National Vegetarian Week

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?

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.

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