The Interculturalist – blog

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello there!
This blog is very interesting for those who are attracted to language, culture and communication… The post which belongs to the previous link is about what fluency should be considered. It is a very useful information for us, non-native speakers of English as a Second Language, as most of us might be.
The blog also contains another interesting information, such as cultural aspects of North American and British society, as well as posts about other countries, some other topics on culture in general and some of the blog author’s experience.
That’s all, folks!
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Prepositions

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last week, we worked on Prepositions during our NAILI meetings in the morning.

Dunja made this slide presentation to help you better understand the prepositions in English. So, as we have said, here they go for you to study at home!

It is also posted here the worksheets with the exercises we did, specially for those who were not able to go there  😉

Slide presentation and exercises:

Prepositions part 1

Prepositions Part 2

Prepositions Wrksht

Prepositions wrksht 2

Video about podcast

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here it’s a cool video on YouTube about what a podcast is…

Hope you like it!

Podcasts

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

So, do you know what a podcast is?

Podcasts can be an easy and interesting way to improve your English pronunciation and listening comprehension.

The word podcast comes from the combination of the words “broadcast” and “iPod” (one of the most popular portable MP3 players), and nowadays, they are everywhere on the web. Furthermore, you can find podcasts in many languages and they usually focus on a wide variety of topics.

Thus, podcast is a form of audio broadcasting on the Internet. In other words, it is an MP3 audio file that one can subscribe from the Internet, and it contains, as already mentioned, all kinds of information, from news, music, and culture to different research or study topics. You just access a website and search through its podcast files and click on whatever is interesting to you!

In case you want more information about podcasting, you can visit these websites, for instance, and learn a little bit more about this useful technology:

http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/230/what-is-a-podcast/

http://faq.external.bbc.co.uk/questions/podcasts/what_is_a_podcast

http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/what-is-a-podcast.htm

And, of course, if you are interested in improving your English skills (grammar, listening, etc…), this website is a very useful resource for you to study some topics of the English language while listening to podcasts!  Then, you can come back here and share some of the things you’ve learned!

Free audio books

May 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello, there!

There is a very good website where you can find free audio books in English to practice your listening skills.

The website is called Open Culture (click here) and there is also other types of material that can help you practice English.

Hope you enjoy it!

Getting started

May 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hi, everybody!

Welcome to our NAILI blog. Feel free to make any comments or to give any suggestions, as well as to share with us your links or experience with the English language.

Our blog is organized into pages and tags. The pages are “About,” “Tutors,” “Schedule,” and “Suggestions.”

In the “About” section, you can find information about the NAILI project and our mission.

In the “Tutors” page, you can read about the NAILI tutors: Dunja, Allison, Ícaro, Adriana and Tássia. You should also leave your comment there, any questions you may have about our experience with English teaching, and write a little about yourself. It sure is going to be a pleasure to know more about you! 🙂

You can find information about the days and hours you can attend NAILI meetings on the “Schedule” page.

Finally, in “Suggestions,” we would like for you to give us some suggestions for topics we should work on in our NAILI classes. We’re interested in ideas for both grammar and cultural topics.

Besides, using the “listening,” “speaking,” “reading,” and “writing” tags located at the bottom of each post, you can easily find all the information in the blog related to these topics.

So, we hope will find this blog useful and enjoyable.

Best,
The NAILI Staff

P.S. Don’t forget to be a part of our blog! Go right now to the “Tutors” page and post your little biography there. We can’t wait to know more about you!

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