? Christmas Came Early ?

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

We are back for another article of “English Idioms for Newcomers“. Today let’s take a look at this idiom: “Christmas Came Early”. Christmas is December 25, how can it possibly come early? “Christmas came early” is used when something pleasant and surprising happens, such as hearing unexpected good news receiving gifts, presents, bonus, etc. How to use it? Use this …

Pen Pal Program

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Link-ages has a Pen Pal program that invites people of all ages to join. This program helps connect individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic where social distancing is encouraged. This program allows people of all ages, ethnicities, identities and abilities to connect through handwritten mail. The Pen Pal Program is unique because Link-ages will be using organization hubs to receive and …

When Push Comes to Shove

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

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 …

Simple Past VS Present Perfect

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In the past two weeks, we learned how to change regular and irregular verbs into the simple past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we take a look at the differences between the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Many English learners confuse these two tenses. We summarize the differences between the two in this table …

Words that are Both Nouns and Verbs

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

Some words take on double duty by serving as more than just one part of speech. In today’s “English Learning Tips for Newcomers”, let’s take a look at words that are both nouns and verbs! Nouns vs. Verbs Noun: a word that represents a person, place, thing or idea. Verb: a word that presents an action, state or occurrence. Words …

English as a Second Language Reading Strategies

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

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 …

Extensive Reading Activities

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Extensive reading is an important approach to language learning that is often overlooked as a classroom activity. In today’s “English Learning Tips”, let’s take a look at what extensive reading is, its benefits, and reading activities you can try by yourself. What is extensive reading? Extensive reading is when you: read enjoyable and level-appropriate materials develop general reading skills by …