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At Athena Teacher Training we provide the Trinity CertTESOL course, which will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL). The Trinity CertTEOSL is a leading industry qualification, which you can use to teach in British Council accredited schools around the world.

It’s just a little bit hot…

My last two blogs have focused on the vowel sounds of English, so this week, let’s turn our attention to the consonant sounds, (not to be confused with the consonant letters). Out of the 44 sounds which make up English, we’ve established that some are vowel sounds and some are consonant sounds. Of the 20 […]

By |July 23rd, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments


Congratulations to France, the new champions of world football. ‘It’s coming home!’ was the cry, but as my son said: “we didn’t say when.” J Take a look back at blog 25, about the exophoric ‘it’.

Anyway, last week we looked at the twelve pure vowel sounds of English and how they were divided into 5 […]

By |July 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

It’s Coming Home

Welcome back. The four words on everyone’s lips today are ‘football’s coming home’. Well, congratulations to the England football team and good luck from everyone at ETC, Bournemouth. Thank you also for your selected comments about the ‘hambag’, which range from ‘interesting’ to ‘sloppy speech’ It’s nice to get a response! Also, I’m going to […]

By |July 9th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments


Like I said in last week’s blog, English has been broken down into 44 distinct sounds, with regional variations of course. However, if you can pronounce all these sounds, you’ll be able to pronounce any word in English. The fun thing is though, that sounds change depending on the company they keep, for example, in […]

By |July 3rd, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Come on, England!

If it was your first time I hope you enjoyed the ‘four candles sketch’ as much as I enjoyed England’s performance in the World Cup, yesterday. The joy of six, as the papers say! And speaking of the World Cup, there’s an absolute feast of different accents speaking English. Check out Joey Barton speaking English […]

By |June 25th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments


Last week’s blog concluded with the word ‘pronunciation’ and I realise we’ve done very little on this area in the thousands of words so far, so today I’ll try to rectify that situation. No matter how good your ‘grammar’ is or how many words, or groups of words, you know, if no one can tell […]

By |June 18th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Get it done!

Hi, welcome back. I hope last week’s offering didn’t distance you! In that blog I spoke about using language to distance yourself from the person you’re addressing by using lots of words, something my colleagues from the USA say they don’t do: if they want something, they don’t beat around the bush they just come […]

By |June 12th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Space through language

In the last blog I spoke about ‘personal space’ and distance. Maybe it’s ‘a British thing’, as one of my North American colleagues once pointed out, but I’ll try to show how people often establish space through language.

Here’s the context: You’re in a room with a number of other people. It’s hot and you feel […]

By |June 4th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments


Welcome back. Hope you had a nice, gloriously sunny bank holiday. Last week I went off at a bit of a tangent, talking about the importance of ‘Comprehensible Input’, a theory thought to be at the heart of how a foreign language is learned or acquired. I make no apologies for this. J I know […]

By |May 29th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Before or After?

“If I was in Australia, I would play cricket.”

Last week I asked you to consider this sentence and decide on a context where it could be used to refer to time ‘before the point now’ or time ‘after the point now’. How about this:

When the speaker was young, (s)he was the child of parents who travelled a […]

By |May 24th, 2018|John Kay's Blog|0 Comments