OWLS Global Resources for Self-Directed Life-Long Language Learners


OWLS Pronunciation Basics

Some long-term pronunciation challenges can be overcome quite quickly  if you understand how English speakers would produce these sounds.   This presentation looks at basic sound production and how you might find the IPA alphabet useful.

Download - OWLS Pronunciation Basics Video Tutorial   [44 MB Video Presentation - 25 minutes]

Download - IPA Chart [PDF]


SDLLLL Main Presentation - be a 'Self-Directed Life-Long Language Learner' (SDLLLL)

As an online language learner, you are now choosing your own learning materials and methods - not waiting for a teacher to direct you.  This presentation offers suggestions on how you can become even more effective as a Self-Directed Life-Long Language Learner (SDLLLL).

Before you listen to the presentation, please also download the SDLLLL Activities handout referred to in the session.  It offers a series of ideas to help you develop your Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing and Vocabulary.

Download - OWLS SDLLLL Presentation [21 MB Video Presentation]

Download - SDLLLL Activities Handout [PDF]


SDLLLL Suggestions

These short sessions build on the ideas in the SDLLLL Activities handout.  [Please listen to the main SDLLLL presentation first.]

Download - SDLLLL Speaking Suggestions [12 MB Video Presentation]

Download - SDLLLL Listening Suggestions [12 MB Video Presentation]

Download - SDLLLL Reading Suggestions [14 MB Video Presentation]

Download - SDLLLL Writing Suggestions [12 MB Video Presentation]

Download - SDLLLL Suggestion - Words In The News [17 MB Video Presentation]


Learning English Websites - Selected Links I Recommend

BBC Learning English -  http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

British Council - LearnEnglish -   http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/

EnglishClub -  http://www.englishclub.com/

VOCABULARY  -  Word of the Day:http://www.learnersdictionary.com/lwod.phphttp://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/

PRONUNCIATION -  "fenetiks" - University of Iowa  -  http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#


Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary   -   http://www.learnersdictionary.com/
Merriam-Webster  -  http://www.merriam-webster.com/
Cambridge Dictionaries  -  http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
The Free Dictionary  -  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/
Your Dictionary  -  http://www.yourdictionary.com/
English Dictionaries - one-page, multiple access  -  http://www.usingenglish.com/dictionary.html

More SDLLL Ideas (Self-Directed Life-Long Language Learning)

ESL Video -  http://www.eslvideo.com/index.php
USA Learns -  http://www.usalearns.org/
Yappr.com -  http://en.yappr.com/welcome/Welcome2.action
Learn English Through Movies -  University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong PolyU – CILL Resources - How Can I Plan My Work?
Hong Kong PolyU – CILL Resources - Learning Strategies


Tony Buzan - Wikipedia
Edward de Bono
Edward de Bono - Wikipedia

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