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Be prepared to ask for clarification if necessary. Use phrases such as:

“Would you mind clarifying this point?”
“Sorry, but could you outline the main points again?”
“I’m not sure I understood your point about…”
“Sorry, could you repeat that please?”

You can also ask the chair to summarise the discussion or provide more information:

“Can you summarise the main points for me please?”
“Can you go into further detail on this please?”
“I’m not sure if I’ve fully understood the main points here…”

Learn how to handle interruptions. One of the most effective ways to interrupt someone is to maintain eye contact with them. Wait until there’s a natural pause and then come in with a phrase that shows you have something to say:

“Can I say something here?”
“I’d like to make a point.”
“Can I come in here?”
“Could I interrupt you for a moment?”
“May I just add something here?”
“Do you mind if I just come in here?”
“While we’re on the subject, I’d like to say…”

But if you want to prevent someone from interrupting you, you use a phrase like:

“Actually, if you could just let me finish…”
“Just let me finish, if you wouldn’t mind…”
“Actually, I’ve nearly finished…”



A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study. Starts January 19.

Exploring English: Language and Culture. Starts Feb. 2.

Cultural Studies and Modern Languages: an Introduction. Starts Feb 16.

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La escala comenzará a usarse en enero de 2015.


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This free MOOC Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities. It is an 8-week course and is run by Lancaster University.

More information here.



This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in finding out more about British culture and improving their English language skills.

The course will use short videos to present a different topic each week, including English as a global language, the environment, entrepreneurship and literature. Filmed in Great Britain, these videos will help you to develop your listening skills as you watch authentic examples of people speaking English. Our experienced tutor will examine some of the language used in the videos and will draw your attention to useful points that will help you improve your spoken and written English.

The course does not follow a language syllabus but takes real English in context as its starting point. Short quizzes and discussions will help you measure your understanding and practise your English throughout the course. At the end of each week you will be asked to describe your own feelings and experiences about that week’s topic in a short piece of writing.

The course draws on the British Council’s expertise in online learning and will give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

You can use the hashtag #FLlearnenglish to join and contribute to Twitter conversations about this course.

This course is aimed at non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).


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Helen Moss: people must wonder why I’m staring at them and muttering under my breath

Author of the Adventure Island and Secrets of the Tomb series about writing mysteries, going to Egypt and gold-plated Jammie Dodgers.



We are focusing a lot on Moocs, but a less trumpeted and far bigger revolution is the massive growth in the use of English as a medium for instruction in non-anglophone countries – it’s happening from Paris to Beijing at a rapid pace.

Read the whole interview with Rebecca Hughes here.