How to use this site
Effective self-study English
If you are here it is because you want to improve your English, probably because you need it for your job. We have designed this web site for self-study but it is important you have an effective study plan and strategy. To help we have a few suggestions:
- Be positive. Self -study English can be very effective, especially for busy people who need to fit English into a busy schedule.
- Set clear, realistic short-term objectives. If you reach your goals you will keep your motivation.
- Be realistic and take into account the time you have to study. A little but often is much better than long intensive irregular sessions.
- Don’t worry if your scores are low at first, read all the material for each task carefully and review everything when you have finished.
- The best way to learn anything is to repeat so do exactly that! There is no limit to how many times you can do the same exercise. We know it is not the most exciting thing in the world but it works.
Our team has written the courses for students with a level of B1 and above. If you have reached this level you have a good base but even better you can be sure that you have somewhere in your head a lot of English! Our courses will help you activate this ‘dormant’ language.
We have divided our courses into different sectors and then into more specific occupations, for example there is a section for engineers and architects which has courses for civil engineers, industrial engineers etc. This makes it easy for you to find the courses that are most relevant to your needs and your job.
It is important to remember that our courses are for learning language and are to help you improve your English. Our courses are not highly technical. The technical level of the material will allow you to effectively communicate in English with people who need you to explain professional ideas but who are not necessarily professionals themselves. Customers and co-workers from other departments are good examples.
- All our courses are in short sections so you can complete each section in less than 15min.
- You can save your work at anytime and start again from where you finished.
- Each section gives you a text to read, a video to watch or something to listen to. After you are comfortable you can move on to the questions that will help you practise the language you have just read, seen or listened to.
- After each task you get instant feedback so you know if you understand and can use the language. The feedback explains why an answer is right.
- When you have completed a task you can move on to the next questions so you learn a different skill or more detail.
- You can repeat the classes as often as you want so you really dominate the new language.
Questions and tasks
When you click on a course you will see the content:
- The themes each lesson covers.
- The content of each lesson, quizzes are interactive tasks, topics are texts or video or audios about a related theme.
To access the material you must register and logon. You can then see the courses you have enrolled on and your progress. Remember, if you have completed a course you can take it again.
The interactive questions are similar to the questions you will find if you take an English exam.
You read a text and must put a word or phrase in the spaces.
You must select the best option. This can be a question that tests your understanding or tests your ability to choose a correct grammar or vocabulary option.
For matching questions you have to drag a word or short phrase next to the correct picture or definition.
You read a sentence and then you have to write another sentence that means the same using a specific word
You read a text and you must put some of the words into the correct form, for example you might need to change a verb into an adjective.
Ordering a text
You read some paragraphs and drag them to put them into the correct order