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Online Learning vs Face-to-Face


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Online language learning has become immensely popular in the last decade. The opportunity to develop language skills via an app, website or online tutor is very attractive, as it removes the need for learners to spend time and money travelling to a school or college – lessons can happen anywhere with an internet connection. However, a real concern is that online courses take away the human element of teaching and learning and prevent students from developing the rapport with their tutors that is so crucial to language acquisition. Fortunately, online courses conducted in real time combine the best aspects of both methods to create a study environment that is comfortable and intimate while maintaining high academic standards and promoting student-centred learning. (more…)

What is the difference between IELTS and OET?

Both IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and OET (Occupational English Test) are used to test the English language of healthcare professionals in different parts of the world.

They are chosen by regulatory bodies to ensure doctors, nurses and other professions have sufficient language skills to communicate at a high level with patients and colleagues, and so ensure safe and effective care.


10 Useful Academic IELTS Reading Resources

The IELTS exam is perhaps the most widely taken international English language test. Over 2.5 million people sit the test every year from around the world. IELTS is recognised by universities, companies, professional bodies such as the GMC and NMC, immigration authorities, and government institutions all around the world as a measure of English language ability.

The reading paper of the Academic IELTS test is a tough one. You have to read 3 academic texts taken from journals, reports and articles and answer 40 questions on them in 1 hour. The texts are long – up to 2,000 words each. This means you have to develop the ability to understand the main points quickly, as well as the ability to find the answers to the questions without reading every single word.


What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System.

The IELTS exam is now taken by over 2.5 million people every year. It is recognised by universities, companies, professional bodies such as the GMC and NMC, immigration authorities, and government institutions all around the world as a measure of English Language ability. (more…)

What is the impact of new IELTS English language requirements for EU nurses?

As of January 18th, all EU nurses applying to work in the UK need to show they have an advanced level of English, so guaranteeing their ability to provide safe and effective practice. See the BBC news article for details.

Following a consultation last summer, the NMC decided that all nurses from the EU who had not trained or worked in an English language environment would need IELTS 7.0 to demonstrate their English competence.


How to bump your IELTS score to 7.0 or higher – Speaking

The speaking test consists of three sections. Together they take between 11 and 15 minutes. There will be you and an examiner and the whole test is recorded for quality control purposes and possible disputes about the level awarded. The marking criteria are applied consistently from centre to centre and all examiners have to pass regular tests to ensure marking is fair.


How to bump up your IELTS score to 7.0 or higher – Reading

The IELTS reading test is one hour long and consists of three passages taken from a variety of sources.  These sources might be journals, books, magazines, articles or reports. You have to answer 40 (usually) questions based on the texts, with 12 to 14 questions per passage. The texts are usually of a similar level of difficulty, though the questions may become more difficult as the test progresses.


How to Prepare for Part 2 of the IELTS Writing Exam

In Part 2 of the IELTS Writing test, you are asked to write an essay on an academic subject. You do not need any specialist knowledge.

Your essay should be at least 250 words long and the recommended time to complete this section is about 40 minutes. As in IELTS Writing Part 1, there is no choice in subject or title. Everyone taking the Academic IELTS test on that day is set the same essay question.