Practice Your ENGLISH
Express Your Opinions
Remember your vacation at the seaside last summer?
On your third day there, you met some locals at an amusement park. It turned out that they had been studying English — for TEN whole years.
But when you asked them what their favorite animal was, they froze. They stammered. They became *dumbstruck*.
Now, why was that?
Hmmm. Good question.
Indeed, hardly anyone, locals and tourists alike, could speak any English at all.
The Train Ride
At the end of your stay, you decided to return by train.
In your compartment were some travelers who introduced themselves as being from Kyrgyzstan and Tierra del Fuego . . . you all had a long, fascinating conversation.
And they spoke flawless English.
So what was their secret?
“Oh, I just picked it up,” they replied casually.
(In other words, they had PRACTICED their English. Extensively. Just like in sports.)
The lessons here consist of a mixture of theme-based activities:
• discussion topics – travel, food, economics, culture, work, school, politics, hobbies.
• vocabulary – irregular verbs, phrasal verbs, idioms.
• reading – Stories. News. Anecdotes.
• listening – Video clips. Documentaries.
• and GRAMMAR:
1. I have been on TV. True or false?
2. Do people have to go to university in order to “succeed”?
3. What can rich people do that average people can’t?
4. If my friend won $1 million in the lottery, he or she would . . . . . . . . . .
5. Globalization benefits the whole world. Do you agree?
6. Restaurant meals are more delicious than my grandmother’s cooking. Yes or no?
7. Will today’s family structure remain the same (in the future)?
8. Mr. Couchpotato is out of shape. Why? How can he get in shape?
9. My friend thinks the government should…………..
10. Describe the most beautiful/handsome person from your school.
And much more . . .
You can browse around this website and practice communicating with an online buddy using headphones and webcams. Or just study the material yourself and write in comments.
Keep in mind that when you practice speaking, instead of replying with only one or a few words, try to respond as fully as possible. State reasons why something is so, or why you feel a certain way. Give examples as well.
So PLAY AROUND and HAVE FUN (while brushing up your English!)
A. What is your level of English? Starter or beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate, advanced, or somewhere in between?
B. Are you in elementary (primary) school, high (secondary) school, vocational school, technical college, university, graduate school, looking for work, and, or working?
C. Why are you learning English? What are your English-language goals? Are you learning English for school, university, an exam, your career (business or specialized English), to emigrate, travel, culture, fun, as a hobby, or general self-improvement?
D. What do you like to read, watch, and talk about? What are your hobbies? What are you interested in? For example, travel, food, movies, sports, shopping, fashion, stories, TV, music, celebrities, the internet, business, economics, history, nature, philosophy, politics, psychology, religion, sociology, all of the above?
F. What sort of teaching and learning style, method, techniques, material do you want or like? What kind of teaching and learning style, method, techniques and material do you dislike or not want?
G. Describe or give examples of fantastic, perfect English lessons, average lessons, and boring or useless lessons.