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English for Nurses: Online ESL Courses for Nurses and Midwives

online english course for nursesIf you are considering a nursing career in the UK, it is essential that you improve your fluency in medical English, as well as your ability to communicate with local British patients and colleagues. For those who are overseas or new to life in the UK, this can be a genuine challenge. Our English for Nurses course is taught one-to-one via Skype with a native British English tutor and aims to enhance your worked-based language skills, specifically for employment within the NHS or private UK healthcare organisations. Continue reading

English Conversation for Kids: How to Improve Your Child’s Speaking Skills Online

English speaking classes for kidsChildren have the ability to gain fluency in English far faster than older learners, but this can only happen if they are given regular contact with the language as part of their daily or weekly routine. English conversation lessons for kids can provide a great way of ensuring frequent speaking practice with a native English teacher online. At OTUK, we specialise in British English courses for kids and cater for young international learners from the age of 5 years+. Continue reading

Top 10 free mobile apps for learning English

apps for learning englishOne of the keys to improving fluency in English is regular practice and contact with the language. Using mobile apps for learning English can help you develop your skills on the move while saving you time and money. A little extra study each day using English apps on your mobile device can greatly enhance your fluency in just a few months. In this study guide, we take a look at the top 10 free ESL apps available for smart phones and tablets today. Continue reading

How to be polite in English

polite expressions in englishPerhaps the most enduring stereotype of the British is that they are extremely polite and never really say what they mean. A common complaint from overseas is that Brits are incapable of expressing their feelings directly, particularly when those feelings are negative or may cause offence. Moreover, it often seems that polite phrases in English are used by Brits to convey hidden meanings, which are only intelligible to their compatriots. Continue reading

English for doctors: How to improve your medical English online

medical englishFor doctors and medical professionals from around the world, the UK is an attractive destination due to the career opportunities and financial stability it offers. However, many overseas doctors and nurses lack the medical English needed to retrain and gain employment within the NHS. If you want to practise in the UK, you will likely be required to pass academic IELTS and PLAB examinations, so approaching a school that provides English for doctors could represent a worthwhile investment in your career. Continue reading

English for kids online: E-learning for the next generation

learn english kidsChildren today are growing up in an increasingly globalised world in which English is accepted as the primary lingua franca of education, business and tourism. When it comes to learning English, kids should start at a younger age to ensure they have all of the advantages associated with fluency when they enter higher education and work in later life. The number of schools offering English for kids online is expanding to reflect the rising demand for dedicated, one-to-one training from native English teachers. Continue reading

Understanding English conversation: How to speak like a Brit

conversational englishOne of the greatest challenges when learning English is mastering the spoken language. Conversational English presents problems in terms of both understanding and delivery as it can differ greatly from standard “textbook” forms. Understanding everyday English conversation in the UK requires knowledge of colloquial expressions, regional variation in accent and dialect, phrasal verbs, connected speech, slang and cultural references. In this study guide we explain how Brits really speak English in the UK today. Continue reading

How to write a CV in English

english cvNo matter how impressive your professional achievements, a badly written or poorly structured Curriculum Vitae (or CV) may result in your being passed over for a less qualified applicant. Learning how to write a CV in English can be a challenge as it requires knowledge of appropriate language, culture and style. When writing your curriculum vitae in English, it is important to follow certain rules and to be aware of the common mistakes to avoid. Continue reading

Types of British accents in the UK

british accentsTo speak of the British accent, in most parts of the world, means to speak of an extremely formal type of English known as Received Pronunciation (RP) or “The Queen’s English”. What may come as a surprise to those visiting the UK for the first time is how uncommon this accent is amongst the British population, including those in positions of authority. Indeed, there are an incredible number of different British accents on this small island, indicating not only which part of the country the speaker is from, but also providing some idea of their upbringing and social class. For people outside of the UK some regional accents will be almost impossible to understand and it is quite useful for anyone studying English to gain as much exposure to different types of British accent as possible; this is particularly true if you aim to study or work here. Continue reading

How to learn British English online

learn british english onlineIf you want to learn British English, you don’t have to live in the UK or attend expensive courses in Britain. Everything you need to improve your language skills can be found online via websites like the BBC, British Council, social networks and Youtube. However, it is important to make sure that the type of English you are learning is in fact British English and not American, Australian, etc. In this brief study guide, we highlight a few great ways to learn British English online. Continue reading

How to choose an online English speaking course

speak english onlineWhen learning English, most language skills can be improved alone through self-study. However, gaining spoken fluency requires regular interaction with others – preferably with native English speakers. An online English speaking course provides easy access to native conversation practice and may offer learning opportunities beyond those available in your local area, especially if you live outside majority English speaking countries. There are several factors to consider when looking for your ideal speaking course. Continue reading

English courses in the UK

UK school of EnglishThere are a vast multitude of English courses in the UK, predominately provided by private language schools in and around the London area. British ESL training for international students is big business, but unfortunately not all schools offer the right balance between quality and price. Before taking the decision to embark on a UK language course it is worth doing some research online so you can weigh up your options and find the best possible deal. Continue reading

How to prepare for IELTS online

ielts skype tutorIELTS is the world’s most popular English language test and is recognised by over 9,000 organisations worldwide. In this informative guide we explain how to prepare for IELTS online through self study and with an IELTS Skype tutor. If you are thinking of moving to a majority English speaking country, would like to study abroad or simply want to improve your job opportunities and earning power, then passing IELTS could be the key to success. Continue reading

What is IELTS?

what ielts isThe “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) is a formal English test that is recognised throughout the world. It is one of the most popular English language exams and is taken by around 2 million people each year. There are two versions of IELTS – general and academic. The first is for general migration and lower level study, while the second is specifically for university entrance and academic purposes. IELTS is designed to assess all of your language skills and consists of 4 parts: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Continue reading

Conversational English lessons: the key to spoken fluency

learn english conversationToday, there are over 1 billion people studying English as a second language worldwide, but only a small fraction of these learners will ever achieve good spoken fluency. Traditional models in education tend to ignore the importance of conversational English lessons while placing greater emphasis on theory, translation and grammar. In contrast, taking English speaking lessons online with a native English teacher ensures regular one-to-one speech practice, which is key to achieving conversational fluency. Continue reading

English for students: improve your English for university online

academic english course onlineToday, more students than ever before are opting to go to college or university abroad and use English to acquire new skills and knowledge for their future careers. OTUK provides a comprehensive English for Students course online that helps prepare learners for life and study abroad. A good level of English is essential for all students who wish to study in the UK, USA and Europe so it makes sense to improve both through pre-sessional courses and during the academic year itself. Continue reading


  • Where do your teachers come from?

    We only employ native English teachers from the UK. We do not employ American, Australian, Canadian or non-native English tutors. Our school is based in England and specialises 100% in British English via Skype.

  • How long is each lesson?

    We only employ native English teachers from the UK. We do not employ American, Australian, Canadian or non-native English tutors. Our school is based in England and specialises 100% in British English via Skype.

  • How many lessons should I have per week?

    We only employ native English teachers from the UK. We do not employ American, Australian, Canadian or non-native English tutors. Our school is based in England and specialises 100% in British English via Skype.

  • How are your Skype English courses structured?

    All of our courses are taught on a 1-to-1 basis with a native British English tutor. This allows us to put the individual learner at the centre of everything we do. Each course is unique and is designed to be highly relevant and focused on precisely what you need in order to achieve your study goals. Our tutors use a range of quality textbooks, interactive web-based resources and bespoke in-house materials to produce the right course for you.

  • I’m interested! How do I get started?

    Please see our Prices and complete our Trial Request Form. We will then match you with a suitable teacher by level, study goals and availability. This tutor will contact you by email ASAP to arrange a meeting via Skype.

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