English from level Zero to Intermediate. Step 1

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Besides taking away our freedom to move, the coronavirus pandemic has given us an opportunity to learn something new while staying at home, for example, English.

In this article, you’ll learn how to use modern technology to learn English. All you’ll need is a computer or a smartphone with an Internet connection.

My story 

When I was a schoolgirl, I studied German. I didn’t feel it was crucially necessary to study English until my kids started their homeschooling. As their teacher, I have taught them all the subjects, and English was among them. 

So we started this way together, and in less than three years, my English has boosted from level 0 to Intermediate.  

You may ask, is it possible for a busy woman? I can tell from my tireless mom experience – yes, it is! I wasn’t working on my English all day long. But I used one technique to succeed. I used every free moment of my time while doing my home duties, at least 5-10 minutes several times per day. Even 5-10 minutes per day is enough if you do it regularly. Just make it a habit and put words into practice right away. 

Now I’m still in the process of learning and teaching, and my next goal is to take the IELTS test. However, I would be happy to share some steps and tips with you, which helped me gain an Intermediate level in English from 0. 

Where to start?

      By teaching my kids, I found out that English learning methods and resources for kids are perfectly suitable for adults, especially in the beginning. So please don’t be surprised to see here resources for kids. There’re many resources on the Internet for studying English, and a lot of them are free or partially free.

 Reading

Usually, people start to learn a language from the alphabet. If you would like to do it first, you can learn any ABC song on Youtube. But I assume there is no need to learn the alphabet as the very first step. I advise you to start right away from reading words and phrases. It will save you time and make the process faster. All you need is to hear and repeat words or phrases you see in the video. 

For this article, I chose several educational videos. Every video has subtitles, so you can hear and read words at the same time. With every next video, the text becomes more complicated, so you learn reading consequentially, step by step. 

I would suggest the following order:

  • Watch and listen to the video the first time;
  • Play it again to repeat words; 
  • Switch off the sound and try to pronounce words by yourself.

Here are the videos:

  • Learn English through the sight words on WorldCom EDU channel

Sight Words 100 in 6 Levels(Animation Version)

Level 1: https://youtu.be/ugBiW7hINXA

Level 2: https://youtu.be/xxLsSYIWhxU

Level 3: https://youtu.be/txe2ZgHFWrM

Level 4: https://youtu.be/8Aqp1RnMZco

Level 5: https://youtu.be/NfYAxoyw-b8

Level 6: https://youtu.be/ee8OncRK0Ps

If the video track is too fast for you, use the speed button on the right to adjust the speed, for example, set it to 0,75.

Here are some websites reading practice:

  • Starfall, a free public service to teach children to read.
  • Reading Bear, the first free program online to teach beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English, all using innovative rich media.
  • Reading Eggs, a multi-award winning early learning resource that makes the journey fun, interactive, and highly rewarding and is based on solid scientific research. A free trial for the first month available.

Good luck to you! See you in the next step of English from level Zero to Intermediate.

P.S. If you have any questions about the topic, please do not hesitate to contact me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/safijasofija/.

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