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Category Archives: English as a Second Language

November 8, 2016

When learning a new language, it’s normal to run into roadblocks along the way. Getting past these struggles is an important step in becoming fluent. Here are five ways to avoid feeling discouraged when learning English or another foreign language. 1. Think About Goals When you first started learning a language, you probably set a […]

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October 26, 2016

While a classroom setting is important for learning a new language, there are other ways to build skills and increase familiarity with new words and phrases. While the following activities and games can certainly be used in a class, they are perfect for practice at home with friends or a study group. Charades Acting out […]

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October 10, 2016

Pen pals are writing friends who exchange letters or emails on a regular basis. Although pen pals can live in the same country, they can also be from different cultures and might even speak different languages. At American Language Communication Center, our English classes offer many opportunities for students to improve their English writing skills. […]

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August 24, 2016

Going to class and listening to a teacher talk about a new language can only get you so far. To learn English properly, you need to hear how it is spoken in everyday life. To make the most out of your language learning experience, adhere to the following tips for using movies to help you […]

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July 14, 2016

Learning a completely new language is difficult. English language learning can be particularly challenging, but the right tips can help you succeed in picking up the new language. Plan Learning Daily Start by figuring out how English language learning will fit into your weekly schedule. If you intend to take classes at a school, you […]

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May 23, 2016

The English language is extremely versatile. Its versatility can be attributed to an evolutionary process that spans over one thousand years and includes many foreign words that have become part of the common vernacular. For example, you might encounter a bon vivant while dining out with a friend, have carte blanche in choosing where you’ll […]

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May 20, 2016

English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, in part because there are so many seemingly nonsensical rules and techniques. At times, the language can even be difficult for native speakers to grasp! Although the best way to practice the language is through conversation, it helps to understand that English has some commonly […]

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March 23, 2016

When you look at the landscape of today’s musical talent, probably the last thing you think about is how many of these artists are ESL musicians. The enormity of the list of superstar musical talent that has learned English as a second language may be surprising, but with musicians from all over the world looking […]

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March 10, 2016

Anyone striving to learn English as a second language has a number of challenges before becoming fluent. Some words have similar sounds, but they have very different meanings. It’s common for a novice to have confusion about similar words, but using context clues can make the intended meaning more clear. Here are some common similar-sounding […]

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December 8, 2015

New York City is a hub of culture. With countless museums, neighborhood events, festivals, and more, the city is the perfect place to practice speaking English while soaking in the wealth of language and culture. There are so many great ways to practice that it might be difficult to know where to start—but here are […]

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