Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton Hello! I'm Nicole. I am so happy you are here! A couple years ago, I was in a teaching job I hated. I left my kids at daycare and drove through traffic twice a day for close to… Continue reading The Journey Begins
One of the questions I receive most from students is, "How do I get better? How can I improve my speaking ability?" Most students want a quick and easy way to improve their speaking skills and my simple answer is to practice. Here are twenty ways to practice English. This is by no means an… Continue reading PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: 20 Ways to Practice Your Conversational English
Drive me up the wall! I have to admit that I might use this idiom a bit too much. One learning English might visualize a car physically driving on the side of a building but that is not quite what this means. To say, "That drives me up a wall!" is saying that something… Continue reading Idiom of the day-June 13, 2018
I was recently asked in a job interview how I get through to students that really do not want to take lessons. How do I break through? My response? What are they interested in? If they are not interested, what's the point? My first year teaching I had a second grader on my caseload. I… Continue reading Motivation Monday June 11,2018
I want to share a resource that one of my colleagues suggested to me. It may seem simple but it actually holds a wealth of information. The website is called: Word Reference (http://www.wordreference.com/). At first glance, it looks like a basic online dictionary but it is so much more. This free resource includes a dictionary… Continue reading Website of the day
Hooray for technology! Welcome to the first in the series of my lists of favorite websites. Today's list includes resources for the teacher, games for the students and a whole lot of grammar. So let's count them down! 1. Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab This site while basic in appearance, is very rich in content.… Continue reading Website Wednesday
So many acronyms for English proficiency tests out there! What which test is right for you? We will look at several of the most popular English proficiency tests available to explain the differences between all of them. Note-if you are going to study or work abroad and an English proficiency test is required of you,… Continue reading TOEFL and IELTS and CPE…Oh my!
Nothing better than starting your week with a great motivational quote. First up in this installment, a quote by the beloved children's book author, Dr. Seuss. This quote seemed so appropriate for those studying for or taking an English Proficiency Test. Here are some test taking strategies to help you be more successful answering the… Continue reading Motivation Monday