70 ways to improve your English

Fall Quarter will finish soon, and in the long Winter Break, don’t let your English get rusty. There’s lots of interesting and fun ways for you to continue improving your English. Many of them can be done in your daily routine and hobbies! Take a look at this list of 70 ways to improve your English. You’re probably doing some of them already, but it’s always great to find new things to try. Recommended for all levels.

We’ll be on Winter Break for about a month after next week. Check back on January 10, 2017 for updates.

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Benefits of a Bilingual Brain

As English learners, you’re on your way to being bilingual, or even multilingual! Of course, with each additional language, you’ll have more ways to communicate. But have you thought how else being bilingual benefits you? For the curious, watch the TED-Ed video below, in which “Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.” Click on CC to watch with subtitles (it’ll be helpful for the more scientific parts). Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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Additional Announcement

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Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday! We’ll also be on holiday, so check back Tuesday, Nov. 29 for the next update.

English with Lingualeo

Studying with apps are convenient and can help you study anytime and anywhere. Lingualeo is a grammar app that offers a lot of support:

Regardless of their current level of English, users will find useful exercises and materials in the app:

  • over 200 TED lectures with interactive subtitles
  • 7 trainings in game format for expanding vocabulary
  • 23 English grammar courses
  • over 100,000 texts, articles and excerpts
  • over 50 word kits with pictures, transcriptions and sound recordings
  • ability to practice without an internet connection
  • automatically synced with LinguaLeo.com

Try it out for Android or iOS (iPhone/iPad). Recommended for all learners.

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How to Write a Summary

For English students learning how to summarize, check out this video on how to write one; it explains the things you should and shouldn’t do for an effective academic summary. Apply these tips the next time you read a text. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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The Good and the Bad

For many English learners who study in the U.S., it may be difficult adapt to an American classroom because the teaching and learning styles are different. One difference may be in how mistakes are corrected. Specifically, American teachers may not correct all of your speaking mistakes. You’re probably wondering, why not? Doesn’t correcting all your mistakes help you? Actually, that’s not always the case. Everyone makes mistakes, even native speakers. These mistakes don’t always mean that you don’t understand certain grammar points, and sometimes they even help your learning process.

Here’s a great article on why some teachers don’t correct all your speaking mistakes for good and bad reasons. If your teacher is an example of the good reasons, then great! You’re in good hands. But if you notice your teacher is an example of the bad reasons, try talking to your teacher and work out a better learning approach together; clear communication is an important way to work through these problems and improve your learning. This article is recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400-800/EAP).

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Verbs and Conjugations with LearnBots

Are verbs and conjugations difficult for you? Try out LearnBots’ verb app for iPhone or iPad users. It has a lot of exercises and support features like animation, native speaker audio, pictures, and list organization. Recommended for all learners.

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6 Study Tips for ESL Learners

People study in different ways, and what doesn’t work for one person can work for you. So it’s important to try different study habits and narrow down what does work for you. Check out these 6 study tips and give them a try if you haven’t yet (it’s good for reading practice too!).  Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).After reading, also try our study page here, which has a lot of different resources, from reading material and exercises to videos and worksheets.

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The History of English

Ever wonder where English came from? How has the language formed and changed over time? Practice your listening and learn some interesting history with this TED-Ed video on the origins of English (click on CC if you’d like to read subtitles too). The next time you have a conversation, share these interesting history trivia that you’ve learned! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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