The IATEFL Conference

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The IATEFL International Annual Conference and Exhibition each spring is one of the main events in the English Language Teaching calendar. Attended by approximately 3,000 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries, it involves a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and forums as well as a vibrant social programme. This offers delegates a unique opportunity to meet leading trainers, theorists and writers, and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of English language teaching and learning.

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Our fantastic teachers Ado, Tom and Vesna attended the event this year on behalf of Tti School and Ado has kindly agreed to share his experience with us. Read on to find out what he got up to!

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Easter holidays in London!

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Easter is nearly here! And this year Tti School of English is open so you can improve your English skills while enjoying your Easter holidays in London! But how should you spend your time to make the most of it? We have some suggestions that you might like…

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19th April, Good Friday

Passion of Jesus
If you follow our blog you may recognise this activity from previous years. This spectacular enactment of Jesus’ last days draws crowds from all over London. More than 100 actors get together to reenact the tragic final chapter of the Christian messiah’s life. There will be two 90 minute long methode_times_prod_web_bin_5bf3c2c4-3429-11e8-b10c-795428ac06a8performances at 12:00 pm and 3:15 pm at Trafalgar Square which are free to attend and projected onto a big screen to make sure no one misses any of it!
Where: Trafalgar Square
Nearest Tube Station: Charing Cross Station
When: 12 pm & 3:15 pm
How much: free

Lust and Liquor All Black Easter Party
In case you are more into the London nightlife this should be perfect for you. At this Easter Party in the newly refurbished “SWAY” club, it is all about rhythm. So if you like hip hop, RnB, Trap and Afro Beats this is the place to be on Good Friday evening. And it is quite affordable too, you can get a ticket for only £15. Just keep in mind that this is a ticket-only event, so if you want to attend make sure you book your tickets in advance. Also, you need to be at least 23 years old.
Where: 61-65 GreaSway-Cocktail-Lounge-2-optimisedt Queen Street, WC2B 5BZ
Nearest Tube Station: Holborn Station
When: starts at 10 pm
How much: from £15

 

 

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20th April, Easter Saturday

Bucket Race Easter Hunt
Let’s get active, shall we? Of course, Easter is nothing without a good Easter Egg Hunt. Although in this hunt you are not hunting for Easter eggs in a conventional way. To be honest: You are not even looking for eggs. The Bucket Race Easter Hunt is a Scavenger Race around London, where teams compete against one another by completing tasks on the list (or BucketList) provided. BucketRaces goal is for participants to discover new places, activities and hidden gems within London while meeting like-minded people and competing in a fun and friendly environment.
You can enter either as an individual and they will allocate you a team on the day, or as your own team. Teams can consist of a maximum of 4 people. Tasks are submitted through the wonderful world of social media, using photos and/or videos as evidence. More specifically they calculate real-time scores using Twitters #Hashtag function. That way teams can use their own mobile phones and they can give you hourly updates on how each team is performing. Twitter is free to download and use. If you don’t already have a twitter account, please ask one of their staff to help you create one before BucketRace begins.

Each tweet must contain the following: Name of the task, points value, #BucketRace, #TeamName, @BucketRace and a photo/video of the task.
Example: Stand in the corner of an elevator facing the wrong way while people enter, 50 pts, @BucketRacAnna45820919-1018158306219749377-20180714_164031-img11-optimisede, #TeamName #BucketRace.
The first place prize: Tickets for your team to Cadbury World!
Where: meeting on Easter Sunday at Golden Square, London, Greater London, W1F 9HR
Nearest Tube Sation: Piccadilly Circus
When: from 12 pm to 4 pm
How much: £10

 

 

 

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Chucs Serpentine Easter Brunch

What would Easter be without a good Easter Brunch? Chucs Serpentine Easter Brunch near Lancaster Gate Station offers you a 2-course brunch with juices, teas and coffees to have a good start into Easter Saturday (or to cope with the hangover from the Good Friday partying).
Where: Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage, Drive W22AR
Nearest Tube Station: Lancaster Gate
When: From 9 am to 12 pm
How much: £25

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https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/brunch-event/chucs-serpentine-easter-brunch

21st April, Easter Sunday

The Chocolate Cocktail Club Shoreditch
A boozy twist on the classic Easter chocolate. Taste a bright variety of chocolate infused cocktails, wine, prosecco and beers and surprise your tastebuds with them!
Where: 202 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
Nearest Tube Station: Liverpool Street Station
When: various timeslots available from 12 pm to 10.30pm
How much: £10

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Holy Communion at St. Paul’s Cathedral

25882268674_a97ff181cf_zThe Easter Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral is the biggest one in the UK. Definitely worth a visit.

Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral
Nearest Tube Station: St. Paul’s Station
When: 8 am
How much: free

 

 

 

22nd April, Easter Monday

If you stick to our suggested programme (especially to the activities linked with partying and booze) you might want to relax on this day and save some money. So how about going for a stroll in one of London’s various parks like Hyde Park, Regents Park or Hampstead Heath and just enjoying the hopefully good weather?
Nearest Tube Stations: Hyde Park (Hyde Park Corner Station) – Regents Park (Regent’s Park Station) – Hampstead Heath (Tufnell Park Station)

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Would you like to visit and see all the great things London has to offer while studying English? Visit our website and find more information about our courses at www.ttischool.com

A new series of Option Classes!

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Here at Tti School of English, we are constantly updating the courses we offer, in order to stay in tune with students needs and desires, and in line with this we are rolling out a new series of option classes. The option classes are a chance for students to take a more specialised class and focus on a specific skill or area of language, such as pronunciation, listening skills, or even debating, in addition to the more wide-ranging areas covered in their General English course.

Our new range of option classes includes both those with an academic focus as well as some which are more about communication.

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“Like a Native” is focussed on giving students the ability to understand real, natural, modern English; an opportunity to replace classic ‘textbook’ idioms like “It’s not my cup of tea” with phrases such as “I’m not a big fan of ________” or “Can’t say I’m really a _______ person”, which might have more currency on the streets of London in 2019. Students can also examine modern pronunciation, abbreviations for WhatsApp, and be equipped to better understand the latest Netflix series and top memes.

“Function Room” is all about students gaining to tools they need to do certain things in English. Want to complain about service? Interrupt someone without being rude? Express regret about a bad decision you’ve made? Often there are several ways to do the same job (‘I wish I’d brought my charger!’/’I should have brought my charger!’/’If only I’d brought my charger!’). In this class, students gain the flexibility of expression and the ability to re-word themselves if they are not understood.

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“Test Time” is exactly what it says on the tin; while students gain plenty of reading, speaking, listening and writing practice in their other classes, in Test Time they have the opportunity to practice those skills required for official English tests (IELTS, CAE, FCE, TOEIC etc.) in an examination context, furthering the essential skills that are tested on these assessments and also gaining experience with the specific techniques involved in answering exam-style questions.

“Key Words” is a chance for students to focus in more detail on those tricky words, either those that have too many meanings (‘get drunk’, ‘get home’, ‘get broken’, ‘get £7.50p/h’, ‘get a gold medal’), or are used in two ways (‘since 2004′, ‘since he was unable to pay’), or even words where the meaning is the same, but the grammar is different (although it was expensive, despite the high price). Taking this option class, students will gain vital confidence with some of the most important words in the English language.

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As you can see, there is something for everybody here, whether you’re looking to improve your casual chatting skills or are thinking of taking an official exam!

So what are you waiting for? Enrol or enquire today to see how we can help you to improve your English skills. We are waiting to hear from you. info@ttischool.com

What does London mean to you?

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Despite its somewhat average weather, London will always have a magnetic charm. From beautiful parks, interesting and free museums to some of the best restaurants in the world, historic pubs and a vibrant nightlife.

We have been asking members of the team here at Tti what London means to them, and they have given us a range of opinions about this multicultural and diverse city. One thing that is for sure is that #LondonIsOpen.

“London means important places for a music lover like me! From visiting the mythical Abbey Road to any of the clubs and places where so many movements were born: New Romantics in Holborn, Punk Culture and Amy Winehouse in Camden, raves in Brixton, festivals in the summer London has it all if music is your passion!” – Ophelia, Senior Registrar.

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“As well as being my home, where my work, friends and connections are, London also means free time. And all my free time is spent around delicious food. The food scene in London is to.die.for.  Without a doubt the most varied and exciting in the world. Forget the old (old old) myth involving England and food, London is where you can find anything you want to from anywhere in the world, for any pocket. From the swanky restaurants owned by Michelin starred, celebrity chefs of West London, to the food truck scene all over the city come rain or shine, to the hidden cheap-eats BYOB gems of Brixton, Clapham and Hackney to finally the intimate, unique experiences that the supper clubs provide – such as dining in a tube carriage, have a famous chef cook for you and your friends in their home, pop up restaurants at the back of clothes shops in Bricklane and the millions of cooking lessons-turned dinner dotted around town. If you’re looking to tickle your tastebuds, look no further than London!” – Marianne, Director of Studies.

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“London means cycling down terraced streets at night, watching foxes streak out from between parked cars. It means reading in the park on sunny afternoons in June and July, sometimes dozing off while others kick footballs and crack open beers and listen to music out of their phones. It means colonising pub benches in the summer, enjoying the slow process of evening fading. It means always having too much to do, of being spoilt for choice.” Tom Gatehouse, Teacher.

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“Apart from all the day to day pace, London is a place of cultural depth and diversity, innovation and history. Millions of different worlds contained within one city. Every day is an opportunity to discover a new one.” Jonny, Teacher.

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“Learning a language isn’t just about learning some new words and grammar rules. It’s about learning another culture. It’s also a journey of self-discovery. Where best to do that in the world? London.” Ado, Teacher.

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“I consider London my new home. I love its diversity, multiculturalism and from different backgrounds. In particular, I love its food markets and the fact that you can find food from anywhere in the world. And you can always find something fun to do.” Vesna, Teacher.

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“London is a city I love living in because I can see or experience something new every day. No two days are the same in a city where there is something for everyone, 24/7. But the best part for me is the cosmopolitan nature of London. I bet you can find a teacher for almost every language that exists in this vibrant city.” Sally, Teacher & Social programme Organiser

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“London is a city of unlimited things to do and a place where I can find unlimited excuses not to do them. A city with 70 Michelin-starred restaurants, and the Tesco Meal Deal. In galleries here, you can find some of the greatest works of art ever created by human hands, and under the bridges, some of the laziest graffiti to ever come out of a spray-paint can. It is my home, by choice, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.” Tom Miles, Teacher.

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If you want to come and explore this amazing city at the same time as improving your English, find out more about our school following the link: www.ttischool.com

This is the right school if you want to prepare for the IELTS exam!

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My name is Kia-Min, 23 years young and I come from Berlin, Germany. I’m a nurse and would like to gain some experience abroad, that was the main reason why I took a 5-week intensive IELTS preparation course at the Tti School of English. It was definitely the right choice!

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The combination of 15 lessons of General English and 15 lessons of IELTS lesson each week are optimal if you want to be prepared for the IELTS exam.
Especially in the IELTS course, the focus is separated into four parts (speaking, listening, reading and writing), with exam tips being constantly given during the lessons. Many real IELTS past papers are discussed in the group and there is a weekly mock exam under real testing conditions, with detailed feedback afterwards.
The class is very small and the teacher can give everyone attention and can give everyone a voice.

Also during my time at the Tti School of English, I had to talk a lot and I was able to improve my English skills significantly! The teachers always adjust the content of the lesson, so every student can learn what they really need; there is a friendly family atmosphere at the school and the teachers are incredibly motivated. The admin team makes sure that everyone has a nice stay here.

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Students come from everywhere in the world and are of different ages. The best thing here is, it is how easy it is to make a lot of new friends. Every day there is a social activity in the afternoon that includes speaking workshops, going to pubs, watching movies together and more.

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I felt very comfortable here. Thanks, everyone for the support and for teaching me interesting lessons!

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Ich bin Kia-Min, 23 Jahre alt und komme aus Berlin. Da ich von Beruf Krankenschwester bin und beruflich neue Erfahrungen im Ausland sammeln möchte, habe ich mich für einen 5-wöchigen Sprachkurs bei der Tti School of English entschieden und das war definitiv die richtige Wahl! Mit einer Kombination aus 15 Stunden General English und 15 Stunden IELTS Kurs pro Woche habe ich mich optimal aufs Examen vorbereiten können.

Im IELTS Kurs wirst Du gezielt auf die 4 Bereiche (Speaking, Listening, Reading und Writing) des Examens vorbereitet, wobei all die Tipps und Tricks für das Examen erlernt, geübt und häufig wiederholt werden. Etliche Originalaufgaben werden in der Gruppe besprochen, wöchentliche „mock exams“ (Prüfungsaufgaben unter originalen Prüfungsbedingungen ) werden geschrieben und genauestens korrigiert, damit Du sie nachher auch für Dich auswerten kannst. Es sind wirklich kleine Klassen, sodass die Lehrer auf jeden individuell Acht geben können und jeden zu Wort kommen lassen. In der Tti School of English kommst Du nicht drum herum eine Menge zu reden, das mir persönlich einfach ungemein beim Verbessern der Sprache geholfen hat. Der Unterrichtsinhalt wird auch speziell an die Wünsche der derzeitigen Kursteilnehmer angepasst, damit du auf jeden Fall das lernst, was Du speziell brauchst.

Insgesamt ist es eine besonders familiäre, schöne Stimmung in der Schule. Die Lehrer sind unglaublich motiviert und auch das Organisationsteam achtet darauf, dass Dein Aufenthalt so wird, wie Du es Dir vorstellst. Die Teilnehmer kommen aus der ganzen Welt und sind jeden Alters. Das Beste ist, dass es unglaublich leicht ist neue Freunde zu finden. Jeden Tag gibt es Freizeitangebote von Sprachworkshops bis hin zu Pubbesuchen und Filmabenden. Hier fühlt man sich sehr schnell wohl.

Ich danke euch für eure Unterstützung und den Spaß, den ihr beim Unterrichten vermittelt habt. Dank euch kann ich sicher bald wieder zurück nach London kommen und freue mich schon darauf euch dann zu besuchen!

Thanks so much to you Kia! It was great having you with us! To find out more about our school, please follow the link: www.ttischool.com

How Tti School of English can help you achieve your career goals in 2019.

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On your first day at Tti School as part of your speaking test, one of the questions we ask all of our students is what their main objective is for taking the course. It’s really important for us – and you – to know what your aims are, as with this information we can help you reach your goals in the fastest and most effective way possible. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular answer we receive is that students are learning English in order to improve their career prospects.

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Some students have just finished university and are using their gap year to improve their language skills. Some students have been sent to us by their companies, others are looking for a promotion and know that stronger language skills will benefit them. Sadly, some people have found themselves unemployed or redundant but have taken the positive step of using their career break to build on their skills. Whatever, the situation, one thing is for sure here at Tti we can help them all achieve these goals.

Obviously, just by taking the decision to come to London and take a course with us is the first step and simply by taking our General English courses some of these objectives can be met as basic language skills will be improved over the duration of the course. However, since career progression is one of the main reason for students to join our school, we have also put in place some extra programmes to support the language acquisition and help students to improve their chances of employment or promotion!

Every Thursday afternoon we hold a Career Workshop. This is an opportunity for students to join a small group and get some practical advice from one of our experienced teachers on CV and cover letter writing, interview and presentation skills, updating your LinkedIn profile as well as writing applications and personal statements for university.

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Getting a globally recognised qualification will also enhance your career prospects and at Tti School, we prepare students for three of the most popular English language tests. IELTS and the Cambridge First and Advanced exams. IELTS preparation is the most popular and courses run year round and start every Monday. Our Cambridge courses run for 8 weeks in closed groups three times a year. The next one will start on 15th April.

We can also prepare students for a variety of other recognised qualifications such as TOEIC, TOEFL, OET and BEC. We prepare students for these less frequently requested exams on an individual basis with one to one tuition. Typically students chose our Special Combination course for this type of exam preparation as it allows them to combine a group course of General English with the one to one tuition focusing on the specific skills required for the exam. This course is also great for students who want to focus on improving a particular area of their English skills so once again it is an opportunity that we offer to help with your career progression. For example, if you have a big interview coming up, then individual tuition is a great way to prepare or perhaps you want to focus on the English used in your career field, for example, Medical or Legal English then once again our private tuition is the best way to that.

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Why not get some work experience while you are in London? This is such a great way of enhancing your CV and really maximising your time in the UK. We offer very different programmes suited to different student profiles but they all have one thing in common, they will all definitely improve your career prospects. Get some work experience in your career field and take our Professional Work Experience programme. Get some practical experience and earn some money while you are in London and take our Paid Work Experience Programme or give something back whilst also gaining some invaluable experience with our Volunteering Programme.

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If you are already living and working in London then we can help you to consolidate and fine tune all that English you are learning in your everyday life with our part-time evening course which takes place every Monday and Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm. This course looks at the English skills you will need in the workplace, and in life, offering a practical and friendly learner environment and a great opportunity to meet people in a similar situation to your own.

If you are in need of some inspiration why not read one of these blogs written by Tti students who have achieved their goals?

Angela, Rocio & Manuel.

So what are you waiting for? Enrol or enquire today to see how we can help you take the next step up the career ladder. We are waiting to hear from you. info@ttischool.com

Where will an English Course take you in 2019? Manuel tells us about his experience.

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I’ve been taking English courses at Tti School for the last ten years, studying there every time I’ve been to London, which is one of my favourite cities in the world.

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The first time I travelled to London was in August 2008. During the economic crisis, one of my best friends and work colleagues, Vanesa, was fired from our company. She went to London looking for a new job and a new life and I decided to go and visit her. Before my visit, I asked her to help me research English courses. I was lucky because she was visiting Candem when I asked her. She was walking just in front of your school… and she told me to go there (she only told me about this “selecting method” some years later…) I choose an intensive 30 lesson programme, for three weeks.
It might sound quite weird, but It was the first time I had studied English in English, and I was so scared about it. Thanks to the Tti team, I felt comfortable with my English level throughout the whole course and it really helped me to increase my self-confidence when I had to speak with others. As a result of all these things, when I returned to Spain my interest in English started.
Over the following years, I returned regularly to London to study at Tti and I developed both an interest and skills in English, through experiential classes and a very rich and varied offer of activities that the school organises. During this period of time, I have learned and I have met lots of new friends from all corners of the world with whom I still keep in contact. To study at Tti means learning in a homely environment, with friends around. Friends are the most important thing I have got during all these years studying at Tti School.
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Tti teachers have always listened to me, answering my questions patiently and guiding me along the path of learning English. They mix theory and practice, consolidating what you have learnt during the first part of the class.
Recently, I was talking with Ray Dalio, who was in Madrid for a couple of days. I was talking with him in English, thanks to Tti!
Thanks for your contribution to our blog Manuel! If you would like more information about studying at our school then please click on the link: www.ttischool.com

New Year-New You!

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Happy New Year and a warm welcome to our first blog of 2019! So, another new year, another set of resolutions and plans for a new life. Traditionally in many countries, people use the change of year as a time for quiet reflection and to make plans. Perhaps start a new course or quit an old bad habit. And here at Tti we are the same! Read on to find out what the some of the team are planning for 2019.

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Christmas and New Year in London

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Christmas and New Year are just around the corner and unlike many other schools, Tti School stays open during the holidays! Every year we offer a course for our current students and students visiting London for those two weeks who wish to improve their English.

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The content of the lessons will depend on the makeup of the classes – our syllabus and lesson plans are negotiated depending on students’ needs, lacks and wants. But everybody should expect fun lessons led by experienced teachers who will incorporate Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening skills as well as work on Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation. You may have a lesson explaining the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland that will incorporate listening tasks, vocabulary building and speaking presentations. Or practice a comprehensive list of phrasal verbs around decorating the house for Christmas. Or even complex grammar points used to express the future, to give advice and recommendation and even grammar needed to speculate, hypothesise and complain.

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Of course, Christmas and New Year is a special time to visit London and students should expect some of the lessons to incorporate some of the traditions and themes of Christmas. As well as the lessons, our always exciting Social Programme is particularly special during the holidays with plenty of activities with the best the city has to offer in this magical time. We have planned visits to galleries, museums and special exhibitions, visits to traditional restaurants and award-winning pubs as well as Winter Festivals and even the giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square – in the heart of historical London. Not to mention the fantastic Sales in the West End where all prices get dramatically reduced on the 26th of December.

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The school atmosphere is cosy and oh so very festive with our Christmas decorations and mince pies to snack on while in class. It’s a very special period to study in London and we guarantee that you will have the best of times!

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To find out more about our Christmas and New Year course please follow this link: www.ttischool.com

What’s it like to live and work in London?

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Live and work in London-An internship in London…..Thilde joined the Tti Team as an intern. She is from Copenhagen, in Denmark and is here to support us with some of our administration tasks for two weeks. This is her first blog post about her time living and working in London!

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Read on to find out more about what it is like to intern in London!

Today, Monday 15th of October was my first day as an Intern and my second week in London is starting now. I’ve been to another English School last week, which helped me get prepared for the internship at Tti School of English. My purpose with this internship is to learn about work ethic and experience other costumes as well as working culture. It will help me get more independent and responsible and benefit me in my future.

I’ve met my workmates and done some small tasks to get me started. It’s been exciting and fun to experience what it is to work as an adult and to apply what I’ve been taught from the school. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next two weeks bring me!

It’s now my second day at Tti School, I’ve been doing a lot of desk work as to do copies of CD’s so we are ready for the exams next week.

I’ve been writing a lot of questions from students who used to go here, who has recommended the school to other students. It’s been taking a while but it’s a task I have to do during the week. Because of the many tasks, I had to do to daytime just flew by.

I’m starting to learn how to do small tasks by myself without any help, and I’m really looking forward to doing some marketing tasks and maybe some research. I find it fun but also challenging but in a good way, the things I learn here will definitely benefit me in the future.   

After work, I’m going to a musical about Michael Jackson called Thriller Live with my classmates from my school in Denmark who also have internships here in the UK in different places. It will be nice to see them again because I haven’t seen them since Friday, and I really miss hanging out with them since I’m used to seeing them every day.

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Today has not been as busy as yesterday. I’ve been working on some schedules where I collect data to marketing, I find it really exciting but I have also found out that it takes a lot more time and preparation then I might think. I’m becoming much more familiar with the IT system and I’m starting to get bigger tasks and already been given more responsibility. We’ve had the usual (so, I’ve been told) weekly Wednesday meeting, here we talked about what tasks have been done and are in progress and also an improvement for the staff and the school to make it an even better place for students to come and study. A quite exciting thing I was told to do was, observe a class (to be a student for a lessons), so at 11 to 11:50 I was in Luke’s class as a normal student. I wrote a report on a topic I’d been given and got to learn some grammar which was very useful, plus I got to meet some of the students who go to the school which was really nice because they don’t see me as often because I’m in the office, so today I’ve met some new faces (yet again:).

After work, I will go and see my friends parents from Denmark who are visiting London for a week. Due to the fact that I’ve now been in London for a week and a half I consider myself being quite familiar with central London and so I will be their tour guide for a day.

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I will show them SOHO and China Town all the tourist attractions but also focus on things I’ve found myself such as small cafes, local pubs, small beautiful parks and a shopping centre known as London Designer Outlet close to Wembley Stadium.

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So I’ve finished all the tasks I’ve been given the past few days, I’ve done the statistics of the students to the different agencies and prepared classrooms 3 and 1 for the exams which will start next week. There hasn’t been much to do today other than preparation for the Leaver’s Ceremony, so I have made 25 welcome packs for the new students coming on Monday!

The weather was very nice so I decided to go to Camden Market where I got the best fish & chips I’ve ever had and this yummy waffle with ice-cream from Bubble Mania.

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At the evening, I went to In Parma (10 Charlotte Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SH) an Italian restaurant. I met up with my 3 friends and we went enjoyed a lovely Italian meal.

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Some of the students from the school had a social activity, they were going to the pub. I was also invited but I couldn’t go because of my appointment with my girlfriends, but I heard they had a lot of fun!

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So, I’ve been working on a marketing task were I had to answer a bunch of questions about the school from an agency. It was quite hard to find all the right information, but I managed to almost answer all the question without help :)

Also, every Friday we have the Leaver’s Ceremony where all the students who finished their courses get a certificate and we all say goodbye to them. There was about 7 leaver’s and they’ve all been enjoying classes and the teachers gave them credit for their hard work.

It’s nearly Halloween and here at Tti School, we are having a Halloween Party! I’ve been decorating the school a bit today so people really can get in the Halloween spirit.

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I must leave a bit earlier because of my mom and sister are coming to visit me and spend the whole weekend with me, which I’m really looking forward to because I really miss them a lot.

Thanks Thilde for your contribution to our blog! To find out more about our school please visit our website: www.ttischool.com

 

Where to see the best firework displays in London 2018?

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“Remember remember the first week of November!”

On 5th November this year people across the UK will light bonfires, let off fireworks, and burn effigies of a man named Guy Fawkes. The reason they do this is that it is the anniversary of The Gunpowder Plot (1605); a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London by a group of dissident Catholics.

In 1603, Protestant James I became King of England. His predecessor Queen Elizabeth I had repressed Catholicism in England. Many Catholics hoped that James, being the son of the late Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, would be more sympathetic to their plight. He wasn’t and continued to carry out persecutions against them.

When is Bonfire Night?

The main firework action takes places on Monday, November 5th 2018, although events will run before and afterwards. Start planning your night of pyrotechnic fun using our listings below.

Where are the best firework displays in London?

Firework displays take place across the whole of London. Stay in your local area, or venture further afield, and pick a fireworks party that’s sure to end with a bang.

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Firework Displays in London 2018! Here is our guide!

BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS

Book in your friends and family as the annual Battersea Park Fireworks display is back on Saturday 03 November 2018 to ignite the skies of Wandsworth inspired by this year’s theme, “Circus”.

Head over to Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station before or after the fireworks to enjoy one of the many new restaurants, bars and cafes now open in this exciting new riverside quarter. There is something for all the family to enjoy plus you’ll also be able to hop on and off the MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus at the Battersea Power Station Pier.

Gates open at and the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm by Councillor Jane Cooper, Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth. Fireworks start at, there is no entry after.

Tickets: £10.00 + booking fee

Location:

Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

https://batterseapowerstation.co.uk/whats-on/detail/battersea-park-fireworks

ALEXANDRA PALACE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is easily one of the biggest displays in town. In fact, it’s so lofty, this year it’s happening TWICE, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of November. See impressive fireworks exploding with a glittering panoramic view of London as its backdrop while munching on street food and drinking craft beer. There is a family specific area, too.

Tickets: from £8.50

Location:

Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

https://fireworks.london/

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LAMBETH FIREWORKS

The Lambeth Fireworks display is back in Brockwell Park this year Saturday 3rd of November and promises to be bigger and better than ever with two displays for the price of one ticket. The first will be a kids’ movies themed display and will be followed by ‘The Time Tunnel’ show – fireworks choreographed to anthems from the ’90s onwards which to take revelers on a nostalgic journey. There will also be funfair rides, bars and plenty of great food from the likes of BBQ, Mac to the Future and Le Rac Shack.

Tickets: £10

Location:

Norwood Rd, London SE24 9BJ

http://www.lambethfireworks.london/

VICTORIA PARK FIREWORKS

Also known as the Tower Hamlets Fireworks, this is one of the few remaining free fireworks events in London. The theme of the display this year is Monsters, inspired by the first science-fiction novel Frankenstein which was published two centuries ago. The firework display and accompanying soundtrack have been designed by pyrotechnics group Walk the Plank and will start Sunday 4th at 7 pm. You’ll want to arrive early to enjoy a mulled wine from one of the local stalls in the park though from 5.30 pm.

Tickets: FREE event! No booking required

Location:

Grove Rd, Bow, London E3 5TB

http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?guide=Events&cat=44&cid=67956

CRYSTAL PALACE FIREWORK DISPLAY

Gates open at 6 pm on the 5th of November. The show will be a magical display with fewer bangs for the younger audience. This will be followed by a spectacular light show. The main family fireworks display including choreographed lights will take place at 8.30pm

TWO shows one fantastic price and even better news ticket prices are the same as last year!

Tickets: £8.50

Location:

Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2EL

https://www.crystalpalacefireworks.co.uk/

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BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS

As one of the capital’s rare major displays that’s still free, Blackheath attracts crowds of up to 100,000 to its all-day Guy Fawkes bash. This year’s event is on Saturday 3 November 2018.

Colourful fairground rides take over the heath from midday, food and drink stalls open at 5 pm and the fireworks kick off at 8 pm and will last for around 15 minutes. Don’t miss a wander through Blackheath Village, where the celebrations spill out into the streets.

Tickets: FREE.

Location:

Blackheath, London SE3 0TZ

https://lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/events/fireworks/Pages/default.aspx

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT IN WEMBLEY PARK

Wembley Park Fireworks Night returns on November 4th 2018 with FREE ‘Light Up The Night’ festival for all the family, to celebrate Brent’s cultural diversity in an explosion of music, colours, fire and light, which combine the best of Bonfire Night and Diwali. It will be free to members of the public, making it a unique experience for communities in Brent and London-wide.

Wembley Park’s Light Up the Night Festival will feature a packed programme of activities for everyone, including three stages with live performances and the ultimate fireworks displays across Wembley Park.

Starting at 4 pm, Light Up the Night will feature live performances, Doctor Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory – an interactive environment with nine ingenious fire installations – and a fire and light parade created by Emergency Exit Arts, culminating in a firework spectacular at 7 pm.

Tickets: FREE

Location:

Wembley Park, London, HA9 0EG

http://wembleypark.com/fireworks/

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And if you miss this chance but you are still in London at the end of the year…keep in mind that Bonfire Night in London is not the only large-scale fireworks London event. At the end of the year, London’s largest annual fireworks display place: London New Year’s Eve fireworks. You must book the tickets in advance! Tickets are £10 each and you can book up to four per person. Have fun!

https://www.seetickets.com/content/london-new-years-eve-fireworks

For more ideas on what to do in November check out our Social Programme at www.ttischool.com

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The weekly social programme excursions are a unique aspect of our 30+ course.

As part of our 30+ course, we enjoy a variety of class excursions for educational purposes. Our trips vary from walks to enjoy the views from the top of Hampstead Heath, tucking into a bite to eat at the famous Borough Market to visiting museums and galleries. At the beginning of each week, we discuss suggestions as a group (as well as check the weather!) finding a suitable activity and time for everyone, fitting around other classes and social activities.

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Autumn in Camden Town

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In this blog post Ophelia, our Senior Registrar has put together a list of upcoming local Camden events that you should check out!

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Hello everyone! Summer might be fading away, but that doesn’t mean that events in our lovely borough are slowing down!

23rd September: Parliament Hill Street Party

The theme of this Sunday party is “Bunker Down at Haddo House”.There will be a virtual bunker tour, art workshops and installations, live music, food stalls, table tennis competitions and much more. For more information simply follow this link: https://www.parlyparty.org.uk/

Until 7th October 2018- Frieze Sculpture Festival

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Frieze Sculpture returns to the English Gardens of Regent’s Park for three months from summer until the end of  Frieze London Art festival, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries. The free-to-view sculpture trail is the most accessible part of London’s biggest art fair with more than five million people visiting last year.

It is free of charge and you can find more information at http://www.frieze.com/sculpture

19th October: “Bad Moon Rising: a Creedence Clearwater Revival Special “ (at the Blue’s Kitchen and Bar)

We’re celebrating one of the greatest bands of the 60s, one that sold over 26 million records, played at the legendary Woodstock Festival and ranked in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time. Along with The Beatles and Stones, Creedence dominated the charts in the UK and USA during the counterculture period of the late 1960s. The Midnight Special will be performing their biggest hits to keep you grooving from 10:30pm.

Entry is only £5.70, and you can buy your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Have fun and send us some photos of these events if you attend!

 Thanks Ophelia! For more information about our school visit our homepage www.ttischool.com

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Millennials or Generation X – people who were born between 1985 and 2000 and have no idea of what life was like before mobile phones are the current generation in their prime years. True, they get a lot of bad press but they have created a language of their own. In this Academic Blog, our Director of Studies Marianne will look into the most common words and phrases Millennials created as well as their complex online communication codes.

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