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9 March 2017
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IELTS for foreigners – a necessary evil?

IELTS for non-native English speakers In this blog my aim is to continue with the theme of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  In this instance, I would like to discuss the requirement for those for whom English is not their first or native language. Who is the IELTS examination aimed at? Most people […]


1 March 2017
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IELTS for native English speakers

International English Language Test System (IELTS) for native English speakers   by Hugh Ottewell As a born and bred first language English speaker, I recall how offended and irritated I felt on learning that, should I ever wish to emigrate to say Australia, I would be required to sit the IELTS exam in order to prove […]


9 February 2017
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The run-up to pre-examination histrionics!!

The run-up to pre-examination histrionics!! by Hugh Ottewell As occurs year on year, and most especially following the Easter half-term watershed when most have sat their mocks, we embark on that period when the stark reality of the impending summer formal examinations can no longer be avoided.  This realisation dawns on a sizable majority of […]


19 January 2017
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Website Localisation: What value does it really add?

Website Localisation: What value does it really add? Whilst looking at a potential client’s website, I recognised straight away that they were missing an essential element or capability. The webpage was French in origin and had tabs at the top of the homepage for the customer to view the content in English, German, Russian and […]


27 November 2016
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Linguistic Validation of medical questionnaires

Linguistic Validation of Chronic Pain medical questionnaires What is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain can be defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Unlike acute pain – a normal sensation that alerts us to possible injury, chronic pain persists, often for months or even longer. What are the causes if Chronic Pain? Chronic pain may arise […]

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