American Idioms 5 with Dana

Summer quarter is done soon, but it’s not too late to start learning new things. Here are some idioms about new beginnings you can try. Dana explains what they mean in her video lesson below.

Recommended for intermediate and advanced learners (Levels 400+). You can also review Dana’s previous idiom lessons:

Dana’s American Idioms, Lesson 5 – New Beginning

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Interrupting in English

Are you comfortable joining or changing a conversation in English? If not, this article Interrupting in English has very useful phrases and tips to help you. Try them in different situations like class, at work, or with friends.

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IELTS Essentials

Get in some extra IELTS study with IELTS Essentials. Go to their website to start practice tests (click “Free Practice Tests” at the top menu). You can also read up on other test preparation information like what to expect on test day. Recommended for advanced learners (Levels 600-800/EAP).

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Singular and Plural Words

Peach/Peaches. Book/Books. These are spelling examples of one (singular) or many things (plural). Review more words with Singular and Plural Match game app. It makes English bright, colorful, and fun! The game is available on iOS. Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-200).

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Reading Skills: Main Ideas and Supporting Details

Practice your reading skills with this quick, fun comic video. Follow the detective of the Text Analysis Unit to find multiple main ideas in this reading passage! Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-500).

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How to Read Literature Critically

With language, we can express many different meanings. The difficult part is how to read those meanings because language can be literal and figurative. For language learners especially, it may be difficult to understand foreign literature because it goes beyond literal meanings and often conveys multiple meanings and complex ideas.

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For English learners, you can practice with eNotes‘ useful 6-step method on how to read literature critically. The steps focus on the following points:

  1. Figurative language
  2. Structure
  3. Influence
  4. Archetypes
  5. Symbolism
  6. Read and reread

eNotes explains in their article:

Even if you’re taking your very first literature class, it’s easy to read critically if you follow our 6-step method. But before you get started, always keep this in mind: reading critically doesn’t mean tearing a work of literature apart. Instead, it means understanding what the author has written and evaluating the success of the work as a whole.

Get started on reading How to Read Literature Critically to understand how to use the 6 steps! Recommended for advanced learners (Levels 600-800/EAP).

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What kind of learner are you?

ACE - learning channelsDo you learn best by  watching, listening, or doing something? These 3 different ways to learn are also called visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. If you know your best learning styles, you can study better; focus on materials in your styles. For example, if learning English is easier by listening, you can study with a lot of audios like movies, videos, radio, and even music.

Our blog has a useful Study Page that can help you learn how to improve your study skills and habits (and also meet American academic expectations to succeed in school!). Go through the page for information, tips, resources, and activities. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 300+).


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Writing for a North American Academic Audience

Audiences from different countries also have different standards for everything, from music and movies to books and yes, even writing. How you write in one country may not match the standard of another. So when you go to America to study, it’s important for you to familiarize yourself with American academic criteria and expectations.

For writing in particular, not only do you consider your own ideas, but also readers–the audience. With your writing style, can you convey your ideas successfully to American academic audiences like your professors or classmates? Read Purdue OWL’s article on this topic and review your style! And be sure to check out the other useful information on writing at their website’s left menu (e.g.: Stance and Language, Tone and Purpose, etc.). Recommended for advanced learners (Levels 600-800/EAP).


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