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5 reasons why to choose Britanika

Britanika is the only language school in Albania that offers CLIL teaching methodology. CLIL is a British method which is approved from the European Union according the Common European Framework of Languages. There are too many reasons why to choose Britanika but here we will mention only 5 main.

                      1.  CLIL Methodology
                      2.  Professional teachers and foreign ones
                      3.  Latest method applied according to EU criteria
                      4.  Courses for all groupages
                      5.  Friendly and warm environment
20% discount for every language course in BRITANIKA

For every new course you start in Britanika, you will get 20% discount. This is applied for all general levels of foreign languages if you get registered within September month. 

            For every exam preparation you start with us, all the materials will be free.
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TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, SAT

September Month comes along with the beginning of school and the new courses in BRITANIKA for TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS and SAT preparation. Foreign and Albanian Professors collaborate to prepare students score higher results in their tests. They use effective methods according to Common European framework of languages and they apply the latest methodology called CLIL. Many of our former students study in well-known colleges and universities abroad. You are welcome to visit us at any time and take advantage of our new offers as well. 
Spanish language course with a Spanish Professor

Britanika, the top Language School in Albania, offers Spanish language course and also the course preparation for DELE exam. You will find the best methodology (CLIL)  to improve all the language skills.

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How to Write Clear English: Jargon, Short Sentences and More


​How to Write Clear English: Jargon, Short Sentences and More

Most guides to writing well will give you the advice to write clearly and avoid jargon.
But figuring out exactly what that entails can be trickier. What constitutes clear writing? Is it short, snappy sentences? Words of Anglo-Saxon origin rather than French or Latin? Do you need to have an etymological dictionary to hand to be able to write clearly?
When you consider jargon, it gets even harder to decide. There’s a fine life between abbreviations that avoid repetition, or a technical term that precisely fits your need, and jargon that alienates readers who don’t share the same technical background. The comic writer Randall Munroe created a tool that highlights any word used that is not in the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language. If we rewrite the first two paragraphs of this article in order that all of them are among the 1,000 most commonly used, we get the following:
“Most people telling you how to write well will tell you to write clearly and avoid the words that people only use when they need to for their jobs.
But figuring out exactly how to do that can be harder. What is clear writing made of? Is it short, quick sets of words followed by a full stop? Words that come from the language used in the country this was written in rather than the language used across the sea to the south or the language used in the country where the men who were really good at fighting came from long ago? Do you need to have a book that tells you where words come from to hand to be able to write clearly?”
It’s fun to consider these things, but I don’t think anyone would argue that the above paragraph is clearer. Here are our actionable tips on making your writing clear, direct and easy to understand.
 
1. Think about your audience.

Let’s think about the classic bit of advice, to use words of Anglo-Saxon origin in preference to words that come from French or Latin (or indeed, from any of the other hundreds of languages from which English has borrowed words). So you might have been advised that it’s clearer to ask people to “fill in” a form, rather than “complete” it. “Fill in” comes from solid Anglo-Saxon fyllan, you see, whereas “complete” comes from Latin via medieval French and is therefore over-complicated and undesirable.
This is probably quite good advice if you’re writing for an audience of people who have English as a first language. But what if you weren’t? There are vastly more non-native English speakers than native English speakers out there, so it’s more likely you’ll be writing for non-native speakers than those who have English as their mother tongue. The French for “complete” is compléter. The Spanish is completar. The Portuguese is completar. The German, admittedly, is ausfüllen and the Dutch is vullen, but their populations are dwarfed by those whose languages are derived from Latin.
Additionally, “fill in” is an example of a phrasal verb – one of the nastiest bits of English grammar for non-native speakers. There’s no logical way of working out that you fill in a form, rather than filling up a form or filling through a form. For anyone whose first language doesn’t use verbs and prepositions in this way, “complete” is an order of magnitude more straightforward.
Any time you’re trying to write clearly, don’t think “what is clear to understand?” but “what is clear for my audience to understand?” For one audience, “Katie Hopkins is a columnist for the British tabloid newspaper The Sun and is known for courting controversy” will be entirely clear. For another, “Katie Hopkins is the Rita Skeeter of British journalism” will get to the point much quicker.
 
2. It isn’t always clearer to use fewer or shorter words.

Compare the same item on three restaurant menus:
Cheeseburger
Burger on a brioche bun with mature cheddar, salad leaves, tomato and gherkin.
6oz minced Angus steak formed into a patty on brioche with 3 years matured Cornish Cruncher, romaine lettuce, beefsteak tomato and cornichons.
The first uses the fewest words, and the least complicated ones. And that tells you something in its own right. Whichever the restaurant is that’s serving this cheeseburger, it knows you know what to expect. It’s probably a bit cheaper than the other two.
The second one is arguably the clearest. There are very few words in there that you might not understand (perhaps “broiche”) and the list is phrased in a way that suggests it is comprehensive. You don’t know the type of beef or the type of cheddar, but you can predict pretty closely what will be appearing on your plate.
The third provides a lot more detail. Now you’ve been told the type of beef and the type of cheddar, but you have to know that Angus steak is made of beef (rather than an unfortunate man named Angus) and that Cornish Cruncher is a cheddar. Both could be guessed, but it’s also quite possible that you wouldn’t be able to tell what meal to expect from ordering this. And all of this leaves aside the fact that restaurant customers will consistently pay more for a meal that is described with more words.
Some people would certainly look at the second or third option and say, “why can’t they just call it a cheeseburger?!” So think about the type of clarity that you want to achieve.

3. Shorter sentences are only helpful up to a point.​

Shorter words aside, what about shorter sentences? Using shorter sentences is a classic tip for making your writing clearer – something that makes sense if you imagine starting with the following:
Having seen Richard II, Shakespeare’s masterpiece about the king usurped by Henry Bolingbroke, who then appears in the play’s sequel as Henry IV, Elizabeth I was horrified, as she was, at the time, greatly fearing the safety of her own throne, and so saw herself as Richard II – and allegedly was heard to have said so by contemporary sources – and therefore perceived the performance of the play as a coded threat against her, which indeed it may have been.
But this would hardly be an improvement:
Shakespeare’s Richard II is a masterpiece. It’s about Richard II being usurped by Henry Bolingbroke. Bolingbroke appears in the sequel to Richard II. In that play, he is Henry IV. Elizabeth I was horrified when she saw Richard II. She was very fearful for her own throne at the time. When she saw Richard II’s usurpation, it reminded her of her own fears. According to contemporary sources, she said as much. She saw the performance of the play as a coded threat against her. That might well have been the intent.
While the very short sentences make the writing clearer for the first line or two, after that it becomes quite hard to concentrate – and if your reader can’t concentrate on what you’re saying, writing clearly doesn’t help. As ever, a mixture of longer and shorter sentences is the answer, using words like ‘however’ and ‘therefore’ to enable your reader to understand the relationship between the points you’re making.
 
4. Cliches are conversational shorthand.​

Orwell famously advised that a good writer should “Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” If you want to seem like a bright, original writer then this may be good advice. But being original and being clear do not always go together – in fact, more often than not they are in opposition. The opening of Finnegans Wake (“riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs”) is highly original.
Think of a few clichés. There are the ones that Orwell lists – Achilles’ heel, melting pot, acid test – but you might wish to go for something more evocative and wordier, like ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face’. These phrases might not be beautiful, but if you know them, and most people well acquainted with the English language will, then they are very clear. Imagine an essay: “James Bond is suave, intelligent and extremely skilled, but as ‘Casino Royale’ makes clear, beautiful women are his Achilles’ heel.” Now try to rewrite that without using the phrase “Achilles’ heel.” “As ‘Casino Royale’ points out, beautiful women are the one particular weakness of a man who in general is known for his lack of weaknesses.” It’s not exactly an improvement.
If you’re writing for an audience that will recognise the clichés you are using and clarity, rather than beauty, is your goal, then by all means use the clichés that will help you be understood. Sports metaphors are much criticised, but they are still used so often because they genuinely do aid clarity. “Management have moved the goalposts, but guys, we’ve been knocking it out of the park lately so now is not the time to drop the ball, we can still go the distance on this one.” Or to put it another way, “the management has changed the terms on which our performance will be assessed, but we have been exceeding our targets significantly in the past while, so we shouldn’t do less work now because we can still succeed and beat the targets.” The latter is cliché-free, but was it actually easier to understand – especially given that it’s rare to use four metaphors in a row?
 
5. Jargon has its place.

It is deeply irritating to use technical jargon for a non-technical audience. If you are writing to entertain, it can sometimes be amusing to include a word or two that you think may be likely to send your reader expeditiously to the dictionary. But if you are aiming for clarity, using inappropriate jargon only transfers effort from you to your reader.
You could say, for instance, “this copy needs to be rewritten so it has a stronger CTA” – but if your reader doesn’t know marketing jargon, they’ll have to figure out what you mean by ‘copy’ (where the definition you mean is likely to be third or fourth on the list) and realise that CTA, in this context, doesn’t mean central travel area, copyright transfer agreement or cellulose triacetate. All of that could amount to ten minutes’ work for your poor reader, and you could have saved them the trouble simply by saying, “this text needs to be rewritten so that what the reader should do next is clearer.” At the same time, if you were to say that to a marketing professional, they might wonder why you didn’t just tell them that the CTA needs to be stronger. (It means ‘call to action’, by the way).
Remember also that there is some jargon that a non-technical audience can be expected to understand. Whether they’re tech-savvy or not, pretty much everyone will understand what you mean by cookie, hotspot or gif, and will probably find the expanded version much less clear. “You need to give them permission to save small pieces of data onto your computer to speed up browsing later on.” “What, you mean like a cookie?” Similarly, the political jargon of POTUS, deficit, landslide or swing is generally used without the need for explanation.
This is not to say that all jargon is desirable. A widely quoted report from the Government Equalities Office contains the following (not cherry-picked; almost all of it is this bad):
“The overarching insight provided by this report is that public policy design and delivery stand to gain a great deal from the accumulated evidence regarding how people make choices, however properly informed or beneficial these are or are not. Carrying on assuming that people follow rationale incentives without deflection is an unrealistic and unwise thing to do. Therefore, it makes sense to sensitise our policy design to take account of this knowledge.”
Anyone wishing to practise writing clearly might want to have a go at simplifying that.
Do you have any tips for writing clearly?

Let us know in the comments!

 
SAT Exam


In Spring 2016 it came the redesigned SAT framework. In Britanika you find the right preparation course you are looking for. English and Maths in English language are taught by the best teachers. We offer the latest methods by "the College Board" and native teachers as well.

Learning a language – 10 things you need to know

1. Make realistic, specific goals.
You have decided to learn another language. Now what? On our recent live chat our panellists first piece of advice was to ask yourself: what do you want to achieve and by when? Donavan Whyte, vice president of enterprise and education at Rosetta Stone, says: “Language learning is best when broken down into manageable goals that are achievable over a few months. This is far more motivating and realistic.”
You might be feeling wildly optimistic when you start but aiming to be fluent is not necessarily the best idea. Phil McGowan, director at Verbmaps, recommends making these goals tangible and specific: “Why not set yourself a target of being able to read a newspaper article in the target language without having to look up any words in the dictionary?”

2. Remind yourself why you are learning.
It might sound obvious, but recognising exactly why you want to learn a language is really important. Alex Rawlings, a language teacher now learning his 13th language, says: “Motivation is usually the first thing to go, especially among students who are teaching themselves.” To keep the momentum going he suggests writing down 10 reasons you are learning a language and sticking it to the front of the file you are using: “I turn to these in times of self-doubt.”

3. Focus on exactly what you want to learn.
Often the discussion around how to learn a language slides into a debate about so-called traditional v tech approaches. For Aaron Ralby, director of Linguisticator, this debate misses the point: “The question is not so much about online v offline or app v book. Rather it should be how can we assemble the necessary elements of language for a particular objective, present them in a user-friendly way, and provide a means for students to understand those elements.”
When signing up to a particular method or approach, think about the substance behind the style or technology. “Ultimately,” he says, “the learning takes place inside you rather that outside, regardless of whether it’s a computer or book or a teacher in front of you.”

4. Read for pleasure.
For many of our panellists, reading was not only great for making progress, but one of the most rewarding aspects of the learning experience. Alex Rawlings explains that reading for pleasure “exposes you to all sorts of vocabulary that you won’t find in day-to-day life, and normalises otherwise baffling and complicated grammatical structures. The first book you ever finish in a foreign languages is a monumental achievement that you’ll remember for a long time.”

5. Learn vocabulary in context.
Memorising lists of vocabulary can be challenging, not to mention potentially dull. Ed Cooke, co-founder and chief executive of Memrise, believes that association is key to retaining new words: “A great way to build vocabulary is to make sure the lists you’re learning come from situations or texts that you have experienced yourself, so that the content is always relevant and connects to background experience.”

6. Ignore the myths: age is just a number.
You are a monolingual adult: have you missed the language boat? Ralby argues “a key language myth is that it’s harder as an adult”. Adults and children may learn in different ways but that shouldn’t deter you from committing to learning another language. “Languages are simultaneously organic and systematic. As children we learn languages organically and instinctively; as adults we can learn them systematically.”
If you’re still not convinced of your chances, Ralby suggests drawing inspiration from early philologists and founders of linguistics who “learned dozens of languages to encyclopaedic levels as adults”.

7. Do some revision of your native language.
Speaking your first language may be second nature, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you understand it well. Kerstin Hammes, editor of the Fluent Language Blog, believes you can’t make good progress in a second language until you understand your own. “I think understanding your native language and just generally how language works is so essential before you launch yourself at a bunch of foreign phrases.”

8. Don’t underestimate the importance of translation.
Different approaches may be necessary at different stages of the learning process. Once you have reached a certain level of proficiency and can say quite a bit, fairly accurately, Rebecca Braun, senior lecturer in German studies at Lancaster University, says it is typical to feel a slowing down in progress. “Translation,” she says, “is such an important exercise for helping you get over a certain plateau that you will reach as a language learner ... Translation exercises don’t allow you to paraphrase and force the learner on to the next level.”.

9. Beware of fluency.
Many of the panellists were cautious of the F-word. Hammes argues not only is it difficult to define what fluency is, but “as a goal it is so much bigger than it deserves to be. Language learning never stops because it’s culture learning, personal growth and endless improvement. I believe that this is where learners go wrong”.

10. Go to where the language is spoken.
It may not be an option for everyone but Braun reminds us that “if you are serious about learning the language and getting direct pleasure from what you have learned, you need to go to where that language is spoken”.
Travel and living abroad can complement learning in the classroom: “The books and verb charts may be the easiest way to ensure you expose yourself to the language at home, but the people and the culture will far outclass them once you get to the country where your language is spoken.”

 
English summer camp for kids

In to the steps of a global language. Have you thought about where will your child learn English this summer? With us you will find the contemporary conditions for teaching your children!
The program includes: English with modern methods that includes the development of critical thinking during the lession. They will learn English combined with; painting, art, games, movies and songs in English language. Adequate facilities, safety and qualified staff.
 
Discover the latest summer offers at BRITANIKA!
English language course, B1-B2 level

English language group, B1 level, starts on 17/03/2016. While for B2 level it starts on 23/03/2016. the groups would have 4-5 persons.

You are welcome to join the respective groups.

English language group, C1 level

English language group, C1 level starts soon in Britanika.

            - Number of participants: 4 - 5 persons
            - Time: 5:00 pm
            - Duration: 90 min / 3 times per week
            - Offer: Materials will be free
            - You will have qualified professors and the last methods.

You are welcome to take part!

TOEFL Exam

New groups for TOEFL preparation course start in Britanika school. We have qualified Lecturers and contemporary methods. Our students have reached the highest scores in TOEFL.

You are welcome to participate and join the new groups!

SAT exam preparations


SAT is an international exam which consists in two subjects; maths and English language.
If you start the course with us you will get the best of the exam techniques.
New groups are opening soon.

WORLD EDUCATION FAIR

WORLD EDUCATION FAIR
 
In 04-05 March in Rogner Hotel, Tirana Albania, will be organized the fourth fair of “World Education Fair”.  Boarding schools, colleges, universities and summer camps from Europe and USA will take part in this event. The fair is organized by Integral Educational Programs, in:
 
Rogner Hotel, Tirana

04 March 2016 time 11:00 - 19:00
05 March 2016 time 11:00 - 16:00

And for the second time this year, on 31 March, Integral Educational Programs organizes “World Education Fair” in Pristine, Kosovo, at Sirius Hotel.
 
Sirius hotel, Pristina, Kosovo
 
07 March 2016 time 11:00 - 18:00
 
During this event you will have the opportunity to meet the representatives of educational institutions from Europe and USA, and also with colleges that cover the preparations in prestigious Universities abroad. Your children and you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the representatives and take the necessary information for: programs, the necessary documentation for application, cultural activities beyond the program and opportunities for child development. For every institution there will be a translator English-Albanian.
For reservations you can register in advance here.
 
The entrance is free.

First registrations with 5 % discount


Integral has started the registrations for summer camps of this summer. Even this year, Integral is again with 5 % discount from the real price in catalogue for summer camps of February 2015, for the first registrations “the early bird discount”. This offer is valid until April 10, 2015 and the payment for this should be done until May 15, 2015. If you are planning to send your child in a summer camp, this discount is a good opportunity to add something else to your child journey.

For more information you can contact our office.

Integral presents the summer camp group offers for UK


During this hot summer, Integral invites you to send your child in a summer camp in UK where they can learn English language and entertain themselves at the same time. We are pleased to introduce you with the offer of this year for the groups as below:
 

            - Age: 12-17
            - Starting / Ending date
            - 12 July – 26 July
            - Group: 10-15 students

About school
Uxbridge summer school is situated in Brunel University in western London. It is near the Metro of Uxbridge. This city offers a lot of facilities such as shopping malls, restaurants and other places of entertainment.

The program
One week spent in this school will be divided in 15 hours of classes, and other campus activities such as excursions and other trips.

Activities
When students do not have lessons, or they are not in an excursion, they take part in different activities around Uxbridge center, like: sports (football, volleyball, aerobics, cricket, baseball), non-sporting events like (acting activities, shows), visits in “Chimes and Pavilion” shopping malls, and other evening activities like: discos, karaoke etc.  

For those people registered in all the other offers of Integral, they will benefit 5 % discount until April 10, 2015: the discount will be from the prices announced in the new catalogue in February 2015.

English for kids

Registrations for the kids in English language course, A2 level,  have already started.
All the people interested in this course can contact us in this phone number: 042252065 or feel free to inbox us.

Britanika, the best way to learn foreign languages.

Our Services:


School is starting and Britanika offers the best opportunity for learning foreign languages:
Methods of teaching, qualified staff and entertainment during learning are the key to our success.
Britanika applies CLIL method what makes learning easy and fun.
In our center began the registration for the languages:

            - English
            - Italian
            - German
            - French
            - Spanish
            - Turkish
            - English for Foreigners (Gjuha Shqipe për të huaj)
            - Preparation for A-LEVEL and IB
            - Preparation for;IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, SAT, MICHIGAN, GRE, GMAT, IGCSE, etc.

We never forget the gifts for the new scholastic year.
For all registrations during September - October will be applied 30% discount.

Come and visit us every weekend in the grounds of the shopping center TEG.

Hurry up, time is now!!!
 

Last Minute Bookings for Summer Programs abroad!

Are still thinking for your child summer camp?

Last chance for destinations like: England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, Malt and Spain.
Summer camp is a very good opportunity for your children to learn a foreign language and entertain themselves.

YOU ARE WELCOME!

Welcome to INTEGRAL and Britanika for further information or you can contact us in this numbers +355694040601/ +35542252065

World Education Fair, 04 -05 March 2016

On 04 - 05 March at Rogner Europapark Hotel in Tirana, INTEGRAL organizes the fourth edition of World Education Fair. Schools, universities and summer camps from Europe and U.S. will be presented at this event. The fair is organized by the Integral Educational Programs.

           - Meet representatives of educational institutions from Europe

           - Meet the colleges, which offer preparatory programs for the
             most prestigious universities worldwide

           - Talk personally to the staff and get detailed information on programs,
             application documents, extracurricular activities and personal development
            ​ opportunities for your children


HOTEL ROGNER:
04 Mars, 11:00 - 19:00
05 Mars, 11:00 - 16:00

Register now at: www.integral.al

FREE ENTRY

American College of Thessaloniki at Integral Office

Wednesday December 11, 2013 a representative from American College of Thessaloniki will be at Integral office. Mr Tarek Kouatly, Director of Enrollment Management at ACT will be available to answer and explain on a presentation the many possibilities that the college offers not far away from home.
The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is the post-secondary division of Anatolia College, an institution with a long and prestigious history that dates back to 1886.
ACT is a non-profit educational institution and is accredited by NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.ACT also  holds EU program validation as well.
ACT's comprehensive undergraduate curriculum leads to Bachelor’s degrees in Business, Business and Computing, International Relations and English.

Moreover, the college offers a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Banking & Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing.

ACT also offers an extensive need and merit-based financial aid program.

If you are interested in any other more detailed information, feel free to contact us.


 

Love British Books 2013

This exhibition of some of the best examples of contemporary book art and design from the UK will showcase British creative talent and exhibit work to the Albanian people the like of which they may not have seen before – creating substantial impact on and inspiration to her own book designers and artists, as well as interesting the general public.
The exhibition is sponsored by the University of Northampton, UK, The British Council, Albania and British Embassy in Tirana. It has been curated by Paul Middleton, Executive Dean of the School of The Arts and Carolyn Puzzovio, a graphic/typographic designer and academic. Innovative examples of British books have been selected for the exhibition, demonstrating the variety and range of definitions of the word ‘book’. This creative area is a fertile ground for artists, craftsmen and women and designers, which is alive and dynamic in the UK.
The exhibition will be part of the International Book Fair at the Palace of Congress, Bulevardi Dëshmorëte e Kombit, Tirana, Albania from
Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th November 2013 inclusive.

The exhibition opening event will be at 10.00am on 13th November.
A press conference for Love British Books 2013 will be held at 12 noon on the 14th November.

Kate Walewska / Regional Manager / University of Ulster visit


Kate Walewska, Regional Manager at University of Ulster will be present in Albania and Integral Educational Programs’ Office on 21 and 22 October. Kate will be invited to some of the most prestigious schools of Tirana where will take place the workshop “Study opportunities in UK".

All the parents and students interested for more information on the opportunities offered by the University of Ulster for Albanian students are invited to contact us via e-mail or our contact numbers.

You are welcome!

Registrations Started!!!


Britanika opens its doors for the new school year with discounts and offers.

For this new school year there will be organized the foreign language courses in :
ENGLISH, ITALIAN, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ALBANIAN for foreigners.

All classes are organized with CLIL methodology, one of the best methods in teaching for foreign languages.

For additional information please call the center numbers: +355694040601/ +35542252065!!

Contact us
Rruga Abdyl Frasheri,
pallati 11, shkalla 5, kati 2

TIRANE
Albania

Tel: 00355 4 2252065

Skype: integral.albania

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