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Skillswise - Speaking and listening

Skillswise - Speaking and listening

50 Incredible, Historical Speeches You Should Watch Online You hope that your professors will be good speakers who can keep your interest for at least the length of a class period, but more often than not, you’ll have a teacher or two each semester who drones on and on and doesn’t make you feel passionate about the subject. They could take tips from these speakers who have inspired thousands or even millions of people around the world, some even long after they’ve died. Here are 50 incredible, historical speeches you should watch online. Commencement Addresses These commencement speakers include presidents, a professor, political strategist and industry leader. John F. Presidential Speeches Presidents are natural and practiced leaders and give some of the most impressive speeches. Barack Obama Election Night Speech: Moments after being elected the first ever African American President of the United States, Obama addresses the nation live from Chicago. Society and Culture War and Peace Politics

BBC Learning English - Course: lower intermediate / Unit 1 / Vocabulary Reference 1062 Vocabulary Words .:VirtualSalt 1062 Vocabulary Words Robert Harris Version Date: December 24, 2011 Hyperlinked September 5, 2002, thanks to Jon Kovaciny Original Date: October 7, 1999 Here is a list of practical vocabulary words that will enable you to read with better understanding and write with greater accuracy. Unlike lists that emphasize strange and impressive words that few people actually use, this list emphasizes words that are useful for your functional vocabulary. How did I choose these words? Why Build Your Vocabulary? Shades and Degrees of Meaning. Think, for example, how many words express shades of brown: tan, sand, beige, champagne, ecru, taupe. Exactness of Meaning. Nuance. Clarification of a concept. How Many Words Should You Know? Learn creatively! A few years ago, I conducted some computer analyses of literary works to learn more about the vocabulary of various writers. 1 2 3 4 5 | Next Page Other Tools for Writers

25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms The following is a cross-post from our content partners over at Online Courses. They’ve been crafting some entertaining and informative lists just like this one so check ‘em out if you’re in the mood! TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) represents the best things about the Internet … and sometimes the world, for that matter. With the click of a button you can be inspired, educated, encouraged, wowed, or entertained by speakers from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking to inspire or entertain your students, the following TED talks have terrific lessons embedded in fascinating talks.While not every single talk may float your boat, there are likely a few that you should think about showing to students this year. Benjamin Zander on music and passion: If you want your kids to fall in love with music, Ben Zander is your best friend.

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ESL Listening Comprehension Exercises: Movie clips to practice English | ELL/ELT SECTION 1: Movie Clips Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn a new language. The exercises below use movie clips to help you to better understand spoken English. Here's what you do: Click on the video you want to watch below.Watch the video, and pay attention to it! Till The Hummingbird Project Silver Linings Playbook Away We Go Aftersun Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Emergency Licorice Pizza Adventureland End of the Tour 101 cosas gratis que hacer en Londres Pues yo matizaría una de ellas, la 30: 30. Conocer el Soane Museum (el edificio es una pasada). Y si vas el primer martes de cada mes, hay una visita de noche a la luz de las velas que está genial. Y además añadiría algunos que se me ocurren ahora: 102. 103. 104. 105. 106. 107.

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Randall's Video Snapshots: For ESL/EFL Students The movie clips called Video Snapshots are designed to provide additional learning content related to other listening activities on my site. To learn more about this project, read the Frequently Asked Questions below: Current Videos (Click the picture to watch the video - Click the link below the picture to visit a related listening activity). Why did you create this section of your Website? How do you decide on the topics? Why are the videos short, between 30-60 seconds? Do you plan on adding other speakers on the videos? Do you realize there are some grammar mistakes in the videos? There is a lot of background noise in some the video, and it's sometimes hard to hear exactly what is being said. Which video format do you use? Randall's Sites: Daily ESL | ESL Blog | EZSlang | Train Your Accent | Tips For Students | Hiking In Utah

ESL Lesson Plans for Teachers The ESL Lesson Plans section of is designed to provide quick help to ESL and EFL teachers looking for lesson plans or resources for planning lessons and activities they can adapt for their classes. It also mentions some of the other pages on EnglishHints that might be useful to teachers. Much of is aimed at Intermediate to Advanced ESL students studying independently. (Many of these pages have ideas teachers could use too. But many of those are not designed primarily for teachers, except as a reference or extra help for your students. Friends who are teaching ESL, including several in countries with limited school resources, have asked me for hints and ESL lesson plans, so I have started adding materials I hope will help ESL teachers. Other Useful Pages for Teachers on EnglishHints In other sections of you can find help with vocabulary, idioms, and grammar, readings and ideas for teaching reading, practice exercises, and games.