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Thursday, June 09, 2005

T.I.P.S – To Improve, Practice Skills

Tired of studying English through basic grammar practice? There are many other creative ways to practice and improve your language skills than just by using a textbook.

Listening is a skill that many students struggle with, as some native speakers are very easy to understand and others are more difficult. It is important to practice your listening skills by focusing on different accents and ways of speaking, by listening to both men and women, and to people of different cultural backgrounds.

One way to focus your listening skills is by watching TV or movies at home, and by using captions. It is helpful to watch a movie or program first with captions and pay attention to words or expressions that you are unfamiliar with. Then, watch the same movie or program again without the captions and see how much you can understand. You may even want to watch the same show a third time and see if your comprehension improves even more.

If you would like more information on T.I.P.S for English, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.


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