Belajar bahasa Inggris gratis lewat e-newsletter

Jika saat ini Anda sedang dalam proses belajar bahasa Inggris, maka Anda harus mencari segala kemungkinan cara belajar bahasa Inggris yang dapat dilakukan di mana saja dan kapan saja. Dan jika Anda memiliki dana yang terbatas, belajar bahasa Inggris melalui internet bisa menjadi solusi yang jitu. Saat ini ada banyak website dan akun social media yang menyediakan pelayanan ini.

Misalnya, laman Facebook Active English, penyedia pelatihan dan les privat bahasa Inggris yang saya jalankan sejak 2010 lalu, yang tiap hari menyediakan tips seputar grammar, vocabulary (perbendaharaan kata), business English, dan idiom melalui gambar dan tautan artikel yang bermanfaat. Atau akun Twitter @ActiveEnglish_ dan @EnglishTips4U yang juga selalu memberikan tips bermanfaat.

Tapi ada kalanya Anda terlalu sibuk dan hanya memiliki sedikit waktu untuk membuka akun social media Anda, terutama jika Anda seorang profesional dengan jadwal yang ketat dan daftar pekerjaan yang panjang. Anda tidak perlu khawatir, karena saya melalui Active English baru-baru ini menerbitkan sebuah e-newsletter gratis yang bisa Anda dapatkan langsung di email Anda: Active English: Learners’ Guide.

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Active English: Learners’ Guide, Volume 2, July 2013

Apa itu Active English: Learners’ Guide?

Semua konten yang ada di e-newsletter didisain sedemikian rupa agar bermanfaat bagi pembacanya. E-newsletter ini terdiri dari tips, cerita, inspirasi, tautan bermanfaat, serta tentu penawaran menarik tentang bagaimana kami bisa membantu proses belajar bahasa Inggris Anda. Menariknya, bagi Anda yang tiap hari berurusan dengan email, dengan berlangganan e-newsletter ini Anda tidak perlu lagi membuka browser atau laman lain. E-newsletter akan langsung hadir di inbox email Anda.

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Active English: Learners’ Guide, Volume 2, July 2013

4 cara memaksimalkan Active English: Learners’ Guide

Setelah berlangganan dan menerima e-newsletter, jangan hanya berhenti di situ. Lakukan hal-hal di bawah ini agar e-newsletter Anda memberikan lebih banyak lagi manfaat bagi Anda:

  1. Baca lebih banyak tulisan dan artikel di tautan-tautan yang diberikan.
  2. Like laman Facebook Active English dan ikuti Twitter @ActiveEnglish_ untuk mulai memanfaatkan social media sebagai tempat berkonsultasi online dengan guru bahasa Inggris dan admin kami.
  3. Manfaatkan penawaran-penawaran yang kami berikan.
  4. Hubungi kami melalui telpon, email, Facebook, Twitter, maupun WhatsApp untuk berkonsultasi lebih lanjut tentang bagaimana kami dapat membantu Anda atau perusahaan Anda dalam pembelajaran bahasa Inggris.

Bagaimana saya bisa berlangganan?

Jika Anda tidak ingin ketinggalan edisi terbaru Active English: Learners’ Guide tiap bulannya, ada baiknya Anda berlangganan mulai sekarang. Caranya sangat mudah. Klik laman Berlangganan ini dan isi formulir berlangganan dengan informasi yang diminta, seperti yang terlihat di bawah ini.

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Formulir berlangganan Active English: Learners’ Guide

Belum berlangganan dan telah melewatkan edisi-edisi sebelumnya? Jangan khawatir, Anda dapat membaca dua edisi sebelumnya (Juni dan Juli 2013) di tautan-tautan di bawah ini.

Active English: Learners’ Guide Volume 1 June 2013

Active English: Learners’ Guide Volume 2 July 2013

Semoga tulisan ini bermanfaat. Jangan lupa: ambil kendali terhadap proses belajar Anda (take control of your own learning) dan berlangganan e-newsletter mulai sekarang. 🙂

7 reasons why you and your students will love LyricsTraining

Have you tried LyricsTraining? I have and I loved it. And so my students.

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A small group of students played LyricsTraining (we used TV as the screen)

I bet many of us (English teachers) have tried this method (and your students once in a while would ask you to do that too): teach English through (English) songs by asking them to listen to a song and fill in the gaps of the song’s lyrics. Most of the time we prepared the song, lyrics, and worksheet by ourselves (yep, browsed, copy-pasted, edited, and printed it). With LyricsTraining, you do not need to do all that. Just prepare your computer and internet, and you’re ready to go.

Here’s 7 reasons why you and your students will love LyricsTraining:

  1. The website provides the latest songs and lyrics, things your students (or maybe yourself if you love (pop) music!) would love. You can search for your (or your students’) favorite songs, singers, bands, or lyrics in the Search box on top of the site.
  2. Songs and lyrics are categorized into 3 levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard. It makes it easier for students to choose what level they want to play. I guess lyrics levels are made based on the song tempo and vocabulary in the lyrics. The faster the tempo and the more advanced the vocabulary, the higher the level is.
  3. Aside from point 2, there are also 3 game modes you can choose for each song: Beginner, Intermediate, Expert. In Beginner mode, players only need to fill in 10% of the blanks, while in Intermediate they have to fill in 25% of the blanks. Expert mode means players have to fill in all the lyrics by themselves (no clues given).
  4. Just like karaoke, scores are provided at the end of the game. How do we get high scores? Type as fast as you can and choose the highest level and mode! This feature is great if you want to make students compete against each other.
  5. Here’s another interesting feature of this site. If you stop and can’t listen to the lyrics, the lyrics bar (the green highlight with arrows pointing down) will also stop and wait for you!
  6. Also, if you’re stuck and want to give up, you can choose to skip a word by pressing the Tab button on your keyboard. For more shortcuts you can click ‘Help’ at the bottom right of the video.
  7. Don’t feel like typing the lyrics? Go for a karaoke instead! Choose ‘Karaoke’ when you open a video and you can watch it with its full lyrics. You and your students can sing the song together.

Skills practiced and tips for maximizing LyricsTraining:

  1. Students can practice listening in a more challenging way.
  2. They can also practice (or test?) their vocabulary.
  3. Besides listening and vocabulary, we can also use LyricsTraining to teach grammar, idiomatic expressions, and slang. Before we play a song, it’s much better to prepare points students are about to practice in the song, choose the right song to do that, and prepare a follow-up activity afterwards. It gives them a sense of purpose and the practice will be more efficient and systematic.
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P!nk’s Raise Your Glass – as innocent as the song might be, it does contain some ‘bad’ words you don’t want your students to pick up

Some cautions!

However, though, I have some concerns and teachers need to be cautious before using LyricsTraining in their class, especially because of these reasons:

  1. Be very careful in choosing songs. Many of them use inappropriate language that might not be suitable for younger learners (or in fact, all learners). Other issue is although the lyrics might not be blatantly inappropriate, some (or many?) contain sexual implication.
  2. Even if the lyrics are fine, you still need to check the music videos, especially if they contain sexual imagery and nudity.

Well, I hope this post is useful. Ready to sing along? Happy playing!

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