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."
There are so many things to see and do in this fantastic city! Tonight, you can go to Sunsets at MPavillion, a temporary bar in Victoria Gardens across from the Arts Centre on St. Kilda Road. Before that, you should go to the National Gallery of Victoria to see some amazing international art.
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.