Resources: Notes on Life and Language in the United States

How an International Graduate Student Learned English in Boston

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jul 09, 2012 @ 07:14 AM

Being a graduate student is tough. Being an international graduate student is even tougher.

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Topics: United States Culture, Advice for English Students, How to Learn English, Life in Boston

Want Perfect English Grammar? Throw Away Your Grammar Book

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Jul 05, 2012 @ 02:57 PM

What is language learning really about?

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English

The (Sometimes) Lonely Road to English Improvement

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 08:21 AM

Does this sound familiar? You have relocated to the United States for work, maybe to a small city like Boston and you want to focus on your English improvement. 

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English

How to Master English with Immersion at Home

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

Today I want to share a personal story about my experience learning Spanish. I want to tell you why living in a Spanish-only home in Buenos Aires was the single most effective and inexpensive method that I found for becoming fluent in Spanish.  I want you to take this lesson and apply it to your life as an English learner in the United States. You can master English through immersion just like I did with Spanish. I am sharing my story with you today because I know that language immersion is the key to success. So keep reading for a good story and some great tips!

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English

How Small Steps Can Lead to Big English Goals | Chiara's Story

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 @ 08:18 PM

Today I would like to share with you the story of Chiara, one of our most successful students this year!

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English, Expatriate Support

Why Your English Trainer's Methods Might Be Outdated

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sun, May 27, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

There is something missing in the field of English training for international professionals today. The aspect that is missing is so important that I would even suggest if your English trainer is not implementing it, he or she is out of date and out of touch with your needs.

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Topics: How to Learn English, Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication

Advice from a Top-Notch Native English Teacher

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, May 15, 2012 @ 09:21 PM

Today we are excited to bring you an interview with Andrea Giordano. Andrea is an ESL teacher, traveler and speaker. She is the creator of ESL Basics and is the assistant director of ESL programs at Campbellsville University. Andrea has some fantastic ideas about how English language learners can improve by engaging in what interests them and by connecting with people, not by memorizing grammar rules from a textbook. To get some great advice and tips from Andrea on how you can improve your English, check out today's interview!

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English

9 Elements of an Outstanding English Language Lesson

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

What makes an English language lesson truly outstanding? Perhaps you have recently arrived in the United States and you are struggling with your English communication skills. Maybe you are in a large city like Boston and you rarely have a chance to practice your English and get feedback. Perhaps you have found an English class or private tutor to work with but you aren't sure about the quality of the lesson. How do you know if your English tutor is really giving you the highest quality instruction? In today's article, you will learn about 9 things to look for in your English lesson to find out if it is the right class for you.

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English

The Pros and Cons of English Language Learning: A New Identity

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 @ 08:03 AM

I had an interesting conversation with a student yesterday and she gave me an important clue into a common source of stress for a lot of adult English language learners.

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English

How to Use Fear to Succeed at Learning English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 08:14 AM

Have you been studying English for a long time with mediocre results?  Are you still looking for a way to succeed at learning English?

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Topics: Advice for English Students, How to Learn English

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