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Punctuation in general can be a big pre-occupation for many people. You’ll always find someone who is annoyed by wrongly placed apostrophes. Listen to this Radio 4 programme, The Apostrophiser, about a man who is infuriated by people using inaccurate punctuation. 

 

Apostrophes are tricky, there’s no doubt. Where do they go? How do they work? How are they used correctly? It’s sometimes not easy to understand when or how to use them, but it is important for students to get this right - it’s a key way to show you can communicate well in an email or letter.

 

We use apostrophes in four main ways:

 

 

If you have an overseas worker in a front of house role, good speaking skills are of paramount importance. When we assess students in a customer facing setting we look for certain speaking skills, the most important of which are:

 

Fluency and coherence

 

Most HR managers have heard of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which provides a comprehensive proof of English skills in academia and business.

 

The lead up to triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon is causing confusion, even among Cabinet Ministers. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, says that even if a trade deal isn’t in place, British businesses will be fine.

One way to understand a culture is to read newspapers. They give you a good idea of current events and the world around you. Another is to read books and novels, which helps you understand different styles of writing and introduces you to storytelling. Anyway, everyone loves a good book, don’t they?

 

Students often ask me how they can improve their English quickly. Unfortunately, there’s no ‘quick fix’, but one way learners can expand their English skills is to widen their vocabulary.

 

Following Theresa May’s recent speech, we now have a clearer idea of what Brexit means for businesses that employ non-native workers. It’s the Prime Minister’s intention to toughen up the restrictions on the number of EU migrants entering the UK and at the same time support the rights of EU workers.

 

As a follow-up to last month’s blog on sponsoring non-EU workers, we wanted to keep you up to speed with the very latest changes to the law as it currently stands.

 

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Punctuation in general can be a big pre-occupation for many people. You’ll always find someone who is annoyed by wrongly placed apostrophes. Listen to this Radio 4 programme, The Apostrophiser, about a man who is infuriated by people using inaccurate punctuation.