Writing Letters

Many English learners are familiar with writing essays for school or casual messages with friends. An often overlooked writing style is letters! Depending on the situation or need, a letter’s tone or vocabulary can be very different–formal, thankful, questioning, entreating, urgent, and so on. How can you write a letter to someone effectively to express the appropriate tone and get your point across? Here’s an interesting Android app English Letter Writing that can help you with that. As their page says, “English Letter & Application Writing Offline is completely free and offline English letters writing book with over 2000+ letters & applications for students in multiple categories.”

Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 300 to EAP/800 and business students).


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Vocabulary Builder

One of the first steps to fluency is learning more vocabulary. Try the Vocabulary Builder app to learn new words. The app has great support: audio pronunciation, definitions, different levels, progress tracking, and more. Recommended for all learners (Levels 100+).

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Free Pearson Resources

Many schools use Pearson books and online resources to teach students English, including us! They have many topics to choose from: seasonal (holidays, events), adults (life skills, conversational topics), early learners, and more. Though the resources are aimed at teachers, the materials are great for students too. Go to Pearson’s Classroom Resources and check them out!

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Thinking Critically in English

As you learn English, you’ll notice that you’re not only learning the language in terms of grammar rules–you’re learning how to analyze the academic content, and the world in general, through a different lens. English and the associated culture interprets the world differently from how your native language and culture does. It’s important to keep an open mind with these differences so we can progress new ideas and build partnerships across borders. In other words, critical thinking is a useful skill to develop across all languages to better understand the world and one another. As an English learner now, try to improve on your critical thinking with 5 tips from the Ted-Ed video below (press CC on the bottom right for subtitles). Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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