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What's Involved In Taking An English Course?

May 19, 2008
When you take an English course to help you learn the language, no matter how old you are, you have to start at the beginning. As an adult, you may think that it is silly to learn rhymes and songs in English, but this is a very effective way of learning the language. If you look at what taking a free online course entails, you will see that there are flash cards, practice sheets for grammar and quizzes, word games and more. These techniques will help you improve your grasp of the language.

Listening is one of the most important ways of learning the language because it is not enough just to be able to read and write the language. Through listening exercises you can learn the correct pronunciation of the words, how accents on different parts of the words change the meaning and how to string words and phrases together to make sentences. Then you can practice saying these words so that you improve your pronunciation and be able to speak the language more fluently.

On language learning sites, there are resources for people of many different languages to help them learn English. For example, there may be a section devoted to Chinese people learning the language, online activities for native Korean speakers and an American audio course. Through the online dictionary, you can translate words from your own language into English so that you have specific words and phrases that you want to learn.

While it is essential for language learners to start at the beginning, they also need instruction in other areas so that they do not become bored with the course. For this reason, there are news articles that you can listen to in English that use simple words and phrases that will help you to understand the meaning of the articles much better. By reading these articles on your own and listening to them being read by a native speaker, you will be able to recognize the different forms of punctuation. For example, many languages place a question mark at the beginning of the sentence, while in English this comes at the end. Knowing the use of quotation marks is also important so that you will know when an article is quoting the exact words of a speaker.

A course should take you through all the basic rules of grammar. This involves using short conversations you will use when speaking. The conversations are printed on the screen and you can listen to them as well. Then you can read the phrases out loud and try repeating them without looking at the screen. Each lesson has a key objective, such as learning the use of subject pronouns: I, you, me, we, as well as other important words. Then there is instruction regarding the various components of the topic under study, just as if you were attending a live class. Finally there are exercise you complete on the lesson where you type in the correct answer and the site corrects it for you telling you how well you scored.
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If you want to take this type of English course, check out the free online courses at http://www.1-language.com, the best place to learn English online.
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