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The Summer Vacation

Remember your foreign adventure twelve years ago?

At a seaside amusement park, you met Barney, a local who said that he had been studying English his entire life.

And yet when you asked him what his favorite animal was, he froze. He stammered. He looked up at some trees.

Now, why was that?

Indeed, hardly anyone there could speak any English at all.

The Train Ride

The following day you went on a train ride.

In your compartment sat three travel bloggers from places you couldn’t pronounce.

And they talked to you about travel … food … hobbies … culture … history … work … education … discos … all in proper English, even though it wasn’t their native language.

“So how did you master English?” you asked them.
“Oh, from watching cartoons on TV when I was young,” replied Ronald, the one with the best English.

 
 
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Program

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 . . .

Users’ Guide

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!)

 

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Diagnostic Questionnaire
 
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.
 
 
 
 

1 Comment

  1. Alyssa Strickland says:

    Hi,

    I’ve got a great list of bad weather day activities that I use for my kiddos when they can’t play outside. Would you be interested in posting a roundup from me including some of my go-to indoor activities, guaranteed to entertain and educate?

    Thank you,
    Alyssa Strickland
    Millennial-Parents.com

    If you’re interested in my proposed article, please contact me. Please let me know if you’d like a different topic. I understand if you do not want to receive any further emails; please respond and let me know.

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