Free Museums in London

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Aloha! Ophelia here. It’s been a while since my last blog, but we have had a very hectic summer here at Tti.

Our summer students enjoyed many activities within our social program calendar, including one of my favourites: museums!

We as Londoners are extremely lucky that, unlike most of our European counterparts, the vast majority of the public museums are free of charge. This means that whether you are an art, history or nature fan, or you are simply curious, there is no excuse not to check out these wonderful places while visiting our capital. See my top five favourite free museums below :

-The National Art Gallery (Trafalgar Square)

Definitely we’ll start with my favourite. The National Art Gallery is located in the heart of London, and it houses one of the most important collections of European art in the world. With works ranging from the 13th Century to the 1900s, it is one of the most visited art galleries in the world. The permanent collection features works by the likes of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Cezanne, among others. It is a tour de force for art lovers and tourists alike.

Nearest Tube stations: Charing Cross Station (Northern and Bakerloo line)


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- The British Museum (Holborn)

Possibly one of the most famous museums in existence, a visit to the British Museum is like taking a trip around the world and throughout time. The museum is dedicated to human culture and history, and with over 8 million objects, it is one of the most comprehensive collections to date. The museum houses several objects with legendary status: The Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Frieze, Egyptian mummies, and the Sutton Hoo burial mask and regalia, as well as the preserved corpse of Lindow Man. It is a mandatory stop for anyone who is curious about humanity and our history throughout the ages.

Nearest Tube stations: Holborn Station (Central & Piccadilly Line), Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central line)

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-The Natural History Museum (South Kensington)

Officially known as the Charles Darwin Natural History museum, and housed in a truly impressive building, this place is home to life and science specimens, some dating back to millions of years. Some of the collection highlights are the dinosaur galleries and the mammal galleries. The building also features the full skeleton of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling, and it houses Charles Darwin’s personal collection of specimens he procured during his voyage around the world. I cannot recommend it enough!

Nearest Tube stations: South Kensington (Circle, District & Piccadilly Line)

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-Wellcome Collection (Euston)

The Wellcome Collection is a one of a kind museum, featuring displays and artefacts that try to document the relationship between mankind, medicine and art. The collection is divided into several spaces. The “Medicine Man” area is a permanent display of a small part of Henry Wellcome’s collection. “Medicine Now” is a permanent exhibition combining art, mixed media displays and objects to present some aspects of modern medicine and of the work of the Wellcome Trust. This area features a postcard wall where visitors are encouraged to contribute drawings.
The main exhibition space hosts a changing programme of events and exhibitions. This museum is a regular part of our social programme so make sure to check it out.

Nearest Tube stations: Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Line)

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-Museum of London

With over six million objects, the Museum of London is the largest urban history collection in the world. It tells the story of our city, from prehistoric times to modern days.

The museum comprises a series of chronological galleries containing original artefacts, models, pictures and diagrams, with a strong emphasis on archaeological discoveries, the built city, urban development and London’s social and cultural life, with interactive displays and activities for all ages. Fragments of the Roman London Wall can be seen just outside the museum. Another spot not to be missed!

Nearest Tube stations: St. Paul’s (Central Line)

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And there you have it…. make sure you make the most out of your time in London by joining our social program and visiting these museums!

To find out more about our school please visit www.ttischool.com

Why choose the Cambridge Exam Preparation Course at Tti?

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Our Senior Teacher Sally shares with you her personal insight into the Cambridge Exam Preparation courses here at Tti School.

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Why take the Cambridge FCE/CAE exams?

Nowadays, a wide range of English exams are available to take to demonstrate your level, the choice of which can depend on your individual motivations. If you are an Upper Intermediate (B2) or Advanced (C1) student of English, I believe that whether your motivations are for career goals, university requirements or for your own personal goals, the Cambridge courses are definitely worth studying. Below I will discuss my top five reasons why.

1) Comprehensive course: all skills are developed

The FCE and CAE are the Cambridge B2/C1 level exams which test your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, in addition to your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. The preparation courses here at Tti help you develop in each aspect for the exam and clearly see your progress through continuous assessment and tutorials alongside the opportunity to take authentic past papers as mock exams every week.

2) Real, functional English

Having taught many different types of exams courses, ranging from Business exams to IELTS, I feel that the Cambridge courses stand out as providing a fantastic opportunity to deepen your English for everyday life. The course content is beneficial for everyone. For example, during the course, you will learn useful functional language, as well as extensive opportunities to explore new vocabulary including phrasal verbs and idiomatic language and to become far more aware of word-formation. This combination provides you with real language that you can use to communicate effectively, globally.

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3) Structure and motivation

It is an extremely structured and motivating platform to improve your level. Additionally, if your goal is achieving the CAE exam (Advanced) but don’t quite feel ready, the FCE (Upper Intermediate) could be a good stepping stone. You will become familiar with the exam format and moreover improve throughout the process. And if you ace the FCE exam, it is possible to get an ‘extended certification’, which proves that you achieved a CAE level. Being small closed group classes at Tti, we really get to know the students and their needs, and it is an awesome and rewarding opportunity for the teacher and the students alike to see your development over the 8-week course.

4) The Cambridge exam certificate does not expire

Unlike other examinations, the FCE and CAE certificates do not have an expiry date. This means that you can continue to use it as a representation of your English level for a long time, which is important because all recognised examinations are expensive. Get more for your money!

5) Internationally recognised

The Cambridge exams are recognised globally within institutions such as universities and businesses. It is a useful certificate for studying abroad, travelling and working in an English-speaking country. Why not set yourself the challenge, and get signed up for our courses this Autumn?

Want to know more about our FCE and CAE Exam Preparation Courses? Please visit our website http://www.ttischool.com

The Rugby World Cup

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The Rugby World Cup 2019 will be held in Japan from September 20th to November 2nd at 12 different venues spread between Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido and Kumamoto in the southern part of Kyushu. This is the first time that Japan is hosting the 20-nation, 48-match tournament, and the first for a country outside of the traditional rugby strongholds. As such, it presents a rare opportunity for people worldwide not only to learn more about the sport but also about the rich and vast culture of this beautiful country.

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Pool stage

The twenty teams are divided into four pools of five teams. Each pool is a single round of ten games, in which each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same pool. Teams are awarded four league points for a win, two for a draw and none for a defeat by eight or more points. A team scoring four tries in a match is awarded a bonus point, as is a team that loses by fewer than eight points – both bonus points are awarded if both situations apply.

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The teams finishing in the top two of each pool advance to the quarter-finals. The top three teams of each pool receive automatic qualification to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

History

The first final of the Rugby World Cup was contested in June 1987, in Auckland, between New Zealand and France. New Zealand won the tournament’s inaugural final 29-6.

As the hosts, England reached the final of the 1991 tournament at Twickenham, where they faced Australia. It was an Australia’s victory at 12–6.

The tournament hosts reached the final again in 1995, as South Africa faced New Zealand in Johannesburg. With seven minutes to the end of extra time, Stransky scored a drop goal to secure a 15–12 victory for South Africa. Nelson Mandela, the South African President, wearing a Springboks jersey, presented the Webb Ellis Cup to South Africa captain François Pienaar.

The 1999 final saw Australia face France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Australia won the game by 35 points to 12, and with it, their second World Cup.

The 2003 Rugby World Cup Final was played between England and Australia on 22 November 2003 at Telstra Stadium in Sydney in front of a crowd of 82,957. Jonny Wilkinson, fly-half of England scored a drop goal in the last minute of the match to give England a 20–17 victory. They became the first side from the Northern hemisphere to win the tournament.

England reached the final again in 2007, where they faced South Africa. This time it was a South African’s victory 15–6 and secure their second World Cup victory.

The 2011 final pitted hosts New Zealand against France for the second time in the tournament. It was a tough match, despite constant pressure from the French for the remainder of the final, they were unable to score more points and New Zealand won the match 8–7 to lift their second World Cup trophy.

New Zealand reached the final again in 2015, where they faced Australia at Twickenham. It was 34–17 win for New Zealand. With this victory, they became the first team to win the World Cup three times and the first holders to retain the trophy. It was also the first time that New Zealand won the competition outside of their country.

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Predictions

It is now only 2 days until the first match of Japan vs Russia at Tokyo Stadium on Friday 20th September at 11:45 am (UK time).

New Zeland is the clear favourite to retain the trophy but South Africa is showing they are a strong team and wants to obtain the trophy for the third time. Some of the northern hemisphere teams such as England or Wales who is the last Six Nations Champion are also real contenders.

Is it time for a new champion? It might be time for Argentina and Los Pumas?

The final countdown to the Rugby World Cup is upon us. All the auditions are over and now the show begins. It is the most open tournament in the competition’s history, with more genuine contenders than ever before.

Here at Tti School, we are going to display the games during the weekdays at our Study Lounge so get involved! And if you want to experience a real rugby fans atmosphere around London then you need to go to one of the many pubs around the city, grab a pint, interact with native speakers, learn about the rules and enjoy the game!

To find out more about the Rugby World Cup you can check the official website https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/ or download The Official RWC 2019 App for the latest news on your favourite teams, fixtures and venues. Available on both Apple and Android.

To find out more about our school please visit www.ttischool.com