Times have changed, and modern times call for modern learning methods. I’m happy to let you know about a new range of online tools designed to enhance the English learning experience.
Students who learn English with Kaplan can take advantage of this brand new range of K+ tools which include integrated books, apps, games and online platforms just launched to transform the way that students enjoy their Kaplan Experience and learn English in the 21st Century. Every aspect of the K+ experience works together as students benefit from online learning tools as well as face-to-face lessons with teachers and interactions with other students.
Kaplan’s students in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia have had the benefit of using K+ products such as My Kaplan, the newly-designed online student portal, K+ Notes and K+ Tools. K+ Notes are English language booklets that are used in the face-to-face lessons as exciting extra resources.
These books contain dynamic and relevant topics that are in line with their student’s English learning interests and needs. In addition, there is a strong focus on skill development in the form of an inductive approach to grammar improvement with opportunities to practice English language points in real-life contexts.
Each booklet contains a grammar-file providing further explanations and practice activities. The examples integrate closely with the online content of the K+ Tools, which are online materials delivered through the Moodle learning management system. Kaplan students are able to enjoy the most fun and effective English learning experiences possible, both in and out of the classroom on a computer, mobile device or with K+ Notes.
At the CRELLA Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire’s, Prof. Stephen Bax said that these attractive materials are of good quality and at the right level. Providing this type of platform for teaching and learning is a great way to motivate students towards success.
Is your school in the 21st Century? Feel free to leave a comment here!
Happy likes to sleep…sometimes in strange positions!
I was chatting with one of my students today about the post I made on Monday about positive thinking. That conversation brought us to the topic of life in general, and so I shared with her my basic philosophy of life, which is, “Live in the moment…like a dog.” Let me explain.
You are reading this blog now, but like most people, you may be thinking about what happened yesterday or what you will do tomorrow. Sometimes, humans worry about the past, or get anxious about the future. Dogs, on the other hand, live in the present moment. They never worry about the past or the future.
My dog, Happy, likes chasing squirrels, but luckily she never catches them! If Happy was a human, she might have some regrets about her inability to catch squirrels. But, Happy is a dog, and I am sure she doesn’t wake up in the morning feeling bad because she failed to catch a squirrel yesterday. Likewise, I don’t think she worries whether or not she will be able catch a squirrel tomorrow. I always try to live in the moment. You can’t change the past, so why worry about it? You can’t control the future, so why worry about it?
When you have your next TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, or EIKEN exam, do you best to prepare for it, and try to relax the day of the test. Worrying and being nervous won’t help you get a better score.
He can speak a little Spanish!
The other day, one of my new students came to class. She was talking about preparing her child for her first day of school in the US. She and her husband went to their school orientation to meet her daughter’s second-grade teacher. “I was nervous,” she said, “because I can’t speak English.” I hear that sentence from students all the time, but I think that if you couldn’t speak English, then you wouldn’t be able to say that sentence in English!
Instead of the usual lesson today, I want to talk a moment about positive thinking. You are what you say, because your mind believes everything you say. Whatever words pass your lips are words your mind believes to be true. So, instead of telling yourself (and others) all the time, “I can’t speak English,” I suggest you try saying something more truthful. How about, “I can speak a little English” or “My English is getting better little by little.” Positive thinking makes a big difference, so why not give it a try!
Yesterday, someone on Facebook said that they were living in a remote area with no opportunity to speak English. They asked me for advice about what they could do to practice English. I decided to write about that here today.
Language skills can be divided into two parts, input and output. The input skills are reading and listening. The output skills are writing and speaking. If you want to improve your English, it is important to cover all four skills every day. Here are some tips on how you can do that.
Reading is important because it helps you review vocabulary and grammar. Reading can help you think in English. When you read, try not to use a dictionary. As much as possible, try to guess the meaning of the words you don’t know. If there are too many words you don’t know, then try to find something a little easier to read.
Listening is also a great way to review vocabulary and grammar. Listening also helps you think in English. There are a lot of great resources on the internet these days where you can practice listening. Also check iTunes which has many podcasts in English.
Writing is output. The best thing you can do to practice writing is to write a journal. I have already covered this topic, so click this link for details on writing a journal. Write in a casual, conversational way, just as if you were talking to a friend. When you write, try to use any new vocabulary or expressions you have learned that day.
Speaking is the ultimate form of output. Try to speak as much as you can and as often as you can. If you do not have the chance to speak to someone in English face to face, try Skype. There are a number of Skype communities that you can find people looking to speak and practice English.
I hope this is helpful. I look forward to your comments and suggestions for another one-point lesson.