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Saturday
Sep072013

Sunday
Aug112013

Give Thanks. Improve Your Health. Improve Your English.

Studies have shown that expressing gratitude is good for you.  You can improve your health, your mood, and your English all at once.  Here's how:

 

In addition to your daily gratitude list, here's an idea for a page in your ENGLISH MAKES SENSE workBook.

1. Using colored markers or pencils, write the words: THANKS and GRATITUDE at the top of the page.

2. Create a collage of images.  Using GOOGLE or old magazines or newspapers, find images that represent some of the things you are grateful for in your life.  Cut and paste the images on your page.

3. Now think of different ways you can say "thank you" in English.  You can start with:

  • Thank you.
  • Thank you very much.
  • Thanks a lot.
  • Thank you so much.
  • I can't thank you enough.
  • You're the best.

Add your list to the page.

4. Now think of different ways you can show gratitude or thanks.  For example:

  • Make a meal.
  • Listen to a friend or loved one.
  • Write a thank you note by hand.
  • Offer flowers.
  • Give a copy of your favorite book.
  • Give a hug or a hand shake.

Add your list to the page.

5. Finally, add this or any other quote about gratitude and thanks to your page:

Once your page is completed, admire your creation.  You have studied English with your head, your hands, and your heart.

 

Friday
Aug022013

Work for 50 Minutes. Study English for Ten Minutes.

Time management specialists call it the "HOUR OF POWER" or simply the "50/10 Rule".  

So, what is it and how does it work?  It's very simple.  You focus on one task for 50 minutes and then you take a 10 minute break.  The HOUR OF POWER is supposed to have the following benefits: 

  • increased productivity and efficiency
  • increased stamina
  • improved focus

English learners who have trouble finding the time to study can use this technique several times during the day.  You can work better AND study English.  It's a win-win situation.

Thursday
Jul182013

What Type of Learner Are You?

Visual?  Auditory?  Kinesthetic?  Read/Write?  Knowing what type of learner you are can help you become a better, more efficient learner.  Clicking on the infographic below will take you to www.onlinecollege.org.  There you can read about the different learner types and the kinds of study techniques, testing environments, and behaviors that characterize each learner type.  After reading, please come back to this page and let us know what kind of learner you are by posting a comment. 


from: www.onlinecollege.org

Monday
Jan072013

MINDFUL ENGLISH: Making English a Daily Ritual

When most people think of a ritual, they think of certain cultural traditions such as bowing, secret society handshakes, or the Japanese tea ceremony.  They may think of religious ceremonies like baptisms, weddings, or Bar Mitzvahs.  Since ritual involves very specific gestures and/or words which are performed in a mindful way (with full attention), why not consider making English a daily ritual?  Here is the first in a series of tips meant to show you the way to the daily practice of mindful English.