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Speaking Club Via Skype
Английский разговорный клуб (Speakingclub) — это один из лучших способов преодоления языкового барьера. Это важная составляющая развития разговорной речи, а также расширения словарного запаса и отработки до автоматизма применения определенных выражений и фраз.
Живые дискуссии, интересные темы, обсуждения, новые идеи, публичные выступления и захватывающие диалоги — все это ждет Вас на встречах Speaking club.
A teacher's role involves more than simply standing in front of a classroom and lecturing. In fact, even though a teacher spends the majority of the day in the classroom, the actual teaching component is only part of the job. An effective teacher understands that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school day runs smoothly and all students receive a quality education.
How to Study English Effectively
I'm often asked how to study English effectively. I think this means getting the most out of your study time, and that means variety. Here are some helpful guidelines as to how to study that should help you vary your approach and improve more quickly.
Tips for Success
Here are some basic ideas for success to help you as you study English.
Study Every Day
It's important to study English every day. However, don't exaggerate! Study for thirty minutes every day instead of two hours once a week. Short, steady practice is much better for learning than long periods on an irregular basis. This habit of studying English every day will help keep English in your brain fresh.
A Little Grammar, A Little Listening, A Little Reading, and A little Writing
Next, make sure to study a number of areas rather than focusing on just one topic. Study a little grammar, then do a short listening exercise, then perhaps read an article on the same topic. Don't do too much, twenty minutes on three different types of exercises is plenty!
Review Grammar as Your Watch or Read
Give yourself one grammar goal when reading a new article or watching a new video. For example, try to write down each example of a form you are studying such as the present perfect. Use highlighters (colored pens) with texts to highlight forms that you are studying.
Use Different Learning Methods
Don't just use one way to study English. Use a variety of methods which will help all the parts of your brain (multiple intelligences) help you. For example, if you are learning new vocabulary, create a word map, describe a picture, make a list and study that, type out the words five times. All of these methods together help to reinforce your learning.
Find Some Friends
There is nothing like having a few friends to study English together. You can practice the exercises together, have conversations together (in English!), and, as you study English together, help each other with exercises you may not understand.
ChooseTopics that Interest You
One of the most important things to do is to study English using topics that you like. This will help motivate you because you will also be learning about a topic you find interesting while you study English.
Warming-up to Study English
Just as there are exercises to help you warm up before you play some basketball or other sport, there are exercises which can help you warm up to study English. Here are some simple exercises to help you warm up.
Activating Your Vocabulary
Activate your vocabulary by thinking or speaking briefly about the subject you are about to work on. For example, if you are going to study English on topics that focuses on vacations, take a moment to think about your last vacation, what you did, what you enjoyed, etc. This simple exercise will help your brain warm-up to vocabulary that you are likely to encounter as you study English about this particular subject.
Activating Your Grammar
Activate your grammar by thinking about the general grammar area before you begin to study. For example, if you are going to study English grammar focusing on the past, stop to think about what you did last weekend, where you went, etc. to help activate what you already understand about using the past. As with activating vocabulary, you'll help your brain bring up what it knows about the past simple in an easy way before you begin to focus on studying English grammar in detail.
Singing a Song
Before class begins, or before you sit down to study English sing a song in English to yourself. Make sure to use a song that you understand and know very well. This short and fun exercise will help your brain focus on the English language in a relaxing manner. It's important to be relaxed when you study English! Singing a song also helps activate the creative side of your brain which can help you come up with more examples as your practice conversation or do some creative writing.
Typing a Short Paragraph in English
If you going to study English at your desk, begin by typing a simple paragraph in English. You can type about your day, your hobbies, your friends, etc. Anything will do. Typing helps activate the kinetic part of your brain that helps improve learning through physical activity. I also recommend typing while you study your English grammar. This will help solidify your knowledge with movement.
A Thousand Words ...
As the saying goes in English: A picture is worth a thousand words. Help activate the creative side of your brain by trying to describe a photo or other image. You can combine use this also to activate your vocabulary by choosing a picture that has something to do with the subject your are going to study in English.
How to improve your English
my name is Omar, I'm from Italy, and I'm very grateful to BBClearning English for giving me the opportunity to practice my English hosting me as a student blogger for this month.
That's a picture of me, in my wedding day!
Coming back to the scope of this blog, I think that having a blog in English could really be a good way for an English student to improve his writing skills.
Actually, during the last years I tried a lot of different ways to enhance my knowledge of English without spending a lot of money, and I'm going to show you some of them, I hope they could be useful, and I also hope that you can share with me and other students other funny ways to learn the language:
1) A Song a day
Someone told me that it's easier to learn and remember new words if you memorise them while learning a song. So I decided to learn one song a day. The experiment lasted about three months, and it worked quite well. Also now, I can sing a lot of songs of The beatles!
2) Call a customer service
This is a very useful method. I tried it in England, but I think that it could be easy o find a way to do it also abroad. it's almost free, and it requires the greatest attention because it's all about conversations over the phone.
Choose an English company which products you owe or simply know. Then dial the number of their customer care (most of times the call is for free) and complain about something, or just ask for information.
Few weeks ago I've been in London to attend an English course (and to have a taste of the Olympic games, of course!). One day I had to call BT to complain about my telephone that ran out of credit in few minutes. It took me more than thirty minutes to explain the problem to the very tolerant girl that answered me and to understand what went wrong, because I had to ask her to repeat each sentences several times. But it has been a very good exercise, so the next day I called again, asking information about the different fares, and different plans, and so on. I asked a lot of information. A big load of. And I got both, the information required, and a free English lesson!
3) Host people for dinner
This is my most serious attempt to obtain free English conversations in my town, Milan.
I decided to offer a free dinner to foreign tourist in town, to give my wife and me the opportunity of speaking english for free, and to give foreigner tourists the chance to have an italian dinner with locals, also for free.
It worked well for some months, we advertised the project on the internet and on the free press of my town, and we got some answers, people from England, Usa, India, Iran, Columbia, came to visit us and enjoy a simple homecooked Italian dinner.
Well, ok, not everyone was a native English speaker, but we had a lot of fun, we became less shy while speaking, and we also found some good friends.
Here is my favourite one, and Indian guy named Nitin, who became a good friend of us, we really started to miss him since he moved to china. you could see three people but we were four, my daughter borned few months later.
And you? Which other method would you know to improve your English for free, or with a small amount of money? (a part from doing the homework the teacher would give us, of course!)