Learn English Underwater With Kaplan!

Our friends at Kaplan International have done it again. Their educational research and development department, located in London, have discovered what I believe will be the next trend in the language teaching industry – underwater classes. According to the findings of Professor Martinhoff, the head of Kaplan’s research department, studying underwater can boost a student’s learning ability by almost 60%. Dr. Martinhoff conducted research with a group of students in a swimming pool at the Kaplan Torquay campus. One student from Colombia said that the underwater class improved her ability to think in English, and another student reported the ease of fluency he experienced was beyond his expectations.

Registration for this unique, underwater course begins on April 1, 2014. I personally think this program will sell out quickly, so don’t delay. For complete information and to register, please visit Kaplan International and learn more about their Underwater English Program. Courses will be held in Kaplan’s special underwater campuses off the coasts of the USA, Australia and the UK.

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How To Improve Your Listening – English Lesson


I like practical advice. Let me give you an example. A week ago I was having dinner at a restaurant that I’ve been going to for a long time. I was talking with one of the waiters and I noticed that he looked thinner. So I asked, and he said he had lost 10kg. When I asked him how he did that, he said simply, “Eat less, move more.” Beautiful! So what does that have to do with improving your listening?  A lot. It’s practical advice and today, I’m going to share some practical advice with you about listening skills in English. If you want to improve your listening, you need to listen to English everyday. And, my loyal readers, I have found an amazing new resource that can help you do that.

All Ears English is a new podcast for helping students improve their English listening skills. They provide fun and natural English conversation to help you immerse yourself in the language four times a week. All Ears English explores life in the United States and American English idioms, expressions, and vocabulary words. They also provide inspiration and advice to keep you on track and motivated with your English goals. You can listen to All Ears English on iTunes or on Stitcher Radio for Android. As the hosts, Lindsay and Gabby say, “Put your ears into English!”

This podcast has natural American English, and your hosts will help you have fun while improving your skills. And above all, you can hear me as I join Lindsay and Gabby on the January 20 Podcast (AEE 46) to talk about New York Slang. Check it out here:

Learning Tools for the 21st Century!

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!