I don’t believe in ghosts or anything like that but sometimes you get caught up in talk about the paranormal (things that appear real but don’t have a real explanation). Here is some vocabulary to talk about it. It might come in handy for Halloween next month.
This week it’s Campus Week at Get Great English. I know the term hasn’t started yet but think of it as a little time to prepare before packing bags, unpacking, moving into halls of residence or a flat. Reading for pleasure is usually different to reading for university. Reading for pleasure has no time limit, … [Read more…]
Today’s episode is about a way to help you read aloud more fluently. You’ll need this PDF file: podcast_chunks.pdf 20140813_chunking.mp3 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.
I know that the books are no longer new but there are still ways that Harry Potter can help your English study. You can learn new words and get familiar with different styles of English.
Here are two of my favourite sites about letter writing, which is a fantastic way to practise your English. However, you can’t really reply to these letters, but you do get to read them. The first, Letters of Note, is a high-quality collection of letters by famous people. Some of the world’s greatest writers and … [Read more…]
So many of my students, mainly college students, keep reaching for dictionaries. Every time they see a word they don’t understand or get into a situation where they don’t know the perfect word in English like they do in their first language out comes their smartphone for the dictionary or their Casio Ex-Words. Every language … [Read more…]
Today’s video is about books, and more specifically about how to choose English books that are right for you. Related posts: How to Talk About Movies and Books Use Kindle and Kobo to Study English
Students studying academic reading, especially for standardised tests like TOEFL and IELTS frequently ask “How can I improve my academic reading?” The answer is, “Do more academic reading.” You need to look at real academic documents and analyse them for meaning. Try to insert your own subheadings and summarise the documents within 200-300 words. Underline … [Read more…]
I love running and maybe some of you do to. Here are some links to some websites about running in English. Competitor Is about running and covers training, nutrition and shoes and equipment. Running Times is the website of a popular running magazine. There are stories about running as well as tips.
In section VI or VII of the TOEIC test there is often a reading passage which is an advertisement or a piece of business communication to the public. One problem that students in non-English speaking countries have is not being able to find these resources easily. Today, Get Great English comes to the rescue with … [Read more…]