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The 3 most Important Factors that determine English Language learning Success
Filed under: Student News
Posted by: @ 8:57 pm

The 3 most Important Factors that determine English Language learning Success

The first Factor is knowing yourself as a student.

There are some key questions you should know as they are part of the first factor that determines your English Language learning Success

How many times Do you have to write and repeat English words to memorize them,
put them into your vocabulary and “know” the word in proper context.

How often do you have to repeat lessons to keep your vocabulary intact?

What English can you learn best when studying alone, with a group or with a tutor?

Can you benefit using accelerated English language learning methods such as mnemonics to remember lists.

Does music or games help you to relax making learning easier?

Does realia or field trips stimulate and integrate your English language learning?

You need to know how you study best.

The Second factor is What English do I study.

The best way to know what English to study is to form a goal.

Top Goals for studying English as a second language

Immigrate into an English speaking country
Get hired at a first job
Be hired at a better company
Be promoted in your company
Sell products to English speaking countries
Operate a business completely in English.
Publish articles in English
Study in a North American university.
Study in a North American university graduate program.
Travel independently in English speaking countries.
Perform for English speaking audiences
Enjoy entertainment produced by English speaking artists
Use English instructions for computer applications.
Surf the net in English
Score 950 on the Toeic test or 280 on the new Toefl exam
Study English Literature in the original text

When you have your goal - then you can plan what English you need or work with an educational consultant to set up a comprehensive plan of English language studies for you.

The Third factor is creating the time to properly study enough English to reach your Goal.

An example is the time to score high on the new TOEFL or TOEIC English tests

Students require a vocabulary of between 8,000 and 15,000 words to score high on the new TOEFL, TOEIC, AP, IELTS and Cambridge tests. Students must have studied and practiced English for 2500 to 5000 hours counting school classes and self study. To score high students require all four English skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), technical language structure knowledge (grammar) and the application of the grammar knowledge in the active productions of speaking and writing.

When you have your goal - your plan of English studies and necessary time - you can be successful as a student learning English as a second language.

More information is available at:

How to Score HIGH on NEW English Tests

How to Study English Plan to Learn English as a Second Language

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Learn English FREE with Twitter
Filed under: Student News
Posted by: @ 9:24 pm

Learn English FREE with Twitter

Twitter is a free micro-blogging service.

You can set up a free profile and follow others.

You can ask questions and get answers.

You can follow several different updates

Here are four Twitterers you can follow to Study English

Link to ESL in Canada News Updates on Twitter
Everything about Study English in Canada for students and teachers

Link to Study ESL English on Twitter
English as a second language study tips for grammar vocabulary writing speaking listening reading

Link to the SentenceMaster English Writing Games Twitter Updates
Learn how to write correct English sentences

Link to the Travel Language Culture Network Club Twitter Updates
Free Language Exchanges and TLC information for language students

Go to all 4 of the above - set up your free user profile - click follow

It is easy and you can study and practice your English Free.

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New Career Training Programs
Filed under: Student News, School News
Posted by: @ 9:47 am

Examples of College and Career Training Programs

Accounting, Addictions and Community Services Worker, Financial Services, Business, Cardiology Technologist, Computer Business Applications Specialist, Computer Programmer, Computerized Accounting, Dental Office and Chairside Assistant, Early Childcare Assistant, Esthetics, Executive Office Assistant, Help Desk Analyst, Hospital Patient Registration Specialist, Hotel and Service Supervisor, Intra-Oral Level II Dental Assistant, Law Enforcement Foundations, Legal Administrative Assistant, Massage Therapy, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Medical Office Administrator, Network Administrator, Network and Internet Security Specialist, Office Assistant, Paralegal, Personal Support Worker, Pharmacy Technician, Physiotherapist Assistant, Programmer Analyst-Internet Solutions Developer, Programmer Analyst-WebDeveloper, Programmer Network Support Analyst, Travel and Tourism, Web Technology Specialist

Students interested in New College and Career training Programs can use the subjects to study form to enter the new programs for study in Canada schools.

Student Information and Pre-Registration Form

Students interested in English as a second language studies can use the registration form at:

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English Language Pronunciation Lessons
Filed under: General
Posted by: @ 9:02 pm

English Language Pronunciation Lessons

Most English language pronunciation lessons start with the single letters, then letter combinations, clusters, syllables and then entire words. The pronunciation lessons of English words start with individual words, then phrases, clauses and entire sentences. The pronunciation lessons of English words include rhythm, intonation, stress and linking.

“English language pronunciation” is a broad term used to describe a number of mechanical functions and aspects of producing the accurate English language sounds. Most people think it refers to only the identifiable sounds of the English words, but it covers additional factors.

English language intonation is the pattern of rises and falls in pitch. When speaking English, the changes in pitch indicate the feelings of the speaker or show that the sentence is not yet finished. ‘No’, for example, can be said in many ways: the pitch tells the listener the real meaning or emotions, which the speaker wants to communicate. In English, the sentence intonation often indicates the mood of the speaker. In writing, a period tells the reader a sentence is finished. But a listener depends on the speaker’s voice to tell him. At the end of a sentence, the pitch falls. Similarly, in writing, commas often equate to a rising tune in spoken English.

English language rhythm refers to the strong and weak beats similar to the beat in music. The beat is marked by loudness and a higher pitch. We refer to it as stress. The sound in a stressed syllable is said to be strong.

The strong and weak syllables of English result in a rhythm that is similar to the rhythm of music. The strong (stressed) syllables are like the beat in music. Strong syllables are long. Weak syllables are usually short. Strong syllables usually have weak ones around them, but if two strong ones occur together, they are said just as slowly as if they did have weak ones around them.

Word linking is the process of putting English words together so that a sentence often sounds like one long word. When a vowel at the beginning of a word follows a final consonant, the two words are run together. Another way of linking words together sometimes a ‘w’ is inserted , sometimes a ‘y’, and sometimes the words are just contracted to make them run together.

Recognizing the use of stress for proper English language pronunciation.
English Words are made up of syllables. The centre of a syllable is a vowel and English words can have many consonants around the central vowels.

If an English word has more than one syllable, one of the syllables of the word should sound stronger, or stressed. It is said more loudly and/or on a higher pitch and/or slightly lengthened.

There may be more than one stressed syllable in a poly-syllabic word such as “environmental”. If an English word word has more than one stressed syllable, the major one is called primary stress and the other secondary stress. Syllables which are not stressed can be described as weak. They are pronounced very quickly and softly.

Individual words can be strong or weak, or contain both strong and weak sounds. Phrases have strong and weak sounds and in sentences, the most important words will be stressed.

Speakers of English focus their listeners’ attention on the specific part of the sentence they wish to emphasize by stressing particular words or phrases. Usually the emphasized words are content words such as nouns, adjectives, verbs or adverbs rather than structural words like prepositions or conjunctions.

Any topic will have a number of keywords and they must be emphasized. Keywords are always stressed, i.e. said more loudly and at a higher pitch than the other words, to draw attention to them. The most significant information is likely to be the last content word in the sentence.

Although content words are usually the focus of a sentence, the speaker can choose to stress any words they choose according to the meaning they wish to convey. Usually, known information is not stressed and information which is new to the listeners is very likely to be stressed.

A useful strategy for ensuring that the listener hears such keywords clearly is to make a slight pause just before the keyword and then pronounce it a little more slowly and carefully than other words.

There are many English words that can be used seperately or as compound words. The stress is placed on the first syllable of both words when they are used as two individual words, ie. swimming pool. If the compound noun is used as a single word, the stress is placed only on the first syllable.

ESL in Canada has English language pronunciation teachers that offer pronunciation lessons of individual English letters, syllables, words, phrases and sentences. English language pronunciation lessons to improve rhythm, intonation, stress and linking English words.

Students can use the registration form at:

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Canada Online Work/Study Permit Extensions
Filed under: Student News
Posted by: @ 1:56 pm

International students can now apply online to extend their study permit.

Since a pilot project was launched in June 2008, over 6,000 international students have applied online for an off-campus work permit.  Now, international students at over 200 participating educational institutions will be able to apply for an off-campus work permit and confirm their eligibility online.

“We want Canada to be the destination of choice for international students,” said Minister Kenney. “Our new e-Services are yet another way our government is working towards attracting and retaining international students.”

For a complete list of participating institutions, please visit the Government of Canada CIC Web site at :

“We are committed to serving our international students as effectively and efficiently as possible,” said Minister Kenney. “Our new e-Services will facilitate the application process, improve employment opportunities and contribute to long-term integration.”

Another benefit for students who gain skilled work experience after graduation may be eligibility to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class.

For further information please contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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ESL in Canada Directory lists ESL English as a second language schools teachers tutors classes lessons; Canada university college high school career training; Business English; study or learn ESL English in Canada grammar tips vocabulary speaking listening reading test-preparation academic-preparation and accent-reduction classes

The Travel Language Culture Network organizes special student group prices, events and activities to help provide visitors with both fun and educational programs. TLC recommendations assists club members with travel, language, culture, immigration, employment, shopping, homestay and professional services.

Sentence Master Games provide a fun practical hands-on learning experience that will help students write English sentences, practice their English grammar and improve their English writing.

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