Developing your listening skills

Developing your listening skills

Michigan Language Assessment

View a recording of a webinar that presents an overview of the listening skills needed for MET Go! as well as some teaching strategies for developing and practicing these skills in the classroom. See examples of classroom activities for practicing active listening, and learn about available resources.

3 Ways

3 Ways

[Woolworths  SA]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • No churn ice cream
  • Combine
  • Full-cream milk
  • Icing sugar
  • Strong espresso
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Whisk
  • Lie flat to freeze
  • Break into pieces
  • Rib-eye steaks
  • Ground coffee beans
  • Black pepper
  • Ground chilli
  • Grill griddle pan
  • Sugar cones
  • Dark chocolate / Milk chocolate
  • Line the inside of the sugar cones
  • Freeze to set
  • Top with a dash of milk
  • Chocolate shavings


More recipes HERE

What do you love about your mom?

What do you love about your mom?

[Soul Pancake]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • She lived to be 86
  • She was a sweet person
  • She’s an ego booster
  • I think she likes me more than my sister
  • She had a family of six
  • She was always there to hear me out
  • She has never given up on me
  • Always there to support me
  • She believed in me
  • It’s  hard work raising up two kids
  • Thank you for giving me the confidence to love myself


Teaching Lexical Chunks

Teaching Lexical Chunks

 “A Lexical Chunk is a unit of language which is made up of two or more words.

Here are a few examples of lexical chunks :

Good morning.
Nice to see you!
What’s the time?

Other lexical chunks can include phrasal verbs‏‎, idioms, collocation‏‎s and so on.

Lexical chunks are the common coinage of English. They’re the bread and butter, the everyday and the mundane. They’re the reliable standards around which we can hang poetic and emotive language.

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Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in isolation

Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in isolation

I’d like to share an interesting article I read on the site New Indian Express
written byDr Albert P’ Rayan/ Chennai, [], published: 25th May 2015

Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in Isolation

In traditional classrooms, the focus has always been on teaching words in isolation. As a result, learners know the meanings of many words but they do not know how to use the words appropriately in context. Of late, enhancing learners’ knowledge of chunks of language is emphasised.

What are chunks? Chunks are groups of words or fixed expressions. When we speak or write, we use a lot of phrases, such as by the way, for example, as a result, on the other hand, a kind of, a lot of, at the moment, I mean, you know, at the end of the day, etc. These groups of words or phrases are called chunks of language. Why should learners be taught words in chunks? Research has proved that those who learn vocabulary in chunks learn a language better than those who learn words in isolation. Learners retain vocabulary better when they learn chunks.

Michael Lewis, known for advocating the lexical approach to language teaching, says that native speakers of any language have memorised hundreds of chunks to produce fluent and accurate speech. It is important to expose learners to real communication or authentic speech exchanges in order to help them develop their communication skills.

Knowledge of individual words is essential but what is more important and useful is the knowledge of how to use the words in appropriate contexts. Take the word ‘take’ for example. This word has over a hundred different meanings though the basic meaning is ‘to move something or somebody from one place to another’.

When ‘take’ collocates with different nouns, the meaning of ‘take’ in each ‘take+noun’ collocation is different. Look at these examples: take a bus, take a minute, take a test, take advice, take steps, take offense, take pity, take cover, take heart, take the axe to. Here are the meanings of some of the above ‘take’ collocations:

• take offence: to feel upset because of something someone has said or done

• take pity: to show sympathy for someone because they are in a bad situation

• take the axe to something: to make drastic cuts, particularly in workforce

In the English language there are many phrases and idioms in which the word ‘all’ is part of them. Here are some of the set phrases with ‘all’ and their meanings:

• all balled up: stuck or confused…

• all day long: during the length of the entire day…

• all set: ready: prepared

• all shot to hell: broken; damaged

• all skin and bones: too thin

Chunks appear in many ways: as collocations and idioms, in set phrases (good luck, all the best) and in ‘discourse markers’ (‘as far as I know, by the way).

Source : New Indian Express – Education

4 Scarves – 16 ways

4 Scarves – 16 ways

Watch the following video :

4Scarves 16Ways

Vocabulary to learn after watching video :

  • Cashmere
  • The Simple Loop
  • The Celebrity Knot
  • Oblong
  • The Neck Tie
  • The Twisted Necklace
  • The Head Wrap
  • Square
  • The Cowgirl
  • The Side Knot
  • The Classy Knot
  • The Kimono
  • Sarong
  • The Pareo
  • The Halter Cover-up
Homemade Potato Chips – A great snack for when you’re watching movies

Homemade Potato Chips – A great snack for when you’re watching movies

Watch the following video :

Homemade Potato Chips

Vocabulary to learn after the video :

  • Everybodys all time favourite snacks
  • Homemade potato chips
  • They are so much nicer than the store bought ones
  • So let’s get started
  • Low starch potato
  • Grab your slicer and slice the potatoes into fairly thin strips
  • So the slicer makes your life a lot easier
  • Get out as much starch as possible
  • Put the potatoes into a collander and give them a good rinse
  • Add in a couple of tablespoons of salt
  • Leve them set for about 30 minutes
  • Set them on a paper towel
  • Pat them down
  • You want them as dry as possible
  • If it sizzles up you know the oil is ready
  • You can use a deep frier if you have one
  • Just until they turn a nice golden brown
  • Frying by far produces the best results for me
  • Season them up
  • You can use whatever your taste buds are caling out for
  • A great snack for when you are watching movies
Mark Wood || Polar Explorer

Mark Wood || Polar Explorer

Thank you Mark for such an inspirational lesson !

Watch the following video :

Mark wood

Vocabulary to learn after watching video :

  • Standing at just above 4.700 m and you can see the clouds
  • As loud as you can
  • Wave your hands in the air
  • 1 ..2 .. 3 .. go
  • Mark Wood has reached the South Pole completing the first leg of his solo challenge
  • 700 miles walk across Antarctica took Mark 50 days to complete in temperatures as low as -50 degrees celsius
  • Nothing around, as you can see
  • Completely alone
  • Listen to the silence
  • How many times can you say that in your life