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THCross-cultural awareness: some ideas from our classrooms

by Claire Jaynes

Our classrooms are a perfect microcosm of the business world today: a mix of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. How do we all interact? What helps to break down the cultural barriers? I had this very debate this week in my Intensive Combination group who represented Switzerland, Denmark and Germany and we came up with three key points.

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THThree tips to improve your business communication skills

by Claire Jaynes

Many students on our Intensive Individual and Intensive Combination courses want to improve their general communication skills in English. In the classroom, we can work on these together but what can you do outside the classroom to maintain your level or even improve your skills? Here are 3 tips.

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THSuperfast Fibre Optic internet has arrived at Trebinshun House!

The Trebinshun philosophy has been alive and thriving for over 40 years: That Real English Learning is best achieved in a Real English environment. Our perfected balance of comfort, culture and tailored structure has evolved over a near half-century - and we are still evolving!

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THKeys To Presenting In English

by Claire Jaynes

The majority of our students attending our Intensive Individual or Intensive Combination courses are experienced business people. They come to us to look at how they can improve their presentation skills in English. What are the areas we focus on in class that can really make the difference to your performance?

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THWhat does it mean to ‘sound natural’ in English?

by Claire Jaynes

When we learn another language, it is really common for us to want to sound as natural as possible. A lot of our students want to ‘sound English.’ They don’t want to make mistakes and want to have clear communication with others. However, ‘sounding natural’ does not mean that we don’t make mistakes or that we speak perfect English (or Spanish, German etc). So what does it mean, to ‘sound natural’?

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THHow to maintain motivation in language learning

Many of our students start their Intensive programme with great enthusiasm but sometimes this fades after a couple of days or when they have to return to their work place. At Trebinshun House, we try to tackle questions about motivation and on-going learning from the very beginning, so what can be done practically to maintain good levels of motivation?

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THWhen Translation Works (and when it doesn't)

by Claire Jaynes

More than 500 million people have used Google Translate which just goes to show how important it is for us to communicate in another language. It may be just one or two words or alternatively, a whole paragraph, article or book (imagine that?). But how much can we rely on machine translation and how do us humans compare?

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THTop tips on how to improve your listening skills

by Claire Jaynes

For most of our students, listening is a key skill they want to develop alongside their speaking skills. Just think of all the different ways we listen every day: calling a colleague abroad, talking to a group in a conference call, negotiating with a supplier or simply just working in a multinational team! Luckily, listening can be practised both inside and outside the classroom. At Trebinshun House, we help students develop and practise their listening skills on our business courses so here are some of our top tips.

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THAutumn Greetings from Trebinshun!

It has been a great summer here in Wales in our anniversary year. Trebinshun House has now been providing excellent language training for 40 years and it has been a pleasure to have new faces around our dinner table as well as old friends returning too!

We are still very much a family business. Archie Watson is enjoying his role as the main host at Trebinshun and also works with his sister Bee on marketing.

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THFace-to-face and distance learning: are they compatible?

By Claire Jaynes

Many of our students at Trebinshun House leave their course with a high level of motivation and enthusiasm for continuing their learning (and of course, improved language skills). They often ask us for advice for how they can maintain or perhaps even improve their language skills once back in their country. Let's look at the place of traditional face-to-face learning and consider what benefits distance learning can offer. 

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THShortcuts To Better Learning

by Claire Jaynes

Let's face it, we all look for shortcuts in our lives (to get fit quick, to answer our emails by lunchtime etc). Language learning is no different. There is no quick fix such as fluency in 3 months (sorry!). What you'll find here is some sensible advice that language teachers follow when learning a language.

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