Online Study Links

There are thousands of websites for learning English.  How can you know if one is of good quality and suitable for the level of English that you want to learn?  The ILC has made this easier for you by selecting these links that are useful for ITU prep students.  / İngilizce öğrenmek için binlerce web sitesi var. Birinin kaliteli olup olmadığını ve öğrenmek istediğiniz İngilizce seviyesine uygun olup olmadığını nasıl anlarsınız? ILC, İTÜ hazırlık öğrencileri için faydalı olan bu bağlantıları seçerek bunu sizin için kolaylaştırdı.

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Study Techniques
Building Blocks: Grammar, Vocabulary & Dictionaries
Input Skills: Reading & Listening
Output Skills: Writing & Speaking

LEARNING HOW TO LEARN: STUDY TECHNIQUES

BUILDING BLOCKS:  GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY

GRAMMAR – DIAGNOSTIC TESTS TO IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES (GRAMMAR-QUIZZES.COM).
GRAMMAR – GENERAL SOURCES
GRAMMAR FOR SPECIFIC TOPICS
VOCABULARY
DICTIONARIES, Thesauri & CORPORA

A dictionary provides word meanings, pronunciation, example sentences, and etymology.  A thesaurus (plural thesauri) provides only synonyms and antonyms. A corpus (plural corpora) is a database of full-text sources and is searchable to see words in context and analyze their use in sentences.

INPUT SKILLS: READING & LISTENING

READING
LISTENING

How to Be a Better Listener

Realize the purpose of your listening. You may listen to understand a conversation, get specific information, or do well on an exam. These require different kinds of practice, so use resources designed for your purpose.

Know your own weaknesses. It could be accents, fast speeds, numbers, or something else. Knowing your weaknesses can help you focus on areas that need work.

Listen for more than just the words. Listening for pronunciation, intonation, and even the pauses can help you understand how English is used naturally and improve your own spoken English.

LISTENING – DIAGNOSTICS
LISTENING – SHORT AUDIO
LISTENING – LONGER AUDIO
LISTENING – NUMBERS

OUTPUT SKILLS: WRITING & SPEAKING

ACADEMIC WRITING
SPEAKING

How to Be a Better Speaker

Speaking a new language can be hard because there are a lot of things to think about at the same time, and there can be a lot of interfering emotions.  To improve, you can practice these aspects separately to make it easier when you want to combine them all together.

1 Do you know the words for what you want to say?

2 Do you know a sentence structure to express yourself?  (It doesn’t need to be perfect. It is easier to understand someone who makes grammar errors than someone who uses the wrong words.)

3 Do you know how to pronounce the words? Do you understand how to use stress and intonation to strengthen the meaning?

4 Do you feel comfortable with a foreign language “in your mouth” or do you feel nervous to speak and uncomfortable when doing it?

One of the best ways to practice speaking is to start by removing the problem of not knowing the words or the sentence structure.  This is called shadowing, which basically means listening and repeating what you hear.