Wednesday, 24 February 2016

English Language Classes: Top Goals as Stated by English Language Learners

I have been teaching English as a Second Language on Verbling for seven months now and have come across many English language learners with a variety of goals. I decided to write this article today to inform the English language learning community about the goals of other English language learners. By taking a look at the goals of others, people can set new goals and also remember that their goals are common goals and they are not alone on the journey of learning a new language.

Top Goals as Stated by English Language Learners:

1. Pass the IELTS General exam for Immigration

2. Improve spoken and written English for work

3. Pass the IELTS Academic exam for University Entrance

4. Pass the TOEFL exam

5. Improve English to achieve the English language level abilities of a Native Speaker

As we can see, the top goal continues to be improving English for the purpose of passing the IELTS exam. After, there is a strong need to improve spoken and written English for work. Whether people are doctors, I.T. technicians, nurses or business people, the ability to communicate strongly in English continues to be a desired goal for many. In the third place, we can see a need among people to pass the IELTS Academic exam. The IELTS Academic exam is widely accepted by a number of universities and colleges around the world. Universities usually require a band score of 7 while colleges usually require a band score of 6, although higher band scores are always welcomed. As we can see, passing English exams continue to be the top goals of English language learners. In the fourth place, we see an interest among students to do well on the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL exam is of the same structure as the IELTS exam with four parts: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. It is also widely accepted by universities and colleges around the world. In the final place, we see a desire among students to achieve the English language level abilities of Native speakers. Many people have already passed their exams and are living in an English speaking country. While students have achieved their primary goals, they still want to continue on their learning journey and become better at what they have already learned to do great.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Poem to Remember the Parts of Speech in English

A Wonderful Poem I discovered that will help you to remember the Parts of Speech in English


Saturday, 2 January 2016

Journey to IELTS Success
By: Theodora Dimitrijevic, B.F.A. Honours, B.Ed, TESL DIPL.
Verbling English Teacher

     You want to start a new life in another country. Perhaps you are making a new start in Canada or maybe you are immigrating to the United States, Australia or the United Kingdom. Whichever one of these countries you chose to start a new life in, you will be required to pass the IELTS exam, an English language proficiency exam. Created by the British Council in the United Kingdom, the IELTS is an exam that arouses a variety of emotions in people about to take the exam. While some people look to the approaching exam date with anxiety, others feel a sense of anticipation and other people experience curiosity as they wonder where they will be rated on the band score system. Perhaps you have experienced one of these emotions, or perhaps you have experienced a mix of all or some of these emotions on your journey as you prepare for the IELTS exam. As an experienced English language instructor and a specialist in IELTS preparation, I have taught many IELTS candidates at all stages of the journey as they prepared to take the IELTS exam.

      The most common concern among IELTS candidates has been for success on the Speaking section of the exam. Second to the Speaking section, people share a great deal of concern to succeed on the Listening section. If the Speaking or Listening section is your primary concern about the IELTS exam, you are not alone. The quickest way to improve your English for the Speaking section is to speak English as often as possible. If you can speak with a Native English speaker, this will also improve your listening abilities and will help you on the Listening section. On the IELTS Listening section, speakers with Native Canadian, British, American and Australian accents are used in the audio recordings. Therefore, having classes with a teacher who has a Native accent can help you to greatly accelerate your rate of improvement for at least two of the four sections.

      It is important to not only prepare for the exam but to prepare for how you are going to prepare. What will your strategy be? How often will you practice for the Speaking and Listening sections of the exam? How often will you practice for the Reading and Writing sections of the exam? How will you practice? Integrating the English language into your life as much and as often as possible is the best place to start. Having regular IELTS preparation classes with an experienced IELTS instructor who is a Native English speaker, having conversations with Native English speakers as often as you can, studying with practice tests from the British Council, listening to BBC News and reading magazine articles in the English language are all components of a great strategy to succeed on the IELTS exam. It is essential to become passionate about the language and about learning the language for success on the IELTS exam and for life in your new homeland after the IELTS exam. Always look forwards towards success and never look back.

      If you are interested in booking an IELTS preparation course with me, I would be happy to prepare you for success on the IELTS exam. For courses and individual lessons, visit my page on Verbling:

Best Wishes for Success on your IELTS exam,
Theodora Dimitrijevic

Happy New Year!! It's 2016!

Happy New Year!! Wishing everyone an awesome and prosperous 2016 and success with all of your educational, business, personal and life goals!