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Chinese Actress Li Bingbing is Learning English at Kaplan

Li Bingbing is the star of the recent Hollywood movie “Resident Evil: Retribution” and is currently learning English for her roles in more movies. In order to improve her English, she has chosen Kaplan English language school to study at.

In China, she is known for being an actress as well as a singer and appeared in the fifth edition of the Resident Evil series. Another one of her major roles was in the adventure movie “Forbidden Kingdom” in which she appeared with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Li Bingbing said, “Learning another language actually is learning a new culture, is also a new way to know who you are. So we need a good mentor when we study.


“I like the personalized education from Kaplan International College. It was just like Chinese traditional private school education. I improved my listening and speaking a lot.”

She is scheduled to appear in several upcoming Hollywood films and will have the opportunities for more lead roles.

Have you seen “Resident Evil: Retribution” or “Forbidden Kingdom”?
If so, what did you think?

New English School for Teens

Are you, or a child of yours interested in learning English at a fantastic European location? If so, Kaplan English courses for teens sounds like the perfect opportunity for you!

They are proud to announce the opening of a new Junior English School in Edinburgh, Scotland which will be opening up summer courses for teenagers from June 23rd to August 10th. Some of the activities offered include day trips, sports, and sightseeing. What a great way to learn if you ask me!

The courses will be held at Napier University located just ten minutes from the city center. Students will have access to everything the Scottish capital has to offer including world-class festivals and breathtaking scenery. Also on the Napier campus is a 12th century castle which students will enjoy.

Kaplan’s Junior Operations Manager for the UK and Ireland said, “Edinburgh is a wonderful historic city which has been an extremely popular destination for young English language learners for well over forty years.

“Kaplan is delighted to add our Edinburgh Kaplan International Center as one of our UK junior programme centers. Kaplan has been voted ‘best educator in Scotland’ and this reputation for outstanding education and care is now available for 14-17 year olds on all inclusive Junior Programmes.”

To find out more about the Edinburgh Junior English Language School, click here.

Have you ever been to Scotland?
What do you most like about Scottish culture?

New English Language School in Brighton

The city of Brighton in the UK is home to Kaplan International Colleges newest English language school for teenagers. The Kaplan English school in Brighton is scheduled to open in time for Summer 2013 and will offer Junior English courses as well as accommodations, meals, and a full activity program.

brighton-school-kaplanAs one of the trendiest cities in the UK, Brighton is a well-established destination for teenage language learning. It also has beautiful beaches, lots of parks, and a lengthy history of international students.

The campus features cutting-edge classrooms, an exciting social program hub, and purpose-built accommodations. The Brighton school is set up to be an extremely popular place for students aged between 14 and 17 to learn English and have a great social experience.

Kaplan’s Junior Operations Manager for the UK & Ireland, Anna Robinson, said, “This age group are really going to love being in this exciting location and experiencing everything Brighton has to offer.”

In addition to the new Brighton center, Kaplan also offers its junior program in the UK cities of Bath, Bournemouth, London Kingston, Salisbury, and Torquay.

It also has junior English language schools internationally in America and Australia. Some of the cities include Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Boston in the US and Cairns in Australia.

Have you been to Brighton?
Are you interested in studying in the UK?

Free English Every Day in 2013!

How would you like to receive a free English tip, assignment, or lesson every day in 2013? Well you can do that now by taking part in the Year of English project, which is sponsored in part by Kaplan International Colleges.

yearofenglish-kaplanThe project is an English-learning course delivered by email everyday throughout the year 2013 to those who sign up. The course is especially designed for students who need just a little more help to become fluent in English.

The founder of PhraseMix, Aaron Knight, was inspired to create the Year of English project after seeing the success of a similar project held last year for people interested in learning how to program computers called the Code Year project.

Aaron stated, “For a lot of people, learning English is a vague goal that they hold on to for years and years but never quite achieve. I wanted to give these English learners the motivation to make a big push toward becoming fluent this year. I also wanted to give them the tools to do that with daily lessons.”

As part of the course, students will receive Kaplan English grammar exercises once a week. To sign up for the course, click here.

English: The Language of Love?

“What do you think is the most romantic language?”

“Have you ever learned a language to impress a loved one?”

These are two of the questions on a new survey called the “Language of Love” survey currently being conducted by Kaplan International Colleges.

Language of Love survey

Language of Love survey

The survey was designed to discover the romantic motivations for learning a language among other things. Anyone may enter via this link and after answering the ten questions on the survey, will be eligible to win $100 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Kaplan’s Online Marketing Executive, Martin Hofschroer said, “This is a fun survey, which I’m sure language learners around the world will enjoy. We hope that there will be some interesting results that we can share with the language learning community.”

Once all is completed, Kaplan will publish an infographic with the results on Valentine’s Day 2013. Be sure to check out the Kaplan blog and Facebook and Twitter pages for notification about the release of the infographic.

Also, continue to learn English with Kaplan by checking out two of the other infographics. One of them looks at the benefits of learning languages while the other shows how students learn English outside of the classroom. If you contribute to this survey, your opinion could be included in the next one!

Do you think English is a romantic language?
What are your favorite “love” expressions in English?

The Latest Winner of the Kaplan Instagram Competition

If you’ve used any kind of social media service in the last year, I’m sure you’ve heard of Instagram by now. To be brief, it is an application which allows users to edit, post, and share photos in a new and unique way. Kaplan International Colleges holds a weekly competition in which students post photos related to their English learning journey.

kaplan-autumn-colorsThe latest winner of this contest is an award-winning filmmaker from Istanbul, Turkey named Eray Dinç. He is currently studying English at Kaplan’s English school in Oxford and won by submitting a photo of a street scene in autumn.

Eray, a 24-year-old English student, was able to capture the autumn colors in an exquisite way which caught the attention of the judges. Winning should come as no surprise, though as he has won 13 awards for his short films at such events as the Istanbul Short Film Festival.

While students are studying abroad, the Kaplan Instagram competition encourages them to record and share their experiences through digital photography. The competition is open to Kaplan students and they can enter by submitting a photo on Instagram and tagging it with the #KaplanExperience hashtag. Weekly winners receive Amazon vouchers worth $100.

Social media assistant at Kaplan, Hazel Francis said, “We’re so happy with how much interest there has been surrounding our #KaplanExperience competition. Since the launch, we’ve had over 3000 entries and we’ve seen a real eclectic mix of talent.

“It’s great to see so many students sharing their experiences with us from all over the world, especially someone as established as Eray! I look forward to seeing more photos from his time in Oxford.”

Are you interested in photography?
Have you used Instagram?
What are some of your best memories of trips abroad?

Spider-Man Can Help You Learn English

Did you know that besides climbing buildings, flying through the air, and shooting bad guys with spider web, Spider-Man also has the ability to help you learn English?

A recent study done my Kaplan International Colleges showed that more than half of the people surveyed learned English by reading comic books. Spider-Man was voted as the most popular superhero.

How did Spider-Man do against other comic books? He was able to get 15% of the vote beating rivals Superman (10%) and Batman (6%).

For this survey, Kaplan interviewed hundreds of their past and present students and asked them if watching TV shows, listening to music, reading comics or playing video games helped them with their English skills.

In the Kaplan infographic, it shows that 55% of students surveyed learned English from reading comic books such as Spider-Man, The X-Men, and The Fantastic Four.

The President of The Stan Lee Foundation, Junko Kobayashi, said, “The Stan Lee Foundation also believes that superheroes have a role in education by promoting learning. We are pleased that Spidey, such a well-known character, has played a major part in helping students study English.” (Stan Lee is the creator of Marvel Comics)

Do you use English comic books to learn English?
If so, which ones do you use?
What is your favorite American superhero?

A New Free App to help you Learn English!

There are a lot of applications for your mobile devices out there to help you learn English. I’d like to highlight a new free app today which is called “English Train” and was recently launched by Kaplan International Colleges. Learning English with Kaplan can now be done on your mobile phone or portable device!

English Train is a fun and easy way for students to learn and improve their language skills. The app is more like a game where learners must match words to their corresponding images in a fast-paced race against time.

At first, there are three categories that players learn vocabulary from. These categories are animals, technology, and food and drink. After learning each word, they must match an image of the word to an audio description of it.

Following the train theme, students will arrive at stations and then see passengers at each station. When the passengers speak, they must match what they say to the correct image found on train seats. Once the round is completed, players are able to see their results and have the opportunity to make corrections.

The Global Leaderboard is a place where learners can upload and share their results with other players from around the world. They can even share their results on Facebook as well which means that if students think they are faster than the English Train, their friends and family can also take part in that success.

English Train is a wonderful study tool to help English students of all ages learn new vocabulary and speak with more vocabulary.

Have you tried this app?
If so, what did you think about it?
What are some other apps you use to help you learn English?

The Best Language School in Scotland

In a recent report, the Kaplan English language school in Edinburgh, Scotland was rated as the current best language school in Scotland.

The report was done by Education Scotland, an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government which is responsible for improving Scotland’s education system.

In the July 2012 report, the following was stated:

Kaplan International College Edinburgh is effective:

• Learners are progressing well and achieving relevant, high quality outcomes;
• The college has in place high quality learning and teaching processes; and
• The college has in place effective leadership for learning and teaching and quality culture.

The Principal at Kaplan International College Edinburgh said, “This recent recognition of the dedication and drive of the Edinburgh staff to ensure an experience of a lifetime for all our students is well deserved praise.

“Providing excellent customer services is at the heart of Kaplan. We put students first and this is felt from the moment they decide to study with us to the last day of their course and beyond. At the Edinburgh College students are assured of a warm Scottish welcome!”

The Edinburgh branch, after increasing their classrooms from seven to twenty, recently became the city’s largest adult learning center in one location.

The school also offers a very popular English course which runs in line with the Edinburgh Festival. The course focuses on arts-related English and teaches international students vocabulary from the Festival as well as writing reviews.

So, what do you think?
Would you like to study English in Scotland?

Who is the Best Musician to Learn English from?

According to a recent study by Kaplan International Colleges, Bob Marley’s music was the most popular choice for English students to help them learn English. The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s music and lyrics help the greatest number of students learn and improve their English language skills.

The study asked hundreds of students about whether music, movies, video games, and television shows helped them learn English. Here is Kaplan’s How to Learn English Infographic which shows the results of the study.

About 80% of the students interviewed responded that music helped them learn English and 14% mentioned Bob Marley’s songs as the most useful for English study. Some of his biggest hits are “No Woman, No Cry”, “Stir It Up”, and “One Love.”

Other musicians who were popular choices for English students included Michael Jackson at 11% and Madonna at 8%. Surprisingly, rock legends such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones did not make the list.

Current pop idols Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber combined only to get half the vote of Bob Marley, whose music continues to be enjoyed by millions worldwide.

“Our father’s legendary music has touched and moved so many people. It’s exciting to find out that his story-telling lyrics can enhance students’ understanding of the English language,” said Cedella Marley.