Castle School of English, Brighton is reopening on 7th September!

It's been a long few months, but we finally have some good news:

Castle School is re-opening on 7th September 2020! 

FInally, you will be able to travel to Brighton, one of the UK's most exciting and vibrant cities, and join in us in learning English.

Here is a message from Giorgia, our Customer Support Manager, about our plans:

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We have also introduced some new Terms and Conditions to help protect your payments in any future virus outbreaks. 

We are also making a special offer to students:

15% off all tuition fees for courses starting in September, if you book by 31st July.

Get in touch today on to start your exciting journey at Castle School of English, Brighton.

Online English Lessons

We really miss all of our students here at Castle School of English in Brighton, and are really looking forward to having you all back soon.

In the meantime, we are offering Online English Lessons - a fantastic alternative for learning English if you can't travel. Here, Laura from Italy talks about her experiences of Online English:


To find out more about how Online English Lessons can help you, contact us on

Top 5 tips for lockdown learning

The whole world has stopped, and your favourite English School in Brighton may be closed – but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning English!

Keep learning English and practising your skills with our top 5 tips:


1) Read, read, read!

Go online and find English language newspapers or articles. If you have a good English level, buy an English language e-book. New books are always fun, and will help keep your brain active as well as learning new language.

What’s your favourite book? Try it in English! Reading something familiar in another language is a very good way of improving your grammar and vocabulary.


What to expect and how to practice for the IELTS exam

It’s been a great start to 2020 here at Castle School and we’ve seen so many more students needing to study for the IELTS certification.

In previous blogs we have discussed the differences between the IELTS and other Cambridge Exams to help you decide which one to choose. But now you’ve made your decision, what should you expect? And how can you prepare yourself to get the best score possible? Keep reading to find out!

The IELTS exam is divided into FOUR parts:

Listening – a 30 minute test of 4 different recording. You will be asked questions so practice listening to monologues and conversations.

Learning English outside of the classroom

Our teachers are often asked by students for tips on how to learn English outside the classroom to help speed up their learning and practise their new skills in a natural environment.

So our very experienced and talented Director of Studies, Christian Tiplady, has put together a few helpful hints to help you hone your new skills and immerse yourself into learning English wherever you go.

Christian recommends:
Use apps such as memrise and quizlet to test your vocabulary and learn new words every day.

Develop your pronunciation by listening to audiobooks and repeat aloud whilst recording yourself- you can use your phone for this exercise.

Listen to language learning podcasts such as BBC 6 minute English or discussions on the radio to improve your listening skills.

Which exam is right for me?

Earning an exam qualification is a great way to increase your career prospects so it's important to choose the right one for you. At Castle School, we understand this decision can be daunting so here is some information about the exam classes we offer to help you decide:

At Castle School we offer exam preparation classes in FCE, CAE and IELTS. In these classes you will learn ways to read long texts, write in different styles and listen to longer audio pieces. You will learn about the exam and practise the best way to answer exam questions. Due to the advanced level, it is important that your English skills are suitable before you start your exam course.

What level do I need to be?

The FCE (First Certificate in English) is for students who have an upper-intermediate (B2) level of English.

Should I study English in a UK language school?

English lessons

There are lots of excellent English language schools in the UK. There are at least 20 in Brighton, a city on the south coast of England. It can cost you time and money to study English on an English language course for international learners. Therefore, you might ask the question “Is it possible to learn English without going to English lessons?”

Learn English naturally

Yes of course it is. No doubt thousands of people every year arrive in England with a very low English level and learn English “naturally”.  They speak to English people, work with English people, and eventually, they master English. You could too.

How to find the best language school in the UK

Excellent English schools

There are a lot of excellent English language schools in the UK. It is fantastic to have choices in life. However, this can also be quite confusing. So the question is: How do you choose choose the best English language school for you to study English at?

There are some very large organisations that own chains of language schools around the world. In most cases, they provide a good standard of teaching and other services such as accommodation and social activities.

However, there is one problem, they are often very expensive. If you have a lot of money and do not have much time to research other schools, then perhaps these schools would be ideal for you.

Do you need a "perfect" English Accent?

Perfect English in England

Students who want to learn English in England often want a "perfect" English accent. They don't want an accent from their first language. They believe their English learning journey will not be finished until they sound like a native speaker.

It is understandable that a lot of people have this attitude, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to perfect a skill. As a matter of fact, I am impressed when I meet someone whose English is at such a high level that I mistook them for being English at the start of our conversation. I always reflect on what an incredible achievement this is.

Learning English reading skills: Common mistakes.

Reading improves your writing, listening and speaking skills

The best way to improve your reading skills is to practise. You can do this on your own, and it would probably be helpful to join an English language school. English Language schools understand that reading is a very important part of learning English more generally. Improving your reading skills will actually help you improve your writing, your listening and even your speaking skills. It will also help you learn new vocabulary and develop a better feel for how sentences are constructed and the different ways English can be used.