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Useful Expressions For Negotiating In English

A lot of our global business is conducted in English. So, there’s a strong chance you may have to learn how to negotiate using it. Fortunately, there are a number of key phrases, expressions and words that can help you effectively communicate when d... Read More

  • By: Sandra

Passing C1 Advanced Part 8: Reading and Use of English

If you’re wondering how to do Part 8 of the Reading and Use of English paper, you’re in the right place! After sitting through the first seven sections of this paper, you’ll start to feel like you can see the light at the end of the tunnel – y... Read More

  • By: Sandra

The Difference Between IELTS General and IELTS Academic

You’ve probably heard of . It’s the world’s leading test for study, work and migration after all. And as the world begins to travel again, applications for foreign universities and visas are on the rise. But did you know there are two types of I... Read More

  • By: Sandra

Passing C1 Advanced Part 7: Reading and Use of English

Welcome to Part 7 of the Reading and Use of English paper. This task is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. One where you have to arrange pieces of a text, until everything reads perfectly. Undoubtedly, this is one of the longest, and most difficult tasks in... Read More

  • By: Brenda

The Benefits Of Learning English In Your 60s And Beyond

Who said learning English was just for the young? You're never too old to learn something new. There are plenty of benefits of learning new skills, especially languages, in our senior years. And with increasing research showing the advantages to our brain... Read More

  • By: Sandra

How To Get A High Score In The B2 First Listening Test

So, you’re preparing to take the . You’ve been studying for each of the four sections; reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all have their challenges - but listening is tricky. You never know what people are going to say - and you’re a lit... Read More

  • By: Brenda

6 Reels Accounts to Learn English

Are you looking for ways to learn English during the summer holidays? We’ve got you covered – Instagram Reels is a new and exciting way to practise English! Read on to find out how it can help you learn English and the top six accounts you can fol... Read More

  • By: Brenda

8 Resources To Help Beginner English Learners

Learning a new language is hard, but fun. If you are learning English but need some help, our monthly course is what you need. It is for people who are learning English for the first time. You will learn all the basic skills including reading, writi... Read More

  • By: Brenda

5 Famous Speeches To Help you Learn English

Everyone likes listening to inspiring speeches. Gifted speakers have a way of making people want to listen and take action to change their lives. But speeches aren’t just interesting because of their content. They are also great tools to help you im... Read More

  • By: Brenda

How To Write A B2 First Formal Email/Letter

Dear reader… We sincerely hope you enjoyed our previous blog posts about the Writing section of the B2 First. As promised, here’s the latest instalment in the series. That’s right, today we’ll be teaching you how to write a formal letter or email ... Read More

  • By: Brenda

4 Conditionals In English And When To Use Them

Conditionals? Is that something you use after shampooing your hair? Not quite. You may have heard your English teacher talk about conditionals. Who knows, you may have even learnt a couple:   [list type="" icon="icon-ok"] [list_item]If it rains, y... Read More

  • By: Brenda

7 Of The Best Apps For Learning English Vocabulary

There are roughly 170,000 words in use in the English language. Thankfully, most native English speakers only have a vocabulary of . Still, that’s a lot of language for you to study! The good news is, with the right app in your pocket, it has never bee... Read More

  • By: Brenda

How to write a B2 First informal email/letter

You're probably very familiar with sending emails (and sometimes letters) in your first language. But how about in English? Writing in another language is not always so simple. If you want to pass your B2 First Certificate exam (FCE), this is an essential... Read More

  • By: Sandra

4 Future Tenses In English And How To Use Them

“Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.” - Doc Brown, Back to the future. Just like the and tenses, there is more than one future tense in English. These change depending on the function and what we want to say. Today we... Read More

  • By: Brenda

10 Business Idioms For The Workplace

Business idioms are used throughout the workplace. In meetings, conversations and even whilst making at the coffee machine - you’ll be sure to hear them wherever you go. Knowing business will help you understand native speakers better. You’ll b... Read More

  • By: Brenda

5 Tips For Reading The News In English

We spend hours consuming the news. With one click of a button we have access to thousands of news stories all on our phones. And with so much happening in the world right now, it can be difficult to avoid those breaking news updates. So why not use th... Read More

  • By: Brenda

How To Write a Report: Cambridge B2 First

Imagine the scene. It’s exam day. You’re nearly at the end of your . You’ve just finished writing Part 1 - , and now it’s time to start Part 2. So you turn over the page to find three options: - A you know - An you’ve seen before - But ... Read More

  • By: Brenda

8 English Words You Need For 2021

Back in December 2019, we sat down and attempted to make a list of . No one could have predicted the year that was about to unfold. Nor, could we imagine the vortex of new words needed to make sense of the pandemic. For the , it was a year for unpreced... Read More

  • By: Brenda

5 Christmas Movies On Netflix To Practise Your English

Christmas movies are one of the best things about the holiday season. They’re fun, they get you in the mood for the holidays, and they’re a great excuse to practise your English! Netflix has a wide selection of Christmas movies to choose from. Resist... Read More

  • By: Sandra

MigraCode: An Inspiring New Partnership For Oxford House

Oxford House are extremely proud to announce our partnership with MigraCode - a Barcelona-based charity which trains refugees and migrants in coding and computer skills. We are offering a group of MigraCode students free English classes to help build thei... Read More

  • By: Brenda

The Ultimate Guide To Video Conferencing In English

The age of telecommunication is well and truly here. Most of our business meetings now take place via video conferencing. Whether you’re using Zoom, Teams or Google Meet, the idea of a conference call in your second and sometimes third language can be ... Read More

  • By: Brenda

6 Ways You Can Learn English with Alexa

“Alexa, what exactly are you?” Alexa is a virtual AI assistant owned by Amazon. She is voice-activated - like Siri for Apple devices, and can be used in conjunction with a number of third-party apps known as Alexa Skills. One of the challenges ... Read More

  • By: Brenda

What’s new at Oxford House for 2020 – ‘21?

Welcome to the new school year! It’s great to have you back. We’d like to remind you that , and classes are all starting this week - 5th of October. , and are starting from next week (13th October). Remember, it’s not too late to sign up. Pop in... Read More

  • By: Sandra

European Languages Day: Where Does English Come From?

The 26th of September is . It’s a day to celebrate Europe’s rich linguistic diversity and show the importance of language learning. European languages are all special in their own way but did you know they often borrow words from each other? Perhap... Read More

  • By: Sandra