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  • 2017-04-19 13:09News, Language

    10 election terms you should know


    Theresa May has decided on a snap general election. With just weeks to go before 8 June, media coverage will only intensify. As the sheer volume of political information and terminology can be overwhelming and difficult to follow, we’ve put together a glossary of the most important terms you should know. We hope you find it helpful.

    1. MP
    This stands for Member of Parliament, a person elected by voters to represent a constituency in parliament.

    2. Constituency
    The UK is divided into areas called constituencies. One MP is elected to represent each of these areas.

    3. Frontbencher
    The term ‘Frontbencher’ is used to describe either a government minister or opposition shadow spokesperson. This comes from the seating arrangements where the most important members of Parliament sit at the front.

    4. Backbencher

    The backbenches are the seats where an MP sits if he or she is neither a minister nor a spokesman for his or her party i.e. not in the front rows.

    5. First-past-the-post
    ‘First-past-the-post’ is the name usually given to the electoral system used for election to the House of Commons. In this system each area (constituency) elects one MP from a choice of candidates. Voters can only vote for one candidate and the candidate that gets the most votes becomes the MP. This system generally results over time in a two-party competition.

    6. House of Commons
    The House of Commons is the lower house of the parliament of the United Kingdom which meets in the Palace of Westminster. The house is an elected body consisting of 650 members known as members of parliament MPs. Members are elected to represent constituencies.

    7. House of Lords
    This is the upper house of the parliament of the United Kingdom. Like the House of Commons, it meets in the Palace of Westminster. Unlike the House of Commons, the number of members is not fixed; There are currently 805 sitting Lords. The public does not elect members of the House of Lords and its members are called peers.

    8. Peer

    A Peer is a member of the House of Lords. Some titles are hereditary but most members are Life Peers. The public does not elect members of the Lords. Hereditary Peers inherit their titles and Life Peers are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister to serve for their life. Since the year 2000, most hereditary peers have lost the right to sit in the House of Lords.

    9. Polling card
    An official poll card is a document which is sent to all registered voters shortly before an election in the UK. The poll card gives information about the election and the voter such as the date of the election, the location of the polling station, opening and closing times and the name, address and electoral number of the voter.

    10. Poll

    This can be a tricky word as it has more than one meaning.
    1) A survey
    Example: The newspaper conducted a poll to predict the election results.
    2) The place where votes are cast or recorded —usually used in plural at the polls aka Polling station.
    Example: The polls are open until 8:00 tonight.

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2017-03-20 10:18Courses, News

    LSE is now ISO 9001:2015 certified

    We are delighted to announce that The London School of English is now ISO 9001:2015 certified.

    The certification covers all parts of the London School Group – The London School of English, The London School of International Communication and LondonSchool Online.

    Choosing to have an ISO inspection is perhaps an unusual step for a language school to take.  However, we know that a guarantee of quality is important for our clients and their companies, many of which are also certified under the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard, the most recent Quality Management Systems standard.

    We feel that taking the time to manage and measure our quality systems against an international standard sends out the right message to all our clients about how seriously we take our commitment to quality.  That commitment is not just to our corporate clients but to every single person who has contact with us, whether they are course participants, sponsors, agents or training and development managers.

    If you would like to find out how our commitment to quality can help your organisation, please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange a meeting.

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.

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  • 2017-02-22 09:33News

    Are you our new Assistant Courses Manager?


    Job Title: Assistant Courses Manager
    Company: The London School of English Canterbury  
    Location: Canterbury, Kent
    Industry: Education - TEFL
    Contract: Permanent
    Salary: circa £30,000

    The Company

    The London School of English Canterbury is part of the London School Group, which has two other centres in London (one established in 1912 and among the oldest language schools in the world) and another in Stockholm.

    In Canterbury, we run two group courses as well as individual classes. Clients on the Business & Professional English course for Adults (BP 30+) range from very senior professionals, as well as VIPs, to those middle managers with growing international responsibilities. Group size is four, maximum. Clients often combine these with one-to-one tuition, where their needs can be very specific and may include, for example, English for Law, Finance, Marketing and I.T. to name a few, contextualized within their industry sector.

    The other course delivered is General English for Adults (GE 30+), with a maximum group size of six. Although the themes discussed in these sessions are more wide-ranging, training is no less intensive. Our clients have high expectations and want results. We aim to exceed those expectations.  

    As we are a small establishment (our maximum intake at any one time is thirty-three), great emphasis is placed upon offering a level of hospitality beyond the training room that larger schools would find difficult to match. From the welcome our clients receive each morning from the centre’s staff, and from their host families at the end of the day, to the daily monitoring of their progress and the inclusiveness of our network lunches and evening programmes, we communicate our desire to make their stay not just instructive, but memorable for all the right reasons. As a result, we receive consistently excellent client feedback.

    The Role

    The Assistant Courses Manager is responsible for aiding and assisting the Courses Manager, while maintaining a training role when required. The role would suit someone looking to move into ELT management, or has some experience of this and wants to further develop their skills, and potentially would welcome the opportunity to be involved in developmental projects within the London School Group.  

    Main responsibilities & functions


    1. Substituting for the Academic Manager or the Centre Manager in their absence, assuming a front-of house role
    2. Management of trainers working at Canterbury, including: induction, support, CPD, classroom observation and appraisal, when required.
    3. Courses administration, as delegated, including: timetabling; client reports management; liaising with the Courses Manager, the Centre Secretary and Registrar, as well as Sales & Marketing staff regarding course enquiries, pre-course assessment and any other relevant issues; document version control
    4. Training as needed (for example, at peak times)
    5. Technical support for trainers, especially with new learning and administrative platforms;  liaising with the IT team in London on the upkeep and development of self-access facilities and the appropriate provision of IT resources
    6. Quality control, ensuring that all courses are effectively and efficiently delivered
    7. Client contact – participating in client lunches and evening activities, and generally being client-oriented throughout their stay
    8. Helping to ensure the smooth running of the centre, and the client services provided, by supporting other departments
    9. Development of the school's profile at external conferences/events
    10. Materials management and development; special projects as needed

    Candidate Profile

    Qualifications/experience (essential)
    • DELTA or relevant MA plus 4 years teaching experience
    • Working in a client focused multi-cultural environment
    Qualifications/experience (desirable)
    • MA Applied Linguistics
    • A minimum of 1 year ELT Management experience
    • Training in the corporate sector
    • Project management
    • CPD management
    Qualities/skills required
    • Comfortable/competent with School Management Platforms and Microsoft Office 365
    • Highly organised/very good admin skills/able to work to deadlines
    • Excellent writing and editing skills/a good eye for design, layout
    • Client focussed
    • Warm, friendly and empathetic
    Qualities/skills desired
    • Project management skills
    • Teacher training experience
    • An additional language

    Application method

    Please apply with a CV and covering letter highlighting why you believe you are suitable for this role to the Courses Manager: karen.hodgson@londonschool.com
    Please include two references.
    Closing date: Wednesday 8th March 2017
    www.londonschool.com
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  • 2016-06-30 08:33Culture, News, Language

    Anyone for tennis?


    Wimbledon starts this week and continues through to July 10th. You can follow this wonderful and quintessentially British event at http://www.wimbledon.com/

    What to wear

    Whites only please, if you’re playing. Off court, a sun hat is recommended – games are long and exciting and you won’t want to leave. Alternatively, rain wear, depending on the day.

    What to eat

    Afternoon tea has always been a tradition at Wimbledon. Hot tea, scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam are essentials. Other Wimbledon classics include finger sandwiches and of course, strawberries and cream

    What to drink

    Champagne is never wrong at Wimbledon. When spectators aren't popping bottles, they're drinking Pimm's Cup, a gin-based cocktail with ginger ale, cucumbers, and a sprig of mint. If you want to stay
    completely alert, try tea, hot or iced.

    What to say

    Good shot!

    Bad luck!

    Game, set and match

    How to keep the score

    Scores are called as follows:

    15 , 0 (fifteen love)

    30, 30 (thirty all)

    40, 40 (deuce)

    40 +, 40 (advantage)


    Enjoy the championships!

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000 or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2016-06-29 07:42News, Language

    Discussing the fall out of Brexit

    Many are dismayed and bewildered following the result of the Brexit referendum last week. As the dust settles, new discussions begin and will continue for some time to come. We’ve put together some phrases which we hope you find helpful if when your input on this subject is required.


    Describing the event

    Ground breaking situation

    Currently in uncharted territory

    Earth shattering news

    A line has been crossed

    A point of no return has been reached

    Describing chaos

    Frenzy

    Havoc

    Uncertainty

    Turbulence

    Commotion

    Describing upset

    Anger and fury

    Uproar

    Recriminations

    Indignation

    Acrimony

    Moving forward

    Absorbing the seismic implications

    Trying to contain and dampen hysterical reactions

    Assessing the future

    Attempting to predict the political consequences

    Reaching reconciliation and healing divisions


    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000 or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2016-02-23 08:48News, Courses

    English in Canterbury – Special Offer ends March


    Who's this English course for?
    The London School of English Canterbury is pleased to announce a special winter package for our General English 30+ programme, a highly practical course for serious learners aged 30 years and over who want to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Our experienced trainers will help to develop your fluency, accuracy and spontaneity through dynamic role-plays and real life scenarios, both inside and outside the classroom. Agreed objectives at the start of the course and continuous progress checks ensure effective learning and measurable results.

    What’s included?
    • 22 hours of English training per week in small groups of maximum 6 participants
    • 3 trainer-led networking lunches per week
    • 1 trainer-led social activity
    • Accommodation, half board, daily car service
    • Free access to London School Online and a comprehensive end of course report

    Where will I stay?
    Our executive homestay accommodation service offers you a warm welcome into a British home. Your stay with your host forms an integral part of your immersion into British culture with many opportunities to improve your listening and  speaking skills. We have selected the best hosts with very comfortable homes and  provide a daily car service  to transfer you to and from the training centre every day.

    What does it cost?
    1-4 weeks           GBP 865.00/week*
    5-8 weeks           GBP 820.00/week*
    Courses booked with this offer must be completed by 1st April 2016*. See terms & conditions.

    How do I register?
    For booking and more information, please contact us (in English or Swedish) at info@londonschool.se or tel 08-59994000. Alternatively, see our English website.

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2016-01-18 13:32News

    Schools for Change


    Women's WorldWide Web (W4) recently interviewed London School of English's Chief Executive, Timothy Blake, about the London School Trust. Founded a couple of years ago, the trust is supporting W4’s work to empower women in Mexico and has also had several other success stories.

    Creating a Trust from a School
    Timothy Blake is the owner and Chief Executive of the London School and has been running the London School Trust since it was founded a couple of years ago.  Wanting to serve clients and the community rather than to simply make money, the School’s team used part of the School’s funding to create the Trust. To decide on which projects they should support, they consult their Trustees, who also decide on the allocation of any money injected by Timothy. And, because Timothy wanted to involve the staff of the whole school and make the endeavour more organic and collective, it is a staff committee that decides on the Trust funding that arises from any school profits.

    You can read the full interview here

    The London School of English offers high quality English language training for motivated adults from all professional backgrounds. We give you the tools and skills you need to communicate successfully in your field of expertise and to expand your business and career opportunities. Call us on +46 8 5999 4000or email us at info@londonschool.se for more information about our tailored tuition or simply take our online test to check your English level.
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  • 2016-01-07 12:24News

    LSIC features in The International HR Adviser magazine: The Global Leadership Dilemma


    Most global organisations report shortfalls in their leadership pipeline as one of their major talent concerns and yet, while spending on training has increased, it seems that relatively few companies have successfully addressed the challenge of global leadership development. What should organisations be doing to develop their future global leaders and what are the components of an effective global leadership development programme?

    Cathy Wellings of LSIC, the recently launched subsidiary of the LondonSchool group, has written an article for The International HR Adviser, the leading magazine for international HR, global mobility and procurement professionals worldwide.  The article challenges some of the assumptions made about global leadership development and discusses what organisations should be doing to hire, develop and retain the right global leaders.

    Read the article here
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  • 2015-12-14 10:29News

    Introducing the London School of International Communication

    This week marks the launch of an exciting range of intercultural, leadership and communication training and coaching programmes. LSIC is part of the LondonSchool group which has been in the business of improving international communication for over 100 years.

    International Communication
    Develop the skills to communicate with impact worldwide.

    Intercultural Skills

    Discover how to do business successfully across the globe.

    International Leadership
    Enhance your cross-cultural leadership skills for global success

    Hauke Tallon, Managing Director of the LondonSchool Group says ‘We are very excited about this new venture which is a natural extension of our work with corporate clients in the language training side of our business.  'Good communication' encompasses both language skills and broader communication skills; and in an international context intercultural competence can very easily make the difference between success and failure, so we now offer the complete package, always delivered by experts in their field and always focused on outcomes agreed with our clients.’

    Follow LSIC's blog for tips such as How to make sure your international presentation hits the mark. You can also join them on Linkedin and Twitter. See the new website for information about the full range of training and coaching programmes.


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  • 2015-11-10 15:52News

    The London School Trust – putting CSR into action

    Founded a couple of years ago by London School of English CEO, Timothy Blake, The Trust passionately sponsors many projects supporting vulnerable or marginalised groups in society through a wide spectrum of projects, from NGOs to supporting education for people in prison and helping recovering addicts.  You can find out more about The Trust and its support for multinational and cross-cultural understanding through educational and artistic activities here.
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  • 2015-11-07 15:59News, Language, Culture

    ‘Binge-watch’ declared word of the year 2015 by Collins Dictionary

    CollinsDictionary.com defines the verb as “to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession”.

    According to Collins, usage of the term is up 200% on 2014.

    Helen Newstead, Head of Language Content at Collins, said: “The rise in usage of ‘binge-watch’ is clearly linked to the biggest sea change in our viewing habits since the advent of the video recorder nearly 40 years ago”.

    Subscription services such as Netflix and digital video recorders services such as Tivo enable watching of what you want, when you want for as long as you want.

    “It’s not uncommon for viewers to binge-watch a whole season of programmes such as House of Cards or Breaking Bad in just a couple of evenings – something that, in the past, would have taken months – then discuss their binge-watching on social media.”

    Got a marathon TV session lined up this weekend? Then we wish you happy binge-watching from us all at the London School of English.
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  • 2015-09-09 16:05News

    Teaching opportunities in Saudi Arabia with The London School of English

    The London School of English, Saudi Arabia is currently recruiting 10 Male English Language Teachers

    Assignment: To teach employees of Saudi Electricity Company in purpose built, modern training centres in east and west Saudi.

    Duration:  two and three month contracts

    Start date: 1st October

    Tax free salary range: 12,000 – 14,000SR per month basic (6SR per £)
    +10% transport allowance + accommodation, flights, visas & health care..

    Key Responsibilities
    Plan and deliver training sessions utilising company supplied materials
    Produce a motivating environment that ensures trainees achieve the programme goals
    Accurately maintain all required records
    Attend team meetings
    Test and interview students, according to requirements
    Prepare and mark assessment materials as required
    Write all required reports for teaching projects
    Represent The London School of English positively in all conversations with clients, colleagues and trainees

    Working Hours
    40 hour working week, Sunday to Thursday 07:30 to 16:30 with a one hour lunch break.
    25 contact hours per week

    Applications: Please forward your CV to Tim Duncan at: tim@londonschoolsa.com
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