“Which test is easier; TOEFL or IELTS?” If you are a teacher, you’ve probably had many students ask you this question, and if you are a student, you have most likely wondered about this. That's totally valid; after all, you are the one taking the test and need to know which you should complete! Not … Continue reading TOEFL vs. IELTS; which one is easier?
My students using fortune-teller origami to generate discussions. Notice how much space there is in the room to allow for movement. In a recent blog titled “Teaching (VERY) Young Learners”, we promised a list of activities you can use not only with young learners, but also young adults and even adults. Without further ado, check … Continue reading Activities for Young Learners and Young Adults
Learner agency is not a new topic in education but it is, perhaps, the one we should be talking about the most. In general terms, agency is action that arises from deliberation and choice, or, in other words, the power to act.
While many students ask this, what they fail to understand is that learning a language does not mean only learning how to speak that language. Of course, it depends on your goal as a language learner; what are you hoping to achieve? If fluency is the focal point, then you should definitely focus on the … Continue reading Practicing Speaking English
Hi there! If you are new to Vertices Language Coaching, welcome! Our goal is to enable learners of English to truly develop and meet their goals at their own pace, based on their own needs. No learner is like another, so the support Vertices can give you is tailored exclusively to meet your needs. That … Continue reading English Conversation Circle
I bet you don’t remember struggling to learn your native language, do you? 😉 Most likely you picked up the sounds and words and chunks from just being exposed to the language and from the fact that you had opportunities to use it. Whenever children have the chance to communicate, they do. The wonderful thing … Continue reading How languages are learned – Part 2
LEARNING A LANGUAGE: What it takes to succeed. Have you noticed that some people are always willing to take up a challenging task while others hesitate and abandon the mere idea of a challenge? How do you see yourself? Group A or B? Here at Vertices, we know that language learning is a process: a … Continue reading Language Learning and The Growth Mindset – Part 1
Are you going to write an English proficiency test? If so, then, read this. When you enrol to write a standardized exam, you usually have a pretty compelling reason to do so: immigration, education or professional advancement. And in those cases, my friends, almost simply won’t do. The tips I will share with you come … Continue reading 5 tips to write an exam
If English isn’t your first language and you want to live or study abroad, odds are you will have to write an international proficiency test. There are several proficiency exams out there and you need to figure out which one is the right one for you. Those of you immigrating to Canada, for example, will … Continue reading What you need to know before you choose your proficiency exam
If you want to expand your vocabulary, a specific word list might be the answer:Academic Word List (AWL) - This is perfect for academic vocabulary in ANY subject!Business Service List - This one provides thousands of words that are commonly used in newspapers, business materials, etc.TOEIC Service List - this includes millions of words extracted … Continue reading Quick tip: Word Lists