Daily Practice

with Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

Get going with 30 seconds of focused English practice 3x per week

To become fluent, you have to use your English every day.  If you don’t have any English speaking friends, try www.conversationexchange.com!

Are you bored with your English practice?  Spice up your study routine by doing meaningful exercises: watch movies in English to improve your listening skills, get a native-speaking Skype friend to practice speaking and listening, read books and watch TV programs that interest you for their content. Learning English is fun! Check out https://www.futurelearn.com/ for some more great ideas for shaking up a boring study plan.

Public speaking can be quite challenging and nerve-wracking even for a native speaker. Here’s a great web-site to help you prepare for your next presentation: http://www.write-out-loud.com/

We found a great online game for vocabulary learning.  It’s 3D and pretty fun. Check it out here: http://playinfluent.com/

Here’s another fun vocabulary-building resource: www.lingua.ly lets you learn new words and practice!

A thesaurus is also your BFF especially for expanding your vocabulary.  Here’s a great one to check out.  www.thesaurus.com 

Online dictionaries are your BEST FRIEND if you’re an English language learner! They don’t just provide word meanings but also games and exercises for expanding your vocabulary. Check out: http://www.dictionary.com and http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-games for some great ways to expand your vocabulary.

Do you want to know what grammar rules you should know in order to get a certain IELTS score? Check this website, which tells you what rules correspond to different levels of different tests and offers some exercises to practice: http://www.examenglish.com/

Are you looking for some grammar exercises? There’s tons of resource online that will explain grammar rules and will also give you a chance to practice by offering quizzes and other exercises. Try www.englishclub.com/grammar

Do you like different accents? Then here’s a resource for you! Forvo is a pronunciation dictionary which allows your to hear how the same word is pronounced by speakers of different accents. http://forvo.com/

Do you like computer games? Did you know that there are hundreds of English language learning games and apps? Check out InFluent for your vocabulary acquisition needs.

Did you know that you can watch your favorite show in English, with subtitles? Check out Ororo.

There are lots of great resources with free tips and advice that can help you prepare for IELTS or TOEFL. Here’s one of them: IELTS Advantage 

Small steps are important! To learn a new English word every day, sign up for a Word of the Day service from WordThink.

Academic writing is a genre of its own. Make sure that you know what thesis statement, topic sentences, and conclusion are before you take TOEFL or IELTS Academic. Here is a great academic writing resource that will help you on your way.