What are they saying?

Here’s some food for thought (or, here’s something for you to think about): ever wonder why you can’t understand some native English speakers? Teacher Gabby discusses why in the interesting video below. She explores the situations where English seems different–sometimes it’s easier for you to understand, but in other situations, it’s very difficult. Gabby also offers tips and suggestions to improve your listening skills. Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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Get Creative with Books

Are you a young or beginner learner? Do you want to teach kids English? If yes, Book Box is a great resource. It has many short stories to read or watch and listen with subtitles. They’re fun and creative ways to enjoy a “book” online! Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-300).

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The American Experience

International students in America have a lot to learn and get used to–a new language, academic setting, and community. While they’re getting used to the present America, what international students sometimes don’t consider is history and the significant events that have shaped America. Understanding history better will give you a deeper insight into how American culture and values have been shaped. Hopefully it will clear some of the confusion on why America is the way it is now. Watch the TV series The American Experience at PBS and delve into history! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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News in Levels

English learners may have a hard time following news because it is designed for native speakers. With News in Levels, the focus is on English learners. They can read some news articles in 3 levels. There are also vocabulary highlights and videos. Recommended for all learners.

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Getting ideas out of your brain

Welcome back to Fall quarter! After the school break, maybe it’ll be hard to get back into school mode. One thing that may be difficult to start again is writing. I’m sure everyone has experienced writer’s block–that’s when you can’t seem to write anything. Your ideas are blocked. Well, then how do you unblock them? Luckily, there are 3 useful writing exercises that can help you gather ideas:

  1. Brainstorming (also known as mapping or clustering),
  2. Listing
  3. Free-writing

This stage of the writing process is known as Pre-Writing, when you gather ideas before you actually write your paper. Watch the video to learn how to use these 3 exercises. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 300+)

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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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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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5 Secrets to Improve Your Listening

When you’re learning a foreign language, it’s no secret that listening is hard. But there are good strategies that can help you improve your listening skills. Watch the video below for 5 of them (and get some reading practice with the subtitles too!) Recommended for intermediate learners (Levels 300-400).

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Simple English News

You can stay current on news and learn English with Simple English News. This website has news stories and many support features like videos, audio, vocabulary and definitions, and English learning activities. All together, you can learn many different skills and interesting topics! Recommended for beginner and intermediate learners (Levels 100-300).

 

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The Ts

Classes are full of activities, assignments, and homework–and the most stressful, TESTS! You’ve got quizzes, midterms, and final exams…but you can handle this too! Besides studying and practicing the content, you can try these Tips for Test Taking. The link goes to a video (with transcript) on useful tips to help you do well on tests.

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