You Can Improve Your English Online

13:16' 27-02-2018
As well as the daily demands of a university course, international students also face the pressure of improving their English language skills. This is necessary not only for understanding their course materials and lecturers, but also in the future when they look for work, as well as keeping up a social life.

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    Insider Guides, which provides useful advice to overseas students, has provided a list of fun, interactive online tools to help improve English language skills and confidence.

    Vocabulary

    English File, designed by Oxford University Press, provides a range of different interactive activities, including crossword puzzles, word games and other activities to increase the number of words you understand. You can start at a low level, and build your way up to complex topics. Visit elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/?

    Comprehension

    EnglishCentral GoLive! incorporates interactive video learning, using one-on-one online tutoring, for English as a Second Language students. You can plan a lesson on any of the 50 online courses, or choose from 10,000 video lessons. Subtitles are provided, and you can pause on complex words for a quick explanation. Go to www.englishcentral.com.

    Interaction

    BBC Learning English provides free audio, video, and text materials. Watch their videos and then complete the related activities to increase your knowledge. The BBC's “Learning English” program began in 1943, first on radio and then on TV. The website is at www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish.

    Tutoring

    A virtual face-to-face interaction tool, italki is a paid service. You choose a tutor who is a native speaker, or a certified professional teacher, which is more expensive. Then you schedule a time for a Skype chat. The italki site is at www.italki.com.

    Social network

    Busuu is a social network of people around the world learning new languages, available both online and on their mobile app. Engage with native speakers and earn points as you progress. For this fun and rewarding way to improve your English, visit www.busuu.com/enc.

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