Where will an English Course take you in 2017? Caroline tells us about her experience.

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Caroline studied on an IELTS course with us at Tti School of English last year! She is now living and studying in London. Read on to find out where her English course at Tti took her!

I moved to London in January last year, with my boyfriend. We had always wanted to study abroad and as both are passionate about music, we decided that London would be the perfect place for us. When we decided to move to London, I started to look at different options. As a singer and dancer, my first plan was to either audition for parts or apply for a musical education. The thought of applying to a University felt out of reach, due to the high level of English required. My English grade from Sweden was not enough to be accepted into university, which led me to research different English Courses in London.


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I have always been insecure about my English and especially my writing, that is why I decided that an English course would be a great opportunity to improve my English. The Swedish company “Sprakpunkten” got me in contact with Tti School of English in Camden Town. The location of the school, the different options of courses and the smaller sizes of the classes, are what made me choose Tti.

During my time at Tti I got to work with fantastic teachers that helped me improve my English in both writing, speaking, reading and listening. All the staff were very helpful and friendly. The social programme gave me an opportunity to meet new people and to improve my English in a different environment.

I did two different courses during my four months at Tti, General English and IELTS. The latter was a suggestion from a teacher, and without it I would not have completed the exam with the same results. The teachers always encouraged me to improve and challenge my English level, which made me confident enough to apply for university.

After a nerve-racking IELTS exam, I finally got the English grade I needed and my application for university got accepted. I am now studying a Bachelor Degree in Music Business and Arts Management at Middlesex University!

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Something that almost seemed impossible one and half year ago when I first came to London. On the 28th of May, I am organising my first gig here in London with the music promotion company Float Live Music, that my boyfriend and I started earlier this year. This project is a part of my education and is hopefully just a beginning to bigger projects.

For more information about the band please read below and follow the links!

“KILLER BAND” THE DAHMERS ANNOUNCE: UK DEBUT AT NAMBUCCA
The Swedish garage rock band The Dahmers are set to play at Nambucca in Holloway, on the 28th of May. The band will be promoting their new album “In the Dead of Night” and this will be their UK debut, wrapping up their European tour through Germany, Poland and the UK.
The Dahmers as in the notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, have been compared to other rock acts like; The Hives, The Hellacopters, The Cramps and Jay Reatard. A perfect blend of punk, garage and 60’s rock, wrapped up in a gritty, distorted, vintage sounding production.
Their latest album was released on the 24th of March on Lövely Records, following up their latest hit EP Nightcrawler which have received raving reviews in Sweden.
The event will take place on the bank holiday of the 28th of May, presented by Float Live Music.
Must listen to track: Nightcrawler

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The Dahmers Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Dahmers/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/events/1726122514071205/

Webpage: https://www.floatlivemusic.co.uk/

Facebook Event:https://www.facebook.com/events/1726122514071205/

FLOAT LIVE MUSIC PRESENT: THE DAHMERS + THE RIVEN + THE INNOCENT The dirty high octane Swedish garage rock band is set to play at Nambucca on the 28th of May.

Ticket Link: (Promotional code: TTI)

https://ticketbud.com/events/106ee8f6-f85c-11e6-84d5-bb0b4e4ea652

Ticketbud – presenting The Dahmers + The Riven + Support – – May 28, 2017 at 596 Holloway Rd, London N7 6LB, UK. Find event and ticket information.

 Thank you so much Caroline for your contribution to our blog. Congratulations on your place at university! We hope the gig goes really well! To find out more about our school please visit our website www.ttischool.com

World Goth Day 2017

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Hello everyone! Ophelia here, coming to you with a blog about something that quite represents Camden: alternative culture. Most specifically ,the goth urban tribe. And as this week, it is World Goth Day 2017!

I was surprised to find myself nominated to write such a blog by my colleagues, because I do not consider myself a goth…but I suppose the fact that I listen to Depeche Mode and The Cure combined with the prevalence of black in my wardbrobe, it would seem that the evidence is stacked up against me.

Since opening in the 1970s, Camden Market has been both a home for alternative culture and a thriving tourist destination.  I remember when I first moved to London, I was exhilarated to find places like the Electric Ballroom or The Underworld, places where they would play the music that I loved and where I could hang out with like minded people.

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Even today there are places that cater to the tastes of these beautiful people . I am by no means an expert in the different goth subdivisions , but stores such as The Gypsy Rose and Cyberdog (both in Camden Stables market) are full of amazing and crazy fashions and accessories for those of you who enjoy the woks of Edgar Allan Poe . Also the Devonshire Arms pub is legendary as a destination for punks, metalhead and goths. That is the beauty of Camden, it is a safe heaven for everyone who wishes to express themselves and stand out from the crowd.  Here at Tti we embrace what makes Camden unique, vibrant and beautiful…. come visit us!

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 Thanks Ophe for this great blog! Happy World Goth Day! For more information about our school please visit our website www.ttischool.com

Living and Working in London-An Intern’s View

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London! I’ve been here for three months already! I am so sad if I think about the end of July, because that’s when I have to leave London. For now I should focus on what else I can do during my last two and a half months. The wonderful Tti School has always some suggestions, both during the weeks and also for the weekends.

For example our students were able to go for dinner at the Japanese restaurant Wagamama’s with our lovely teacher Mike! The food is absolutely delicious there, you should try it and participate the next time. As you can see on the picture below, they had a good time there. Last week I went to another great restaurant called Chopstix. I love it there. You can eat Chinese noodles, egged rice, spring rolls, caramel chicken (sounds maybe weird but in my opinion it is absolutely delicious) and much more and it is not expensive, you can choose between small, medium and large boxes and the prices are between £5.00 and £7.00.

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In addition Mike also lead the Speaking Workshop with our students, where they were able to improve their speaking skills for free! Thanks a lot to Mike! Our students told me it was really useful and helpful!

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An other great experience for the students who are new to London was the visit to the Tate Modern Museum, the Language Exchange and of course our Bowling Night!

The Language Exchange is always a very good way to improve your English knowledge and your speaking skills for free. You don’t have to pay for the entrance just for the drinks if you like and these aren’t too expensive. So I would absolutely recommend that you go to this event. Thanks to John for going with our students!

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Furthermore we celebrated  National Doughnut Week, were we of course ate doughnuts during the office meeting, what else?! Thanks a lot to Sian for buying them, they were delicious!!

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I would also recommend some of the things that I did over the last few weekends: I visited for example the very interesting Wellcome Collection in Euston Square and the British Museum, which is huge.You can’t see everything in there, but if you would like to see as much as possible you have to spend the whole day there. I also visited the Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, which is a natural history museum that is part of University College London. It was very interesting.Then I visited also the Tate Modern Museum, where you can see a special kind of art. I was really surprised what people call art i.e. a white picture. But if you would like to have an overview of London you should visit the museum as you can access to the roof and an amazing few over the city!

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I also went to a lovely Italian restaurant “Pulia” near Borough Market and played pool in the bar “Number 1 “ next to  London Bridge Underground Station. The price for the pool table is £10 per hour. I also went bowling next to the Westminster Underground Station, like our students last week, you can read more about that below, which was really short (you have to pay for every 20min) that’s a little bit expensive but the drinks aren’t very expensive. And the most important thing is that it was fun.

And if you don’t want to leave Camden and you’re looking for a delicious restaurant and if you like Mexican food then you must go to “The Earl of Camden” it’s absolutely good food and not too expensive, for a full plate with a burrito, nachos and fries you just pay £6.75! That’s wonderful!

Back to our lovely students: They had also a lot of fun with our teacher Johnny when they went to “Rowans Tenpin Bowl”, it’s not far from the school, just 20min on the  underground to Finsbury Park. As you can see from the picture below they had a lot of fun! Bowling is always a great thing to do in your free time with friends. You can have a drink and a snack, you can listen to music and of course you can chat and play with your friends, even if you’re not the best bowler! Bowling is always fun!!!

IMG_2627As you can read: studying at Tti is an absolute pleasure. You don’t just improve your English, you can also make friends and you can also learn a lot of things about the wonderful city of London. Go for it and study at Tti, I promise you won’t regret it!

Best wishes, Nancy

Thanks again Nancy for your brilliant contributions to our blog. If you would like more information about Tti School of English then just visit our website www.ttischool.com

National Vegetarian Week

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Did you know that it is National Vegetarian Week in the UK? Our teacher John has written this blog to tell us more about vegetarianism and veganism!

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There are now over three million vegetarians in the UK. Furthermore, Veganism is the fastest-growing social movement in the UK, and is becoming increasingly common worldwide, particularly in Germany, the USA and Australia. A study last year found that in the UK that veganism has grown 360% in the last decade, with over half a million people in the UK now living a lifestyle. This phenomenon is expected to grow faster and faster, especially since it is most popular amongst younger people. Many top athletes, including bodybuilders, boxers, footballers and Olympic athletes are now enjoying better performance and recovery thanks to a vegan diet. But what is veganism, why are more and more people becoming vegan and how easy is it to be vegan in London? You might be wondering “what are the differences between vegetarianism and veganism?” Well, there are three main types of vegetarian and one main type of vegan:

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat both dairy products and eggs; this is the most common type of vegetarian diet. 

  • Lacto-vegetarians eat dairy products but avoid eggs. 

  • Ovo-vegetarians eat eggs but not dairy products. 

  • Vegans do not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other foods which are derived from animals, plus they do not use any items derived from animals or animal testing where possible (eg leather, fur, beauty products tested on animals)

    The Vegan Society defines veganism as “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” In other words, avoiding eating or using any animal products unless it is absolutely necessary. The three main reasons why people choose to go vegan are the ethical issues, health benefits and environmental reasons.

  • Health:

  • All the nutrients a human needs, including protein, iron and calcium, are available from plants. Indeed, all nutrients enter the food chain from plants, even for meat.

  • Eating meat and dairy increases the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes due to the presence of hormones, saturated fat and cholesterol

  • Ethics:

  • Vegans argue that there is no humane or ethical way to kill an animal that does not want to die

  • Baby calves are taken from their mothers after birth in order to take the milk from their mothers

  • In the egg industry, male chicks are killed after birth since they cannot produce eggs or grow large enough to be used for meat

  • Environment:

  • Climate change- Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide and methane) than all transport combined

  • Animal agriculture is the leading cause of rainforest deforestation (to create space for animals to graze or grow crops to feed animals e.g. 90% of soy production is to feed farmed animals)

  • Raising animals for meat also uses vast amounts of water (e.g. the water required for one beef burger is equal to 26 ten-minute showers)

    Due to the rising numbers of people interested in and taking up vegan or vegetarian lifestyles, there are more and more restaurants and supermarkets offering vegan and vegetarian options or fully vegan and/or vegetarian menus. Some of the most well known in London are listed below and some are in Camden!

  • Mildred’s, 9 Jamestown Road, Camden (www.mildreds.co.uk/camden): Fresh, delicious and good value international vegan and vegetarian food

  • Cookies and Scream, Camden Market (www.cookiesandscream.com): Vegan and gluten free bakery offering scrumptious cakes, sweets and desserts

  • Veggie Pret A Manger, Soho (www.pret.co.uk/en-gb/veggie-pret): Fully vegetarian and vegan branch of the popular high-street chain

  • Fed By Water, Kingsland High Street, Dalston (http://fedbywater.co.uk): Vegan Italian restaurant offering delicious pasta dishes, risotto and pizzas with cashew nut cheese, plus much more in the trendy East London area of Dalston

  • Temple of Hackney, Morning Lane, Hackney (www.instagram.com/templeofseitan/?hl=en): A fast-food vegan ‘chicken’ shop with the ‘meat’ made from seitan (which comes from wheat). Like a vegan KFC.

    Why not do something positive for your health, the environment and the animals this week and see how delicious and healthy vegan food can be? If you are interested, you can join Tti on the Social Programme this Wednesday (17th May) at 6:30pm for a meal and English conversation at Mildred’s! For more information on veganism, there is a wealth of information online and many videos on YouTube, including “This Speech Will Change How You See Everything” by the YouTube Blogger “Bite Size Vegan” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8KPpeNK5fU)

Thanks so much for your contribution to our blog John! For more details about our school please visit www.ttischool.com

What are the benefits of being a Coffee Bar Monitor?

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We are looking for coffee bar monitors at Tti School of English. This is a great opportunity to study English in London. Gonzalo from Argentina tells us about the benefits.

I started my experience at Tti School of English in May 2016 where I worked as a Coffee Bar Monitor and also attended to the General English Course for about five months.

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I come from Buenos Aires, Argentina and this was my first time in Europe. Everything was new for me and, to be honest, when I just started my level of English was basic!

At the beginning, I thought it was going to be as one of many others schools of English around London, but that´s not true. For me, it was like home away home, and I can say that I really felt the spirit of Tti. The staff and teachers helped me every day and not only with my English but also to understand and discover this marvellous new country.

Moreover, working as a Coffee Bar Monitor helped me to improve my English faster and meet people around the world, discovering new and rich cultures, different customs and languages. On the other hand I strongly recommend you to participate in the different activities on the Social Programme that the school offers. Sharing time with classmates and teachers, will help you and push you to use the language, make mistakes and improve your speaking skills for FREE!

After five months, I took the decision to continue working in the coffee bar for another two months and started thinking on the idea of taking the FCE course to prepare myself for the Cambridge Exam. It was a tough challenge for me, an intensive 8 week course where you really improve your speaking, writing, reading and listening skills, you learn a lot of new vocabulary and useful expressions. I feel really proud of myself because I passed the exam but even more because I chose Tti School, met excellent people and I had an unforgettable experience for life.

If you choose any school of English in London, you will improve your English, but if you choose Tti School you will have the whole package: a lifetime experience! Come to discover this unique place.

Thank you so much for your contribution to our blog Gonzalo! It was a pleasure having you to study with us. For more details about our school or becoming a coffee bar monitor check out our website: www.ttischool.com

Accommodation in London.

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Here at Tti School of English we know how important accommodation is to our students. In fact where they are going to stay in London is almost as important as the course they chose. We understand that for students to be happy and relaxed at school they must feel comfortable in their accommodation. With this in mind we work hard to make sure that we have a wide range of accommodation to suit all requirements at the same time as being mindful of budgets. Everybody has different expectations and different priorities. For some people location and proximity to Tti is the most important aspect yet for others, it is the opportunity to have a cultural exchange. Some students like the idea of sharing their accommodation whereas others want more privacy. We cater for all of these priorities. Just take a look at our accommodation portfolio!

Tti Student Houses:

These are by far our most popular accommodation option. Located in Camden Town just a 5 minute walk to school our student houses offer single and twin rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen on a self catering basis. Ideal for younger independent students on a budget. The minimum age is 18.

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Student Residences:

We offer  two residences year round and one extra for the summer months of July and August. So three in total. All our residences are purpose built university halls of residence offering self catering accommodation. They are all within walking distance of Tti! (Walking distance is 30 mins) 

Our Standard Residence has single rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom. Ideal for younger independent students on a budget. The minimum age in this residence is 18.

Our Premium Residence has single rooms with a small private bathroom and a shared kitchen. It also benefits from lovely communal spaces both inside and outdoors too. It is located in a quiet residential area and is perfect for all students aged over 18.

Our Standard Summer Residence is a perfect summer option. It is located in Zone 1 so access to both Camden Town and central London is so easy even on foot. The accommodation offered are single rooms with small private bathrooms and a shared kitchen. The minimum age in this residence is 18.

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Homestay

Another really popular option, homestay offers the opportunity to live with a host in London and get more immersed in both the English language and British culture. It is also really flexible with various options such as bed and breakfast, half board, private bathroom and even walking distance requests all possible. Simply the best way to maximise your exposure to the language and consequently make faster progress. This accommodation is ideal for all of our students from age 16+.

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Studios 

We have two studio options both located right  in the heart Camden Town. This type of accommodation allows total independence and privacy offering both private kitchen and bathroom facilities. You will need a bigger budget for this accommodation but that is off set as you wont need to pay so much for your travelling! This accommodation is ideal for more mature students. The minimum age is 18.

All of this accommodation is available to students booking an English course at Tti!  For more details about our accommodation and our courses visit our website: www.ttischool.com

 

CAE Diary May 2017

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This week Canelle updates us on the progress that the CAE class are making! Canelle studied the FCE with us last year and now she is back to tackle the CAE! Great to have you back Canelle and good luck with the exam!

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Two weeks are already over! Can you believe it? Time goes so fast with such a nice class. This week we’ve finished learning all the techniques needed to succeed brilliantly at the CAE exam. In fact, James, our teacher, gave as all the tricks to perform.

I’ve found the jump between the FCE and the CAE readings quite impressive but after focusing on it, I think we’ll cope with it well. In the middle of the week our teacher reminded us about the rules for relative clauses which almost all of us had forgotten.

We also played games in pairs, which added a touch of fun to the lessons, to check the vocabulary we had learned in the first week. It was quite easy as a result of James tips. Indeed, he explained to us how to make “flashcards” at home, a simple technique to improve and learn our vocabulary: write the word you need to know on the front of the card, then on the back, write the definition in english and a sentence to illustrate it and then, check them every morning.

Well let’s enjoy this week because next week we are going to have our first mock exam!

Many thanks to Canelle for her contribution to our blog this week. For more details about our exam courses please visit our website www.ttischool.com

What’s it like to study on a CAE Course at Tti School of English?

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Our latest FCE and CAE courses started two weeks ago. Lorne from France tells all about the first few weeks of study and what it is like to take an exam preparation course at Tti School of English.

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Hello everybody ! I’m Lorane and I’m in the CAE class. We are currently in our second week but I will talk about the first one.

There are 8 people in the class. It is nice to be in a small class. James, our teacher, is teaching us techniques for the exam. We wrote our first essay, as part of our homework. We are waiting for the feedback from James! I hope it will be good! We do have homework everyday, which is not a bad thing, if you want to pass a Cambridge Exam.

During our first week we looked at every part of the test to get an idea of what is in store for us. I found it quite good, not too scary!

You also have to work a lot on your own. All in all, the class is quite fun. There is a calm atmosphere in the class and considering it is an exam class it is not too stressful! I appreciate the good ambience with only good vibes and we all get along really well. We have of course been learning a ton of useful vocabulary including idioms and phrasal verbs.

Thanks for your contribution to our blog Lorane! For more details about our FCE and CAE Courses please click the link: http://ow.ly/5nHI30b7cmz