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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News with English Club

With news, you can learn English and a lot of other current topics. English Club has great news podcasts that teaches current events and gives English learning support like vocabulary and exercises related to the podcast. Follow their news regularly and you can try out their monthly quiz. Practice all the different English skills at once–listening, reading, vocabulary, and more! Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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American Idioms 4 with Dana

Spring quarter is almost over. Of course, it means final exams. But once school is over, it also feels like the holidays have come! You can enjoy break time. With that on your mind, try out these holiday-related idioms that Dana shares in her fourth video lesson.

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

Dana’s American Idioms, Lesson 4 – Holidays

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Types of Business Letters

As you complete your education, you also need to build your professional skills. In particular, knowing about business letters can be useful in your job. Watch this video on Types of Business Letters (with transcript) to learn more about them.

Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners and business students (Levels 400+ and EIB)

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Picture the Word

Some people learn words with letters and writing easily. For other people, learning words with pictures is easier; when they see an example, it helps them understand the topic better. With the app Vocabulary Group Study, you can learn more than 2,000 words through pictures. It’s like a picture dictionary. The app has other support features like audio to practice listening and speaking, quizzes, examples. You can also use it offline.

Vocabulary Group Study is available for Android. Recommended for beginner learners (Levels 100-200).

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Tune in to ESL Podcast

Plug in your earphones, turn up the volume and tune in to ESL Podcast. Try it out daily or weekly anytime! ESL Podcast is a wonderful way to practice listening and learn about interesting and diverse topics during your free time. You can also practice your pronunciation and speaking skills based on the audio.Topics include English language (of course!), dining, medicine and health, transportation, business, daily life, and more.  Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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English Central

A lot of English students learn from Youtube videos. Though it’s great for listening, speaking, or pronunciation practice, Youtube is a passive learning tool. Meaning, you only receive information; you can’t be active or offer responses. Other video resources are trying to change that; they want videos to be active learning tools. English Central is one such video site that is specifically designed for English learners. They have many videos on multiple topics and learning features like subtitles, featured vocabulary, listening exercises as you watch, and 1-0n-1 tutoring. Individuals can register for free to start. Recommended for all learners (Levels 100-800/EAP).

If this interactive video learning is what you like, try out English Central.

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Level 100 Study Page

Beginner students, we have a Level 100 Study Page! Use the page for class review and extra practice. The page has 10 topics. Each topic has review information, lessons, videos, exercises, or worksheets. The resources are in this post, or go to the Level 100 link from the top menu.

Level 100 Extra Study Material

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Click on the topics below for extra practice. Beginner students can learn from study pages, worksheets, videos, and more.

 

  1. Basic conversations
  2. Describe people, places, and things
  3. Ask for and give information
  4. Ask and answer questions about a person’s job/occupation
  5. Ask about and describe health problems
  6. Ask about and describe the weather
  7. Ask and tell about future activities
  8. Know American currency/money and prices
  9. Listen to and write letters, words, numbers
  10. Typing in English