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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Edinburgh Festival English course!

Improve your English by taking part in the Edinburgh Festival!     Scotland Study Centre (SSC)  has registered with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to put on the show ‘Culture Internationale ’ – and YOU can take part!   For the entire period of the...

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The Scots accent

Scots actors endangered by linguistic schizophrenia                          By Rory McDonald Speaking out at the 2016 BAFTA Awards Ceremony in Glasgow, award-winning Scottish actor James McAvoy claimed that the use of Scottish accents in the film industry  sounds...

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English language courses are exSSCiting!!!   

ExSSCitement ahead at SSC! by Anne McDonald, founder of Scotland Study Centre (SSC), Edinburgh, Scotland  I am really exSSCited to be visiting Japan and China in April! And there are also exSSCiting English language courses ahead!   I taught at Hijiyama from 1992...

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