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

What is it like to study on an Evening English Course at Tti?

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Did you know that we offer a part-time Evening English Course? Our evening classes offer the perfect opportunity to develop your English skills. With lessons from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm every Monday and Wednesday, our evening classes are easy to fit around your current work or family commitments. We recently spoke to our Evening Course students to find out a little bit more about what it is like to study on this course.

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The first question we asked them was why they decided to come and study at Tti School of English and naturally, all of our students answered that it was because they wanted to improve their English. However, some replies were more specific with one student explaining that they felt a huge frustration when communicating with native speakers and they really wanted to work on their speaking skills.
On the evening course, students generally study with us for 4 weeks or more but as it is such an economic course we often find students re-enrol three or four times.
We also asked why the evening course suits these students best and of course as expected they told us that they were working or studying during the day and that the evening schedule of is most convenient for them.
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The evening courses often have quite small classes sizes and all the students agreed that this was a benefit. One student explained that it meant the they “could enjoy more frequent interaction between teachers and students” another said that it is a “benefit because the teacher knows you and knows what you need to learn in order to make progress”.
When we asked them what they had learnt on the course there was a wide variety of answers which was great to see and we can conclude that lots of areas of language are covered on this course. One student said it was his speaking skills, another said grammar and plenty of vocabulary and others spoke about the listening exercises that they did in class.
All of the students said they felt that they had made progress on the course and highlights of the course included plenty of speaking practice. Thanks so much to our evening students for contributing to our blog!
Want to know more about our part-time Evening Courses? Please visit our website http://www.ttischool.com

Everything you need to know about Notting Hill Carnival 2019

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Have you ever heard of the Notting Hill Carnival?

It is the second-largest street carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro, where many people from different countries and cultures come together all at the same time every year on the streets of Notting Hill area in Kensington, to celebrate the culture and traditions of London’s Carribean communities.

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Despite the name, Notting Hill Carnival is not part of the global carnival season, but it is a significant event in Black British culture and is led by members of the British West Indies community and it attracts around one million people annually.

The roots of the Notting Hill Carnival go back to the mid-1960s when the first Carribean Carnival organized by the Trinidad-born journalist and activist Claudia Jones was held in St. Pancras Town Hall as a response to the problematic state of race relations at the time.
Todays Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid and thrilling spectacle where traditional carnival elements are blended with Jamaican-style sound systems, soca floats, and fantastic live music, including reggae, dub and salsa. And not to forget the great variety of delicious Carribean food which is definitely worth trying.

So if you are planning to see the Notting Hill Carnival, make sure you are wearing comfortable closed-toe flat shoes and don’t forget to take a bottle of water with you to always stay hydrated.
To make the best out of your experience, you could wear your most colourful clothes and take accessories, including flags, whistles and hats so you can also be a part of the celebrations.

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When is Notting Hill Carnival 2019?
25 – 26 August 2019 from 10:30 am

Where is Notting Hill Carnival 2019?
Notting Hill area in Kensington
Ladbroke Grove
Westbourne Park
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Bayswater

How to get to Notting Hill Carnival 2019?
Nearest Tube stations:
High Street Kensington, Ladbroke Grove (closed!),
Notting Hill Gate (exit only), Westbourne Park (exit only)
Overground: Kensal Rise, Shepard’s Bush
Buses: Notting Hill Gate and The Prince of Wales on Harrow Road

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We hope to see you soon and to book your course with us this summer visit our website www.ttischool.com or email us info@ttischool.com