How English Unlocked! can help you learn English!
The aim of English Unlocked is to help you speak and understand English quickly and effectively.
You’ll learn lots of words and expressions with English Unlocked. There are specific vocabulary sections. Plus, there are lots of useful words and expressions in the reading and listening articles and recordings, as well as in the language activity texts.
Listening is key for language learning, so there are lots of listening activities in English Unlocked. The listenings are graded, so lower-level students can benefit from slightly slower speech, and at higher levels there are conversations with several participants and background sounds to simulate real-life situations. The pre-listening activities will activate your existing knowledge of the topic. Then, the initial listening activity is designed to get you to listen for gist – to get a general understanding of the text. This is followed by comprehension exercises, and a gap-fill activity so you can focus on individual word sounds.
Reading is another important part of language learning. So, you’ll find lots of reading activities in English Unlocked. The reading texts are graded, so you can read material at your level. The pre-reading activities will activate your existing knowledge of the topic. Then, the initial reading activity is designed to get you to skim the text – to get a general understanding of it. This is followed by vocabulary and comprehension exercises to check that you’ve understood the material. There are also lots of reading exercises in the language sections.
There are lots of opportunities to speak in English Unlocked. The free speaking tasks on the last page of each unit allow you to practise what you’ve learnt. While you’re doing this, your teacher will be making notes on an Error Correction Sheet. So, during the speaking task, focus on communicating messages. Later, your teacher will go over any errors. Other speaking activities are designed to build up your confidence and fluency. These include the language drills, the question-answer sessions, the pair-work activities and the discussions.
Many of the writing activities are linked in directly to other tasks. So, after a listening, reading or speaking activity, there may be a writing task that’s related to this. There are also writing tasks linked into the language activities, and which are often extension exercises based on the task. There are also lots of sample writing texts that you can use as models on which to base your own writing.
With English Unlocked you’ll learn lots about aspects of pronunciation such as connected speech, sentence stress and intonation. There are also activities to help you distinguish different word sounds, and develop a better ear for the language. This will also benefit your listening skills.
Doing homework is an excellent way of reinforcing and developing language skills, and as a way for you to take more control of your learning – something that is essential if you want to see real progress. As part of the course, your teacher will set activities that you can do at home.
The Progress Tests are a way of recording your progress by evaluating your language skills. Each test consists of Reading, Listening and Speaking activities similar to the ones that are carried out in class, the only difference being that the results are recorded, and the activities are under exam conditions. In addition, there are language and writing tasks.
You’ll learn so much with English Unlocked!
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