August Learning Plan’s Week 1 Review: Reading

Congratulations on finishing week number one of the August Learning Plan! Last week you discovered your reading level and reviewed some helpful tips to improve your reading via English Club, as well as practicing and improving your skimming and scanning skills!

Week #2 has officially started! That means you only have 1 more day to sign up for the first Group conversation class, happening on Tuesday evening (PDT time!) and should be thinking about your Instagram/Youtube video challenge and looking forward to the pronunciation post coming later this week! However, I wanted to give you the links to week #2’s files in a quick post, so here they are…

Activity #1
English Club is a favorite learning resource of mine, and I have recommended the site to many students along my teaching journey. They have a very useful quiz to test your reading level, as well as links to different tips and resources to practice and improve. Start by taking the reading test here: www.englishclub.com/reading/test.htm Then, click the READING tab to browse their resources!

Activity #2
Scanning is the skill you have the opportunity to practice and improve in the second activity. Access the file here: http://bit.ly/alp-r1
Not only will you improve reading skills, you’ll be exposed to new vocabulary and have access to a helpful vocabulary building website (& already made lists!) When you need to get specific information in a text, particular answers to a question, or certain pieces of data/details, scanning is the way to do it!

Activity #3
To practice skimming for main ideas, you can click here: http://bit.ly/alp-r2
In this post you will read an article about Employee motivation, and will skim (read quickly) to try and understand the general concept of the article. Remember, you don’t need to understand it all, just the key points. If you’re ever in a situation that you need to read something very quickly (think academic tests, meetings, cram sessions) then this is the activity for you!

EXTRA PRACTICE ACTIVITIES
1) explore some of the different areas on English Club, and complete some of the many practice exercises.
2) explore more of my vocabulary lists (& others) on Quizlet, and don’t forget to practice with the 6 different learning exercises, I like “Space Race!”


 

What was your favorite activity? Which helped you the most? Did you complete any of the EXTRA learning resources and practice activities? I’d love to hear from you, and hear about your progress, so don’t hesitate to comment below or send me a message!

Happy Studying! ♥

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The Benefits of Studying Online

“I want to study a language, I just don’t know where I can find the time.”

“My schedule changes too much to commit to a class schedule.”

“I am already trying to balance work, family, friends, and LIFE. How can I add something else?”

“The closest language school is still too far.”

“I don’t have the money for costly one-on-one personal sessions.”

“I am too nervous speaking in front of a classroom full of people.”

 

Do any of these ‘excuses’ sound familiar to you?  Ever stopped yourself from fulfilling your language dream, simply because you “didn’t have the time”? Well fortunately, with the wonderful world wide web, some of those excuses are no longer true! There are many benefits to studying online, not only convenience and flexibility, but many more options of instructors, classes, themes, etc…

Let me help motivate you by giving solutions to the obstacles blocking your new path of opportunities…

“I want to study a language, I just don’t know where I can find the time.”
• With flexible online scheduling, you can find time ANYWHERE in your schedule. Learn English while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, while baby naps, when the kids have gone to bed, or during lunch time at the office. You name the time, we make it happen.
“My schedule changes too much to commit to a class schedule.”
• There is no need to commit to a class schedule. Your schedule is what you make it. Various times and days are available, and we can meet as many or as few times per week as you’d like. Last minute scheduling for classes is also available.*
“I am already trying to balance work, family, friends, and LIFE. How can I add something else?”
• Finding the time to add something new involves making it a priority. Speaking another language will open more doors of opportunity for work, travel, and friendships. Studying a new language shouldn’t be a chore, it should be fun, inspiring, and become a passion. With my dynamic lesson plans and teaching styles, I assure you’ll want to find the time.
“The closest language school is still too far.”
• With online studying you can learn from the comfort of your own home or office! Step outside to a nearby cafe, library, or even a park, and combine a refreshing environment with an exciting lesson. Simply put, you get to choose the location of your class!
“I don’t have the money for costly one-on-one personal sessions.”
• One-to-one/private language sessions can be expensive, especially if you add gas & mileage, materials, and the lesson itself. With online English study, you don’t pay gas/mileage, and I provide the material included in an affordable price. Package pricing is also available when bulk classes are purchased, and make sure to always look for current specials!
“I am too nervous speaking in front of a classroom full of people.”
• With a private online class with me, you don’t have anyone else to worry about. I will provide a comfortable and safe learning environment encouraging you to use any mistakes to your advantage and learn from them. Just you and a native English speaker is the perfect combination for success!
Study English online at www.englishoutsidethebox.com

Study English online at http://www.englishoutsidethebox.com

Contact me today if you’re interested in stepping out of your box [comfort zone] and looking to take the next step toward success. Don’t forget to share the power of knowledge and invite a friend!

Happy Studying! ♥

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

 

*last minute scheduling based on terms of agreement.

Word of the weekend: forte

Why is it useful?
Use this word to explain what you like and what you’re good at! Or, just the opposite.. Let someone know you’re not up to something, because it’s not your ‘forte’.

additional vocabulary: to be up to something – be interested in doing

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Courtesy: Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary

Words you may be saying incorrectly…

Does a word ever sound “funny” to you? Have you ever second-guessed yourself while speaking?

Whether you’re learning English, or have been speaking since birth, there may be a chance you’re saying some words incorrectly. While some of the mispronounced words in this post have made it as ‘second’ spellings in the dictionary (sherbert), and others are commonly used for informal typing and Internet slang (prolly), I would suggest sticking with the correct pronunciation just to play it safe. 🙂 Remember, how we talk represents….us.

Below are the commonly mispronounced words, and what they’re often confused with. The letters in bold is where the error mainly happens. Under the word list is a video, with yours truly, will show you how to say them correctly. Listen to the video, and say the words aloud to practice.  Are you ready?


especially  

not to be confused with: “ex-pecially”

sherbet

not to be confused with: “sher-bert

probably

not to be confused with: “prolly” or “probly

realtor

not to be confused with: “real-a-tor”

ask

not to be confused with: “axe

espresso

not to be confused with: “eX-presso”  Yup, there’s really no X.

jewelry

not to be confused with: “jewl-ery”  (the ending is “-ry” not “-ery”)

mischievous

not to be confused with: “mischie-vi-ous”

supposedly

not to be confused with: “suppos-ably

escape

not to be confused with: “ex-cape”

candidate

not to be confused with: “can-idate”

specifically

not to be confused with: “pacifically” or “es-pecifically”

prescription

not to be confused with: “per-scription”

suite

not to be confused with: “suit

 

Happy Studying! ♥