A strong essay flows easily. The reader is guided smoothly from one idea to the next. For this to happen, certain things need to be in place. Always refer to the essay question and answer it directly in the introduction, body and conclusion. Here, I will discuss the structure of the body paragraphs.Read more Stronger Topic Sentences
In this blog, I will discuss the structure of a well-written paragraph. By ‘main body paragraphs’ I mean the paragraphs in the middle of the essay, not the introduction or conclusion. First, I’ll talk about writing with the audience in mind. Then we’ll break down a paragraph so that you can see what the structure should be. Finally, I’ll talk about specific language to guide the reader.Read more Writing Paragraphs
There are so many different types of English Exams out there, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. We summarise the most popular choices offered at the UCT English Language Centre here.Read more English Exams – Which One is for Me?
Writing essays, especially for exams, requires structure. Teacher Shannon provides some tips and strategies on writing an opinion based essay in this post.Read more How to Write an Opinion Based Essay
Teacher Il-Haam looks at some of the key differences between British and American English in this blog post. Is there a right and/or wrong way to teach and speak/learn English?Read more British and American English- What’s the Difference?
Teacher Luke has been teaching English at the UCT English Language Centre since the middle of 2016. Luke is about to submit his masters dissertation in Education and enjoys teaching all levels of English. One of the questions he frequently gets asked by his students is ‘How can I learn English faster?’ In this blog post he provides 3 tips to speed up your learning.Read more ‘How Can I Learn English Faster?’
The internet is a fantastic source of information and offers everything you could possibly need to learn English. We take a look at how you can use YouTube to learn or improve your English, and offer some tips for more effective self-learning.Read more Using YouTube to Learn English
Not everyone has the time or resources to travel abroad to attend an English exam preparation course. For those who cannot, you can attend a free, 6-week MOOC compiled and administered by the people who create, administer and score the real TOEFL exam. Read more about it here.Read more Free TOEFL Exam Practice
"Everyone has a story. It might or might not be a love story. It can be a story of dreams, friendship, hope, survival or even death. And every story is worth telling. But more than that. it's worth living." (From the novel 'Everyone has a Story' by Savi Sharma). Read about Bernardo's story and his English learning experience in Cape Town here.Read more I’m a Brazilian in Africa!
At the UCT English Language Centre we are surrounded by English students with clear visions of their future. People who have set their goals and are taking action. Read here about what it means to envision your future and how to do it.Read more Envisioning Your Future