This site is great for the holidays with a range of activities to build all your English skills. They don’t take too long and will really give your vocabulary understanding a boost.
RTHK has some good episodes online that you can use to catch up on current issues. The latest one on housing is a must see! WATCH HERE.
BBC Words in the News – video version has some good programs that will help you learn words and phrases. A good example is this one on Samurai Warriors. The video plays three times so you have a chance to listen to the text many times.
Important words are explained on the site but you may want to look them up in Yahoo dictionary then learn them.
Six Minute English – the latest episode is about treasured possessions. Things that are really important to us. There is a link to some interesting photos as well. Because the accents are British, it can help with getting ready for your speaking exam.
Well – let’s start with just 2! This young person is fluent in 11 langauges. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17107435 OK so he is a student! – but how did he do it? Watch the clip. Living in a community helps. (Learning in context). He also talks about learning songs. Most of you are learning three languages. Is it impossible? Not if you find the right method and love what you do!
During the first cycle, many classes watched this video :
In groups, you wrote down the tricks you could remember. We discussed why this task was difficult. Important things we noted were:
1. In the Speaking exam, it is important to pay attention to what the others are saying. Do not sit there thinking about what you are going to say next.
2. VOCABULARY is very important. If you don’t know the words, it can be hard to say anything. If you are taking too long to think of a word, it will effect your fluency.
3. Spelling doesn’t matter in the Speaking exam. Your notes should be short and readable.
4. Get over your bad HABITS. Habits are things we do regularly and often without thinking. Make sure the habits you have for your speaking exam are good ones.
I’ve just come back from 4 amazing days in Canberra – the Capital of Australia. I spent hours at museums – and even a LEGO exhibition. Did you use LEGO when you were a child? Do you still play with LEGO. The models were amazing.
In the meantime, there are more reference articles for you to read and comment on in the “What do you think blog” – one on punishment – (maybe you’d like to suggest what the punishment should be if anyone doesn’t do all of the homework I set for the holidays!!!! What “reward” should I bring back for the person who has done the most / best recording?
I’ll also add an article on sleeping from the ABC. I’m sure that’s something many of you have been doing a lot of during the holidays.
At this site, you can find many talks on some curent topics and great ideas. AND …. the talks have subtitles in English. Many are also subtitled in Chinese.
Start by looking at this one about “English Mania“. You can watch here, but to get the subtitles, you must watch it on the TED site. (click the link English Mania“.)
1. Watch the video WITHOUT subtitles. Try really hard to listen to the words and understand.
2. Watch the video again – WITH subtitles. Be aware of the words you missed before.
3. Watch the video again – this time with Chinese subtitles. Take note of any important words you didn’t know when you watched the first two times.
Choose two words to learn really well – definitions, related words, pronunciation! We will discuss some of these next year in class. Think about them now and the class discussion will be so much easier!
And while we are on the subject of English, if you missed the Pearl Report on June 27 about English in Hong Kong, you can catch it here : http://programme.tvb.com/news/pearlreport/episode/ along with other past episodes that will develop your knowledge about many things in Hong Kong!