Sometimes your level isn't all that counts to achieve the score you want in the IELTS Test! Maybe you're making one of these mistakes! Read on to find out.
October 5th is World Teachers’ Day - a day to celebrate teachers across the globe and recognise how hard they work and the difference they make educating and inspiring people in all the different contexts you find them.
Janine Rainbow, Academic Manager, and teacher Ali Shahsavand at Discover English, recently gave a presentation at the 2017 English Australia Conference in Adelaide. The presentation was titled ‘GESL’ - Green ESL for a sustainable English teaching future. Read on to discover more!
To "bring home the bacon" is a very popular idiom used when someone is working and making money to support themselves or a family.
Do you know how to use these prepositions correctly? Here is an infographic with some examples! Save it on your phone!
We are excited to hear him speak at the first Rainbow Breakfast Club on Friday 22nd of September. His presentation will provide valuable insight into life as an LGBTI international student. Read on to know more about him!
Having a healthy lifestyle as an International Student helps you to manage anxiety and stress and sleep well, both of which are important in learning a language. Here are 9 tips to improve your wellbeing!
When it comes to moving to another country to continue your studies or with immigration purposes, again, IELTS is something you hear about, but, what is this test?
Do you know the difference between these two words? Find out here!
So, you're in your English class trying to understand why the word "receipt" has a silent "P". Yes, all non-native speakers have gone through those questions! Why is English so crazy? Read on to find out!
Some of Discover English students really enjoy visiting galleries and museums. This is definitely one of the best ways to expand their knowledge and practice real English. On this occasion, Hokusai exhibition was the place to go. See what our students learnt.
To "spill the beans" is a very popular idiom used when someone accidentally or unintentionally reveals secret or delicate information.
Yasmin decided to give writing a go while studying English at Discover English. Her perseverance took her to be one of the winners of the Storytelling Competition "My place in Melbourne", organised by the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival! Read on to know her story!
Interviews with Discover English teachers who have taught the language overseas. This time, Russel shares with us his experience teaching English in Taiwan! Read on to discover his story!
To "beat around the bush" is a very popular idiom used to avoid talking directly about a topic on purpose, here are some examples!
For many people, migrating or living overseas for a while is the ultimate goal in their lives. We’ve prepared these 8 tips that will prevent homesickness from stopping you from achieving your dreams. Find out here!
Interviews with Discover English teachers who have taught the language overseas. This time, Jaybe shares with us his experience teaching English in Switzerland!
Have you ever wondered what’s actually happening in your brain when you’re learning a second language? The answer is a LOT. If you’re ever exhausted after an English class that’s because you’ve been exercising parts of your brain that you don’t use very often in day-to-day life. Read more here!
Interviews with Discover English teachers who have taught the language overseas. This time, Oisin shares with us his experience teaching English in Japan! Read on to discover his story!
Studying abroad presents a great opportunity for an individual to grow, to go through new challenges and acquire new experiences. It also brings innumerable benefits to your life, however, as all valuable things, they generally come with a great deal of effort. Read on!
Welcome to another instalment of our “How to” blog series - this entry will give you some tips on how to improve your spoken English - something that a lot of international students not only want to know but actually really need. Read on to find out how!
At Discover English we don't just reward the most hard-working students, we appreciate our amazing teachers too! So we're pleased to announce that Ali Shahsavand is the Teacher of the Month! Want to know a little bit more about him? Read on!
In this entry I'm going to give you a few tips about etiquette in Australia and explain some of our more bizarre behaviour that might not make sense to you. Follow these 9 simple rules and you should be able to avoid irritating any Australians you encounter!
Interviews with Discover English teachers who have taught the language overseas. This time, Tegan shares with us her experience teaching English in Vietnam! Read on to discover her story.
Writing well is a difficult skill to learn in your own language -- and doing it in another language is even harder for most of the students! Here are some tips on how to improve your writing in English.
Living in a foreign country can be scary, exciting, overwhelming, crazy and fun all at the same time. We know it is tempting to stay home and let your brain relax after a day in school, but it’s incredibly important to take advantage of living overseas! Read on to find out how.
The first thing nearly everyone says when they first move to Melbourne is, “It’s so expensive!”. It’s true that Melbourne is not a cheap city to live in, but there are ways to live well but still save money if you are an international student. Here are some ideas to help you!
A great way to save money and meet new people in Melbourne, especially for international students, is through flatmates or housemates! In Australia, it is very common to share a house or flat with other people. This can be a really interesting experience, read on to discover the pros and cons!
Many international students talk about learning English by taking a Cambridge Course, but what are they? Do you know the benefits and differences of taking an English course like these? It might be what you're looking for, read on to find out!
Do you enjoy listening to music? Do you like going to bed having some background melodies to help you conciliate your sleep? What about your commute to work or school while listening to a specific playlist on Spotify or Pandora to cheer you up? Read on, our students have something to say!
General English Intermediate PM1 class went to the Victoria Night Market last week and had a wonderful time. They bonded with their classmates and tasted lots of delicious food. Here are their thoughts on the great excursion.
The Melbourne Soccer cup is an indoor soccer tournament held three times a year for international students in Melbourne. Discover English teachers and students have played in the tournament since its inception in early 2016 and every event gets bigger and better!
We're pleased to announce that Tam is the Teacher of the Month - Tam is always eager, professional, enthusiastic and ready to go! He has always gained satisfaction through the sharing of knowledge, which is why he decided to become an English teacher.
Many English students feel that listening is one of the most difficult skills to master. In real life, you can’t pause when a person is speaking, or go back and listen to what they said again! There are many ways to do this outside of the classroom, here are a few suggestions!
Language learning is a very long journey and sadly there is no magic trick that will allow you to master English overnight. However, there are a number of things you can do to speed up the process and in this entry, we´re going to tell you how you can use reading to boost your English level.
Finding a job in a foreign country is very hard - you’re competing against native speakers who already know all the culturally relevant information. Read on to discover the best tips for getting a job in Melbourne as an international student.
Coming to a new country to learn another language is an incredible and life-changing experience, but it can also come with many challenges! You will make friends in your classes, but what about meeting other international students? There are many ways to meet new people, here are a few!
Students learned about what the hotel offers (conference rooms, gym, packages), how it looks after its staff, how it ensures its customers are happy and build customer loyalty, and how it is marketed.
Discover English students joined the City Library in Melbourne online so today, they picked up their membership cards! Find out more about what they did and share your experience!
Today, Discover English hosted their annual Winter Warmer - an afternoon of rugging up, sipping hot choccy and keeping toasty in the school! Melbourne is notorious for it’s changeable weather. Luckily, the students and staff from Discover English have some great tips to stop you from getting cold!
INT AM1 and 3 went to ACMI last week to learn about different kinds of entertainment technology. Afterwards, they used their excellent knowledge of English grammar to write about what the learned.
Have you seen them yet? They look like sheep. They sound like sheep and they even behave like sheep. They are sheep. The show, 'Les Moutons'(French for 'The Sheep') is taking place on the Arts Centre lawn, creating a bucolic country scene in the heart of urban life.
Have you ever felt alienated from your animalistic roots? probably not. But you might change your mind after watching the very evocative performance by the French Canadian acting group “Les Moutons”.
The students in the Cambridge Foundation class are a group of budding young writers. They recently watched some movies to write reviews about. Let’s find out what they had to say…
Canadian English Council students on a study tour at Discover English
Students seem to have really enjoyed it; one of them also found a Pokemon!
We are very proud of our hard-working Cambridge exam students who studied so enthusiastically in both FCE and CAE classes.
Placement & Orientation
A different day at Discover
We are heart broken at Discover English...
This is a FREE event. It is a great opportunity for students to gain experience through internships, volunteering, work etc.
On 16 June 2015 the Australian Government announced the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s international education sector. Key changes under the SSVF are: • a reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and • the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.
Our fantastically hard working Business English students today held a screening in their class and invited our staff and some of our classes to come and watch.
ANZAC day is a holiday here in Australia – so don’t come to school! However, ANZAC day is much more than an excuse to sleep in.
Is it just an excuse to eat chocolate? These days pretty much. And to get away of course.
Last Saturday, Captain Ali 'The Shah' Shasavand was feeling worried. It was the day of the big 5 A-Side Soccer Tournament and his team had never even met, let alone practised together!
We'll begin with "box"; the plural is "boxes", But the plural of "ox" is "oxen", not "oxes".
Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.
This looks like a long and complicated word right? Well that’s funny because the words it describes are not usually complicated…in fact you’ve heard many of them before…all around you in everyday life. Onomatopoeia is when a word’s pronunciation imitates its sound.
Ho Ho Ho! Only one week left of classes and then it’s two weeks of sun, sand, surf, cricket, bbqs and everything else you can see on an Australian tourism commercial. Sure beats snow, mulled wine, reindeer and frostbite, no?
Today's helpful tip is about Shadowing. What is "shadowing" you ask? Well you are about to find out! One of our teachers, Ali, uses this method in his classes and some of his students have had great results. It is a technique used among many language learners and in classrooms all over the world.
Today’s blog is about writing. If you haven’t already closed the page, sworn, sighed or fallen asleep-please read on. A lot of students can’t really be bothered with writing and I get that. After all, nobody takes a notepad and pen to the pub or on a date as you just want to communicate, stay up late, circumnavigate –sorry my inner Eminem.
The fascinators and frocks have been packed away until next spring, and there are no more public holidays until next January-bummer. But don’t get too depressed as summer is almost here, the Night Noodle Markets are on down by the banks of the Yarra, there’s a beer festival coming up in St. Kilda and last but not least there’s the tip of the week to savour and enjoy. And here it is…
Spring has sprung and that means a large number of you may have sprung leaks from your eyes and noses as your body fights off the dreaded hay fever. So, first tip is to get some antihistamines from the chemist.
Ali Shasavand, one our teachers at Discover English, gave a terrific presentation last week at the annual English Australia Conference, which was held in Brisbane this year. Ali has been teaching PTE preparation lessons over the last couple of months and wanted to share his experiences on how to best prepare students for this test.
Sometimes it seems that what you learn in class, while all correct and expertly delivered by your teacher of course, is completely different from the incomprehensible babble that native speakers use out in the scary real world. I mean, have you seen The Wire?
There you are with a warm mid-strength beer in one hand and a cold meat pie in the other watching 36 absolutely ripped semi-naked men fighting , wrestling, sweating and swearing over a leather ball. 80,000 screaming fans from all walks of life are hungry for blood.
Melbourne has been named the world's most liveable city for the fifth year in a row, achieving a near perfect score on the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) liveability survey of 140 cities.
Why do we take a shower? Where do we take it? Weird. How about running a bath? Even weirder. Welcome to collocations- even more feared, even more loathed than phrasal verbs. However, don't despair, the more language you learn, the easier they will become.
After the first round of presentations in the morning, we had a quick lunch and were given the afternoon off. Well, what to do? What to do, indeed. Actually not that much as jet lag was still rearing its sleepy head. A bit of a nana nap was in order, and after that a swift pint at at The Eagle, a regular pub for American pilots in WW2.
After two long flights and a $20 beer at Changi airport, the enormous British Airways 380 Airbus and I touched down on British soil. It was 5 am and already surprisingly balmy. The taxi driver, who looked straight from the set of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, thundered to Cambridge and before I could say Fe Fi Fo Fum we were there.
Okay, so how many of you read something from a newspaper or book in English every day (not including the wonderful time you spend in your English class)? If you are reading this and silently thinking ‘I do’, take a bow.
E'm gonna hava beeror three tonightez its Friday. Whadabouchew?....What is this language? Is it Australian?
Writing Competition entry by Jakub Suplicki (Poland)
Writing Competition entry by Patricia Astrid SASTRE (Colombia)
Love them or hate them, you can’t escape them, and it’s easy to start introducing them into your everyday language.
Writing Competition entry by Yoshinori Koreeda (Japan)
Writing Competition entry by Manuela Miglioranzi (Italy)
Want to improve your English in a FLASH? Then follow these easy pointers.
Our student Mihoko Hagiwara went for an excursion to Melbourne ZOO with her classmates. See what she has to say about it!
Last Friday Discover English delivered yet another very successful party!
Today, my classmates and myself went to Melbourne’s University with our IELTS teacher. We took about twenty minutes to get there and i found myself at the entrance of what is the biggest school i had the chance to visit yet.
The results from Discover's first ever Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) class have arrived!
There are lots of ways to meet new people outside of school so you can practice your English and make friends at the same time.
Here in Australia, we don't have an Easter bunny... we have an Easter Bilby!
There are many different ways for you to improve your listening ... it doesn't have to be boring!
Are you ready for a month of hilarious comedy from around the world?
Cambridge English has made a list of the words that students most often spell wrong. Can you spell these correctly?
Put on your dancing shoes this weekend, there are so many places to boogie!
There are tons of great apps you can download on your smartphone to help you learn English. Here are a few...
The best night that Melbourne has to offer is this Saturday -- White Night is back!
The IELTS class went to see "The Theory of Everything" at Kino Cinemas and wrote about the film. Check out Andrea's great review!
Have you ever travelled with someone who drove you crazy the whole time?
This weekend is going to be warm and sunny, so head down to the St Kilda Festival!
If you're tired of studying from a book, try out some websites for online English practice!
On Thursday our Advanced class visited Victoria's Parliament House. The week's lessons were 'governed' (haw haw) by themes of social justice and crime.
... and those who do not travel only read one page. - St. Augustine
You can find a million different tips for learning English, but professional translators for TED.com chose 7 of the most important methods for language learning.
Australia Day is Monday, January 26th! Discover will be closed, but there are lots of things to do to celebrate the holiday!
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” - Henry Ford
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."
Melbourne is a fantastic city, and it's even more amazing in the summer. There are several different places to watch new and old movies outside in the warm summer nights.
It was the last day of school, but classes there were none Instead Discover's students went to St Kilda for some fun It was cold and a bit windy and it even looked like rain But our students and teachers, why they didn't complain!
Studying at an English college in Melbourne is sometimes overwhelming. There is so much to learn! However, one tip to help you stay motivated is this: make SMART goals. What do we mean by SMART?
Last week our students had the opportunity to meet representatives from our pathway partners, hear about their courses, prices, start dates and further study options.
Today is Mina's last day and we organised a bit of a surprise for her! Teachers wrote and sang a song about Mina's life at Discover English. And this is how it goes:
Last Friday, students from Upper Intermediate AM 2 braved the large crowds of fanatical fans lining St. Kilda road and Swanston street to attend the Melbourne AFL Grand Final parade. We arrived early, so warmed up with a bit of kick to kick and hand ball drills.
On Tuesday the sun was shining and it seemed like too nice a day to be inside the classroom for a whole four hours. Intermediate Two decided to walk down to the river and do our speaking/pronunciation practice in the park.
Melburnians are absolutely crazy about Australian Rules Football (AFL). And that's because it's the most exciting game in the world!! Whatever you do this weekend, do not miss the 2014 AFL Grand Final between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks.
Discover English only has one Mexican student at the moment but that didn’t stop us celebrating Mexican Independence Day! Admittedly a little early as the official date is September 16, the fiesta was a great success. Sombreros were donned, Mariachi music was played, corn chips with salsa were eaten
Students in intensive overseas English courses often discuss what they like in a teacher and what makes a good teacher but do you know that teachers also discuss what they like in a student? and what makes a good student?
Alberto Florez is one happy man this week! He has been shortlisted as a finalist in a Study Melbourne Photography competition. Congratulations! We are very proud of your achievements and wish you all the best for your future career!
Four simple short words that all refer to the same thing – easy? Not quite! These four simple words are very often confused by learners of English. There are many rules associated with their usage but let’s begin with the basics. Parts of speech Say, tell, speak, and talk are all used as verbs.