According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, self-testing, such as taking a practice test or simulating a testing environment, is an effective study tool. To help you prepare for the IELTS through self-testing, here are some links to IELTS testing materials. These materials are from http://www.ielts.org, and they include pdf tests and answer sheets.
Trace Effects is a collaborative English language video game experience for students ages 12-16. Learn English and explore American culture through puzzles, games, and adventures in an interactive world. Play it here.
Writing English can be very difficult, especially if you are not a native English speaker. However, there are a few tips that you can put to use in order to make your English writing better. In this article, we will take a look at a couple very practical writing tips for those who are just now getting started with the English language. Although it might take a bit of time and effort, you, too, can be a great English writer to communicate via email, letters, and more.
Keep It Simple
One of the most important things to remember when first starting to write English is that you want to keep your sentences and words fairly simple. Just getting your point across to the reader is the most important thing. Do not worry about things like using big words or trying to make complicated sentences or…
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In this weeks lesson we have this tricky True/False/Not given exercise (answers coming next week):
Millions of lives around the world could be saved, and the quality of life of hundreds of millions markedly improved – very inexpensively – by eradicating three vitamin and mineral deficiencies in people’s diets. The three vitamins and minerals are vitamin A, iodine and iron – so-called micronutrients. More than 2 billion people are at risk from micronutrient deficiencies and more than 1 billion people are actually ill or disabled by them, causing mental retardation, learning disabilities, low work capacity and blindness. It costs little to correct these deficiencies through fortification of food and water supplies. In a country of 50 million people, this would cost about $25 million a year. That $25 million would yield a fortyfold return on investment.
1. Most illnesses in developing countries are caused by too many vitamin and mineral…
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As you probably know, most plural nouns in English are with an S at the end.
The plural of hand is hands: one hand, two hands.
The plural of pen is pens: one pen, two pens.
One dress, two dresses. (The extra e is to pronounce it. You can’t say dresss, can you?)
It gets a bit more complicated with several words that stay the same in the plural.
The plural of sheep is sheep.
The plural of fish is fish or fishes (you may choose).
The plural of deer is deer.
Then there are a few words that have an irregular plural form.
Child – children
Foot – feet
Mouse – mice
Tooth – teeth
Goose – geese
Man – men
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Verbs and their prepositions from Grammar.net.
If you are a non-native English speaker planning to attend a US university, you’ll need to take either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS in order to determine and demonstrate English proficiency. But what constitutes a “good” score? Instead of thinking in terms of “good” and “bad” it’s useful to see what your college or university requires and make goals to exceed their requirements. Having a goal in mind will help challenge and direct you in your study of the TOEFL, whether it’s through an English school or private classes. The world-wide average Internet TOEFL score in 2012 was 80/120.
Here is a chart from About.com that shows required scores for a few US universities.
|Test Score Requirements|
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|Internet-Based TOEFL||Paper-Based TOEFL||GPA/SAT/ACT Graph|
|Amherst College||100 recommended||600 recommended||see graph|
|Bowling Green State U||61 minimum||not reported||see graph|
|The Ohio State University||79 minimum||550 minimum||see graph|
|Pomona College||100 minimum||600 minimum||see graph|
|UC Berkeley||80 minimum||550 minimum||see graph|
|University of Florida||80 minimum||550 minimum||see graph|
|UNC Chapel Hill||100 recommended||600 recommended||see graph|
|University of Southern California||100 minimum||not reported||see graph|
|UT Austin||79 minimum||550 minimum||see graph|
|Whitman College||85 minimum||560 minimum||see graph|
If you’re looking to improve your TOEFL score, or study in the US to learn English, look at our school’s programs and contact us for details.