Thursday, May 29, 2014

IELTS Reading

Improve English for the IELTS Speaking test : Lexis & Vocabulary

Improve English for the IELTS Speaking test : Grammar

Improve English for the IELTS Speaking test : Pronunciation

IELTS: Improve English & prepare for IELTS Speaking: Fluency & Coherence

IELTS Writing: Grammar - improve your English and IELTS writing

9 academic words that will help you score IELTS band 9!

IELTS & TOEFL Academic Vocabulary - Verbs (AWL)

IELTS & TOEFL Vocabulary - Technology

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

IELTS & TOEFL - How to give your opinion

IELTS Speaking Task 3 - How to get a high score

IELTS Speaking Task 2 - How to succeed

IELTS Speaking Task 1 - How to get a high score

IELTS listening practice | English listening test

IELTS Listening - Top 14 tips!

IELTS Reading Strategies: True, False, Not Given

Oh no! My IELTS test is coming, and I am not prepared! Sound familiar? In this video I will give you tips on how to do well on one of the hardest parts of the IELTS. I will explain a specific type of question you may find in the Reading module of the IELTS: True, False, or Not Given. After watching this class, you can try to do some practice questions. After all, practice makes perfect.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fun In The Sun!

The English Language Center's next field trip will be on May 30, 2014. Come have fun in the sun at Mitch Park in Edmond, Oklahoma!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Intermediate ESL Listening Exercise

This listening exercise is for intermediate ESL learners. Play the video and test you listening abilities! Good luck!

Reading Skills That Work

Do you run out of time when reading in class? Have trouble remembering or understanding what you read? Then put down that book and watch this video to learn how to improve your reading speed and comprehension today.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

IELTS Reading - Academic - Key Strategy and Practice

This video teaches important concepts for the IELTS reading section. It is a part in a series that teaches the steps necessary to achieve a high score, between 7 to 9, on the IETLS reading section questions. The series is separated into three sections: 1. Introduction with Example, 2. Key Strategies and Planning, and 3. Specific Question Strategies. This series will teach you the skills that will help you to reach success on the reading section in the 60 minute time limit. Follow the instructions carefully and make sure to practice. It is important to try different types of questions for the reading, so you can think quickly and logically. Practice will help with speed and comprehension.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Zoo Field Trip

ELC's next field trip is this Friday, May 9, 2014. We will head to the zoo at 9:30 a.m. and head back at 2:00 p.m. It should be a lot of fun! Check Facebook after we get back for pictures from the trip.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Reading With Phonics

English can be confusing for new learners, but learning phonics will improve your reading and speaking skills. If you watch these simple, fun lessons, you will learn new words, improve your pronunciation, gain the confidence to speak, and start getting fluent!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Writing Skills: The Paragraph

Do you know the basic requirements for writing a paragraph in English? If you want to see your scores on writing exams like the IELTS improve, you need to learn the correct way to write a paragraph. This video will teach you the basics about paragraphs like when to indent and how to support your thesis statement. Don't wait until test day to think about your writing sample. Get prepared by studying the rules of paragraph construction today.

The Elements of Style

The essential rules of proper writing style are laid down in the The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White. Among its teachings are rules about comma use, paragraph construction, and avoiding cliches. Not exactly topics you would expect to find covered in rap music, but you may think again after watching this video.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

English Pronunciation: Four Common Mistakes

Can you distinguish between the words walk and work? When you say the word main, does it sound like the word men? Your pronunciation is critical to your success in spoken English because it determines whether or not people can understand you. To improve your pronunciation, try recording yourself on a smartphone or computer. Listen to the recording of your speech, and then compare it to the speech of a native English speaker. Pay attention to the differences you hear and try to correct them.

Watch this video about four commonly confused words so that you can avoid these mistakes.

Stress & Syllables

Mastering English pronunciation can be difficult. It takes time, practice, and attention to detail. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, and don't give up! As you seek to improve your pronunciation, it is a good idea to learn how stress affects the rhythm and intonation of spoken English. English is a very rhythmic language, and if you can learn how to properly stress syllables, you will greatly improve your chances of being understood. Watch this video to learn the basics about stress in the English language.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Learn English Listening Skills

It is important for ESL students to practice listening and speaking skills for tests like the IELTS. You can improve your English listening comprehension by watching American movies and TV shows. You will also improve your listening and pronunciation by watching videos on YouTube specifically designed to give you listening practice. Check out this video featuring ESL teacher Mirasa Elisa.