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Boost your language with Magoosh!

Magoosh is a play on the Old Persian word, “magush”, one who is highly learned, wise and generous.

Are you a sedulous student? Learning new language successfully implies being assiduous and those who commit are more likely to study with alacrity.

App time again! “Magoosh is an online education company with a focus on teaching through vidaeos and personalized customer support.” They offer  resources for test preparation  for people intending to take the GRE, GMAT,SAT and TOEFEL. Tons of contented customer write reviews lauding their services.

We can get  their apps for free –  Vocabulary builders, vocabulary flashcards and video lessons (5 hours of video and audio). I have downloaded GMAT idioms (collocations) and GRE Vocabulary Builder. On this post I have focused on the ones for English vocabulary only.

GRE Vocabulary Builder: Multiple choice questions. In terms of grading there aren’t any numerical scores. There is a score bar that is filled as you answer correctly. If you get a wrong answer, you will be shown the answer with an example with the lexical item, thus you will be shown the word again until you answer correctly. Enough repetition will reinforce  the acquisition. Try creating your own examples. According to Magoosh, their apps use  “a spaced repetition system. Words you are learning will reappear frequently (occurring less frequently the better you know them) and words you already know won’t be repeated.”

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On the other hand, TOEFL Vocabulary Flascards presents vocabulary items whose meaning the learner has to remember and then tap to screen to confirm the definition. An example sentence is provided, too. Progress tracking is carried out as with the following app.

GMAT idiom flashcards: Two examples are shown and you must decide (by thinking not marking) which one is correct then tap and get feedback. Next, select the option ‘I knew this idiom’ or ‘I didn’t know this idiom’. Three bars will be filled according to your progress: you have mastered this idiom, you are reviewing this idiom or you are learning this idiom. SAT Vocabulary Flashcards and GRE Vocabulary Flashcards work the same way.

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GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

As you must have already notice I am fond of cats. Therefore, I simply couldn’t ignore Magoosh’s blog post : SAT VoCATulary: Learn Vocabulary with Cats. Check out their other highly recommended blogs, too.

Other products from Magoosh: Magoosh GRE Prep (200 animated lessons ; math, verbal, and writing preparation), Magoosh Calculus Lessons (135 animated lessons), Magoosh GMAT Prep (video lessons for math, verbal, writing and integrated reasoning.), Magoosh SAT Prep (160 animated lessons; covers math, reading, and writing)

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Magoosh apps on Google Play

 Magoosh apps on Itunes

The use of the images and logos on this post is intended for noncommercial and educational purposes. The images were taken from https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Magoosh&hl=es

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TIME TO COOK! – Basic 3

Practise the vocabulary of cooking verbs with these interactive flashcards. Practise when you cook, too. 🙂

COOKING VERBS FLASHCARDS

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present continuous spelling flashcards Basic 3

http://quizlet.com/51717857/speller


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Activity to practice ‘going to’

Practicing grammar to talk about the future didn’t seem very challenging for my Junior classes, especially because it was something that had already seen before in another cycle. They practiced the use of going to make predictions  based on evidence and to talk about plans.

Finding a wallet with cash in it on the street presents a moral dilemma.  I took out a wallet and claimed I found it on the street in the morning. My students discussed what I was going to do with it. First, I gave them an idea and they had to think of more.

I am going to take a picture of the wallet and put Lost wallet signs on the streets.

After dealing with the grammar introduction on the book and some activities I had them perform a group task:

1. Individually think  of an action you are going to do.Don’t say or write the action.

2. Think about the following questions:

  • What do I need to do it?
  • Where am I going to do it?
  • When am I going to do it?
  • How long is the task going to take?

3.Complete the diagram but keep your action secret

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4. Partners have to ask information questions first. Example answers:

  • I am going to need my running shoes.
  • I am going to do it in the park.
  • I am going to do it next weekend in the morning.
  • It’s going to take 30 minutes.

5. After collecting the information they have to make Yes/No questions:

Are you going to :

  • go for a walk ┌( ̄ー ̄)┘  ?
  • run ┌(;・_・)┘  ?
  • take your dog for a walk  U・ェ・U ?
  • play soccer    ┌(;・_・)┘ ))●?
  • They tried to guess with my example but they could’t. The answer was do Tai-Chi! They complained that that is only for elderly people. They don’t have to mention all the elements they need so it’s more difficult to guess.

I showed them parts of this video to clarify Tai chi isn’t only to exercise: Tai chi techniques application

*Other activities I included:

1)Flashcards of actions on the walls. SS walk around and discuss what is going to happen next.

2)Videos: Stop the video before an action takes places. SS predict what is going to happen Look for videos with unexpected outcomes.

3)Prediction: Show a crystal ball.

Discuss topics for predictions.

Give out strips of paper. SS write a prediction for someone in the class. Show examples of predictions.Mix strips and have ss take one. Make sure they don’t get theirs again. SS read them and tell their partner whether they liked their prediction or not and if they think it’s likely to happen.

Once I used paper fortune cookies.

Paper fortune cookies tutorial

 

 

 

 


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Flashcards – Health Matters – Intermediate 1

Learning vocabulary shouldn’t be like pulling teeth.

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Dentistry image from pixabay

To be like pulling teeth: something is extremely difficult.

Health Matters flashcards


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Quizlet Flashcards – Politics (Intermediate 4)

Newly minted quizlet flashcards!

For some reason I cannot find my own flashcards when I search on google.

http://quizlet.com/49057801/politics-flash-cards/

Have you considered creating your own? Why not?


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Learning idioms

There are many ways to learn. One of the best is looking for what’s simple and effective enough. Who wants gimmicks?

While looking for the idiom of the week I made up my mind about it. There are many other people who have already done something similar or who are doing it. It’s not about being the most original but if you want to learn idioms by checking other sites you’ll find a lot. Autoumous learning is precious. It definitely boosts your knowledge and expands your universe. That’s why I’ll tell you about two tools:  Learn Idioms app by Nupoor Ashish Singla (for android) and quizlet.com (mobile and web for android and IOS).

About the former, I’ve tried it for several days and it’s been running smoothly. Here are its features with the (in my opinion)most relevant ones highlighted.

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Feature details: –
* Database of 1000 generally used English Idioms with their Meaning and Example.
* Provides learning program to learn a set of English Idioms daily.
* Mark Idioms as Learnt and/or Favorites.
* Test your knowledge using Quiz for Learnt Idioms and check your worldwide ranking.
* Search English Idioms using keyword.
* See Favorite Idioms, Know history of Learnt Idioms.
* Check learning progress using Charts & Tables.
* Share Idioms with your friends using WhatsApp, facebook, e-mail, SMS, Twitter etc.
* Get notification for Idioms to learn.
* Provides setting for “set notification as on/off” and “number of Idioms to learn in a day”.

Besides, it’s free and ad free! For more information: Learn apps on Googleplay

Perhaps it would be more attractive if it included images to associate with the meaning. The downfalls are I haven’t been able to share via Twitter and every time you finish the 10 question test a message “Unfortunately Learn Idioms has stopped” appears BUT it hasn’t- everything keeps working as it should. In conclusion, the pros outweigh the cons.

Now, the latter, quizlet.com is quite versatile. To create a set of flashcards you need to sign up; however, you can browse through the existing ones without doing so. Images can also be added by uploading one or using quizlet’s own image search engine. If your set consists of terms and deifinitions, you can use the auto-define option which is user-contributed;consequently, not all the definitions might suit your item.

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The study mode lets the user learn, review, listen and spell (type), test him/herself,play Scatter (match definitions with terms before time’s up) and Space Race (type the correct answer as terms/definitions scroll across the screen). As today’s world requires sharing via email, Twitter, Facebook, or Short Link is facilitated, too. What is more, you can print in 5 printing modes including 3×5 Index Card – double-sided index cards. For more details : How quizlet works

I just made a set of flashcards for one of my classes. The cards contain sentences with blanks and lexical items from the lesson.

My first set!

 

The use of the images and logos on this post is intended for noncommercial and educational purposes. The images were taken from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.learnidioms&hl=es_419 and https://quizlet.com/ respectively.