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Tuesday, November 22, 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.

As the days are getting shorter and the weather getting cooler, you may find that you are spending more time indoors. This is a perfect chance to find some creative ways to use your time and at the same time, practice your English skills.

A great way to spend a cold winter day is by watching a movie at home or in the theatre. If you watch a video at home you can try watching it with the captions off the first time and then with the captions on the second time. This will give you a chance to see how much you understood without the captions and also help you pick out words or phrases that you did not understand. If you go to the theatre, go with friends and after the movie discuss what you did or didn’t understand about the story. If you are still unsure, try to find a plot summary for the movie on the Internet or go and see the movie again.

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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