A greener school!

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As thousands of people around the world joined forces to raise awareness of the climate crisis in a week of climate action, which started with the international school strike on September 20 and culminated last week in the global climate strike on September 27, we’d like to share with you what we are doing here at Tti to take action.

As we are located in the centre of London all of our students and staff either use public transport, cycle or walk to school. This is a good start!

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We are aiming to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste that we produce with our main focus being on reusing as this has the least environmental impact. By using mugs, spoons and glasses that we can simply wash and reuse in our coffee bar we are reducing the amount of waste produced. We actively encourage students to refill their water bottles in the coffee bar too!

We have removed the waste bins from all of our classrooms. We now have three recycling points around the school building (coffee bar, study lounge and roof terrace) where clearly marked bins allow and encourage students and staff to think about what they are throwing away and then to easily separate it or clean it before disposing of it.

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Our Welcome Meeting on a Monday morning also gives advice to students about how to reduce waste and how to dispose of their waste while studying at school.

These are just some of the ways we take green and CSR initiatives seriously. We also recycle all paper, conserve energy wherever possible and we don’t use single-use plastic or straws, all in an effort to do our best for staff, students, the community and our environment.

We are working towards creating a Green Policy and will include this in our Vision for 2020. There is so much more to be done and we are open to suggestions as to how we can improve so please do share your ideas with us.

For more information about our school please visit our website www.ttischool.com. For more details about how our industry is working towards a more sustainable future please check out this website: https://eltfootprint.home.blog

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