And what happened after…
And what happened after…
Some links to video and audio documents seen in class or to go further and train your oral comprehension skills.
A 6 minute English podcast .
A transition from the American Dream to the men who built America,
And women, almost forgotten…
or famous and influential,
Make up your opinion on this hot new topic, the Internet of Things.
Some articles from The Guardian and The Economist
And some videos
I know that was yesterday, but it’s never too late to learn something new isn’t it? So let’s start with some numbers.
Try your pronunciation with those Tongue Twisters
Spooky PoemI wish to wish the wish you wish to wish,
But if you wish the wish the witch wishes,
I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.
Learn more about the Halloween Superstitions
by S.E. Schlosser
And why not choose your favorite Halloween Joke Here
More information on the American Folklore website.
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.
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,
Imagining what a city would be like without illegal immigrants.
And finally, another kind of migration
There might be more documents to come.
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.
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:
We worked on the following video:
And here are some follow-up exercises, first some vocabulary that you can learn and test yourself on HERE
Then a simple exercise to check your knowledge of relative pronouns HERE
And finally, if you want to know a little bit more about the four United States Presidents represented on Mount Rushmore, three out of which were considered to be surveyors. You can read this short article:
Who was left out?
Well, the school year begins and I hope you’re rested and ready to start. We have a lot to do and not much time.
So first, here is a recap of what you’ll be expected to do this year, for those who are in their second year, the others well, prepare yourself.
And here some resources to help you find your three documents.
I’m sure you have plenty to do during your holidays, however here are some reading suggestions found online. They may even be useful throughout the year or even later if you feel like reading some good books in English.
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You can also try the 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time from Time Magazine
You might also want to try the three books all students entering Stanford must read before starting the year, it’s all about environment this year.