In the year 2017 the answer to this question has never been easier. Of course, listening itself is never easy, and many people who struggle to pay attention in their native language, have addition ..
It is not uncommon for students preparing for IELTS to ‘plateau’, i.e. to reach a 5-6 range and then get stuck there. Here at OISE Oxford, we guide the students beyond this stage, toward ..
One of the boons of living in the North Atlantic is the odd poetry of the shipping forecast – the daily forecast of wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, and so on in named sea quadrants ..
“It is not the first time I have been there: I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal this time last year and it took my breath away. I'm sure you have seen the pictures in magazines ..
On Monday I was given a rather splendid-looking orange by my colleague Mark, who had just returned from Greece that morning on an early flight, and had plucked a couple of oranges from a tree befo ..
A Russian student of mine recently told me a story about a misunderstanding she had while on holiday in Scotland. She was sitting in a cafe, feeling car sick after a long drive. Next to her there ..
I first heard about the forthcoming Arctic Apocalypse when I was floating lazily in the middle of a sultry Indian Ocean. To cut a long story short, I was on a cruise from India to Singap ..
We continue to watch America unfold these days, and marvel. When Albrecht Dürer, on being shown some of the productions of the New World on a visit to Antwerp, wrote in his journals of the ‘subtle ..
'Midwinter spring is its own season
Sempiternal though sodden towards sundown,
Suspended in time, between pole and tropic.'
T.S. Eliot Little Gidding
Last Sunday was very much its own ..
Sunim, from South Korea, and Vittorio, from Italy, were impressed by the kindness and availability of the staff, both administrative and teaching. Here at OISE Oxford, we acknowledge th ..
Are they scientists? Or tourists? If they are scientists, they don’t seem to ask a lot of questions.
Theoretical Physicist Ian Donnelly in Arrival
In the recent movie Arrival, where Amy Ada ..
"Huge hills and mountains of casks on casks were piled upon her wharves, and side by side the world-wandering whale ships lay silent and safely moored at last."
Herman Meville, Moby Dick
If the ..