The University of Leeds is one of the best, and it is in the top 20 universities in the UK.
However, applying to a university like Leeds can be very scary, especially if you don't know what to do or know that you need to improve your English language skills.
Leeds Language Academy is partnered with the University of Leeds, and we can help you with advice and tips on what the university expects from you. We organise visits for our students, and you can even talk to professors if you have questions.
We met with our partners last week, and talked to them about what we can do to help students achieve this dream.
What would you like to study?
Students will usually ask what they can do to improve their English level more quickly. One answer is, do your homework! Homework helps you to review and revise your classwork (so you remember it better), it gives more time to think in English away from class AND it improves your independent study skills, so you learn better without a teacher!
Hooray for homework!
Universities in the UK are very popular for international students. The education is very good, the universities have great facilities (libraries, computer rooms, laboratories and so on!) and the professors are world experts.
However, applying to university can be very confusing. It is even difficult for English people to do! Leeds Language Academy offers university application help as part of all our courses, so you can apply while you improve your English.
To help you to understand the process of applying, our friends at University Direct have created this helpful guide!
What is a good teacher?
How do you become a better teacher?
We think about this question a lot at Leeds Language Academy. How can we help teachers? What do you need to improve? This is what we believe:
"A good teacher is one that understands the subject, wants to help the students as individuals and feels in control of their classroom."
To help English language teachers and volunteers to improve their skills, we run and organise a variety of different teaching courses. These courses can be long, short, full-time, part-time or online, to suit you and what you need to learn.
Look at our range of teacher training options here.
Short on time? Want to start a career in teaching? Do an online TEFL instead!
University is difficult. It can be even more difficult for students who have a different language. But we are here to help!
Our university help drop-in session on Wednesday afternoons is designed to help students who are currently studying at university and are having problems with their assignments, or just want some extra help to succeed at university.
Ask us today if you want help at university!
Last Friday, some of our students went to watch the Argentina v Italy match at Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
They had a lot of fun, and when you have fun, you learn more easily!
What football words do you know in English?
Usually, if a student wants to do the IELTS test, they have to wait until they are at least Upper Intermediate to start.
From the start of the Spring Term, Leeds Language Academy is opening a Lower IELTS class, ideal for students who want to start IELTS for the first time.
It can be very exciting to go and live in a new country. You will meet new people, try new food and new activities, and have fun.
But you may also feel sad, and miss your friends and family back home. This is called 'homesickness' or 'being homesick'. Everyone gets a little homesick, but for some people, they can be so homesick that they cannot enjoy their new experiences and feel very bad.
If you feel homesick, there are lots of things you can do to help you feel better. First, please speak to someone at LLA. If you are feeling too sad to work in class, you can speak to your teacher, and Zahra and Ahmed can help you too.
Here is a list of other ideas to help you if you are homesick:
A big problem for many students looking to take the IELTS exam is that some schools will put them in a General English class, with an extra IELTS class. We at Leeds Language Academy do not agree with this. This will improve that student's English language ability overall, but they will not see a big improvement in their IELTS scores. Here is why.
1. Students need exam strategies.
A big problem for students who take IELTS is that the time in the test is very short and students need to know how to answer the questions quickly. General English cannot focus on these specific exam skills enough. For example, you do not usually write an essay or read graphs in General English, but these are very important for IELTS.
To improve your IELTS scores, you need to understand that types of questions in the test and what the questions are testing you on. Then you can learn how to do those skills better.
2. IELTS topics are different to General English topics.
General English talks about shopping, films and memories. IELTS, especially in the Academic IELTS, will ask you about global warming, science, finance and psychology. An intensive IELTS course will help you to understand these ideas so you can answer questions about these topics.
3. General English can be too relaxed.
Most students who take General English are looking to improve their language to use with friends and family, and usually are planning to study for a long time. On the other hand, IELTS students usually have deadlines to take their tests and need to do as much practice as they can. Having an IELTS only class means that you are focused on the exam, and not worrying about not doing enough work for it.
4. You need a teacher who understands IELTS.
Like any exam, IELTS should be taught by teachers who understand the test as they can help you to improve. A General English teacher is not an IELTS teacher and will not be able to support you to improve your score.
An IELTS teacher must have experience of teaching on IELTS courses, and must understand the way IELTS works and what you can do to move up the levels.
At Leeds Language Academy, IELTS students do IELTS, IELTS and more IELTS. That's why over 90% of students who took our IELTS course last year got the score they wanted on their first try. Go to our IELTS page for more information.