|Branching out to be nearer to you.

With over 60 IELTS centres located around the UK and IELTS candidates living in every corner of the country, we’re happy to announce that we are now expanding our service to assist everyone to achieve good IELTS scores, regardless of where you live.   Although we are based in Edinburgh and already offer tutorials and support sessions via Skype, we’re delighted to announce that 1:1 workshops are now available in Glasgow, Newcastle and London and workshops are also available at other locations, by arrangement. What we offer is…

  • Innovative workshops, led by experienced trainers, to help activate your existing language ability and raise IELTS awareness, suitable for both General and Academic candidates.
  • Exam strategies and techniques explored through practical IELTS-focused tasks designed to improve reading, writing, listening and speaking scores.


 Edinburgh, and Skype, IELTS preparation lessons, workshops and courses.

Description Cost  Tuition
1:1 £35 1 hr
Weekend Workshop £100 3 hrs
Intensive Course £300 10 hrs
Post tuition, self study support and feedback included in fee.


Off-site Workshops

Location Cost  Tuition
Glasgow £120 3 hrs
Newcastle £150 3 hrs
London £200 3 hrs

Contact Marian today, for your FREE pre-IELTS assessment. 

e mail :marian@englishforemigration.com. 




Importance of being Earnest

Unlike the comedy caper written by Oscar Wilde for the world’s entertainment, IELTS is an exam which should be approached with deadly earnest!  Far too often English speaking candidates underestimate the complexity of the exam and overestimate their own language ability.

The exam is primarily designed to test candidates for whom English is not their first language, non-native speakers.  Therefore, candidates for whom English is their first language, native speakers, are tested on  language acquired from birth rather than a language learnt, level by level. In this respect, native speakers are disadvantaged because they do not ‘tick the boxes’ of vocabulary, grammar and skills acquired as non-native speakers do, when preparing for the exam.

In contrast, native speakers are required to adopt a ‘top-down’ approach in order to dismantle what is second nature so as to better understand which language components score marks and which do not. This technique is particularly important in the writing paper when each task is marked on 4 distinct criteria.  Subsequently, the overall score is an average of 8 individual marks where one slip-up can result in a lower mark overall.

Therefore, try not to make  the common mistake of turning up on the day of the exam expecting the morning to be a breeze.  IELTS is not designed to be easy!

Focus on Writing Workshop

This weekend we are running a three hour Focus on Writing Workshop designed to lift candidates higher up the score bands, into 7 and above.  These workshops are of maximum benefit to candidates who have sat the exam once, possibly twice, without success. Somewhat counter-intuitively, having ‘missed out’ in a previous exam, that experience can be turned into an advantage by exposing the strengths and weaknesses of your the exam writing process.  The order of the workshop therefore, matches what needs to be done during the exam; read the question, consider the answer and get writing.

Reading and understanding the question is the key to success in both the Task 1 and Task 2 questions.  25% of the overall marks are awarded to answering the question in its entirety so definitely worth some time before the pen touches the paper.  A further 25% is awarded to the logical flow and organisation of the writing.  Therefore, the first writing needs to be a clear, comprehensive plan of what’s to be written.  This plan then underpins the writing and leaves you free to write without panic!  Without a plan, everything is much more difficult.

By following, this simple step by step process, time management becomes easier, grammar and vocabulary flow naturally resulting in a better piece of writing through which higher scores are achieved.




Importance of good grammar

The difference between ‘ok’ grammar and ‘good’ grammar is often the single most important factor between achieving a score of 8, rather than a 7.  This is because of it’s key role in each of the four IELTS papers.

Most obviously, in writing ‘Grammatical Range and Accuracy’ contributes 25% of the overall mark awarded in the paper.  Likewise in Speaking, although as a rule most candidates find Speaking the easiest part of the exam to score 8 in. In Listening, although grammar is not marked as such, poor punctuation can lose marks by capital letters wrongly placed in answers.  And finally in Reading, where time management is often the biggest problem, good grammar can help ‘unlock’ the questions and therefore speed up the reading process.  Therefore, think ‘grammatical accuracy’ and avoid using ‘text talk’ shorthand in favour of ‘good grammar’.

So simple, start today!

Model Student

Over the summer, I worked with David who was an extremely hardworking, receptive student. This is what David has to say:

“I achieved a high score in the general IELTS with the great support and guidance I received from Marian from English for Emigration.

As I work in the construction industry and have been away from education for 15 years I had a lot to learn including grammar and vocabulary – I honestly couldn’t imagine passing the test. From the first session with Marian she helped me not only with the skills needed to pass the test, she also built up my self belief and confidence to help me see that it was achievable. Many people can teach general English skills. However, the service English for Emigration provide is unique in that they specialise in teaching what is required to pass IELTS or other English tests.

Marian was flexible and offered me tuition that fitted my lifestyle and around work. The help did not stop at the end of the session, Marian was always on hand with support and advice. I was provided with excellent study materials. Marian assessed my skills and identified where I needed to improve and tailored the sessions around this.

Attending Marian’s sessions, as well as putting in countless hours of self study, numerous mock tests and a great deal of determination meant in the end I was able to achieve the score I needed. In fact I achieved a much higher score than I ever thought was possible!”

New for October, Follow On Feedback

We’re delighted to announce the addition of a Follow On Feedback option to our existing list of services.  This option is aimed at those of you who, for whatever reason, need to go back and resit IELTS again.

We’ll send you detailed feedback on your writing, or reading, techniques because these are the papers which have a tendency to turn themselves into ‘stumbling blocks’.  The service is priced on a weekly rate, between fixed dates, to allow you to send us a good selection of writing tasks to be analysed and assessed.  After that, your feedback will be sent to you.

Once you are aware of the areas that need to be ‘tightened up’ then success becomes much easier to achieve.

Missing the mark?

IELTS scores required for an immigration visa have to be achieved in every paper, on the same day.  For this reason, for many people, IELTS success could be compared to having to hit a moving target, not that easy.

Official IELTS statistics show that failing to ‘hit your target scores’ is not unusual, with candidates often taking the exam 5 times before they finally achieve success.  Of course, there are different reason as to why lower band scores than wanted appear on a certificate; the paper on that particular day may have been more difficult or simply a case of exam nerves.  As in all exam scenarios, sometimes nerves do get the better of the candidate and mistakes are made.  So don’t be give up, if you follow the trend and have to resit the exam, it’s normal apparently!

However, there is another strategy, get the IELTS scores at the beginning and not the end of the visa application process after you’ve spent time preparing with us. Then you’ll save time, money and energy. Good idea?

Tools for the IELTS exam

When we get ready to go to work, we usually make sure we have everything we need; it may be an actual tool kit, a laptop bag or a rucksack full of ‘the stuff’ needed for the day ahead.  Likewise, to succeed at  IELTS you should check your English language tool kit in advance.

How’s your spelling? Needing a bit of a brush up?  What about Punctuation ? It is an absolute must for the exam although nowadays, for speed, we tend to drop it in e mails and text messages.

These two tools are fundamental language requirements so make sure they’re as sharp as the pencils you take to the exam !


Your time managment during the Reading paper

In the Reading exam, the ticking clock is a real challenge. With 40 questions to answer in an hour, this averages out at 1.5 mins per question but as the questions get more difficult through Sections 2 & 3 you are probably going to need longer for questions 25 – 40.  In addition, there is no extra time factored into the exam for transferring answers to the answer sheet, unlike Listening.

So, when you are practicing past exam papers watch the clock!

 Founder & owner Marian Anderson

Who We Are

English for Emigration, founded by Marian Andersen, helps you identify the problems which prevent you achieving your target scores in IELTS or Pearson PTE exams, to speed up your visa application process.

0131 661 6236 (tel)


Need help with your visa application?

For specific questions about visa applications, the following organisations can help:

www.downundercentre.com www.emigrationgroup.com www.overseas-emigration.co.uk

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