English Classes

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Part 1: Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

I attend English classes at a language program in my city because I want to improve my communication skills. English has become the international language around the world, and I might be able to get better employment and make more friends if I learn to speak fluently. I take four classes a day that all focus on different language skills including reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. I think that some people have a natural ability to pick up a language and master it, but I don’t think I fit that group. Actually, learning to speak English well requires a great amount of effort, patience, and practice. Too often, students speak English in their classes, but they go back to using their native language after school ends. In fact, if you want to adjust to a new culture, you should make it a point to study, review, and practice everything you are studying. Otherwise, you will never learn and fit into any group.

Part 2: Discussion

What do you think are some other keys to improving your language skills? Share ideas from your own experience.

Part 3: Online Investigation

Not all ESL programs are the same, and finding the right school may require you to ask the right questions. First, write down a list of ideas on what you look for in the ideal language program and then search the Internet in the city of your choice for a ESL program that meets your expectations and needs.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):