Hannah from the Futurelearn contacted me recently to let me know about courses that the British Council have free IELTS preparation courses available. It says that there is a price on the page BUT it’s free if you only want access to the course for 5 weeks. You only pay if you want to see … [Read more…]
Here is a TOEFL Challenge, where you can use real materials to try to do tasks based on the TOEFL test. Watch this TED talk and read this article from Quick and Dirty Tips. Summarise the differences and similarities between the talk and the article. Leave a comment below with your answer.
I went to a conference about teaching English a couple of weeks ago and saw a presentation by Paul Raine, the owner of a great website Apps4EFL.com. It’s a free website for students and teachers.
If you have problems in understanding what people say in your listening, either in face-to-face conversations or when listening to recorded material, why not try using word stresses to help you.
I know that I haven’t put up a podcast in a while; I am working on something that I hope is really cool. In the meantime, here is an interesting podcast for intermediate speakers and higher. I particularly recommend it for TOEFL or IELTS students but anybody who likes philosophy or thoughts about life should … [Read more…]
There are so many different standardised tests available to test your English skills: the Cambridge certificates, TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, BULATS and, here in Japan, the Eiken/STEP test. For a lot of people, these tests are pointless. If you need the certificate to get a job or a college place, go for it. If not, read … [Read more…]
When you are talking and can’t find the words you need, you need something. I’m going to tell you how ‘something’ can help you when you can’t remember vocabulary.
Reading and listening are excellent ways to learn new vocabulary but they can also help you learn more about a subject if you ask yourself questions afterward.
Today’s podcast is about listening with background noise. I recorded it in a metro station. Background Noise – 15th October 2014 The podcast is also available in the iTunes Store by searching for Get Great English or clicking here. Also, you can stream it on Stitcher here or in the sidebar.
Today’s episode is about homophones, words that sound the same, and what happens when you encounter homophones with little context. Homophones In Context – 10th September 2014 The podcast is also available in the iTunes Store by searching for Get Great English or clicking here. Also, you can stream it on Stitcher here or in … [Read more…]