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Learn REAL and FAST in 2017 with Scotland Study Centre (SSC), Edinburgh!

Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Scotland Study Centre (SSC) is continuing to develop in 2017 as a specialist language school that focuses on training learners FAST in the REAL language/s they need to succeed in their own specific academic and business/work careers. SSC also continues to focus on maximising the benefit of studying on short, intensive language courses in Edinburgh by integrating learners into the language and culture that surrounds them here, in Edinburgh - this friendly and most culturally exciting of cities!


Traditional courses focus on teaching traditional, Latin and tense-based "textbook" grammar that proves almost uselesswhen learners find themselves faced with having to communicate with native or other proficient speakers of the language they are learning. This traditional approach is useless, as, unlike Latin, English is NOT a tense-based language; English is based NOT on time (past, present, future), but on ASPECT -(Have you ever wondered why 'will' hardly ever signals future meaning???)


In contrast, on theREAL FASTSSC courses, we  focus right from the start on training learners to USE the languageFAST, and inREALsituations that are specific and meaningful to the learners themselves.   At SSC we train learners to express not just time, but also the more subtle aspects of language use, such as attitude, viewpoint, feelings, and implied meaning. That is,  at SSC we focus on the aspects of language that distinguish language LEARNERS from proficient language USERS. 


For example, on the'English for Academic Study'course, we train learners in how to write academic essays and give effective academic presentations in their own fields of study, while on the'English for Business and Employability'courses, we train them in  how to apply for theREALjobs that they want by teaching them how to answer - and how NOT to answer - interview questions based on the specific specifications for the jobs they want to get either now or in the future.  In other words, at SSC students learn what they need to succeed in theirown specific  academic and business careers.


This means that, while they improve their language skills, learners also develop their knowledge of their own field of study/work.  And, at the same time, they also build their confidence in using English to express ideas that are meaningful to, and useful in, their own specific study and /or work contexts. On the'REAL Communication'course, we also train learners in how toUSEmodern grammar to manage everyday and work situations, such as chatting to friends, ordering in restaurants, making bookings, talking on the phone - all inREAL - not "textbook" - language!


Another exciting aspect of SSC's courses is that they maximise learners' use of English by having them integrate as much as possible with the life - and use-  of the English that surrounds them here in Edinburgh.  Throughout the year, we involve learners in socialising through regular 'Meetups' (in restaurants, pubs, and cafes) with local poyung people living in Edinburgh and by taking them on tours to places of historic/cultural/scenic interest in and around Edinburgh and to the Scottish Highlands.  This integration with the local Edinburgh life and people is especially exciting on the'Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017'program that runs throughout August, where learners have the opportunity to actually USE their English as they PERFORM in Festival Fringe shows! Language learning - and USE - doesn't get any more exciting!


NEW for 2017!  SSC is excited to announce that it has started REAL, FAST Japanese and Chinese courses!  Also exciting is SSC's newREAL FASTOnline Language tuition that meanslearners can now develop English, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Spanish REAL FAST from anywhere in the world! 


Book early to ensure a place - N.B. the 'Edinburgh Festival Fringe' course in August is especially popular!


Best Wishes for 2017 from SSC, Edinburgh!

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