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November December

My personal list of recommended resources

 

English learning and practice resources for; General English, Business English, IELTS, HK DSE, IGCSE, IB etc.

 

​Books, learning materials; videos, downloadable activities and genuine fun activities or practicing and improving your English

 

Cambridge ESOL

Past papers, example papers

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/ielts/

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IELTS Reading study guide

www.worldenglish.org/ielts_reading.pdf

 

IELTS Academic Writing study guide

www.world-english.org/ielts_writing.pdf

 

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The British Council Hong Kong

 

https://ielts.britishcouncil.org.hk  

 

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The IDP

http://www.hongkong.idp.com/ielts/ielts.aspx

Note: All Hong Kong University graduates may have one free IELTS examination via the IDP upon graduation.  Please see their website for details

 

 

YouTube

www.youtube.com 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ielts

 

Speaking Practice

The caption on the right says it all... 

 

For real practice, you need to go out and have fun.  Meeting real people from different countries and backgrounds.  Then you can enjoy really using English in a fun way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MeetUp Hong Kong

 

Enjoy real speaking & listening practice,

through fun activities

 

http://hong-kong.meetup.com/cities/hk/hong_kong/

 

 

The website MeetUp, allows many different groups to organize activities, such as sports, food, wine tasting and many more

 

These are a great way to meet new people and practice your communication skills, whilst having fun outside of a classroom

 

There are around 500+ MeetUp groups in Hong Kong covering many fun activities; such as, hiking, food clubs, dancing and drinking clubs, yoga, tennis and arts groups

 

Why not have some fun and relaxation whilst improving your listening and speaking skills

 

 

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Toastmasters Hong Kong

  

http://www.hongkong-toastmasters.org/find.php

 

http://hong-kong.meetup.com/cities/hk/hong_kong/

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toastmasters-in-Hong-Kong/314240418528?fref=ts

 

What is Toastmasters?

 

Toastmasters is a worldwide non-profit-making educational organization founded in 1924 dedicated to improving its members' communication and leadership skills

 

Members are comprised of people from all walks of life, including business people, professionals and students.

Every Toastmasters club follows the same time-tested educational programs. These programs are continually updated to meet participants' needs. The self-paced programs allow members to progress as rapidly or gradually as one's needs dictate. 

Toastmasters meetings are held at various locations, mostly in the evening, for 2 - 3 times a month. You'll be sure to find a club that fits your needs

 

 

 

The English Speaking Union Hong Kong

 

http://www.esuhk.org/

http://www.esuhk.org/news/

 

The English-Speaking Union (Hong Kong)

was established in Hong Kong in December 2001 as an independent, non-profit, educational charity whose mission is to promote local and international friendship and cooperation by encouraging the wider use of the English language.

 

The ESU is an international organisation whose branches are independent, non-political, educational entities operating in over fifty countries, including, for example, China, Malaysia, Australia, India, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Books, but which books to use ?    

 

Having the correct book and knowing how to use it, makes all the difference in the world to learning any subject

 

A book can inspire or destroy interest and confidence

 

Always start with the easiest and lowest level.  Thus, it is quick and easy to complete and comprehend.  Many student books which are badly written, badly edited or just require too long to complete.  Life is short and this is Hong Kong

 

Below are my personal recommendations, but remember to make use of audio books, TV and You Tube

 

Please remember to read aloud.  Thus combining; Reading, speaking and listening skills

 

 

 

The Cambridge English Vocabulary in Use series, most  highly recommended

Elementary

 

Breakthrough

A1

Intermediate

 

Independent user

 B1 – B2

Upper Intermediate

 

Proficient User

B2 – C1

Advanced

 

Proficient User

C1 – C2

Advanced

 

Proficient User

C1 – C2

 

Cambridge

English

Vocabulary

in Use

 

Elementary

2nd Edition

 

Cambridge

English

Vocabulary

in Use

 

Pre & Intermediate

3rd Edition​

 

Cambridge

English

Vocabulary

in Use

 

Upper Intermediate

3rd Edition​

 

Cambridge

English

Vocabulary

in Use

 

Advanced

2nd Edition

 

 

Cambridge

Academic

Vocabulary

in Use​

Need some help improving in your grammar ?

 

These books titled; 'Practical English Usage" by Times Educational Press Ltd. are the easiest and fastest I have ever found.  Many adults may recognize these.  I am happy to say that after a 17 year absence from Hong Kong they are now available in the territory again 

 

Many people failed to learn basic grammar correctly and feel somewhat shy about this.  Many used terrible books that had over a hundred units of boring exercises that seemed to have little relevance

 

Would it upset you if I told you that the English language isn't a grammatical language but is instead based upon vocabulary?

My advice is to start with the introductory book.   The units are very easy to read and take very little time to complete.  Whilst the level is low (Introductory) it serves as both a revision aide and  a rapid grammar course.  When you have done that, well, consider book 1.  The same at a slightly higher level, thus superb revision.  Most students do not need to go higher than book 2

 

Times Educational Press Facebook page:  http://tinyurl.com/khyd45z

'Commercial Press' book shop.  Please note their website is 'naff' so here is a Google URL with store locations  http://tinyurl.com/mqqwvmf

 

Practical English Usage

Introductory

 9971-946-16-5

 

*Note, Introductory,

not Introductory book A

or Introductory book B

 Practical English Usage

 Book 1

 

9971-946-17-3

 Practical English Usage

 Book 2

 

9971-946-18-1

 Practical English Usage

 Book 3

 

9971-946-19-X

Practical English Usage

Book 4

 

9971-946-20-3

  

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