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Test Your English Vocabulary Skills

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Below is a vocabulary quiz item for FACE words on Agenda Web’s website’s vocabulary exercises page.  You can also learn and improve your grammar, reading, pronunciation and other skills using this site’s free, interactive content.

Example Vocabulary Question

If you like this site, please share it with your friends and classmates!

 

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Immigrant Experience: This Land is Your Land, This Land is (Not) My Land

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This Land is Your Land, This Land is (Not) My Land, was written by a woman who emmigrated to the U.S. from Bosnia as a young girl.   It’s sobering to think that many who come to the U.S. for refuge from terror, poverty and hopelessness in their homeland find conditions here in the U.S. to be intolerable as well.

It goes without saying that our President has only fueled the flames of hatred against immigrants and, I believe, all classes of people struggling to make a living, follow their non-Christian beliefs (and even Christian beliefs that espouse personal perspectives rather than condemning all those outside of one’s own), and get justice for the wrongs committed against them or security in their own communities.

I hope this article speaks to you as it did to me.

Source Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/merima-trako/this-land-is-your-land-th_b_10887418.html

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ESL Games, Stories, Songs and Plays for Kids, Teens and Adults.

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Do you want hundreds of ideas and inspiration to make your ESL teaching easier and more fun?  Do you need to know how to motivate your pupils, help them learn and enjoy your lessons more?

Source: ESL Games, Stories, Songs and Plays for Kids, Teens and Adults.

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Theory on How We Learn Language: Stephen Krashen’s Hypothesis

Linguist Stephen Krashen believes that people who have already learned a language fluently would be more successful in learning a new language if they would approach the learning process like children naturally do.  In other words, if they would simply immerse themselves in the new language, express themselves without worrying about making mistakes, and keep communicating as best they can until they can sort out the language “nuances” through the language “data” they receive from listening to it in various contexts AND from others’ responses to what they say.   The brain needs time to distinguish between meaningful units of sounds they aren’t in one’s native language, to identify common language structures and words/phrases used in various contexts, and to essentially create meaning from the massive amounts material it has to process and sort into a coherant message.   The process of recognizing patterns of speech, attributing the meaning behind guestures and other forms of unspoken communication, and the various sound-symbol relationships required for reading and writing takes time.  Krashen believes that focusing on the “form” of language (grammar) rather than on its “function”  (usage) delays language learning because it inhibits language learners from speaking until they’re “ready” and, thus, limits the amount of time they would otherwise have to practice using it and learning as they go–like children do when they are acquiring their first and even additional languages.

For a more detailed explanation of his theory of language acquisition, open the link to his article below.

Source: Stephen Krashen’s Language Learning Theory

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A different way to improve your English: Read/Write Poetry

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Learn English through poetry!  Open the poetry sites below to read and/or contribute your own poems.

Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art. Improve your English by practicing with poem activities.


Poetry Foundation

With the Poetry Foundation’s universal  app, you can now take thousands of poems by classic and contemporary poets with you wherever you go.
* Search for old favorites with memorable lines.
* Give your device a shake to discover new poems to fit any mood.
* Save your favorite poems to read and share later—through Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.


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ReadWriteThink’s  mobile apps for poetry can be used to write different kinds of poems such as acrostic, diamante, haiku and theme. They can be really helpful for children and beginner level adult students as they can create their poems very easily with the given words.  My favorite app is Word Mover.


downloadPoetry everywhere is a program run by Poetry foundation. It’s possible to download iPhone app or you can visit their website to read and listen to the poems of great poets.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/poetryeverywhere/


poetry creatorEver wonder what it would be like to mash-up a Shakespeare poem with a Hip Hop Song? Poetry Creator/Verses is a new iPhone and iPad app that puts a fresh spin on a cherished classic: refrigerator magnet poetry.

Source: A different way to improve your English : Poetry Apps | English In Life

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Teach Students to Pronounce Numbers

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Here is another activity from the MyEnglishImages.com site, hosted by graphic artist, teacher and education blogger Mike Kloran.  Mr. Kloran created the site to: 1) improve his teaching techniques and materials to offer his students a better learning experience; and 2) to give something back to and connect with a larger community of teachers. (His words)

Below is an explanation of the number pronunciation worksheets for beginning-level English language students.  You can access the document itself or the website where they can be accessed using the links below.  These worksheets take the drudgery and boredom out of rote “listen and repeat” exercises by offering games and pair activities for listening comprehension, speaking practice and conceptual learning.

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Download Lesson and Worksheets (PDF): numbers_pronunciation

Original Source Page Link: http://myenglishimages.com/pronunciation/

 

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Phonemic Awareness and Practice Worksheets

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Help your students develop their phonemic awareness and speaking skills using the free, downloadable minimal pair worksheets on this site.  The My English Image‘s site offers far more than mere images for ESOL teachers, as is evident from the page below and attached.  Please open this page’s source link to see other pronunciation worksheets.   image-for-pronouncing-numbers-page

Download P-F Worksheet (PDF) :p-vs-f

Original Page Source Link:  http://myenglishimages.com/pronunciation/