English on the go


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Now we have a little bit more time to practice your English in a fun way  on your mobile devices, so I selected a few games, apps or websites where you can compete against yourself or other learners all over the world.

First to come is an app called Quiz your English, an excellent way of practicing your grammar and vocabulary skills, it’s fun and not that easy.  A lot of it is is free and I think it’s an excellent way to prepare exams.

Then, another app and website called Memrise, it focuses on vocabulary and enables you to learn, discover and make lists.

Battaking, is another app to help you learn new words by matching them to images. This one is simpler, but simple is not bad and there are words you may not know.

Games to learn English offers a variety of games.

The British Council offers courses, exercises and games  to improve your language skills.

Have fun and enjoy your holidays.

…about immigration


As we close  this first theme, here are a few more documents which you may choose to watch, read or listen to.

You may of course use them for your presentation, or not.

First a timeline of immigration to the United States and  a documentary on Ellis Island

To go further on the story of SreyRam Kuy

Or on Chinese immigration,

Proposals on immigration from the new administration and  poets’ reactions on the current policy and their take on Emma Lazarus’ poem.

Imagining what a city would be like without illegal immigrants.

And finally, another kind of migration

There might be more documents to come.

Working on your oral comprehension

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Understanding the news, a movie, a song is one of the skills that stresses most students. Nothing strange about that, once you’ve heard it, it’s gone, you have to be quick, to make sense of a few or more words to get the meaning of what is said and in many situations, there is no way to rewind.

However, it is a part of all our language exams, so here are a few sites where you can train, practice and improve your listening and understanding skills.

I’ll start with two sites which provide “slower” news, and scripts.

VOA (Voice of America) provides many ways of improving comprehension and learning vocabulary. There’s also a YouTube Channel, Listen and read along based on VOA news with a script you can follow.

Same thing for News in levels.

If you like karaoke, music, singing along or just another way to practice English, try Lyricstraining.

One website I like a lot because, there are many videos and audios, different levels, interesting subjects, and the speakers are not always native speakers, is Elllo.

CNN10 is obviously a reference, international news for students in 10 minutes, quizzes to check your weekly news and scripts.

BBC  provides so many excellent services to help students learn English that I can’t even begin to list them. I encourage you to browse through the BBC Learning English, section especially 6 Minute English and take your time, you can search by level or by programmes.

If you feel comfortable I would advise listening to the BBC Global News, 30 minutes of news and reports.

Last but not least, there’s the Ted.com website, talks about so many subjects that you will necessarily find one that will appeal to you.

There are also zillions of YouTube channels to help you, and here is one:

Help for your exam

jordan-whitfield-112404All right you’re a little less  than one month away from your exam. I’m sure you don’t worry too much about the English part of it. Indeed there is not much to do in the last days before you take it.

However, there are a few things you can do  to refresh your grammar, methods and your vocabulary besides practicing on mock exams, and you will find plenty HERE.

Here is a selection of exercises, websites and tips which you may find helpful.

First some words to help you understand the instructions, and do what you are expected to do!

You can test your knowledge of the 100 most common irregular verbs HERE and check the complete list of  638 irregular verbs HERE

128 words to use instead of VERY

Verbs, Verbs, Verbs: you have the paper version and here you can train or test yourself on a quiz. Be careful not to forget the punctuation, otherwise, you will be wrong.

And finally, for today, my favorite way of testing myself is a little game I told you about in class I can play on my phone Quiz your English-Cambridge English


Preparing for an exam


Here comes the time when you need to prepare more actively for your final exams if you haven’t yet.

First watch the tips in this video:


Then you can check if you know all the following instructions vocabulary, and if not, learn it.


Instructions vocabulary

In accordance with: en accord avec
To account for sth: expliquer, justifier qqc
An account: un compte-rendu
To allude to: faire allusion à
To apply to: appliquer, s’appliquer à
To argue: soutenir (un point de vue)
Assertion: déclaration
To assume: supposer
An assumption: une supposition
The background: l’arrière-plan, le contexte
Brackets: parenthèses
To circle (the right answer): entourer (la bonne réponse)
A clause: une proposition (grammaire)
A clue: indice
Comparative forms: le comparatif
Compound adjectives: adjectifs composés
Compound nouns: noms composés
To connect: lier, relier
Derived from: dérivé de
A stylistic device: un procédé stylistique
Direct speech: discours direct
An excerpt = an extract: un extrait
To fill in (the blanks): completer
A grid: une grille, un tableau
To hint at sth: faire allusion à qqc
Indirect speech: discours indirect
An instance: un cas, un exemple
A key word: un mot-clé
A line: une ligne, un vers (poésie)
To link: lier, relier
A link word: un mot de liaison
To list: faire la liste de
To locate: repèrer
To mention: parler de qqch (sans insister)
A narrative: un récit
To occur: se produire
An occurrence: un fait, une occurrence
To pick out: relever, sélectionner (dans une liste)
To pick up = to notice: repèrer
A phrase = an expression: une expression, une locution
Quantifiers: quantificateurs
To quote: citer
A quotation: une citation
To recur: revenir (souvent), se répéter
To refer to: faire référence à
To relate: conter, raconter
To be related to: être lié, apparenté à
To rephrase: reformuler
A report: un rapport, un compte-rendu
To review: passer en revue, faire la critique
The root (of a word): la racine (d’un mot)
A root word: un mot racine
A sentence: une phrase
A sequel: une suite (d’un roman ou d’un film)
To single out: choisir
Starters: amorces (fournies dans un exercice)
To state: déclarer, affirmer
A statement: une déclaration, une affirmation
A stress: un accent (tonique)
To stress: accentuer
Suitable: adéquat, approprié
To sum up: résumer
A summary: un résumé
To tick (the right answer): cocher (la bonne réponse)
To translate: traduire
To turn into = to transform: transformer
To underline: souligner
View = opinion: un avis, une opinion
To write down: noter

And if you need some help to check and learn, here is a Quizlet.


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