Summer recommendations

SchoolClosedForTheSummerSummer is round the corner! All of us enjoy summer but sometimes we relax so much that we tend to forget our English. It is really important to keep in touch with English and there are lots of different ways we can do it. Remember that it is essential to listen and read to keep our English up to date.

The following links are just but a few recommendations for you to keep your English alive.

British Council Elementary Podcasts (not always so “elementary”): There are 3 series of podcasts with an average length of 20 minutes. They are really varied and you can download both the audio and the script. There are also online exercises available.

Big city small world: Audio soap opera set in London. A group of young people share their experiences. You can download both the audio file and the script. You can also try the online exercises.

Listen to English: Lots of podcasts with script. Some of them include online exercises. It is difficult not to find something you like.

Welcome to London: BBC World Service Leaning English offers this series of short conversational dialogues. Very useful if you are travelling to London!

6 Minute English: A bit more demanding than the previous ones. It offers lots of audio files which you can download. The script is also available.

News English Lessons: Short audio files (a minute more or less) with script and vocabulary exercises.

ELLA: Several interactive units designed specifically for EOI students. Try the elementary and intermediate ones.

Happy Summer!

Summer recommendations

SchoolClosedForTheSummerSummer is round the corner! All of us enjoy summer but sometimes we relax so much that we tend to forget our English. It is really important to keep in touch with English and there are lots of different ways we can do it. Remember that it is essential to listen and read to keep our English up to date.

The following links are just but a few recommendations for you to keep your English alive.

British Council Elementary Podcasts (not always so “elementary”): There are 3 series of podcasts with an average length of 20 minutes. They are really varied and you can download both the audio and the script. There are also online exercises available.

Big city small world: Audio soap opera set in London. A group of young people share their experiences. You can download both the audio file and the script. You can also try the online exercises.

Listen to English: Lots of podcasts with script. Some of them include online exercises. It is difficult not to find something you like.

Welcome to London: BBC World Service Leaning English offers this series of short conversational dialogues. Very useful if you are travelling to London!

6 Minute English: A bit more demanding that the previous ones. It offers lost of audio files which you can download. The script is also available.

News English Lessons: Short audio files (a minute more or less) with script and vocabulary exercises.

ELLA: Several interactive units designed specifically for EOI students. Try the elementary and intermediate ones.

Happy Summer!

London Calling

Even if you have been to London and you know it like the palm of your hand, you’ll learn something new about this alluring city. Next time you go to London, I’m sure you’ll look at it with different eyes and if you’ve never been there you’ll just become an expert.

It’s always a good idea to try again the interactive unit we have been working with. Click on the picture and enjoy!

LondonCalling

Film English

FilmEnglishAs I told you in our last lesson, Film English is a wonderful site by Kieran Donaghy that provides lesson plans designed around short films. It is highly popular and lots of teachers visit it.

It has received critical acclaim winning various awards, including winner of Best Individual Blog and Runner-up in The Best Use of Video in the 2011 Edublog Awards; the 2011 TEFL.net  Site of the Year; and British Council Teaching English Featured Blog of the Month.

It also won a British Council ELTons award for Innovation in Teacher Resources and won the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media, the most important media and education award in Europe, in 2013. (http://film-english.com/about-2/)

You can get stories for you own lessons from these pages:

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