Archive for January, 2018

Learn to teach English on LSI Brighton’s CELTA Course

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Would you like to learn to teach English?  Throughout January, LSI Brighton has been running it’s popular CELTA  teacher training programme. The course focuses on the skills needed to become a successful English language teacher. Find out more about the course here.

It seems however that some of our newly trained teachers have plans which go beyond the usual class teaching. Once they have completed their CELTA course, five students plan to use their new skills in a very different way. Instead of basing themselves in the classroom,  they will be leading adventure and activities holidays for international students. They work for the PGL organisation which specialises in outdoor activities for young people.  PGL has used LSI for a number of years to train its staff . The company offers  English Language programmes which combine English courses with Orienteering, Archery, Climbing and Raft Building. It would be true to say therefore that the ability to teach English is a skill that can be used to support many many other skills!

Learn to teach English and open great job opportunities beyond the classromm

The English Coined by Shakespeare

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

English coined by William ShakespeareThere are few of us who haven’t heard of William Shakespeare, the famous 16th century English playwright. Most of us would even be able to name at least one of his most famous works. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet or Macbeth perhaps? Far fewer of us though would have claimed to have read one of his plays  or been to see a performance. The archaic language makes comprehension difficult even for native English speakers.

However the language of Shakespeare may not be as out dated as it may at first appear. Many terms that Shakespeare either coined or popularised  are still in common usage even today. The following is a list of our favourites:

In a pickle’ – To be in a difficult position (The Tempest)

‘Waiting with bated breath’ – To anticipate something with great eagerness ( The Merchant of Venice)

‘On a wild goose chase’ – A search for something that is difficult to find or doesn’t even exist (Romeo & Juliet)

‘The be-all and end-all’ – The only thing/person that matters (Macbeth)

‘A heart of gold’ A sincere, generous and kind nature  (Henry V)

‘Fair play’ – Conformity to agreed rules or morally upright conduct  (The Tempest)

A  ‘Gossip’ – A person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others (A Midnight Summer’s Dream)

‘Gloomy‘– Unhappy and without hope (Titus Andronicus)

And last but not least ‘Fashionable’ – Conforming to the current style or fashion (Troilus and Cressida)

Find out more about Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language.