Tantalise your taste buds with some Arbroath Smokies

Nothing like the aromatic flavour of the old Arbroath Smokies to tantalise your taste buds. We couldn’t let the opportunity pass to introduce our English Language Student to the colours, activities, music and floral displays of the Dundee and Flower Show earlier this month. Lots of information to learn from the Head Gardener from Glamis Castle Gardens who was happy […] Continue Reading

For all you Art Lovers who want to learn English

Active English may be located in a small town but it is only a bus journey away from Perth, a culturally rich city where you can enjoy museums, theatre and art galleries. One of my favourite places is the Fergusson Gallery. I have long been interested in touring art galleries to enjoy what those with real talent have to show […] Continue Reading

Alyth buzzing with it’s own festival – Alyth Creates

The whole town was buzzing with a most wonderful festival, Alyth Creates – a whole weekend of celebrating local Art, Culture, Music and the Outdoors. Whatever your interests and hobbies, there was something here for you. Visitors came from all over Scotland and abroad. We met a group of friends from Glasgow who were celebrating a Henny – no rabbit […] Continue Reading

Why do Brits talk so much about the weather?

Blue skies. It’s going to rain! If you don’t come from these islands, and particularly, if you’re learning English as a foreign language, you might wonder why we seem to be obsessed about the weather. My advice to you is – On the list of important topics to learn you MUST include vocabulary about the weather. In that way you […] Continue Reading

The Magic of the Cateran Trail – miles of stunning walks

As a girl who grew up in the gritty and troubled city of Belfast during the 1970s, moved to teach English in another city, this time in Zaragoza, Spain, then onto East London to work in an Inner Comprehensive, I never  for a second considered that I would live in any conurbation of under half a million. No chance that […] Continue Reading

Have a ski holiday and learn English

How many places in the United Kingdom or Ireland could offer the experience of skiing and learning English together? You could take English classes in many beautiful towns in England, or learn in wonderful cities in Ireland, you could certainly find a town on the coast with a Language School, but I don’t think there are many Homestay Learning experiences […] Continue Reading

Have a Family Holiday while learning English with the kids.

We make learning English fun. We all know why our children should be learning English. 1 It’s the most commonly spoken language in the world 2 It will increase your child’s chances of doing well in the world of work 3 It’s the language of the Internet, Media, The European Union, Science and Technology, Invention, Medicine, Engineering, Aviation…… Do I […] Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day: Learn about the Language of Love!

Valentine’s Day – We all  love a bit of Romance. Here’s a question for all you English Language Learners. Which of the following words would you not associate with this romantic occasion? Roses, Candles, Haggis, Chocolates, Champagne   Valentine’s Day – Learn about these old traditions. We all love a bit of romance and the 14th February has got to […] Continue Reading

Happy Burns Day: 5 Things to know about this Scottish Celebration

Scottish people all over the globe will be celebrating today. Why? It’s the day when, 259 years ago, on 25 January, Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet was born. Whether you live in Edinburgh, New York or Canada, if you have Scottish blood in your veins, you’ll be donning your kilt and cooking up a haggis. 1 Who was Robert Burns? […] Continue Reading

Modal Verbs – we love them!

Happy New Year and time for………..Modal Verbs!!   “Oh no. Not modal verbs” I hear you say. Well, actually, January is the perfect time for practising our old friends. “Why?” you may ask.  Well. The way you feel as the New Year begins, the targets you set yourself, the resolutions you make and fully intend to keep are all opportunities […] Continue Reading