What book should I use to learn English?

Basic, Literacy, Low Level (of English):

Oxford Picture Dictionary Monolingual English: English Dictionary for teenage and adult students / Edition 2

Future Intro Package: Student Book (with Practice Plus CD-ROM) and Workbook [Paperback]

Future 1 package: Student Book (with Practice Plus CD-ROM) and Workbook (Future English for Results) [Paperback]

Intermediate Level (of English):

Future 2 Student Book with CD-ROM

Future English for Results 2 Workbook – With CD

OR GET BOTH BOOKS TOGETHER. . .

Future 2 package: Student Book (with Practice Plus CD-ROM) and Workbook [Paperback]

 

Future 3 package: Student Book (with Practice Plus CD-ROM) and Workbook [Paperback]

 

Advanced Level (of English):

 

Basic English Grammar – Volume A with Audio CD    –   by Azar

and the workbook for A

 

Basic English Grammar – Volume B with Audio CD    –     by Azar

and the workbook for B

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UNIT ON FINDING A JOB – Practice Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Targeted Grammar, Targeted Vocabulary

Why learning about job interviews?

Generally, you must have a job interview before you can get a job in this country.

PREPARE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW AND LOOK GOOD AFTERWARDS

Check Out the Company:How much do you know about the company that just contacted you to schedule an interview? It should be plenty, and all the information you need is available online. Here are tips on how to research a company, get the inside scoop on the company culture, and use connections who can help you get an interview advantage.                                           

Practice Interviewing: Taking the time to review typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses and will help calm your frazzled nerves, because you won’t be scrambling for an answer while you’re in the interview hot seat. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you’re actually in a job interview.

Take the Time to Say Thank You: Taking the time to say thank you after a job interview not only is good interview etiquette, it reinforces your interest in the position and you remind them of you. Use your thank-you message or letter, as well, to address any issues and concerns that came up during the interview. It can be a simple email, but it can make the difference.

TYPICAL JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Interview questions about you:

Tell me about yourself.   (How would you describe yourself?) . . . What is your greatest strength?. . .  What is your greatest weakness?. . . Describe a typical work week.. . . Do you work well with other people? . . .How do you handle stress and pressure? . . . What are you passionate about? . . . What are your hobbies? . . . What is your dream job? . . . What makes you angry? . . . When was the last time you were angry? What happened? . . . Do you prefer to work independently or in a team?  . . . Give me an example of a time you worked well in a team (teamwork question). . . . Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.  . . . Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

Interview questions about your qualifications (skills, experience for the job):

Tell me about your experience . . .  Why are you interested in this job?  Why do you want this job?  . . .  Why do you want to work here? Why should we hire you? How much are you expecting to make? What languages can you speak?

Interview questions about your work history:

What major challenges (issues, problems) did you face in your last job and how did you handle them? . . . What was your biggest accomplishment/achievement (or failure) in your last position (or in your life)? something that made you feel proud  . . . What problems have you encountered at work? . . . Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager? . . . Describe your ideal boss.  . . . Why are you leaving your job? . . . Why do you want to change jobs? . . . Why did you leave your last job? . . . What have you been doing since your last job?

Interview questions about your future:

What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you? . . . Where do you see yourself  5 (or 10) years  from now? (career goals?) . . . Where else are you interviewing?

Interview questions about the job and the company:

What do you know about our company so far?    Do you have any questions for me? What questions do you have for me? —(The applicant’s chance to ask questions.) —> —> Why is this position open? What are the biggest challenges or obstacles the person in this position will face? Schedule? Pay? Benefits? (health insurance, vacation, retirement, etc) Is there a chance (an opportunity) for promotion? Are there any training opportunities to help improve an employee’s skills? Who does the training? When do you expect to make a hiring decision?

SOURCE:

Interview Questions and Answers

Job Interview Questions and Sample Answers

By 

http://jobsearch.about.com

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TIME Magazine

CAREERS & WORKPLACE
The Hardest Job Interview Question—And How to Answer It
Lily Zhang / The Muse — Oct. 21, 2014

http://time.com/3507124/hardest-interview-question/

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Most professionals apply to jobs by sending a resume and a cover letter.  Here’s a sample resume:

Sample Resume

WEBSITES TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH SKILLS

 > > > Online   Resources   for   Adult   English   Learners < < <

You may need earphones (or headphones) or a speaker for some of these links.

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CLICK HERE. . .

. . .TO VISIT USALEARNS.ORG.  You may need headphones to use this website in class.

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(Please enable pop-ups before logging into SkillsTutor.  To regiter, chose a login, then type the following password: 12345 .  The site is Woodson02 .  Once registered, you’ll be able to change the password.)

SkillsTutor

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http://www.newsforyouonline.com/index.asp

News for You newspaper

(It’s published by this great publisher: http://www.newreaderspress.com

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http://www.eslgamesplus.com

Interesting Games to Learn ESOL

There is a wide variety of topics and activity formats.

These games are part of the same website:

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/food-partitives-esl-fun-game-food-quantities-game/

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/clothes-and-colors-esl-vocabulary-games-elementary-learners/

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/action-verbs-present-progressive-grammar-game-rally-game/

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http://www.anglomaniacy.pl/grammar.htm

Website to expand vocabulary and study grammar

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http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html

Practice VERBS.  It also provides links to theory (rule+examples+visual representation).

Thanks Elena Arakelian!  (ALC teacher)

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http://esl.about.com

About.com’s Guide to English as a Second Language

Hosted by an English teacher in Tuscany, the site includes quizzes, vocabulary study pages, interactive polls, chat rooms, pen pal information,and a weekly email newsletter.  It also has pages of resources for Spanish speakers learning English and for teachers of English.

Recommended for intermediate to advanced English language learners.

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http://a4esl.org

Activities for ESL Students

Numerous quizzes and puzzles for learners to complete and check on their own. Learners can choose from a variety of activities dealing with vocabulary building,phrasal verbs, slang,idioms, homonyms, and specific grammar points, such as articles and prepositions.  The site was developed by The Internet TESL Journal.

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http://www.eslfast.com

ESL Short Stories

A website that has a lot of short stories that you can read.  After reading you can test yourself with some comprehension questions, vocabulary help, crossword puzzles, and fill in the blank (doze) activities.

For beginning to advanced language learners.

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http://free-ezine-directory.blogspot.com

Magatopia.com

A place where you can find many free reading articles from online sources, and from magazines and newspapers.  These articles are separated by topic.

For high intermediate to advanced language learners.

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http://www.english-online.at

The website was especially designed for English Language Learners and contains thousands of articles that were re-written so that they could be more easily understood.

For intermediate to advanced language learners.

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http://www.eslcafe.com

Dave’s ESL Cafe

Has many resources for ESL learners. It also has chat rooms, discussion forums, and message boards, as well as information on idioms, phrasal verbs, grammar, and quizzes.

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http://www.myefa.org/login.cfm

English for All

Free web-based system for adults learning English as a second language. Learners view videos and can use material from the website.

Most language is for intermediate to advanced English language learners.

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http://www.Englishlistening.com

English Listening Lounge

Thirty recordings of English speakers to listen to and answer questions about for free.  RealAudio Player is needed to use this website (it is a program that you can download).

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http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/ckbk/table_of_contents.html

The Great American Potluck Cookbook

The Library of Congress offers a cookbook of recipes from immigrant Americans.  Recipes include Indian fry bread, West African pepper soup, and Hungarian butter horns.  ESL learners can submit their own favorite recipes also.

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http://www.linguistic-funland.com/teslact.html

Linguistic Funland TESL Activities for Students

Links to activities that learners can access online, including word games, grammar exercises, writing activities, and idioms.

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http://www.esl-lab.com

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

This site provides listening exercises and activities, including conversations and quizzes. You need RealAudio for this site – a free download is provided)

For high-beginning to low-advanced learners.

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http://www.wordsmyth.net

Wordsmyth

This site provides an online American English dictionary with a thesaurus.

For intermediate level and above.

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http://www.soundsofenglish.org/hollys_corner/index.htm

Holly’s Corner

A website for pronunciation and syllables. You will need speakers on your computer.

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 http://www.colorincolorado.org

COLORIN COLORADO

Colorin Colorado is a good resource for ESOL learners.

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http://www.world-english.org/

This website has many good resources including a great list of the 500 most commonly used words in English.

http://www.world-english.org/english500.htm

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Games to learn English

http://www.vocabulary.co.il/

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http://englishpage.com/

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http://www.usingenglish.com/handouts/

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http://www.everythingesl.net/

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http://www.freetranslation.com/

This page translates English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

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http://www.helpforschools.com/ELLKBase/

This page is for ELL teachers.

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http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/

British English

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http://www.escort.org/

This page has a “Help Kit” for primary teachers of ESL.

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http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/

This is all in English, but has practice exercises and games for all levels.

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http://www.eslteachersboard.com/

Postings for teachers, and exercises for students.

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http://www.funbrain.com/

English and math games and exercises.

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http://www.cambridge.org/us/esl/catalog/subject/project/custom/item7517419/?site_locale=en_US&utm_source=launch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eviu-a

Basic exercises (above link) to prepare students for college.

 

earphones

JUST VIDEOS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXQsHOhbc-8

English conversation with subtitles

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2vwIyMDcGw

English Conversation Learn English Speaking English Course Engli. . .

This is part of a series that you can search for on YouTube.com.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n2ma_4sy_8

REAL ENGLISH – DESCRIBING PEOPLE  (Youtube.com videos showing street interviews with SUBTITLES.)   (For more REAL ENGLISH instructional videos, go to youtube.com and search for “real English.”)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8t3aolwS-o

DESCRIBING PEOPLE (Espresso English): 37 English Words for Describing a Person’s Appearance

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGCSqt-AihI

DESCRIBING PEOPLE (Espresso English): English IDIOMS for personality & Character

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqdDv3kniBU

REAL ENGLISH (Youtube.com videos showing street interviews with SUBTITLES.) (For more REAL ENGLISH instructional videos, go to youtube.com and search for “real English.”)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsLsnFVbfLc

REAL ENGLISH goes to one of Mr. Cura’s favorite places: South Beach, Florida.  (Youtube.com videos showing street interviews with SUBTITLES.) (For more REAL ENGLISH instructional videos, go to youtube.com and search for “real English.”)

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http://www.engvid.com

GREAT VIDEOS to improve your English

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3iAqxNpQ-A&list=PLFAAB9853696B2318

This is a funny Italian lesson by a group of British comedians called Monty Python.

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Great ESOL conversation videos

British accent

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PBS

PBS Kids videos are great

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CLICK HERE

Great video: How to call in sick

The video was made in the UK and the characters have a British accent.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYplvwBvGA4

Here’s a commercial (a trailer) for a funny movie that some people from North Africa may enjoy.  It’s called The Dictator.

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2ifSmTYDWQ

In the video, a soldier defends a Muslim employee at a gas station.

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Jose Antonio Vargas  and the documentary movie DOCUMENTED  (DEFINE AMERICAN)

http://vimeo.com/68402528

http://vimeo.com/83786946

http://www.youtube.com/user/DefineAmerican

https://www.facebook.com/events/464325677000833/

When you click on the following link (right below), make sure you also click on the letters   cc   at the bottom of the screen to add close captioning (English subtitles) to the talk.  Also, make sure you expand the screen to full screen (you can turn back to small screen by hitting the Esc [Escape] button).

http://blog.ted.com/2013/04/08/rethinking-the-term-illegal-immigrant-because-people-cant-be-illegal/