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I'm a professional English tutor. I've been teaching English as a foreign language since 1998. I have a Candidate of Philological Sciences degree and work experience to teach students at all levels from all over the world. I help them improve their English.

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USEFUL LINKS:

Cambridge Dictionary

Longman Dictionary

Oxford Learner's Dictionary

Dictionary of Collocations

Графический словарь-тезаурус

Словарь Мультитран

Macmillan Dictionary

Visual Dictionary Online

Яндекс.Переводчик

Приложение для языкового обмена

Озон. Интернет-магазин учебников

Подготовка к IELTS подкасты

Подготовка к IELTS - тренировочные задания

IELTS материалы

IELTS советы

IELTS учебники

IELTS tests and resources

Сервис для создания учебных карточек

Подкасты для изучения английского языка

BBC подкасты

Деловой английский (подкасты)

English for Business

Memrise.com - система запоминания новых слов

Проверка письменных работ онлайн

Test your English

Level tests

Fun English games for children

http://usefulenglish.ru/

Грамматические тесты

ЕГЭ тренировочные задания

Английское произношение

Bookhunter - книжный интернет-магазин

First Certificate English

Listen to English

Listening practice

Visual English

Pronunciation in the context

TED ideas _ video presentations

Exam English (тесты)

Grammar tests

CAE Practice Tests

CAE exam

CAE exam sections

GetClass platform

Learn English Kids

Interactive worksheets

Macmillan education: state exams

Random Word Generator

Видеокниги для детей: читаем, слушаем и смотрим

 

 

English Speaking Club

 Министерство культуры и туризма Магаданской области :: Новости :: Юношеская  библиотека приглашает в клуб любителей английского языка

Age/ level: adults and teenagers with CEF level B1 and above.

Time: 30-40 minutes.

 

Read more about the club here:

http://samaraenglish4u.ru/novosti_i_akcii/dobro_pozhalovat_v_razgovornyj_klub/

 

Meeting 1.  Benefits of Being Bilingual or Multilingual.

Alicia: Being Bilingual and Multilingual - YouTube

 

1. Lead-in.

Discuss the questions:

How many languages do you speak? What about your parents? What does it mean to speak a language? 

 

2. Pre-reading stage.

Look at the statements below about being bilingual or multilingual and decide if they are true or false.

1. Children whose parents speak to them in more than one language will speak both languages badly. 2. Bilingual children do better at school. 3. Bilinguals are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. 4. It is impossible to become fluent in another language once you are an adult. 5. With each language you learn, the process gets easier.

 

3. While-reading stage.

Read the text and check your answers.

Some facts about bilingualism that may surprise you It is estimated that more than half the world’s population is bilingual, and, in an increasingly globalised world, there are obvious benefits to speaking more than one language. However, for many years, parents were discouraged from teaching their children to speak more than one language from birth. Learning two or more languages simultaneously was believed to cause confusion and slow down academic development. While it is certainly true that children who are learning to speak more than one language as their mother tongue will often mix the languages up or speak a little later, these are temporary problems, and no reason to avoid teaching a child both their parents’ languages.

In fact, there are plenty of reasons to encourage your child to become bilingual from birth. As well as the obvious benefits of being able to communicate with more people, and the possibility of earning more money, children who speak more than one language have been shown to score more highly in achievement tests at school. This is true for mathematics as well as tests of verbal skills. 

And in later life it has been found that bilinguals, on average, will tend to develop Alzheimer’s disease five years later than monolingual speakers. Speaking three or more languages offers even more protection. It seems that the increased number of connections within the brain allows bilinguals to cope better with brain damage.

But is it too late if you haven’t already learned a second language in childhood? It used to be thought that the adult brain was very fixed, but recent research has shown that we continue to develop new connections in the brain throughout our lives, meaning that it’s perfectly possible to learn another language to a high standard. Older learners are less likely to have native-like pronunciation, but they are better at learning vocabulary as they are able to use far more skills and strategies than children. And learning a language is like using a muscle – the more you use it the stronger it gets, meaning that you will find your third language easier than your second, and so on.

 

4. Language focus.

1) Explain the meaning of the underlined parts in the text.

2) Look back at the text and underline the phrases which mean the same as the following sentences.

1 People estimate that more than half the world’s population is bilingual. 2 People believed that learning two or more languages simultaneously caused confusion. 3 Researchers have shown that children who speak more than one language score more highly in achievement tests. 4 Researchers have found that bilinguals will tend to develop Alzheimer’s disease five years later than monolingual speakers. 5 People used to think that the adult brain was very fixed.

 

5. Language Practice.

Read the grammar explanation below. Then label each of the sentences you underlined in the text A or B.

 

Impersonal report structures

When we want to report what people generally say or believe or what research has found, we can use an impersonal report structure. There are two ways of doing this:

A     It + passive e.g. It is believed that English is one of the easier languages to learn.

B  Subject + passive + infinitive e.g. English is believed to be one of the easier languages to learn.

The passive form can, of course, be in any appropriate tense.

 

Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first.

1 People say that the best way to learn a foreign language is to live in the country. Living in the country ________________ 2 People used to think that adults couldn’t lose the accent from their first language. It ________________ 3 People estimate that over 1,500 different languages are spoken in India. It _________________ 4 People estimate that only 20 per cent of Americans speak a second language. Only 20 per cent of Americans _____________ 5 A hundred years ago, people considered that talking to a baby in two languages was a bad thing. A hundred years ago, talking to a baby in two languages ________________ .

 

6. Follow-up.


What might be the resons for learning foreign languages? Think, make a list and say.

Compare your list with this list, add new ideas to your list.

 

7. Homework.

 

1) Learn the topical vocabulary:

  • be estimated

  • live in a biligual/multiligual population

  • be fluent in several languages/ speak several languages fluently

  • offer obvious benefits to ...

  • be discouraged from doing smth

  • do smth simultaneously

  • cause confusion/ misunderstanding

  • slow down academic development

  • mix the languages up

  • score more highly in achievement tests

  • cope with brain damage/diseases

  • learn a foreign language to a high level/standard

  • have native-like pronunciation

  •  find smth easy/difficult to do

 

2) Make up and write five sentences (about anything) using an impersonal report structure and a verb from the box below. Your sentences can be true or false.  

 

 

say        think        believe      consider      estimate      show      prove       find  

 

 

3) Watch the educational video on the topic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZANBvuS_iDU  and speak about the benefits and drawbacks of bilingualism / multilingualism. Use the topical vocabulary.