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

 

 

https://www.designmynight.com/london/clubs/covent-garden/sway/lust-and-liquor-all-black-easter-party

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

 

 

 

https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/daytime/bucketrace-easter-hunt

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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https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/pop-up/the-chocolate-cocktail-club

 

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