Since the creation of many platforms like Youtube, they’ve grown to have a lot of useful content for the daily routine. One example is learning English by watching videos on Youtube.
Hundreds of videos are uploaded daily to help strangers learn the language in an interesting and interactive way.
SEDA College doesn’t stay behind, in our Youtube channel you can find videos of teachers from our school, where they explain things from the daily routine, with which you can reinforce your knowledge in English.
To have access to more videos like this one, just check ou Youtube channel by clicking here to check SEDA College Online’s video. Don’t forget to activate the notifications to receive new videos posted. Also, check our Facebook page and Instagram.
Being in your comfort zone and not learning a new language makes you lose many things that the exterior world can offer. If you don’t believe us, here are some examples of opportunities that you will lose for not knowing English!
It is not enough to know the numbers or something else. In a job that requires English as a second language, it is important to know how to listen, write and speak in an understandable way. And if you are one of those who thinks you will never travel abroad to ask for a job and therefore think it is not important to learn English, let me tell you it is not even necessary to leave your country.
Nowadays, globalization has expanded many businesses and they have as the main language the English. Also, to get a job online, even if the Portuguese is necessary as the first language, English is essential to understand some things.
Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter allow you to connect with people all around the world, including those who speak English and other languages like French, Italian, German, among others. Even if your native language is not English, most of them have it as a second language so it would be easier to communicate.
This also applies to when you travel, making it easier to make friends for life, and even building a network that can last for a long time, making it possible to visit them in the future or getting a job.
Doing a course abroad, a master, a degree, whatever you need, can be possible through English. Some organizations in your country and even in your own school offer scholarships to prepare you better and the language is a must in this case.
So, what else are you waiting for? Don’t miss opportunities and start learning English now. You can start our courses online at SEDA College Online.
If you dream about studying on the Emerald Isle, SEDA College Online released a promotion that will raffle a scholarship to study in Ireland. Check below the details!
Everybody who subscribes to our yearly membership plan on SEDA College Online during the month of September and October will automatically be part of the promotion and have the chance of getting the scholarship to study during 4 weeks in Dublin, Ireland, with SEDA College.
That is it, besides learning English online on the platform, you will have the opportunity of living the exchange program experience, study with students from all around the world and learn with native teachers!
But don’t wast time, the promotion is valid for those who subscribe until the 31st of October to the yearly membership plan. Check the rules here.
How about some tips for practicing all four English skills? Teacher Lydia O’Donnell has brought you information and cool ideas to help you with your Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking in English. Check them out!
Practicing the four English Skills: Reading
Reading is a skill that is often part of practicing other skills, however, sometimes we need to isolate skills and practice them with only one other skill in order to really see big improvements.
To focus on reading, we recommend reading shorts stories, poems, news articles, or magazine articles about subjects you enjoy or know something about. If you have an interest or some previous knowledge, this will help you to understand the general idea of what the meaning of each sentence is. Writing over again what you read really helps you to identify new words and their meanings again and allows your hand to feel comfortable forming the letters of English words further solidifying them in your memory.
We also recommend not getting frustrated or spending too much time and energy on the few words you don’t understand, go for the ‘bigger picture’, or the bigger idea. Small details can be written down and looked up in a dictionary at a later date.
Watch a video at least 2 times and write down everything the teacher writes on the whiteboard. Write down all questions in quizzes, slides, and worksheets provided on a separate sheet of paper or in a notebook. Use your dictionary to look up new words.
Using any book magazine or magazine, find a paragraph that you have read to copy down into your notebook. A paragraph in English is a minimum of 4 sentences in one grouping.
Find a good book to read in English and simply read for pleasure. Recommended books include, “The Old Man and the Sea”, “The Giver”, and “Of Mice and Men”. These books are short and can be read quickly, but still, provide some challenging vocabulary to keep you learning. Reading a book in its entirety, despite it being short, will build your reading confidence and allow you to take on a more challenging material.
Often practiced alongside reading or listening, writing is essential in modern communication with email and text messages dominating all communication from business to personal.
When learning a new grammar point or vocabulary word with SEDA Online or anywhere else, be sure to write down the rules, definitions, grammar structure, and any other relevant information that the teacher mentions. Often whatever the teacher writes on the board is essential for you.
One new grammar or vocab has been written down, practice writing at least 5 sentences that you create on your own with the new grammar or vocab. This will be great writing practice and create long-lasting understanding.
Speaking practice can come in many forms, however, all of them require the learner to be comfortable and confident in themselves. If one is concerned about appearing stupid, then they will not be able to achieve the English pronunciation and clarity of accent that they wish for. Believe in yourself, you can do it and it’s ok to make mistakes!
Speaking is often practiced alongside listening but can be practiced with other skills.
Practice ‘parroting’ videos. Use the SEDA Online videos and play them repeatedly. Practice saying a few words that the teacher says. Pause after the teacher says a few words, then repeat them immediately by yourself. One you feel comfortable repeating a few words accurately, then try a sentence, then a few sentences, This will greatly improve your speaking and listening.
Listen to a podcast and repeat after the speaker… “Here’s the Thing” is highly recommended due to the accuracy and elegance of the host, Alec Baldwin’s, speaking voice.
Try recording yourself to really hear how well you are speaking. Listen to a recording, then record yourself repeating it. Then playback the original followed by yourself to compare. This will allow you to self-correct.
Practice speaking with a native speaker either on skype or face to face if possible. This allows for trial and error at the moment and will help you achieve improvement in your speaking much more quickly.
Reading and listening practice can be combined with the fun of music to create a great study practice. Print out or write down the lyrics(words in a song) to your favorite song in English, you can easily find them online. Read/sing along with the song, practice it over and over again until you know all the words from memory.
Improving listening skills often means incorporating the skills of reading and speaking. Listening can be a difficult skill to perfect due to the multitude of accents in English. Many students are accustomed to the simple and bland American Accents portrayed in Hollywood films. These do not reflect how most native speakers sound. This means it’s really important to expose oneself to the varying other accents which are common with native speakers. We recommend listening to materials created in the Southern United States, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and Scotland to really improve your ear.
Watch the “Harry Potter” films, first with subtitles to understand the plot. Then immediately repeat the film/films with no subtitles. If you don’t understand a word or scene, repeat it with subtitles so that you do understand, then watch again with no subtitles to train your ear. This film series will expose you to many English, Scottish, and Irish accents to really open your ears. You will understand almost 50% of the accents of English after that.
Next, you want to train your ear to understand Australian accents and the south of the USA. Watch films like, “Mad Max”(the original), “Fried Green Tomatoes”, and “Dirty Harry”, to understand those more difficult accents. Start first with subtitles again, then rewatch without subtitles until you feel you can understand almost every word perfectly.
Watch a film without looking at it, close your eyes and just listen for 10 mins… then rewind and watch it with eyes open… did you understand what was happening just by listening???
Audiobooks are great for listening practice. Choose an audiobook ( often found on youtube) of a book that you have already read in your language. Listen to it in English and you will learn lots of new vocabulary, but still understand because you read it before.
You can also learn a lot and practice your listening to podcasts. Suggested podcasts include… “Here’s the Thing”, “Clear and Vivid”, “The Allusionist”, “The Bugle”, “An Irishman Abroad”, and “Maeve in America”. All of these have been chosen with content, accent, and relatability in mind.
Like we mentioned before, there are words that differ between British English and American English. Normally, we learn American English, and that is why some words, expressions, and pronunciation from the British English are new. Therefore, we present here 20 words that differ used to refer to types of food. Check them out!
British English VS American English
1) Dessert |Afters (informal)
Even though the most common word is still ‘dessert’ for both nations, if you hear someone asking for an ‘after’ in a restaurant, don’t think they want to take the party somewhere else.
2) Aubergine | Eggplant
Europeans might be confused if you ask for an ‘eggplant’.
3) Banger (informal) | Sausage
Another word that is very common is ‘sausage’, however, the original in Europe is banger.
4) Biscuit | Cookie
This is well known and you probably studied about it at school. If you go to America and order a biscuit, don’t be surprised if you get a cake.
5) Candy floss | Cotton candy
Candy floss? Cotton candy is known like that in the UK. The original is ‘Fairy Floss’ and it is used in countries like New Zealand and Australia.
6) Chips | French fries
If you order chips while in Europe, they will give you some French Fries, as known in America.
Au pair work is very popular abroad and it is more common for women between 18 and 25 years old, who seek contact with the culture of a different country. Are you thinking about living this experience? Check here the importance of English for Au Pairs and get to know more about the profession!
As an au pair, the student lives with a local family, in their house, taking care of babies and kids, aiding on school homework, feeding them, taking them to doctors appointments whenever necessary.
One of the most attractive aspects of au pair work, besides having direct contact with the language, the job is paid, allowing people to study during free time, go out on days off and get to know better the place where they are living.
No matter the chosen country for the job, it is important to have some knowledge in English, even if it’s basic, it must be good. This happens because the activities done with the family require understanding the parents and what the kids want to reply to their needs and work as well as possible.
The job is not officially regulated and some families think Au pairs also do housework like cooking, washing and ironing clothes, cleaning the house, for example. Therefore, it is necessary to negotiate and sign the terms and every detail with the family, before getting the job. If possible, formalize in a contract so there won’t be any misunderstood. Still, is a job that is sought by many during an exchange program.
Au Pair in the United States
The job is regulated by the government and the responsible organizations responsible for the activity are committed to the program and offer all the support needed to the participants. The visa for this program allows Au pairs to study as well.
Here, English is already used as a test during the selection process, in which people need to record a video introducing themselves in the language.
Wherever it is, to start your job as an Au pair, it is important to know the specific vocabulary in English used in the house routine and children activities, check some examples:
child, children, kid
ring around the rosie
hide and seek
mind your manners
Besides words, the most used sentences must be very well trained:
Taught by the teacher and coach Lydia O’Donnel, the first module is already available on the platform, counting with explanations, definitions and much information on the topic, you will have access to two exercises about Life Coaching.
“This course is also useful for those who wish to improve their communication, listening and focus on the work environment. Enjoy the course and discover how Life Coaching can help you realize your dreams”, says Lydia.
Improving your English can be easier than you imagine. Small steps can help you develop and evolve the language. We chose some tips that can be followed according to your needs and will help you to improve your English. Check them below and enjoy!
Try speaking English with your friends, relatives, etc. Besides, try speaking in front of a mirror. This will improve your confidence.
Make a list of items used on a daily basis in English. It can be your shopping list, vegetables, fruit, clothes or anything else.
Watch the news in English, series, movies, etc., and try understanding them. Moreover, you pay attention to how they say things, how they are pronounced and you can try repeating them.
Read magazines and articles in English regularly. The words you find hard to understand must be highlighted and then you find their meaning in the dictionary.
Take part in group discussions, interviews, etc. This will make you more confident.
Write a diary of your routine. First of all, think in English then write it.
Write stories in English as well, create your own.
If learning a language online is your goal, then don’t miss the opportunity to know the new platform for English teaching from SEDA College Online! The educational brand innovated and released a new programme that will make learning easier, as well as a lot of new things weekly. Check it out!
From now on, students will be members of the platform and will have access to every content produced in an unlimited way, being able to enjoy everything SEDA College Online can provide.
Now, there are more than 30 courses available, like English for beginners, intermediate, and advanced, English for cabin crew, tips for LinkedIn, as well as many others focused on grammar and exam preparation such as IELTS. Check the list here.
Moreover, new courses will be released weekly, making it more than 20 options until December 2018. Courses like Life Coaching and English for the elderly are among the new courses.
Another benefit of studying with the platform is that at the end of every course, the student receives a certificate emitted by SEDA College Online.
Don’t want to miss the opportunity of learning English with SEDA College Online? So enjoy the promotion of only R$1,00 for the first month of access on the platform, where you can use all the content. Don’t miss out!
After the first month of promotion, the monthly fee is R$9,90. There is the option of acquiring annually by R$99,00. Students around the whole world can be members and the value of the currency comparing to theirs will depend on the daily currency exchange.
English nowadays is more important than ever. And to prove that, check 7 reasons to learn it right now!
Perfect communication: Everyone can speak, but who is really communicating? Those who speak efficiently. People get impressed with those who have the perfect communication skills and English will help you with that.
Effective personality: for an impressive and efficient personality, English plays a major role, for it shares your thoughts in a determined way and knowledge will make your personality attractive.
To be noticed: there are many people around the world related to the same profession. So, how can you highlight in your field? Here, English knowledge with excellent communication skills can turn you into a better person and more noticeable.
More confidence: having more skills implies being more confident. So there you go.
Reach your goals fast and smart: the language helps you achieve your goal fast and in an intelligent fashion, because you have searched different ways already, so you have chosen the correct one.
Part of Globalization: Now English is global. If you want to be part of it too, you must have an efficient approach to the language. This way, you can communicate with everyone.
Multiple career options: a person who has effective communication skills in another language has many options to choose from for a career. They could be easily selected before others. English is used in every field. Therefore, knowledge in English broadens one’s horizon.