Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Travel around London - With Subtitles! A Video a Day Helps You Learn English!

Have you ever wanted to go to London? Here is your chance to get a preview before you get there!   Of course today we are studying the UK English accent.

What is the first attraction that  you see in the video?
How tall is the London Eye?
What can you see across the from the London Eye?
What is another name for the Place of Westminster?
What is the best thing about London?
What can you do in Regent's Park?
What is an ecological way to get around London?
Which museum is behind Trafalgar Square?
Why was Nelson's Column built?
What date did the Millenuim Bridge open?
What was the problem with the bridge?
What is the name of the Modern Art Museum?
What can you do at St. Paul's Cathedral?
Where does the Changing of the Guard take place?
\What time does it happen?
How long does it take to change the guard?
Why do you have to get there early?
What is interesting about taking a boat ride on the Thames? (pronounced Tames)
What is interesting about the Tower Bridge? Where can pedestrains walk?
What is in the east?

Over to YOU
Which place would you most want to visit?
Have you ever been to London?
Where do you go on vacations?

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Video A Day Helps You Learn English - MUNIBA MAZARI - We all are Perfectly Imperfect

LEARN ENGLISH | MUNIBA MAZARI - We all are Perfectly Imperfect 

This is an important video for everyone to watch and share with her story. 

Watching this video will change your life. This speech is worth the time you spend  

What happened to Muniba? 
How did she get to the hospital? 
What were her injuries?
How long did she stay there?
What did she do in the hospital? 
What were her biggest fears? 

Write about a person who is (differently abled) 
What happened to that person? What did they accomplish? 

Monday, July 23, 2018

A Video A Day Helps You Learn English - Big Bang Theory

This is a great series to Learn English! 
The video is shown with subtitles, and then they explain all the vocabulary. 

This video is a bit long, but it is worth it! 

What does Zack think the magazine is about? 
What fact does Zach tell the "science dudes?"
Do they believe him? 
How do the guys insult Zach? 
How does the girl tell them off? 
What do they do next? 
How do they make up with Zach? 

The Guys insult Zach and Penny tells them off. (in a nice way).  Has this situation every happened to you?  What side were you on?  What happened in the end? 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

How to prepare for the Oral part of the Japanese Eiken Exam

This Oral part of the Eiken exam is very similar to the Oral part of 2 and 3 of the IELTS. 

In order for you to get a better idea of the subjects here is the website

Then after the "cue card" section, there are more questions that follow up. 

You have to watch out for the same issues, vocabulary, sentence fluency, linking up of ideas. 

This exam is used in Japan.  

Good Luck with the Eiken Exam 

Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The best sites to practice for the IELTS!

If you need to take the IELTS Exam, you need to practice reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Here below is a list of the best sites that you can use to practice for the exam.
I use this site most of the time as there are hundreds of questions, and writing topics including samele answers.  Often I don't agree with the sample answer and I would write in a different way. 

This site covers all the skills that you need to pass the exam. There are more added every once in a while. 

5 stars!
I use this site all the time too.  The advantage of this site is that all the most recent tests are posted by actual people who took the test.  You don't get the graphic of the Academic writing test, but you can practice it with the first site on this list.
The speaking topics can be the same for different countries, so you may have to search a bit to find different ones. Sometimes the person who took the test didn't remember the speaking topics.  This is a big drawback.
This is a good site as well, It is very well organized.  But you can not cut and paste the text to work with a student. The site doesn't update very often, but what is here is good.

Written by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

Monday, July 2, 2018

TOEFL Short speaking questions

Here are some Short speaking questions that you can use to prepare for the TOEFL speaking test.

15 seconds to prepare, 45 seconds to speak about the topic. 

Tell about a time that you were very proud of a sports team. What team was it, what did they do?

Should parents make their children learn a musical instrument?

Tell about a time that you had a disagreement with your best friend.  What was it about? How did you solve the problem?

How important is recycling to you?  Tell about why or why not you recycle. 

Tell about a holiday that you enjoy in your culture. What is it? What time of year does it happen?

It has been said the GMO (GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS) foods are not healthy.  What is your opinion?  Support your answer.

Should children learn how to sew clothes?  Why or why not?

Is  handwriting is still important in the modern world? Why or why not? 

Should you write thank you notes when you get a gift? Why or why not? 

Which is better for you to read books on electronic device  or a paper book?

Good luck on the TOEFL!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Video A Day Helps You Learn English - First Snow Fall!

I am writing this during the summer when it is very hot.  So it is refreshing to think of the snow! 

What date was the video made? 
What happened all day? 
Choose one: The snow is ugly.  The snow is beautiful
Who is excited?
Who likes the snow?
Who doesn't like the snow?
What does Mom have to do?
What do the kids get to do? 
 What do I put on?  What does sister put on?
What does Mom put on?
What do the kids make outside?
What do they do when they go back inside?

Homework: Think of another season of the year. What do you do? What is fun about that season? 
Who do you spend time with? 

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice - English teacher 

Travel around London - With Subtitles! A Video a Day Helps You Learn English!

Have you ever wanted to go to London? Here is your chance to get a preview before you get there!   Of course today we are studying the UK E...