Preparing for Exams

The last week of Spring quarter is here, and so are final exams. It’s a stressful time, but there are ways to prepare for the exams. Check out this quick video for exam study tips! Click on CC for subtitles.

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Evolution of English

Your native language has changed throughout history with different vocabulary and grammar rules and more. Same with English, which has evolved over time. Check out the interesting TED Ed video on what influenced the English language. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Level 400+)

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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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How Languages Evolve

Ever wonder about how and why languages evolve over time? Learn some interesting trivia about that and practice your listening skills with this TEDed video! You can turn on the subtitles for more support. Recommended for intermediate to advanced learners (Levels 400+).

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Tips on Preparing for Tests

Final exams are coming soon for Winter quarter, so it’s time to study hard! Don’t wait until the day before your exams–prepare early so you can be confident about taking your exams. Watch the video below for tips on how you can study and prepare. You can turn on the subtitles for additional support.

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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.

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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