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25th April 2016

Sham 69!

Welcome to Blog 69. It makes me remember Sham 69! For the last couple of weeks we’ve been focusing on vocabulary and how challenging it can be to acquire new words. (‘Lexical ítems’, as we call them in the business). Today I want to focus a little more on the person who’s learning the language, […]

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Job Opportunity!

LEC (Paris) seeks, an experienced, TEFL qualified, dynamic and engaging teacher of English for French language students visiting Bournemouth 12-23 July 2019. Position involves 3 hours class tuition, weekday mornings and assistance with afternoon activities and excursions. Candidate should be a native English speaker and should reside in the Bournemouth area.

Contact Susan 07775 662098

By |March 1st, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Teachers needed for ETC International College, Oman.

ETC International College is looking for personable, dynamic and motivated EFL teachers to join our team in our Omani school, based in Salalah. Teachers must have a Trinity Cert TESOL or a Cambridge CELTA, a degree and preferably prior experience of teaching, though we also welcome newly-qualified teachers. Contracts start at a minimum of 15 […]

By |February 22nd, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments


Greetings. Welcome back to the ETC blog. I hope you’ve been feeling yourself over the last week, if not totally yourself, maybe a bit self-ish. (Yes, you’ll have to read that opening a couple of times!) I was intending to look at the importance of ‘groups of words’ this week, but will save that for […]

By |January 28th, 2019|Uncategorised, 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