Hello my “out of the box” readers! I hope this day finds you feeling happy and magical! Today’s post is to share with you yet another way I am connecting you with learning opportunities “outside the box”, outside the norm, and outside of ways you ever even dreamed possible!
For most people, Instagram is a way to share your life with the world through pictures and 15-second videos. You can live vicariously through travel bloggers profiles, plan your daily outfits with Insta’s fashion icons, drool over fabulously delicious entrees and meals, and/or get some inspiration for health and exercise. But there are so many more opportunities, which is what I am here to tell you about today! You can expand your vocabulary, practice speaking, improve listening skills, review grammar, and even meet others for language exchange! If you haven’t connected with me yet, I’ll give you a second to do so now…. go ahead… @jenesl760.
Okay, now that you are following my Insta page, you are ready to start learning and taking your English skills to the next level!
I post various ways to expand your vocabulary. Sometimes I’ll post a challenge for you to fill in the blank, like this:
Or I’ll link up with my favorite English learner’s dictionary (Merriam-Websters Learner’s Dictionary) and share with you a dictionary post:
or an infographic:
While other times I’ll share a piece of my life with you, connecting it to relevant vocabulary. This is perhaps my favorite because it shows you real life language being used naturally and in context:
A final way I help you better your vocabulary is by sharing ways and activities you can do on your own, outside of the classroom (or even Instagram!), like with this word web:
So you don’t have anyone around you that speaks English, you’re living in a non-English speaking country, and you are tired of the weird looks you get from your roommate when you talk to yourself in the mirror. What’s the solution? Record yourself speaking! Upload a video of yourself speaking, whether it’s something random, or a prompt given by me. When doing this you’ll gain confidence, improve pronunciation, and when you tag me, get feedback on your skills! This is relatively new on my Instagram, and yes it does feel slightly awkward at first, but who cares, you’re becoming a better speaker! Check out a couple of my #englishoftheday video prompts:
..and with a little help from the hubs (husband):
Improve Listening Skills
Although Instagram videos are short, they are still 15 seconds of practice that you wouldn’t get if you didn’t participate! If you are able to listen and understand the following videos, you would then be able to receive surprises and other learning opportunities!
I am not embarrassed to say… I LOVE grammar! In past classes we had a “rap” song we would sing before even lesson, and I’d say it definitely made things more exciting. I try to keep this excitement up with current grammar concepts I teach. As I mentioned before, I show you real life language, with natural context and examples, this way you can better apply it to yourself, use and remember it. Take for example some of these posts:
Prepositions (+ a challenge) at a baseball game:
infographics (more prepositions)
grammar (+ more challenges)
…and don’t forget the most current #englishoftheday videos that have been highlighting the time tenses, and #phrasalverbfriday (on this blog, too!) giving you different phrasal verbs and ways to learn them (almost) every Friday!
Meet Others for Language Exchange
If you are interested in connecting with others to practice speaking, then you have come to the right place! There are plenty of other learners, like you, who want to improve their skills and are open to different ways to do so. Talking via Skype, Google HangOuts, WhatsApp, Viber, or any of the other free apps that allow international communication is a wonderful way to improve speaking skills and practice English. If you are one of those who are going to argue, “but Jennifer, I won’t learn with another non-native speaker because of X…Y..Z…” then read this, and become a believer!
If you want to be matched with a speaker based on your particular skill level, interest, and language…then become one of my students! 🙂 I currently am matching my students based on this criteria, and it has definitely been a beneficial experience for them. If you’re not ready to make a commitment to a language course, then try these ways:
or, for the ladies….
Technology has made learning so convenient, and the Internet can provide endless opportunities for it.. so start maximizing your potential and learn something new today!
I would love to hear what you have learned today, especially if it has come from something I have provided! Share below in the comment section, on Instagram, or another social media platform.