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Language and Cultural Holidays in Southport and the North-West of the UK

Thus far, all of Devereux Education`s blogs have been about important and I hope, interesting language issues. We thought that now was the right time to write about Devereux Education`s home base, Southport.

Southport, (http://www.visitsouthport.com), is a very beautiful, elegant and smallish town and is situated on the Irish Sea coast, north of Liverpool, south of the Lake District and west of Manchester. Historically and culturally, it is a part of Lancashire, one of the UK`s most ancient and culturally/politically important `counties`. As a result, there is so much of cultural interest to see within an hour`s drive from Lancaster House. Whether or not you are a lover of country sports, of fine-dining and traditional hotels and pubs, of historical houses, castles and villages, of churches, abbeys and cathedrals, of theatres and of traditional or classical music, there is so much genuinely British and reasonably-priced choice in our north-western part of the UK.

Why would you, as part of a large but impersonal group, want to be dragged around on visits to the usual, over-crowded and most-frequented UK tourist hotspots? Devereux Education and its associate schools, the Liverpool Online Language School, the Preston Language School and the Southport Language School for some time have had a particular expertise in providing exclusive, high-quality and highly-customised cultural holidays which feature an included element of Professional English Language tuition.

So, if you are really keen on having a genuine cultural experience, why not contact us via our website and begin a discussion on your journey of a lifetime?

Happy cultural holidaying,

Chris Devereux,

Director, Devereux Education.

Language & Culture: `Two Sides of the Same Coin`

History shows us repeatedly that in wars, the victors attempt to destroy the indigenous languages and cultures of the losers. In the case of the British Isles, until recently, Scottish and Irish Gaelic and the Celtic languages of the Welsh and Cornish had almost disappeared as thriving, spoken and written languages. Now, it is wonderful to both see and hear these languages as one travels around the British Isles.

It is also true to say that one cannot really study a language without a reference to the culture of the country in which that language is used. For example, the stories behind English words are fascinating; the verb to `boycott` is a case in point. To know the story of the detested Captain Boycott is to enter another world, long forgotten.

Devereux Education and its associate schools, the Liverpool Online Language School, the Preston Language School and the Southport Language School are very aware of the importance of this link between a country`s  language and its culture. To use any language within its culture must be more helpful and surely must motivate the learner more. In promoting this link, Devereux Education encourages its online clients to come to the UK to undertake intensive courses in English and to experience UK culture in all of its interesting variety.

Such courses may last for between seven and fourteen days and are held in the comfortable and informal setting of Lancaster House. The daily tuition sessions begin at 9.00 am and last usually until 4.00 pm, with a one-hour break for lunch. In the evenings, if the client wants this, a cultural programme of visits is organised.

Devereux Education also has expertise and experience in organising week-long and weekend cultural holidays which are extensions to the intensive courses of Professional English described already. These cultural holidays are highly customised and aim to avoid the usual tourist hotspots and instead try to give to our clients a `real feel of the genuine UK`.

 

Chris Devereux,

Director, Devereux Education.

Developing Writing Skills for Use in ICT Technical Support English

Devereux Education and its associate schools, the Liverpool Online Language School, the Preston Language School and the Southport Language School for some time have had a particular expertise in providing tuition in ICT Technical Support English. In both online and face-to-face tuition there is a huge variety of reasons as to why our clients need our assistance for writing appropriately in their professional lives.

ICT Technical Support English Writing is one of the most interesting writing genres. The   Devereux Education, Liverpool Online Language School, Preston Language School and Southport Language School clients in Berlin need to communicate regularly with ICT technical support call centres in Egypt and in India. The heavily accented English of the call centre operatives can be problematic and so the Devereux Education, Liverpool Online Language School, Preston Language School and Southport Language School clients in Berlin need often to resort to e-mail interaction to effect speedy, clear and concise communication.

These e-mails need to make use of compressed, written English language structures and labelled diagrams to describe the nature of the various technical problems. When these forms of written communication are created effectively, they can then support the spoken interaction with the call centre operatives and solve the problems much more quickly.

Drawing and labelling effective diagrams which make use of compressed, note structures in English requires a significant knowledge of the English language. Obviously, advanced-level general and technical vocabulary must be known. However, the skill of compressing simple sentence structures to note structures, which show clear coherence and a clear, logical flow of meaning, is a very complex one and requires well qualified and experienced teaching for its development.

So, if you are a `Techie` and need to communicate quickly and efficiently in this way, then please contact Devereux Education and its associate schools the Liverpool Online Language School, the Preston Language School and the Southport Language School.

 

Chris Devereux,

Director, Devereux Education.

Language Prediction Skills and Managing Q&A’s Effectively in English

Let’s imagine a satisfying, professional situation. You are coming to the end of your presentation. You know the relevant facts well and you have presented them clearly to the audience. You feel confident about the Q&A session. The first two questions confirm this confidence. Having heard the first few spoken words of each questioner, you have grasped the central themes of their questions and you have predicted correctly where the questions are ‘going’. Almost immediately you have ‘framed’ your responses in your mind and you begin……………

Now, try to imagine how difficult this intellectual process is going to be for the non-native speaker of the English language. Indeed, it is a fascinating set of skills to have to teach to a client; both fascinating and very enjoyable.

Just think of the sub-skills required to complete the above task successfully:

  • a large memory bank of advanced-level professional vocabulary and the related collocations in both the native language and in English;
  • a clear ability to use these collocations to pick up the theme and focus of each question;
  • either a clear ability to then translate the above ideas into the native language and back into English or to think immediately about the same issues in English;
  • finally, to be so aware of the correct and concise language structures in English that your reply is fluent, confident and ‘commanding’.

Devereux Education has had a lot of experience of teaching the above skills. Through the use of varied and customised listening comprehension and note-taking tasks, through the use of listening cloze-procedure exercises, through the developing of personalised dictionaries with ‘word families’ and collocations lists, Devereux Education has been able to help its clients create these sets of skills ‘in partnership’.

So, if your job demands that you manage Q&A’s effectively in English, Devereux Education is the place for you!!!

Happy Q&A’ing,

Chris Devereux.

Processing Text Efficiently: A Vital Skill in the Modern World

There is so much useful information in the modern world, with much of its recent, significant proliferation being due to the internet. Any student becomes very quickly aware of this phenomenon as he or she begins to study. For the modern professional, and particularly one in the ICT world, keeping up with the latest developments can be very problematic and very time-consuming. Continue reading “Processing Text Efficiently: A Vital Skill in the Modern World” »

A Correct Focus on Learning English for Effective Communication

In the United Kingdom at the moment there is a governmental focus on looking back at the education systems of the past as models of learning. While it may be true to say that the modern education process in the UK is over-complex, as far as language learning is concerned, Southport Language School believes that a return to the teaching methodologies of the past would be a major mistake. Continue reading “A Correct Focus on Learning English for Effective Communication” »