Saturday, 23 July 2011

Change of address

Hello there!

I am writing to inform you that I have moved my blog to the following address:
Come and see what is new!!!!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Number 2 - Free lessons and listenings via podcast

Hello there,

I have just visited the iTunes store to see what free material they have. A student of mine who never has time to do his homework and is always on the move loves these free listenings, so I thought I would take a look. I can see why he loves podcast, you can sign up for most of them for FREE and there is something for every level from elementary to proficiency. You can listen to grammar and pronunciation lessons or simply listen to recordings about culture, news, food and wine, history, anything you like really. Why not visit the store too. Here is just a sample of those that I looked at:

English as a second language
English grammar in context
Big city small city
UK culture

Enjoy, I will be back soon with more ideas.

Welcome to my blog - Number One

Hello there!

I'm Lucy, I have been teaching English for more than 12 years and I would like to share my experience with both students and teachers. 
The idea is to help students practice English outside the classroom, providing lots of fun and exciting ways to use English and to also provide teachers with useful resources.
Learning English is not as easy as it seems, it takes time and dedication, look at it as an investment if you like: the more time and energy you invest, the better your English will get! as the saying goes: practice makes perfect!
How many times have you tried to speak English in everyday situations and have had difficulties? You know exactly what you want to say in your own language, but the words just won't come in English, you panic and can't speak. 
The fun ideas I suggest in this blog are tried and tested ways of practicing English, helping students to communicate better in everyday situations and feel more confident about their English. Some of the ideas have been suggested by students themselves or other teachers who have found them to be successful and some are techniques or ideas that I have used myself to practice Spanish and French.

Number One

Join an international language group, it's a great way to practice your English for free while enjoying the company of other like minded people. You may also find a conversation exchange partner, you can exchange your language for English in an informal and relaxed way, I often meet my exchange partners for a coffee or a beer. The best place to look for them is on Facebook, try researching by inserting the name of your city and the word "language", such as: Bologna language
Here are just a few in Italy and around the world:

  • Tandem language learning: these groups meet often and the events are quite informal (I'm really satisfied with the group in Bologna, I joined last Sunday, I met with them on Monday, I found a Spanish exchange partner 2 days ago and I'm going away with them this weekend to Tuscany, to a spa bath and to see some beautiful waterfalls).
  • InterNations: they meet once a month and the events are normally formal (you can find them on Facebook or just Google them, you don't need to be invited, I invited myself by completing the registration process. I'm a base member and it's free. It's a good night out, especially if you like dressing smart).

Good luck and have fun, I will be back soon with more fun ways to practice your English!