Top five English apple dessert recipes

Wondering what to do with all your apples? Why not try some classic English dishes this weekend. We’ve put together our top five apple dessert recipes from England’s top chefs.

Gordon Ramsay’s Apple Tart with Caramel Ice Cream 

apple charlotte

Delia Smith’s Traditional Apple Charlotte


Jamie Oliver’s Blackberry and Apple Pie


Nigella Lawson’s Baked Apples with Dried Fruits, Walnuts, Honey and Cinnamon,–3470

apple & plum

Mary Berry’s Plum and Apple Crumble with a Super-Crunchy Topping

Have a great weekend and we hope you enjoy the recipes.

Best wishes from us all at the London School of English


Study English in Canterbury this Summer – Special Offer


The London School of English Canterbury is pleased to offer a special summer package

What’s included?

Who should attend?

This intensive course is perfect for serious adults wanting to improve their general English for practical everyday use. The boutique nature of The London School of English Canterbury (maximum 25 participants a week) means multiple opportunities to interact and the highest levels of personalisation.


Double en-suite room for single occupancy at the modern St.George’s Centre residence in the centre of Canterbury, located within walking distance of the school, is included in the package price.


  • Period: 6th July – 28th August 2015
  • Limited number of places on a strictly first come, first served basis

Package price

  • £795.00/week  

Please contact us for booking and more information

Summer Courses in London for Young Professionals

Would you like to improve your professional English over the summer AND enjoy a break in London? We offer specialised professional English courses for young professionals with a range of start dates.


Course: Legal English: Young Lawyers (LYL)
Who is it for: Newly qualified lawyers and law students
Duration: 3 weeks
Start date: 1 June 2015 and 6 July 2015


Course: English for Young Engineers (EYE)
Who is it for: Engineering students and engineering graduates
Duration: 2 weeks
Start date: 22 June 2015


Course: Young Business English (YBE)
Who is it for: Business students and business graduates
Duration: 1-8 weeks
Start date: any Monday

Summer Courses in London for Experienced Professionals

Would you like to improve your professional English over the summer AND enjoy a break in London? We offer specialised professional English courses for experienced professionals with a range of start dates.


Course: English for Human Resources (EHR)
Who is it for: Experienced HR professionals
Duration: 1 week
Start date: 25 May 2015


Course: Communication Skills for Bankers (CSB)
Who is it for: Experienced banking and finance specialists
Duration: 1 week
Start date: 25 May 2015


Course: English for the Public Sector (EPS)
Who is it for: Officials from government ministries or other public authorities (i.e. EU, UN, IMF)
Duration: 1 week
Start date: 25 May 2015


Course: English for Medical Professionals (EMP)
Who is it for: Experienced medical professionals
Duration: 1 week
Start date: 15 June 2015

Commercial lawyers

Course: Legal English: Commercial Lawyers (LCO)
Who is it for: Experienced lawyers from law firms or the corporate sector
Duration: 1 week
Start date: 29 June 2015


Course: Effective Lecturing Skills in English (ELS)
Who is it for: University and college lecturers who deliver lectures in English
Duration: 1 week
Start date: 29 June 2015


Course: International Business Communication (IBC)
Who is it for: Experienced business executives and managers
Duration: 1-6 weeks
Start date: any Monday 

Election Glossary

With less than 48 hours left to the British General Election, things are really starting to hot up in the media. Here’s the second part of our glossary of election terms to help you follow all the latest developments.

Nicola Sturgeon in Dunfermline yesterday. Photograph: Chris Norrie/Demotix/Corbis


To abstain is to refuse to take sides in a vote.


A by-election occurs when a seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant during the lifetime of a parliament (i.e. between general elections), for example when an MP dies or resigns.


A bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law, that is presented for debate before parliament.

Ballot box

The box in which you place your vote.

Ballot paper

A piece of paper containing a list of the people, parties or other options you can vote for. This is the document you use to vote.

Polling booth

The area, usually screened, where you vote at the polling station.

Exit poll

An election exit poll is a poll of voters taken immediately after they have exited the polling stations. Unlike an opinion poll, which asks whom the voter plans to vote for or some similar formulation, an exit poll asks whom the voter actually voted for.


The Cabinet is made up of about 20 senior ministers chosen by the Prime Minister. It decides on government policy and co-ordinates the work of the different government departments.

Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the principal Finance Minister of the Government and one of the most important members of the Cabinet.


Whips are MPs appointed by each party to maintain party discipline. Part of their role is to encourage members of their party to vote in the way that their party would like in important divisions.

You can see part one of our election terms glossary here

Could you vote in English?

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With just over a week to go to the UK General Election on May 7th, media coverage is intensifying. The sheer volume of political information in the media can be overwhelming and political terminology sometimes difficult to follow. Is your election vocabulary sufficient to follow all the developments and would you be able to vote in English? We’ve put together a glossary of terms for the election.


This stands for Member of Parliament, a person elected by voters to represent a constituency in parliament.


The UK is divided into areas called constituencies. One MP is elected to represent each of these areas.


The term ‘Frontbencher’ is used to describe either a government minister or opposition shadow spokesperson. This comes from the seating arrangements where the most important members of Parliament sit at the front.


The backbenches are the seats where an MP sits if he or she is neither a minister nor a spokesman for his or her party. i.e. not in the front rows.


‘First-past-the-post’ is the name usually given to the electoral system used for election to the House of Commons. In this system each area (constituency) elects one MP from a choice of candidates. Voters can only vote for one candidate and the candidate that gets the most votes becomes the MP. This system generally results over time in a two-party competition.

House of Commons

The House of Commons is the lower house of the parliament of the United Kingdom which meets in the Palace of Westminster.The house is an elected body consisting of 650 members known as members of parliament MPs. Members are elected to represent constituencies.

House of Lords

This is the upper house of the parliament of the United Kingdom. Like the House of Commons, it meets in the Palace of Westminster. Unlike the House of Commons, the number of members is not fixed; as of 21 April 2015  the House of Lords has 783 members. The public does not elect members of the House of Lords and its members are called peers.


A Peer is a member of the House of Lords. Some titles are hereditary but most members are Life Peers. The public does not elect members of the Lords. Hereditary Peers inherit their titles and Life Peers are appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister to serve for their life. Since the year 2000, most hereditary peers have lost the right to sit in the House of Lords.

Polling station

A place where people can vote. Schools are often used as polling stations.

Polling card

An official poll card is a document which is sent to all registered voters shortly before an election in the UK. The poll card gives information about the election and the voter such as the date of the election, the location of the polling station, opening and closing times and the name, address and electoral number of the voter.

10 new running terms to give your mind a workout

Athletes run near the Big Ben during the women's marathon final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall

Running a marathon this year? Why not give your mind a workout by familiarising yourself with some running terms in English?


Someone who is new to the sport of running metric mile -1500m, the international racing distance closest to the imperial mile.


The muscles found just above your knees.

Cushioning (or shock absorption)

The ability of a shoe to absorb the impact of footstrike.


1609 meters, 5280 feet, or 1760 yards. Note: 1600m is not a mile.

Metric mile

A metric mile is 1500m, the international racing distance closest to the imperial mile.


Loss of water in the body.

Hitting the wall

The dreaded point (and awful feeling similar to what your body would feel like if you ran into a wall) during a race when your muscle glycogen stores become depleted and a feeling of fatigue engulfs you.


Refers to your times at mile markers or other pre-planned checkpoints along the way to the finish line.

Lactic acid

A substance which forms in the muscles as a result of the incomplete breakdown of glucose. Lactic acid is associated with muscle fatigue and sore muscles.


Slow running or jogging done after a workout or competition to loosen muscles and rid the body of lactic acid.