Working as an ESL Teacher

I always thought that getting eight weeks off for the summer throughout Senior School was a ‘long holiday’; however, this year I have a four month – yes, sixteen week – summer holiday, which started on May 15th after my last exam of First Year at Exeter. So what have I been up to? Finding…

Teaching English in Finistère

Earlier this year I received an email from the university about an opportunity to teach English for a week in Finistère, the most westerly ‘département’ in Brittany, France. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity and signed myself up straightaway; all that was left to do was book my ferry tickets and travel insurance. I…

Spain’s Best Kept Secret

Discovering somewhere new is without a doubt my number one priority when planning a holiday. If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll be well aware that I am a huge fan of visiting places which often slip under the mass-tourism radar. It may only be January, but summer will be upon us before…

Krakow: a city worth visiting!

Visiting new places is one of the best things I think anyone can do. And I’m not talking about drunken weekend excursions to Amsterdam or party-centric beach holidays to islands such as Magaluf! Instead, visiting European cities gives great opportunity to culturally enrich your horizons and broaden your historical and geographical understanding through visiting local…

Five Steps to GCSE Success!

It’s getting to that time of year again: the first term of the academic year is over and, if you’re in Year 9, you’re probably starting to think about what GCSE subjects to study. If you’re in Year 10 and 11, you are probably thinking of how to tackle the so-called ‘GCSE mountain’! GCSE’s may seem a scary…

French Films Watchlist

I believe learning a language can’t be achieved through simply reading a pile of stuffy French grammar books. In fact, during a recent discussion with a senior modern languages lecturer, she said: ‘without learning the grammar of a language, you can say very little; but without learning vocabulary you can say nothing at all’. Building…

6 Steps to Getting an ‘A’ at A Level French

Modern languages are often, and rightly, considered among the most challenging of any A Level; there is undoubtedly a huge ‘jump’ between GCSE and AS Level. However, once you’ve bridged that gap you can actually begin to enjoy using the language in a much more natural way. Learn the Grammar! If you’re anything like I…

Ace Your A Levels

A Levels may be a well beaten path, but they’re ceratinly a mountain to climb after GCSEs and AS results are often a wake up call for students. Follow these hints and tips to grow your grades to A Level success