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TOEFL Practice, Section 2: Listening. Try the following Listening examples.

TOEFL Practice, Section 2: Listening

Remember that in the real test you will hear these parts. You will not see them, but you will be allowed to take down any notes while you listen. You will hear each section once only. In the following examples, the parts you would hear in the actual test are shown in red. The parts you would read in the actual test are shown in blue. Conversations, Academic discussions, Lectures There are three different types of listening passages you will hear. Question types: Understanding Gist What is the main topic of the lectureWhat are the speakers mainly discussingWhat is the lecture mainly about...Why does the professor ask...Why is the student talking to...Why does the professor discuss...Understanding the Gist questions test your ability to understand the main idea and purpose of what you have heard.

Detail Understanding Attitude. Vocabulary.com - Learn Words - English Dictionary. Easy English news, short news, English story, reading skills for you. Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team. 10 Quick And Easy Team Building Activities. There are many different reasons why companies use team building activities.

10 Quick And Easy Team Building Activities

A small sampling of these reasons include: Improving communication, boosting morale, motivation, ice breakers to help get to know each other better, learning effective strategies, improving productivity, learning about one’s strengths and weaknesses and many others. Team building activities can be used by any business, large or small, to promote better teamwork in the workplace, and as most business owners and managers know, great teamwork is one of the key factors associated with a company’s success. There are four main types of team building activities, which includes: Communication activities, problem solving and/or decision making activities, adaptability and/or planning activities, and activities that focus on building trust. Communication and Icebreakers Two Truths and a Lie Time Required: 15-30 minutes Life Highlights Game Time Required: 30 minutes Coin Logo Time Required: 5-10 minutes Problem Solving. Patrick Awuah on educating leaders.

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50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective. We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators. Websites Resource tools, printables, and other great stuff for ELL educators are all available on these sites.

Articles & Advice Check out resource lists, journal articles, and ideas for best practices in ELL on these links. Organizations Take advantage of the great opportunities and resources available from these organizations that benefit ELL teachers. Learning Resources Teaching Resources Reference Communities & Blogs. Education. Photographer Emine Ziyatdinova's stunning images take you inside New York's Russian beach community. By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 01:55 GMT, 3 December 2012 | Updated: 11:40 GMT, 3 December 2012 For a homesick Ukrainian in the U.S., there are not that many places to go for a taste of the life they have left behind.

Photographer Emine Ziyatdinova's stunning images take you inside New York's Russian beach community

But when Emine Ziyatdinova, a 25-year-old photographer living in Ohio, visited New York's Brighton Beach she felt instantly at home again. These amazing images capture the essence of the large Russian community living on the strip of land in Brooklyn besides the Altantic Ocean. Play online, learn online and feed the hungry. Lessons Worth Sharing. The art of the metaphor - Jane Hirshfield.

To explore metaphors more fully on your own, there are three directions you can go.

The art of the metaphor - Jane Hirshfield

The first is simply to start noticing whenever you meet one. Jane Hirshfield slipped metaphors into many of the things she said in this lesson. You might listen to it again and make a list of some of the metaphors she used along the way, without pointing out that they were metaphors. Then go to any random web blog or newspaper or magazine article and just start reading until you’ve found a half dozen metaphors. Sometimes there will be many right away, other times there could be none at all. A second direction to explore metaphors further is to practice inventing metaphors yourself. A third way to learn more about metaphor is to read about it directly. How did English evolve? - Kate Gardoqui.

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How did English evolve? - Kate Gardoqui

But really, I made it sound way more simple than it really is. You probably have some questions already, if you’re a critical sort of person. Like: If the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and Friesians all conquered areas of Celtic Britain, why is it that England is called England (which comes from Angle-land, the Land of the Angles) and not Saxonland or Juteland? If Old English has not been spoken since before the twelfth century, how do we know what it sounded like? When and how did Old English become the modern language that we speak today?

Clearly, there is way more to it. The British Library has many great resources connected with the evolution of the English language and with the earliest complete work of literature in old English, the epic poem Beowulf. This link will bring you to an interactive timeline of the English language starting in the year 1000: Wiktionary.org provides a lengthy list of English words with French origins. EDU. RSA Animate - Language as a Window into Human Nature.