Linguarama Business English - Clients' Views

by Linguarama 11. April 2014 04:39

Clients of different nationalities describe their experiences of Business English courses at Linguarama London and explain why the courses are so effective and so enjoyable.

Linguarama Business English Trainers describe their various business backgrounds and how this is used to enhance the students' learning experience.

Our business English courses are:

*Are entirely focused on the student's individual needs.
*Have practical relevance to business and professional life.
*Use constantly updated training materials.
*Are offered in a European network of over 20 centres.

Each year we train people from over 60 countries in more than 25 languages. Providing over 1,000 companies and organisations with total training solutions.

Happy watching!


Linguarama Cheney Court 1989 to 2014

by Linguarama 4. April 2014 04:12
2014 is a special year for Linguarama Cheney Court. It is 25 years since we welcomed the first student to Linguarama's new residential training centre for business executives.

For 25 years Cheney Court
has been providing exclusive, individually tailored and focused training that has allowed our students to vastly improve their English language skills, concentrating on the key functions required in their professional roles.
Students from over 100 different countries, from Albania to Vietnam, Finland to Somaliland, Costa Rica to Japan have immersed themselves in English in the classroom, during the social programme, over a drink in the bar, while exploring the beautiful English countryside.

We have trained MEPs, Presidents, Directors, General Managers, Chief Executives and Managers from over 1700 companies throughout the world and helped them to improve their performance in negotiations, presentations, meetings and board meetings.

We are hugely experienced in providing intensive and effective individual and small group training. As the world has been changing we have provided each year more focused and relevant training programmes. We have continually evolved our teaching approach, our use of resources and our technology.

As 2014 and our 25th year approached we had planned, written and taught over 20,000 weeks of English programmes to our students. Within the timeless residential environment of Cheney Court our courses continue to support professional people to meet their business objectives through use of improved and confident English communication skills.

Book your Business English course today and celebrate 25 years marcus evans Linguarama Cheney Court with us.
Contact us today
tel: +44 (0) 207 614 1900


Customer Review by Morten Ladehoff

by Linguarama 14. March 2014 09:13

Thank you Morten Ladehoff for your insightful review! We liked it so much, that we've created a blog post for it.
Hopefully this will help other English students deciding on the most effective way to learn Business English in UK. 

Copenhagen, 17 March 2014
Morten Ladehoff.
NB : I have never written a recommendation, but here I felt that it should be shared with others, and had to devote time to it.

My conclusion is that I give my best recommendation.

I unconditionally give the place, the course, the food and the main purpose of my travel, education and the very professional and passionate teachers, my very best recommendation.

Week 11 / 2014 I have been joining an intensive English course with emphasis on business English in order to meet the requirements many large enterprises request for its employees. I was in a fortunate position that I could choose which company I thought met the demands that was important to me. After a thorough search on the internet I chose Marcus Evans Linguarama. The company has many training centers world wide, but I was in no doubt, that it would be in the UK.

Marcus Evans Linguarame have several placements in the UK but I was looking for a peaceful and beautiful place, so the choice was easy when I saw there was a training location approx. 10 km north / east of Bath. To become acclimated before the start of the course, I chose to fly to Bristol and be there for a few days to mentally be able to press the "reset" button. I could of course have chosen London where there is a private drive to the destination, but as stated, I wanted to be 100% tuned in for the main purpose of the travel.

I contacted the firm and informed them about my desires and expectations, and that I thought the course "Individual Business English training Courses tailored to the specific needs of each Individual" was containing the pecifically I was looking for. I received a web-based test to clarify my level, so that lessons could be finally tailored to me. Already on my arrival Sunday afternoon at Cheney Court, I was overwhelmed by its beauty and idyllic location. I was very kindly received and immediately offered something to eat, even though that there would be served dinner a few hours later. I was shown around the central parts of the castle and again my expectations were surpassed by many miles, including that the original interior was maintained and very well maintained.

Then last I was shown to my room, that was very spacious, tastefully furnished with a bed which in itself was a sleeping pill. The bathroom was large and also tiptop. In order not to make my letter too long and the repetition of the superlatives which I could continue to apply to everything and everyone throughout the whole course I better stop now. My conclusion is that I give my best recommendation. I unconditionally gives the place, the course, the food and the main purpose of my travel, education and the very professional and passionate teachers, my very best recommendation. Even the wi-fi access was fast and worked every day without interruption even once. On my many travels around the world I have never experienced anything like it.



Blended Learning

by Linguarama 14. February 2014 07:39

Blended Learning for Business English

Blended learning is our tailored education program in where students learn in part through face-to-face and virtual classrooms with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace.

Why Blended Learning with Linguarama?
  • You will communicate better in Business situations
  • You will learn key Business English language
  • The course is tailored to your level and needs
  • You can choose when and where you study online
  • You can measure your progress by completing the test at the end of each pathway
Linguarama Blended Learning: there are 5 key components to the programme to ensure you learn effectively.

1. Initial Placement Test
The course begins with:
  • A Needs Analysis - to pinpoint your objectives
  • A Placement Test - to establish your level.

2. Online Learning Pathways

Linguarama will recommend the best online pathway for you. This will be related to your Level and to the Business Skills you need.
You can study this pathway whenever and wherever suits you.

3. Virtual Classroom

Face to face training is organised flexibly to match your working schedule. Training can be held at

  • Your office, or
  • A Linguarama Training Centre, or
  • Virtual classroom.

4. Online Tutoring - Webinars

Blended Learning webinars give you the chance to practise English with new people from other companies and other countries.

5. Online Support

Regular emails support you in your selected pathways. Tips and tasks keep you motivated

Effective learning: Throughout the course we help you to develop your skills and to learn more effectively.

If you would like to communicate more effectively in Business English, contact us now to see how we can help you!


Blended Learning

Cheney Court

by Linguarama 7. February 2014 09:31
Welcome to Cheney Court!
Cheney Court provides the setting for the unique Linguarama ‘Residential Concept’ where business and professional people who wish to learn English in the minimum time and with the maximum efficiency can develop the specific language skills they need to communicate more effectively.
Combining the amenities of a traditional English Country House with those of an advanced, high technology language centre, Cheney Court creates the ideal ambience in which to absorb not only the language but also the lifestyle and culture of the country.
Cheney Court itself – described by Nicholas Pevsner in his definitive book on Great English Houses – is one of the foremost examples of 17th century architecture in the area.
Course participants will appreciate the care with which Linguarama have blended the special requirements and high standards of service of a modern Training Centre, such as videoconferencing facilities, with the warm and comfortable atmosphere of a traditional English family home.
In addition Linguarama have provided the social and sporting facilities which help make a stay at Cheney Court so delightful. Both within Cheney Court itself and on the surrounding 11 acre estate, the participant will find amenities such as:
  • a bar
  • all-weather floodlit tennis courts
  • sauna
  • small fitness room
  • snooker and billiards room
A superb 30 metre mediaeval Barn which has been converted for use by the training centre.
In short, the participant will find at Cheney Court not only the most sophisticated language teaching facilities, but also a complete ‘microcosm’ of English life and culture. All participants enjoy their own en-suite bedroom with private bathroom, direct dial telephone, radio and CD player. All bedrooms and classrooms have Internet access points so that participants can use the Internet for learning and also for keeping in touch with home and office.



Learner Dictionaries

by Linguarama 12. December 2013 11:43

Which dictionary do you use in your language studies? The choice is wide. This post looks at some recent publications – paper-based and online dictionaries (electronic).

Most students own a bi-lingual dictionary. As you progress above intermediate level, you will need a mono-lingual learners’ dictionary. These give you all the definitions in the language you are learning.

The latest English learner’s dictionary to hit the marketplace is The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary  (CALD) Fourth Edition. This contains a system which shows the words and phrases which learners need at different levels (A1, A2, B1, B2) of the Common

Incidentally, the dictionary link Linguarama Connect goes to Cambridge dictionaries. All the ‘Working with …’ vocabulary videos, which focus on word families, word partnerships etc., show you how to use this website effectively.

Online Language Dictionaries

Do you use an online dictionary on your mobile phone or tablet? These days, new and free dictionary apps are appearing all the time. Although there are hundreds of free dictionary apps, I think it is worth paying for an app, since many reputable dictionaries are based on well-researched lexicography and provide the type of information about words that language learners need.

Here are a couple of dictionary apps worth considering:

  • the Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s Dictionary app: you can ‘save’ a word, which is a great feature, allowing you to review it easily
  • the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English app: you can hear recordings of the example sentences and build a list of favourites.

With the rise of technology, I often wonder if students will continue to buy paper-based dictionaries. "No" according to one leading lexicographer, who last year announced that Macmillan would cease publishing its paperback dictionary. "Yes" according to another publisher, saying demand for their paperback dictionaries is as high as ever!

I recommend the online dictionary at to many of my students. It provides a model of each word as an audio file. And it’s free!

Whichever format dictionary you use in your language studies - paperback, CD-ROM, web or app – there’s more choice than ever. It often comes down to personal taste. Whichever you choose, my advice is to keep up to date (recent dictionaries incorporate more new words), use a trusted publisher who base their definitions on research.

And, of course, use technology!


Learning Tools

Apptivities for business English

by Pete Sharma 4. June 2013 19:00

A lot has happened in the world of apps since I last blogged on apps for language learning, a year ago.

Sales of desktop computers are falling, while sales of Smartphones and tablets continue to rise. Every day sees the launch of new apps. This post looks at four apps which have recently caught my eye, focussing on the four language skills.

Speaking - Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is a free ‘speech to text app’. You speak into your mobile device and your words appear onscreen – or an approximation of what you say, depending on how clearly you deliver the words! This can be motivating for students away from their classroom, as they are motivated to rehearse and improve their speaking efforts in order to achieve better accuracy.

Reading - Flipboard

The Flipboard app creates a personalised magazine. First, you select your areas of interest – business for example. Each time you open the app, fresh articles will appear, alongside entries from messages to your social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Listening - Podcast

I recently downloaded an app simply called Podcast. Whether you like to catch up to regular news summaries or follow business stories, this is a great app for listening on the move. You can pause a podcast at will, and listen to sections again.

Writing - Evernote

I was at a conference recently, and noticed someone taking notes on her iPad. She was using the well-known app Evernote. She shared her notes, and suddenly, all her hard work suddenly appeared on my tablet! It was a thrilling moment, as it made me realise how students in a business English class can easily share notes using such apps, or work together to complete a set of notes taken at a meeting simulation.

This month sees the launch of a new eBook entitled ‘Apptivities for business English’. It was written by Barney Barrett, a business English teacher at Marcus Evans Linguarama, and myself and contains many more ideas for business English teachers to use apps in the classroom, and for students to use on the road. See:

Happy Apping !


Business Presentations with Prezi and Pecha Kucha

by Linguarama 27. December 2012 10:24

Prezi + Pecha Kucha = memorable presentations

Imagine you are from Africa, South America or China. You have to go to a world conference and deliver a presentation using Prezi and Pecha Kucha - and you have to do this in English to 200 people. This blog post describes a recent training course in Beijing delivered by two Linguarama trainers who were working to help a group of 40 young medical professionals from around the globe achieve just that.

Prezi was a new presentation tool for most of the participants so, before the course, they had a chance to visit the Prezi website to familiarise themselves what it offers.
A Prezi provides a huge blank canvas onto which presenters can add text and images. The results can be breath-taking as the presenter sweeps in close to a picture, or text. Take a look at:

You can set the timer on a Prezi, so that the presentation moves on automatically. This allows you to deliver your talk with the restrictions of a 'Pecha Kucha'. 20 slides with 20 seconds a slide. Every Pecha Kucha lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds, long enough to deliver your key message and make a lasting impression on the audience.

So how can you make a good presentation great? This was question we discussed with the participants in China. You can use various techniques:

  • carefully choose stunning photos and graphics: "a picture paints a thousand words"
  • try to synchronise your spoken words with the key-words which appear on-screen
  • avoid zooming too quickly or randomly, which can induce a feeling of sea-sickness in the audience!

All of us, participants and trainers alike, learnt a lot about the technology, about lay-out and  about re-sizing photographs. However, throughout the presentation skills course, we constantly returned to the three cornerstones of giving a good presentation: accuracy, fluency and effectiveness.

Five days were all we had. It was enough to ensure that the participants identified which area they would benefit most from working on: accuracy, fluency or effectiveness. And in the process, we were able to work together on honing the Prezis to make them memorable!

More and more business presenters are using Prezi. It's a wonderful tool, providing it is combined with a good command of the language, confidence and rhetorical skills.
The result can be a truly powerful presentation.

This course was certainly a memorable experience for all concerned, in an unforgettable setting.


Improving your business English with Blogs

by Pete Sharma 28. September 2012 07:41

You are currently reading the ‘marcus evans Linguarama blog’, an example of a corporate blog. This post highlights corporate blogs and how they can help in language learning – whichever language you are learning.

Many company websites now incorporate a blog. Some companies merely post extra information on company products. Others are more 'specialised’, providing insights from the world of say, auditing or bonds.  Some speak with the neutral, anonymous voice of the corporate entity, whilst others feature an individual named writer or writers who give more personal positions (within the limits of loyalty to their employer).

A specific example of the use of a corporate blog is when things go (disastrously) wrong. The corporate blogger is there to soften the agony of the dreaded 'product recall' or other types of bad publicity, and to provide damage limitation.

I was fascinated by the recent story of a fast food chain scouring the world looking to hire bloggers   willing to post nice things about, well, hamburgers - a reaction against famous chefs encouraging us to eat healthily and saying bad things about fast food!

While my own company website is designed to promote my business, my company blog is slightly more humorous, more personal and less 'corporate'. That's quite common, and raises an interesting issue you may like to discuss in your next language lesson: should CEO’s blog? Would you want to read the insights of, say, Virgin boss Richard Branson, or Amazon’s Jeff Bezos?  Or, would you simply switch off if they tried to impose the usual 'corporate message'?

For business English students, interesting blogs (like this one!) help you to practise the skill of reading in the target language, and at the same time keep up to date with industry developments; the benefits are obvious.

If you are interested in learning more about 'corporate blogs' and viewing some great examples, try:

Whichever language you are learning, you can subscribe to a blog in your own business field. The content will be interesting and very up-to-date. It should provide motivation for you, plus exposure to the target language. We hope you continue to enjoy reading this blog!
What are your favourite blogs?   – leave a comment with the link and we can share them with other readers.


¹The word ‘blog’ was formed by combining 'web' and 'log', a log being the old ship captain’s diary.


Learning with Technology in Bangladesh

by Pete Sharma 1. May 2012 10:42
Bangladeshi TrainIn this blog post, I report on my recent trip to Bangladesh, made on behalf of the British Council. The aim was to research how technology can help learning even in challenging situations. The country is, in a word: "amazing". It is one of the most populous nations on earth, with approximately 160 million people. Everywhere you look, people are working, in shops, in fields, in factories. Traffic is congested; chimneys pour pollution into the air. Despite all this industry, it is also one of the poorest countries in the world.
My work as an educational consultant took me to a number of village schools. Classes are composed of children of different ages. Boys and girls sit apart in class. Teachers are worried not so much by the content of classes but by the fact that students are hungry; some need shoes. Many never finish their education.
Teaching in BangladeshIn this kind of situation, my role as an advisor on technology throws up many challenges. Although the government has long-term plans for digitalising the country, the coverage of internet access remains poor and electricity supplies are erratic. However, I witnessed how just one computer with internet connection and a data projector can improve learning opportunities tremendously. Instead of simply using their (rather old) books with a picture of a volcano, the lesson I watched came alive as the teacher projected an animated volcanic eruption; the students were fascinated at the images of molten lava. Students today can Skype with learners abroad, learning through projects such as Connecting Classrooms:
I saw my first Life Player in Bangladesh. This is an exciting new portable device - a wind-up radio which is also powered by a solar cell. It plays mp3 files, so teachers can use pre-recorded material in a class outside where there is no power socket!
They say travel broadens the mind. After this trip, I won't be quite so angry when my computer crashes or a file is slow to download - at least I have the technology! The people I met in Bangladesh show that with a positive approach, technology can benefit teachers and language learners in the developing world.


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