English as a Second Language Reading Strategies

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In last week’s article, Extensive Reading Activities, we mentioned skimming and scanning.In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s explore a few more ESL reading strategies that may help you improve your reading skills, gain confidence and continue reading independently long term. Previewing Before diving into the reading materials, preview the content and prepare yourself. Previewing is essential for you to get …

Importance of Reading in English

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Reading is one of the four language skills . In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s take a look at the important role it plays in helping you improve your understanding of the English language and building your vocabulary. How does reading contribute to my overall English skill? Reading is an input (receptive) skill. When you read something in English, you …

Practice Listening Skills with VOA and BBC English Learning Resources

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In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s explore ways to practice English listening with online news radio resources! Listening to or watching the news is a good way to improve your English listening skills VOA (Voice of America) Learning English Choose the audio materials that best suit your English level: beginning, intermediate and advanced Choose the news based on your areas …

Improve Your English with Movies & TV

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Can you improve your English by watching movies and TV shows? Yes, you can! In today’s English Learning Tips, let’s take a look at how to use English movies and TV shows to boost your listening skills and start to sound more like a native speaker. Movies and TV can help English learners improve various skills, including listening comprehension, vocabulary …

Ways to Expand Your English Vocabulary

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Learn about word roots, prefixes, suffixes of words and memorize words in groups! The root of a word carries the most significant content of the word’s meaning. Different words are formed by adding prefixes or suffixes to the root; Root: for example, “cred” means “believe” and from there we get “credible”, “credit”, “credence”, etc.; Prefix: for example, “cent(i)” means “hundred”. …

Understand the Four English Language Skills

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We are starting a new article series called “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”. In today’s article, let’s first take a look at the basic language skills. What are the basic English skills? Listening Speaking Reading Writing How do we group these four skills? Based on the direction of communication: Input (receptive) skills: Listening & Reading Output (productive) skills: Speaking & …

Newcomer Smart Tips Video Series

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Immigrant Services Calgary is excited to announce the official launch of The Newcomer Smart Tips Video Series (Alberta Newcomers: How-to and Smart Tips Video Series), an educational and information resource that gives newcomers 24/7 access to free video resources containing centralized and easy to understand information about life in Alberta.

When Push Comes to Shove

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …

Drop the Ball

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Drop the ball”. What does “drop the ball” mean? “Drop the ball” means to make a mistake or fail to reach a goal… by doing something in a stupid or careless way by not being able to take timely, effective, or proper action How to use it? …

Black Sheep VS Dark Horse

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s compare the idioms “black sheep” and “dark horse”. They are both about animals but their meanings are totally different and they are not to be confused. Black Sheep: What does “black sheep” mean? When you say someone is a black sheep of his/her group or family, you mean that the person: is considered …