Tips for any speaking test

 Eva Suárez from EOI Santa María de Guía for pointing out to this web site. The Bristish Council is a well reputed institution devoted to, among other things, making the British culture and language accesible to the rest of the world. One of their aims is to provide useful materials to help English Language learners (LearnEnglish). Also, they provide tips to be used when sitting an exam and this si what you will find when you click on the link below: tips in the form of videos to assist preparig and facing a speaking test. Thes videos come with comments on dos and don’ts and the transcripts to make it easier to understand what is said.

If you decide to follow the link, do no miss the opportunity of surfing the site. It’s worth the time!

IELTS Interview Skills | LearnEnglish | British Council

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More help to improve your writing: writingfun.com

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When learning a foreign language writing and speaking are the two most frustrating skills students have to deal with; the former being a real stone in the shoe that may lead to quitting. There are many reasons for that, but the basic problem is that writing is a very demanding skill, it needs to be highly organized and structured. On top of that the person(s), whom the piece of writing is meant for, are not present, what implies an extra effort in providing the information in full, nothing can be left aside. I bet you are already yawning or put off just with the thought of it. Well, it is time for you to take a look at the website I am introducing today Writing Fun. Jenny Eather has gathered all the basic types of writing and made a useful presentation using the latest technology in order to help ESL students with their writing skills. There you will find explanations, exercises, printables and examples of how to write and organize your ideas in formal and informal pieces of writing. By the way, I must thank Laura Martín (ESL teacher at EOI Las Palmas) for the tip.

 

Englishpage.com

If ever you need to check any difficulty you have with any grammar point or any of the skills, englishpage.com is there to help you. It is simple, efficient and easy to handle. Obviously, it is not only a tutorial, each section includes a a good bunch of on-line exercises to help improve or correct any deficiency any student or speaker may have.

 

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MULTIMEDIA ENGLISH CLASSROOM

I have already talked about this site on this blog, but I thought it was a good idea reminding those who are new to all this. MEC is a multimedia website meant for English learners to improve their language skills. Here are a few words about themselves and their aims: “(…) a free online classroom to learn English, designed for students from all around the world. It uses authentic material and is targeted at students of English who already have a basic knowledge of the language, but there’s also a complete section for beginners. If you can read this and understand it (at least the general idea), then this virtual classroom is for you!(…)” Below you have the link to their website, there is also the possibility to follow their posts on Facebook.

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>ELLA: English Language Lab Asturias

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Reading the blog by one of my colleagues in Santa María de Guía, I found a post about this site which I bet you will all adore from the very beginning. There you can find all kinds of activities sorted by levels and skills. There are no words to describe it, you need to link to the site and start learning… And enjoying!!! Oops I almost forgot, click on the pic and you will be directed to the site straight away.

>Multimedia English Classroom

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No many words needed to introduce this new site, they have done that themselves. Here you have a brief and consistent explanation about their work:
MULTIMEDIA ENGLISH CLASSROOM is a free online classroom to learn English, designed for students from all around the world. It uses authentic material and is targeted at students of English who already have a basic knowledge of the language, but there’s also a complete section for beginners. If you can read this and understand it (at least the general idea), then this virtual classroom is for you!

Interesting, isn’t it! Don’t miss out and visit now Multimedia English Classroom

>Pronunciar Ingles: An interesting blog to help with pronunciation

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Hello everyone! Hope you have had a nice start of the year. I bet in the resolutions for 2010 there is a place for your English learning. Know you well, don’t I? Well, I would like to introduce you to “Pronunciar Inglés”, a blog set by Iciar, a Spanish girl living in London who has decided to put an end to her problems with pronunciation and, therefore, helping others to do so. Aware of the difficulties Spanish speakers have with the sounds of English, she decided to devote her time to showing us how to improve our Achilles’ heel. “Pronunciar Inglés” is in Spanish and there you will find very useful tips, exercises and even videos leading to a better understanding of how the sounds of both languages work and help those with pronunciation problems and bad habits.

>English, baby!

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Hello everyone! Christmas are almost here and so are the term exams at the school. I bet you are all trying to find sites and webs to help you with your weaknesses, mainly listening, speaking and grammar. And that is the reason of this post, to introduce you to a website which provides a wide range of useful exercises and activities for those who enjoy using the net as an interactive tool. Give a try and tell me what you think of it. All you need to do is click on the pic and will be directed to one of their activities about giving advice.

>Another celebration: Thanksgiving Day

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And here is another one! This time it is about Thanksgiving. This American one-day holiday is very well known all over the world, but do we really understand the origins and history behind this American tradition? Take a look at the documentary and the enjoy the exercise about Thanksgiving day. Do not forget to leave some feedback: either positive or negative, both will help.

>Modals of obligation

>Hello! A new moth and we are getting closer to the end of this school year. But before that happens, we still have time to improve our skills before the final exams. I have seen how difficult has been for you to get the knack of modal verbs expressing obligation. For that reason, I’ve been searching the net to provide you with some extra material that could help you.

  1. If you follow this link, it will take you to a multiple-choice exercise on Englishclub.com. This place also provides with a wide range of exercises and grammar explanations which can be really handy.
  2. This other link will lead to a different site but the purpose is the same to help you with the modals of obligation.

Hope you find them both useful.