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Daily ESL: Conversation Starters for English Students

Daily ESL: Conversation Starters for English Students

English Language Centre Study Zone: Welcome! About the Study Zone The Study Zone is for students of the English Language Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria. ELC teachers create the English language lessons and practice exercises. News and Feedback We occasionally post news on the Study Zone blog and we're happy to receive comments on the blog's Feedback Page. What do I do? First, choose your level. Study Zone is made up of levels. Where am I now? The menu at the top of each page tells you where you are. artes y mas!! Text To Speech, TTS: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese This natural sounding text to speech service reads out loud anything you like in a variety of languages and dialects in male and female voices. The TTS service speaks Chinese Mandarin (female), Chinese Cantonese (female), Chinese Taiwanese (female), Dutch (female), English British (female), English British (male), English American (female), English American (male), French (female), German (female), German (male), Hindi (female), Indonesian (female), Italian (female), Italian (male), Japanese (female), Korean (female), Polish (female), Portuguese Brazilian (female), Russian (female), Spanish European (female), Spanish European (male), Spanish American (female). Just type a word or a phrase, or copy-paste any text. Choose the speech rate that works for you. Start from any position on the text. Use this service to practice your listening and speaking skills, or master your pronunciation in foreign languages. Listen to any written materials in authentic voices while doing something else.

Visual Thinking Evolution A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Especially in British English, the terms spidergram and spidergraph are more common,[1] but they can cause confusion with the term spider diagram used in mathematics and logic. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing. The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts, and are classified into groupings, branches, or areas, with the goal of representing semantic or other connections between portions of information. Mind maps may also aid recall of existing memories. By presenting ideas in a radial, graphical, non-linear manner, mind maps encourage a brainstorming approach to planning and organizational tasks. Reference: wikipedia

Action Verbs Action verbs are verbs that specifically describe what the subject of the sentence is doing. These types of verbs carry a great deal of information in a sentence and can convey emotion and a sense of purpose that extends beyond the literal meanings of the words. A sentence like "The band appeared on the scene" sounds much more less impressive than the sentence "The band erupted onto the scene." The power of the action verb lies in the meaning and intention that they contain and how they bring direction and force to the sentence. Understanding the types of action verbs will make students better writers and communicators. Types of Action Verbs Regular Verbs The following list of tenses shows the different verb forms for regular verbs: Base - To discover Rules for Past Tense of Regular Verbs The general rule for past tense is that you add –ed to the base of the verb. When the base form of the verb ends with: -e: This is the simplest situation: just add a –d. Irregular Verbs Base - To drink

Basic Search Education Lesson Plans - GoogleWebSearchEducation Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom. The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers and the Search Education team to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions. Understanding the fundamentals of how search engines work will help your students become better searchers. What is the Web? Search is easy but some practice and technique will take your students a long way. Which link should I follow? We are constantly trying to improve search and making Google more useful. More resources:

Sound Types FindSounds Search the Web for Sounds What types of sounds can be found on the Web using FindSounds? Below is a partial list. Click on any link below to perform a search, or enter one or more words in the search box above and then click on the Search button. Animal Sounds alligator, baboon, bat, bear, bobcat, buffalo, bullfrog, camel, cat, cheetah, chimpanzee, chinchilla, chipmunk, cougar, cow, coyote, crocodile, deer, dinosaur, dog, dolphin, donkey, elephant, elk, ferret, fox, frog, gibbon, goat, gorilla, grizzly bear, guinea pig, hippo, horse, hyena, jaguar, kitten, lamb, lemur, leopard, lion, llama, marmot, monkey, moose, mouse, orca, panda, panther, pig, polar bear, prairie dog, puppy, rabbit, raccoon, rat, rattlesnake, rhinoceros, rodent, sea lion, seal, sheep, snake, squirrel, sugar glider, tiger, toad, whale, wolf, zebra Insect Sounds bee, cicada, cricket, insects, katydid, mosquito, wasp

Listening Listening & Speaking Start Reading for Children (1) Simple present tense, 50-word passages for children to start reading and listeningStart Reading for Children (2) 50-word passages for kids to improve English through reading and listeningStart Reading for Children (3) 100-word passages to improve children's reading and listeningEnglish Level 1 Simple present tense, 50 words per passage with audio and exercises for English beginnersEnglish Level 2 Short passages with audio and exercises for English beginnersEnglish Level 3 Short essays for English beginners to improve reading and listeningEnglish Level 4 More short essays for beginners to improve reading and listeningEnglish Level 5 200-word essays for English beginners to transition to intermediate levelEnglish Level 6 250-word essays for English beginners to transition to intermediate level American Songs Conversations Free ESL Software Online Radio News BBC World News BBC's international radio. Online Videos Conversation Questions

How to improve your English skills - Learn English Free Grammar | Vocabulary | Listening | Pronunciation | Speaking | Reading | Writing Learning Skills | Other Tips Our most important piece of advice is: "Do something (anything). If you don't do anything, you won't get anywhere. Make it your hobby, not a chore. Above all have fun! Oh, and don't be in too much of a hurry. There are many ways to improve your level of English, but only you can find the right way for you. Improve your Learning Skills Learning is a skill and it can be improved. Your path to learning effectively is through knowing yourself your capacity to learn processes you have successfully used in the past your interest, and knowledge of what you wish to learn Motivate yourself If you are not motivated to learn English you will become frustrated and give up. Why do you need to learn/improve English? Set yourself achievable goals Joining a short intensive course could produce better results than joining a course that takes place once a week for six months. The visual learner ! ! !

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