After Outlander: tartan and truth as a way forward

A tartan weaving company, ‘Prickly Thistle’, and a fund-raising campaign to support it, has been endorsed by Sam Heughan (as in Outlander’s ‘Jamie’).   There is an interesting quote on the company’s website by its founder,...

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English Language Skills: Q & A

Language Skills Language skills are essential to successful Academic Writing.  This is the first in a series of lessons that teach you the most useful skills for writing Academic English. We start with a short text and edit until it is a really good example of...

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Word choice in Academic Writing: 5 techniques

Word choice in academic writing is a complex interaction that creates specific meaning in specific texts.  Recently, one of my online English a Foreign Language teacher training students had to make a cloze test and asked  whether the word ‘products’ could be used as...

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Mary Queen of Scots: new Edinburgh film

‘Mary Queen of Scots’  is a new film set in Edinburgh about the tragic life and execution of Scotland’s 16th century monarch.  It is indeed excellent news that there is a new film about Mary Mary and that it is being  filmed in Edinburgh. With...

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Learn Japanese and Chinese

Learn Japanese and Chinese – It’s eaSSCy at SSC! Learn Japanese and Chinese in a non-traditional, non-textbook way that gets you using the language right from the start! When I was learning Japanese and Chinese many decades ago, I was frustrated because...

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Functions of ‘will’: the suitcase story

How to use ‘will’ is one of the most difficult aspects of the grammar of English.  This is because most learners learn traditional grammar, and they learn English by learning the different ‘tenses’ and learning that ‘will’ signals...

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Grammar of English: how to talk about the future

Grammar of English: teach and learn functions, not tense When learning the grammar of English, it seems that most learners, even at the more advanced levels,  make mistakes when talking about the future.  I continually hear Polish shop here in Scotland tell me...

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English grammar: how to use ‘will’

English grammar: viewpoint, attitude, and feelings – not tense English grammar is traditionally taught as tense-based.  You learn first the present tense, then the present continuous tense, then the simple past, then the past continuous, then you learn that...

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Chinese language workshops and course

Chinese Language Workshops and Courses      Scotland Study Centre       Academic & Business Language Training           29 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX Tel: 0131 241 60 99   Mob: 07752573946 www.scotlandstudycentre.com  scotlandstudycentre@gmail SSC REAL, FAST EASSCY...

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Literacy rates; RSA as solution to recent plunge

Literacy rates, if reliable and if not gained at the expense of education itself, can be considered as a measure of a country’s commitment to the education of its young.  Scotland has a long-standing reputation as a country of educational excellence; however, a...

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Teach functions not tenses

Teach functions, not tenses, in English language teaching.  The English language needs a non-traditional approach that focuses on a functional approach that emphasises how the structuring and grammar of the English language are used primarily NOT to signal time/tense...

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The future in English – aspect, not tense

The future in English is difficult to learn.  This is because you learn  in traditional English language classes that English is based in the tenses: past, present, and future.  However, English is NOT a tense-based language.  To be able to USE English grammar in REAL...

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