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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO LEARN ENGLISH? Football players edition

Why is English so hard to learn article How hard is English? How weird? The Economistarticle Languages difficulty ranking How to Speak English With Confidence in 9 Easy Steps

SCAREDY-CATS?

Learn English with songs: This is Halloween Learn English with songs: Thriller
Halloween vocabulary: Spooky idioms and ghostly phrases Idioms and proverbs for Halloween quiz
Guess the Halloween idiom powerpoint
Seriously scary TV shows to watch this Halloween: The Walking Dead (more than just zombies) Buffy, the vampire slayer (more than just vampires) Stranger Things (I want more...) The X-Files (a classic) Twin Peaks (who killed Laura Palmer?) Black Mirror (British accent) Fringe (binge watch alert)
For bookworms: Dracula by Bram Stoker Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (yes, The Treasure Island guy) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (remember Rebecca?) Edgar Allan Poe Anne Rice
For older posts on Halloween, click here.

BUT UM

Can't quit saying 'um' and 'uh'? 
Just learn how to use them better
The Obama 'uh' count video:

Macmillan REAL SERIES: Grammar, Vocabulary and Real World English

Do you have a couple of minutes a day to spare? I'm sure you do. That's what'll take you to practise grammar, vocabulary and real world English using the Macmillan Real Video series:




Real Grammar







Real Vocabulary




Real World English



SMART GOAL SETTING AND LANGUAGE LEARNING HABITS

NC1A ESL RESOURCES: Padlet wall

MOVING FROM B2 TO C1

The leap to the C1 level is no small feat. If you really want to get there, there are important habits you must consider. Just coming to an English class is not going to be enough. Having a B2 level is quite good already, though. You might choose to remain there (I hope you don't).



• Communication depends upon mutual intelligibility. That is to say that it is only possible if the language forms produced by the speaker are identified and understood by the listener. It is, therefore, the responsibility of speakers to pronounce them as intelligibly as possible (pronunciation and stress patterns).
• A considerable enlargement of concrete vocabulary.
• The refinement of functional and general notional categories.
• Recognition and limited control of important register varieties avoiding excessive formality on the one hand and colloquial or familiar usage on the other.
• Increased ability to understand and produce longer and more complex utterances. 
• Interaction is less constrained and both…

SOME OF YOUR TEACHER'S SITES FOR LEARNING ENGLISH