March 10th, 2014
Teaching the News: A Great Site for Everyone
Posted on 4 February 2014 by Tara Arntsen
From time to time, I worry that I might run out of topics for these posts. It happened today, and then I remembered a great site that I use with my students called News in Levels. News in Levels is a site with the tagline “News for students of English,” and that’s exactly what it is. Read the rest of this entry »
March 9th, 2014
Today, I went to Kaohsiung to share with 150 teachers there some ideas about teaching English listening. I was told beforehand that teachers in Kaohsiung were shy and not active in answering questions. However, to my surprise, today’s audience was supportive. Quite a few of them paricipated in discussion actively. Read the rest of this entry »
March 7th, 2014
Yesterday I spent almost the whole evening browsing VoiceTube and was impressed by it. This site, which is intended for English learners, contains films of different types for different purposes, such as cartoons, songs, news, English learning skills, speeches and even video games. Most of the films offer both English and Chinese subtitles, which can be turned off. Each video is labeled as beginners, intermediate, or advanced. While watching a film, you can click on any word to see its definition and mark it as My Vocabulary and take a vocabulary quiz based on the list. Also every sentence can be repeatedly played with a click. Videos can be bookmarked for later watch. For those who are going to take TOEIC or TOEFL, there are videos providing tips. What’s best, users can practice speaking by saying the sentences from a video, which will be graded. Why not surf and explore this wonderful website? You’ll love it!
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March 6th, 2014
While browsing 51VOA.com, I ran into this news story. You can click the link and listen to it read at a slow speed. Listen to it without looking at the transcript in the first place and see how much you can understand. For the second time listening, read the transcript while listening to learn some new words or phrases.
How English Evolved into a Modern Language
By Paul Thompson
01 January, 2013
This is Steve Ember. And this is Shirley Griffith with the VOA Special English program, EXPLORATIONS. Today we present the second of our two programs about the history of the English Language. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5th, 2014
This BBC news stroy caught my eye because I always told my students that, based on what I read in the newspaper years ago, it took one 10,000 hours to master a language and that if they spent one hour studying English every day, it would take them more than 27 years to have a good command of English. However, is the time spent the major factor?
Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert?
By Ben Carter BBC News
1 March 2014
A much-touted theory suggests that practising any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert. No innate talent? Not a problem. You just practice. But is it true? Read the rest of this entry »
March 4th, 2014
上週六，在台大有一場很不一樣的教師研習，這個研習顛覆傳統：不是被規定、事前要預習、上課要帶平板或是筆電實際操作……在陽光普照很適合出遊的周六，現場卻座無虛席。 Read the rest of this entry »
March 3rd, 2014
On the following UDN webpage, you can find an NYT article with its Chinese translation.
Language by the Book, As That Book Evolves
【聯合報／By TOM RACHMAN／任中原譯】2014/02/13 Read the rest of this entry »
March 2nd, 2014
The following webpage listed 10 best news books to read picked by BBC, with a brief description of each.
The 10 best new books to read
27 Feb. 2014 Read the rest of this entry »
March 1st, 2014
Recently, to prepare for a “mission,” I’ve learned of quite a few good website to practice English listening. Among others, kekenet.com is a comprehensive site where you can listen to news from BBC, CNN, VOA, NPR, Scientific American 60, etc. Just pay a visit to the site, and you’ll be amazed at such a wonderful news-listening resource center. The news comes with translation and vocabulary self-test. Besides listening to news, there are other treasures for English learners to explore.
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