narrated by a man who has been invited to visit his childhood friend Usher. Usher gradually makes clear that his twin sister has been placed in the family vault not quite dead.

The Canterbury Tales , a story told around another story or stories. The frame of the story opens with a gathering of people at the Tabard Inn in London who are preparing for their journey to the shrine of St. Becket in Canterbury.

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Boscombe Pool The deceased’s estranged son is strongly implicated. Holmes quickly determines that a mysterious third man may be responsible for the crime, unraveling a thread involving a secret criminal past, thwarted love, and blackmail.

The Man with Two Shadows and Other Ghost Stories

Intermediate level

Lorna Doone One day John meets and falls in love with Lorna, a member of the Doone family. She is betrothed to the son of the Doone heir, Carver, and he will do everything in his power to force the marriage on her.

The Picture of Dorian Gray a young man named Dorian Gray who has a portrait painted of himself. The artist, Basil Hallward, thinks Dorian Gray is very beautiful, and becomes obsessed with Dorian. One day in Basil’s garden, Dorian Gray meets a man named Lord Henry Wotton.

Alexander the Great

Advance level

Oliver Twist is a nine-year-old orphan boy who doesn’t know who his parents were. He escapes from a workhouse to London where he meets the ‘Artful Dodger’, leader of the gang of the juvenile pickpockets.

Categories
British Weather CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University Summer School

Consejos para ahorrar en Inglaterra

Alimentos

– En cuanto a los alimentos, se pueden comprar productos con fecha de caducidad cercana, estos productos generalmente tienen un descuento.

– Puedes preparar tu propio almuerzo para el trabajo o para la escuela, es una buena manera de ahorrar en el mes. Si crees que no tienes tiempo, puedes dedicar una o dos horas durante el fin de semana para prepar todas tus comidas de la semana, esto te permitirá comer más sano, comer lo que te gusta y ahorrar algo de dinero.

– Si no quieres cocinar pero aun así quieres comer bien sin que sea demasiado caro, aquí tienes la aplicación “Too Good To Go”.

¡El concepto es muy simple, gracias a esta aplicación se pueden recoger los diferentes artículos no vendidos que se encuentran en restaurantes, panaderías, pastelerías e incluso supermercados! ¡Por lo tanto, estarás haciendo un gesto ecológico y económico y evitando el desperdicio!

– En cuanto a los supermercados, en Inglaterra hay diferentes tipos de supermercados, es decir, hay supermercados muy accesibles y otros algo más caros, así que hay que saber diferenciarlos:

Los supermercados más económicos: LIDL, ASDA, Aldi, Iceland (que es un supermercado que vende principalmente productos congelados).

También puede visitar los supermercados más famosos de Inglaterra que también ofrecen precios muy razonables: Sainsburys, Tesco, The Co-operative

Transporte

El transporte es bastante caro en Inglaterra, por lo que es importante conocer todos los consejos para poder viajar más barato:

Coge el autobús

Para los viajes largos, existe el “National Express”, una compañía de autobuses que ofrece precios asequibles. Se trata de un autobús común donde encontrarás tomas de corriente y puertos USB para cargar el móvil así como aseos. Además, el autobus está equipado con aire acondicionado, asientos XL ypuedes conectarte a su wifi de manera gratuita.

Los precios generalmente cambian dependiendo del período de tiempo de antelación con el que reserves el billete. Siempre es mejor hacerlo por adelantado.

¡Además, podrás disfrutar de descuentos con National Express Coach si compras una tarjeta de descuento la cual es muy barata! Aquí encontrará las diferentes opciones de suscripción disponibles.

También es posible compartir el coche, lo que te permitirá compartir los gastos de gasolina, pasar un buen rato y contaminar menos. He aquí una selección que puede utilizarse en el Reino Unido:

Blablacar, es el sitio número uno en Europa

Gocarshare para Inglaterra

Drivercollect: viajes compartidos en Inglaterra

Liftshare: comunidad de vehículos compartidos en Inglaterra

Europe carpooling: este es un portal de uso compartido para todos los europeos, por lo que se puede utilizar en otros países.

 

Entretenimiento

Por último, para las salidas y las actividades de ocio, ¡no te dejes engañar y elige actividades gratuitas!

– Si te encuentras y desea visitar el patrimonio cultural, por ejemplo, la mayoría de los museos son gratuitos (Museo Británico, Museo de Historia Natural).

– En cuanto a la hermosa abadía de Westminster un consejo, ir allí durante las misas, ahorrarás el pago de 23 libras esterlinas. Consultar toda la información en su página web.

– También puedes pasear por los diferentes barrios y parques de la ciudad sin gastar una libra!

– Para sus salidas nocturnas, algunos bares y discotecas no cobran hasta las 23:00 horas. ¡Ten en cuenta que estos establecimientos cierran a las 3 de la mañana podrás pasar una buena noche gratis!

 

Estos son todos los consejos para ahorrar en Inglaterra, así que ahora depende de ti. 😊

Categories
British Weather CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing European Funding eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University student card Study Abroad Summer School UK Weather weather uk

4 ways to keep your English at its best during the summer holidays

Summer is coming! Probably this is your most awaited season …. Holidays, sun, beach and trips!

Everything is so wonderful that makes us forget about our daily life.

In this blog post we will give some tips to improve your English this summer and to avoid feeling guilty next September.

If you do at least a couple of these, I assure you that not only will come back from the holidays more tanned, but also with better English.

Courses abroad

If you are young and want to have fun while learning English, the best option to take advantage of this holiday is to take an English course abroad. Eurospeak Language School is located in Reading and Southampton (UK), you can take a course from one week, from 15 up to 25 hours per week. The school will also help you with the accommodation.

 

Apps to learn English

The mobile is your faithful companion, isn’t it? Well, take advantage of it and do something productive like learn English. There are countless apps to learn languages, so I recommend that you do a simple search and choose the most suitable.

 

Language exchanges

This way of practicing your English is great. Indeed, you can do it anywhere in the world and there are also apps for it, apart from Facebook groups and MeetUps. Language exchanges consist of meeting one or more people and having conversations in your language and in the other person’s language. In this way both of you practice the language you are learning and both of you learn through each other.

 

Netflix, HBO, YouTube and other platforms

If you are keen on cinema or simply enjoy relaxed plans. Watching movies and series in English will give a boost to your language skills while you enjoy your favourite entertainment. Many of them have the option of keeping them on your mobile, so you can watch them during a journey or while waiting in a queue.

 

There are many ways not to forget your English this summer… and besides there are many other ways! Don’t forget to get cracking this summer to achieve your goals.

 

Categories
CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing European Funding eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Southampton University student card Study Abroad Summer School UK Weather websites

How to write a rave review ?

Every day we use and buy products and services. How can we share our opinion with future consumers? It is very simple to do a review, but when we are asked for this type of writings in a exam there are several points to consider.

We will need an eye-catching title, since our goal is to engage the audience.

In the introduction we should use rhetorical questions, or make assumptions for example … do you imagine…? have you ever felt…? To capture the reader’s attention, if we use the pronoun “you”, the reader will feel that he is the addressee.

If the review is about a movie or a book, don’t give spoilers, we will only give an overview never reveal the end. But not only will we focus on the facts, but we must also pay more attention to give our opinion, which must be positioned and not neutral.

To reinforce our opinion, we will use an emotive language such as strong adjectives for example “overwhelmed” or “heart-breaking”.

To make our review sound good we can make use of literary resources such as alliteration (use of two words together beginning with the same letter “sweet sound”).

To make it more believable we can provide evidence such as statistics or some examples. It is always recommended to use the magic number: three to give reasons or examples.

If you follow these steps you will avoid being one of the students who pass the “writing’ by the skin of your teeth”. You belong to the side that astonishes the examinators.

Categories
Academic IELTS CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing European Funding eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English General IELTS IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Southampton Southampton University Study Abroad Summer School UK Weather Universities in UK

Description de l’ecole de Southampton

Eurospeak Southampton est une école de langues ayant ouvert ses portes en Octobre 2018. C’est le 2eme site d’Eurospeak au Royaume-Uni après Eurospeak Reading fondé en 1991. Eurospeak Southampton est situé en plein centre-ville, dans un bâtiment historique et rénové de 4 étages. L’école est située à 5 minutes à pied de la gare centrale de Southampton, à 5 minutes à pied du centre de Southampton et se trouve devant le plus grand parc de Southampton, Watts Park.

Les cours :

Le bâtiment dispose d’un ascenseur, d’une salle de repos aménagée où vous pouvez déjeuner ou étudier et d’une cuisine où vous pouvez prendre un café gratuit.Nos salles de classes sont lumineuses et ont une vue direct sur le parc. Elles sont également parfaitement aménagées et équipées de tableaux intelligents.

L’académie offre des cours d’anglais général à tous les niveaux, du niveau de base A1 au niveau avancé C1. Vous pouvez également améliorer vos compétences linguistiques à travers des cours d’expression écrite & orale et des cours privés. Enfin, Nous accompagnons nos élèves dans leur préparation à l’examen IELTS, ou aux examens Cambridge B2 (FCE) ou C1 (CAE). N’hésitez pas à consulter notre article : Cambridge vs IELTS which one choosepour connaître les différences entre ses deux diplômes.

Nous vous offrons la possibilité de choisir le niveau qui vous convient le mieux mais vous pouvez aussi choisir vos horaires de cours : le matin, l’après-midi ou le soir. Vous pouvez choisir de faire des cours particuliers ou optez pour des formules plus intensives combinant les cours du matin, de l’après-midi et du soir.

Les prix :

L’académie vous offre des prix imbattables. En effet, les étudiants de l’Union européenne, bénéficient d’un prix de £6/heure de cours sauf pour les cours privés qui sont de £30/heure. De plus, si vous réservez plus de 10 semaines de cours, vous obtiendrez des réductions allant de 10% à 20% sur le montant total.

L’anglais pour les moins de 18 ans :

En été, nous offrons des cours pour les élèves âgés de 12 à 17 ans (à condition qu’un parent ou un tuteur soit responsable d’eux).

Les classes et nos étudiants :

Nous sommes très flexibles avec nos étudiants. En cas d’absence, l’élève concerné n’a qu’à nous prévenir en avance et il pourra rattraper ses cours à son retour. De plus, vous pouvez commencer le cours n’importe quel lundi et le terminer quand vous pensez avoir atteint le niveau désiré.

Tous nos professeurs sont parfaitement qualifiés et ils vous permettront d’acquérir d’excellentes compétences linguistiques. L’enseignement est de qualité et tout est fait pour permettre à l’étudiante d’atteindre tous ses objectifs.

Il y a 12 étudiants en moyenne par classe, cela permet aux professeurs d’avoir plus de temps à accorder à chacun. Nous avons des étudiants d’âges et de nationalités différents tels que Saoudiens, Français, Brésiliens, Espagnols, Italiens… C’est donc l’occasion idéale pour rencontrer des gens et découvrir de nouvelles cultures. Nous organisons souvent des excursions et des activités pour nos étudiants afin qu’ils puissent mieux se connaître et surtout apprendre en s’amusant.

Tout au long de leur séjour à l’école, nos étudiants bénéficient de conseils personnalisés que ce soit pour leur logement, inscription à l’université… Lorsqu’ils ont des questions ou rencontrent des difficultés, nous sommes toujours là pour les écouter et les aider. Nous vous aidons pour la commande de vos livres (nécessaire pour assister aux cours). Par ailleurs, nous mettons à votre disposition des hébergements en famille d’accueil.

Pour en savoir plus n’hésitez pas à consulter nos derniers articles sur le blog !

Categories
CAE Exam Preparation Culture English Courses English Exams English Language School English Testing eurospeak Eurospeak Reading Eurospeak Southampton FCE Exam Preparation GCSE English IELTS Exam Preparation IELTS Preparation international student card Language Learning Language School Learn English Life in Reading Reading Reading University Southampton Universities in UK

Tipps für öffentliche Transportmittel

Kommen wir zu einigen praktischen Tipps, mit denen du bares Geld sparen kannst! Es geht um Transportmittel:

Vorab will ich noch sagen, in Southampton lässt sich sehr vieles auch zu Fuß erledigen, Google Maps wird schnell zu deinem besten Freund!

Für alle längeren Reisen bietet sich der “National Express Coach” an. Dieser ist ein gewöhnlicher Reisebus, wie auch in Deutschland. Normalerweise finden sich Auflademöglichkeiten (USB-Anschluss) für dein Handy an Bord, als auch eine Toilette. Außerdem hat der Coach eine Klimaanlage, sowie Sitzplätze mit extra Beinfreiheit. Auch der Preis liegt im erschwinglichen Bereich.

Außerdem passen sich die Preise an die Uhrzeiten an: Morgens kannst du besonders günstig fahren und auch am späten Abend ebenfalls. Wenn du also sowieso einen ganzen Tag an einem Ort verbringen willst, ist diese Möglichkeit perfekt für dich. Mit dem National Express Coach hast du außerdem die Möglichkeit, bei vielen Reisen bis zu einem Drittel zu sparen. Informier‘ dich unter den verschiedenen Angebotsmöglichkeiten der “Coach cards” auf National Express Coachcard.

Der Zug hingegen ist in den meisten Fällen teurer, jedoch dafür auch schneller. Bezüglich des Preises kannst du auch mit dem Zug Schnäppchen ergattern: Häufig ist es z. B. günstiger, wenn du Hin- und Rückfahrt gleichzeitig buchst.

Manchmal fährt der Zug auch ein paar Minuten eher ab, als es auf deinem Ticket steht. Manchmal natürlich auch später. Das heißt du solltest trotzdem früh genug da sein, um deinen Zug nicht zu verpassen.

 

Des Weiteren gibt es auch verschiedene Busunternehmen in Southampton und dementsprechend auch einige Möglichkeiten sich mit dem Bus, und zwar nicht nur innerhalb Southamptons, fortzubewegen.

Für weitere Infos kannst du auf der Website der Stadtverwaltung nachschauen:

Southampton City Council Public transport