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(MORE) GOOD SITES TO LEARN ENGLISH

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Many useful English sites, which are providing English materials, are growing on the internet every day. Some of them are managed by government bureau, while the rest are by teachers, volunteers, or even by “hobbyists”. You might have known some of popular sites such as ego4u.com, speaking24.com, britishcouncil.com, and other good sites I reviewed here. We can download podcasts, e-books, printable materials, etc. from thousands of sites and blogs. Besides that, we can also practice and examine our English capability (especially speaking and writing) through hundreds of channels.

And now, since the various social media grow up and a lot of people are accessing them every time, there are more channels to practice our English such as through ESL group on Facebook or Google+. There, people are making interactive dialog, sharing ideas, or planning a hangout. Some people are using formal English on the forum, while the others may use “free” English. Both of them are good to improve our communication skills and knowledge about how people out there own a way to use their English. Obviously, slang and abbreviation are used quite often on daily conversation although they are not always being taught at school.

  1. Two Minutes English. On my post about creating environment to start speaking English, there was a visitor left a link to Two Minutes English. There were so many downloadable English videos there, which we can use to learn and to practice daily conversations. On Two Minutes English Facebook fans page we can interact with many people there and learn English at the same time. I do really recommend you to visit the site and join the group.
  2. http://english-the-easy-way.com/. Recently, I found a unique English site that makes me think it would be good to share to you here. The site name was http://english-the-easy-way.com/, a very simple site in interface. As its name, this site provides easy English materials. This site also provides light materials that are described in short paragraphs so it wouldn’t be annoying and boring to read, although the sentences are not quite well formatted and there is no illustration there. Some materials are covered by this site are grammar, writing skills, academic writing, punctuation, speaking, proofreading and editing, reading, job hunting, vocabulary, and confusing English. If you love the site, then you can share it to your friends by clicking on social media buttons provided.
  3. http://englishclub.com/. Another good site I found was http://englishclub.com/. There I found a lot of contents that should be useful for both English learners and teachers. Not only materials, but also quizzes, videos, and games. If you are running an English club at school, you could get inspiration to run it from this site. One of my favorite parts of this site is the vocabulary section, especially where I could learn the differences between confusing words such as rise and raise.
  4. http://jakarta.usembassy.gov/. Do you live somewhere in Indonesia? The US embassy in Jakarta also has a good site for both teachers and students. There, we can find downloadable teacher and student resources besides a lot of information about visa and other references about living and studying in America.

So, are you interested to join one of those channels above to improve your English skills? And if you have some recommendations about a page, group, or site that might be helpful for English learners, please share it here.

LEARNING SPOKEN ENGLISH IN THE HALF OF THE TIME

November 1, 2013 2 comments

The article below was summarized and was adjusted (especially for non-English speaking readers) from LEARNING SPOKEN ENGLISH book by Lynn Lundquist that can be downloaded / ordered from www.FreeEnglishNow.com. The PDF version of this book where I make this summarize from, was downloaded from www.filecrop.com. But please note that I give you no warranty if the that PDF version is the legal one since there was another mark showing that the PDF version was re-compiled.

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Introduction: speak first, then grammar

We may often ask to the other people or even ask to ourselves, “why have we studied English in school so long time without learning to speak fluently?”

The answer of the question is because our teacher have tried to train our mind with written exercises without retraining our tongue at the same time. And this big problem is occurred almost everywhere, in the non-English speaking countries with non-English native speaker as the teacher. Written exercises and grammar-based instruction are everything, while in fact, this type of learning has hindered English learning by segregating individual areas of study. Grammar-based English training has not only isolated proprioceptive training areas so that it prevents simultaneous skill development, it has replaced it with visual memory training by using written assignments. The result for the student is that, gaining English fluency requires far more study time, pronunciation is often faulty, and grammar becomes more difficult to learn. Read more…

ENGLISH NIGHT: AN ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY FOR NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

June 30, 2011 3 comments

New academic year is coming. There will be “new life” in each school with many activities to welcome new students such as orientation (MOS), “Persami” (or whatever the name), etc. But, so far I know, almost there is no school which organizes “English Night” or “English Camp” in the beginning of academic year.

English Night may become a creative way to welcome new students while teach and provoke the students into new way of thinking that English is easier than before through some creative methods. The sessions should not be formal and each session will take longer time than ordinary / classical teaching-learning process in the classroom. This way is to ensure each participant get the same chance to explore their English ability (as we know that sometime we “run out” of our teaching time at the class).

Some activities we may apply in an English Night are motivation session, training of debate and practice, speech training, genre training + journalism, and students’ performance. Although the activities seems to be the same as the activities in the classroom, but the session I suggest here should be totally different. I suggest no teacher in every session, but the senior students (as a peer educators) and some experts or competent alumni so that the session not too formal (except in SMP, teacher may still fully involve). Yeah, as we know that teacher mostly create formal and ceremonious session. Besides that, every session should be delivered through fun and interactive ways, no teaching-learning process as we do in the classroom. If it is possible, play a game or ask the students to sing English song acoustically in every transition of sessions. The most important thing is encourage our students to learn and practice their English as much as and as often as possible.

The example of motivation session is about “how to” learn English effectively as I often post in this blog. For the game session, we can apply “Follow me” game, “Running dictation” game, Quick quiz, etc. Then, for the genre training, we can bring the students to the historical place (or other places) around the school or camp-site if the English Night is in outdoor. Through this activity, students can learn and experience how to make a narrative, report, recount, or procedure text. At the same time, students can be directed to practice the basic of journalism that well-known as 5W + 1H.

At last, there will be some advantages of English Night besides it can be a forum where students freely to practice their English and knowledge they already got in the classroom. English Night is a good “atmosphere” to start an English Club and as a place to create “intimacy” among the students, and it is very useful as a “building character” session. And remember: teenagers love living outside, adventures, and making a lot of movement. So that why, most of teenagers don’t like to have a sit in a long time in the classroom. They need to walk around and even scream! So, bring them out of your classical class and have fun.

HOW TO BE A GOOD LEADER

November 6, 2010 Leave a comment

In handling an English club, we are about managing so many things. Moreover, if we are the leader. Besides we must arrange the schedules, find out the interesting ways to learn English (such as game, quiz, discussion), etc. we also have to pay attention to “the important things” in organization. They are:

  1. Clear and fix job description. As a leader, we have to be able to explain the function and limitation of the works (job description). Means that “what should be done” for the running period. So, although our English club has purpose to develop English skills through fun activities, it doesn’t mean that our English club isn’t formal. Wherever the English club exists, an English club should have clear structure in organization.
  2. Good coordination and communication. A leader of an English club should be able to make a good coordination in formal and informal ways. Formal means coordination through weekly / monthly meetings or in an event. And informal coordination means coordination outside of organization’s activities or being a good friend, not only as commander. A good leader would listen to his / her staffs and give solutions if they have problem.
  3. Give rewards. For a success event or success program, a leader needs to appreciate his / her staffs’ works to eternalize the relationship between the leader and the staffs. An appreciation doesn’t always mean money (salary) except it’s possible. But, a sincere “thank you, guys” can be a good (and free) appreciation too. An English club isn’t always a “play area”. In a particular condition, English club also a formal institution. Moreover, if it’s located at school. So, besides managing ourselves to be able to use our English, an English club also a place for learning about organization. A good organization must has clear command line, schedule, budgeting, etc. because those things are the “basic” before we run activities or events. Without clear command line, we can’t command the members. How can we command them if they are not respecting us as the committee (because they think there’s no committee)? So, make your English club well-managed in organization side first.