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More useful than the sharks, perhaps, it has review sheets, practice exercises and clear explanations of why the rules of grammar in English are the way they are. Which is handy, because really, the English language makes little or no sense.
Under the Let's Learn English! tab students can follow a series of interactive lessons with video stories, new vocabulary and pronunciation videos and worksheets. These activities are aimed at improving students' English in spoken, written English as well as verbal understanding, and cultural context, although it's important to keep in mind that the cultural context in this case is disctinctly American and so may differ significantly in some ways from similar situations in Canada.
Under the Level tabs, VOA offers a series of news articles and radio-type broadcasts at different levels of language difficulty. This is a great way to both stay informed and practice English with real, relevant information. Again, keep in mind that the majority of the stories will be focused on American events and/or come from an American perspecitve.
If you're interested, to join, click here: Ms. R. Carrey's ELL class at Quizlet.com and you can complete learning tasks for ELL learners that include flip cards, spelling tests, meaning test, audio recordings, matching activities and more.
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Tasks at Quizlet may include working with "sets" of words like the (New) General Service List and/or the (New) Academic Word List. These lists include a series of words that have been determined to be the most frequently encountered English language words in particular contexts.
The (New) General Service List is a list of just over 2 800 English words people use most frequently in day-to-day life. The list is most oten ordered by how frequently a word appears in day-to-day use. The lower the number on the list, the more often it is used, and the more important it is that English language learners become familiar with the word as a sight word.
The (New) Academic Word List is a list of just under 1 000 English words used in Academic situations - so mostly in schools. These words are important for students to understand, to help them to be successful in classes, in working with textbooks, in writing tests, doing research and creating academic works like essays, or other projects.
BBC Learning English YouTube Playlist - The Sounds of English
Although this playlist of short videos is spoken by someone with the accent of Southern Britain as opposed to Canada, it is still a helpful resource.
The hostess of the video series breaks down each of the component sounds (phonemes) of the English language, and prompts learners through practice, with video close-ups of how the mouth moves when making the sounds. The words she says as well as the phonetic alphabet are displayed while she speaks.
Ginger is an online grammar checker. They have a Trainer software that will help you practice basic grammar in an interactive series of questions online. Great basic practice. IF you choose to use this service, you will need to sign up for an account. Remember to limit the personal details you use when signing up for online accounts, especially those that are based outside of Canada.