Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Back at the ranch

Hello everyone. It's that time again: new year, new students, new horizons. and new posts to this Blog, "Rome English".

It's been a long summer holiday, and I apologise for the lack of new posts.

Soonest, I'll resume with Listening Quizzes. But for now, I'd like to welcome a new Pre-Intermediate class of students.

They are a small class, and are into Mechanics, Fashion, Physiotherapy and general culture. However it is early to present them with BBC Radio listening comprehension. I'd like instead to draw their, and your, attention to a few simple aids to practising English:

1. Our class magazine, "English, Actually". It's the place to go if you want to learn about us, and practise writing. That way, you join our community.

2. The British Council's "Learn English" site. Excellent for grammar and vocabulary research, and a wide range of listening exercises. I particularly recommend "Learn English Teens" even if you are not a teenager. There is a lot of lively material.

3. "Real English", by Michael Marzio. Watch the video interviews, do the exercises and test your listening skills. Try the phone numbers lesson: write down the phone numbers, then watch again using the subtitled version.

There are, of course, links to all these sites in the column opposite, on the right. I urge you to explore this column and checkout as many websites as you can.

That's all for today. Do write a comment or a message on the Tag Board, just to introduce yourself.

More very soon!
Michael Ivy

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