It’s a new year and a new decade. Let’s start the new year knowing your current level of English. It’s always good to know your starting point (for this year) and then you can see how much or little you have improved by January 2021.
I’ve been thinking about what I wish some of my students knew when they first start class and how these tips can help students of all kinds and ages. I’d like to share my 5 SMART* STRATEGIES with you in this article.
Imagine you are reading an article, story or exam reading paper and the main character is walking home, watching their feet kicking the *____ as they walked, and listening to the sound it made. If we put *tightly packed snow, we would visualise white thick snow and the sound would be a crunching noise. But if we insert *slush we would visualise an almost grey, melting wet unpleasant snow and the watery sloshing sound. The overall effect would be different. Now we see that using a more defined word than snow can change our comprehension and if you don’t know those words you can miss a lot.
At the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, I think it is useful to go over and review this past years English teaching articles. Find out what you remember and what you forgot!
I have a bad cold this weekend. So since I can hardly speak I-m going to recommend a great video from a different English teacher on you tube.