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Happy Valentine and Lunar New Year (ESL Progress Newsletter)

Februar 11, 2010 ESL Progress
14 February 2010
jse-english-club.jpg Welcome to ESL Progress

Dear Readers!
Be My ValentineAnyone can catch youR eye, but it tAkes someone speciaL to catch your hEart.

Welcome to this February edition of the EC newsletter. This year sees Valentine’s Day AND the first day of the Lunar New Year fall on the same day – 14 February :))) In this ESL Progress we’ll be listening to and practising 50 words in English that many members say are difficult to pronounce. Then we have news of Word Champ, which has won the Site of the Month Award. And you can take part in our Talking Point Discussion–on who you think should take charge in relief operations. Test yourself too with Quick Quiz!

Wishing you:

  • a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
  • a very successful Lunar New Year!!!

Happy Progress!
Josef Essberger
Josef Essberger, Founder

NewsLearner News

A few questions for YOU
(Daniel Emmerson, director of TLEVP, will soon be in Cambridge, UK, completing the film Inside the UK. Please read Daniel’s blog below and answer his questions by leaving your comments.)

The theme of this particular film will be homestay, where students live with a host for a short time in order to make the most of their language learning experience. Before I travel to Cambridge, I would like to find out if you have had an experience with homestay in the past! If not, perhaps you know somebody else who has? If so, please provide a short description of your experience in a comment below.

If you have not had such an experience before, but think it might be an interesting idea, I would also like to hear from you! What do you think could be the benefits of homestay and why do you think it is so popular? If you could do a homestay anywhere in the world to improve your English, where would you go and why?

Are there any questions you would like me to ask homestay students in Cambridge?

Please answer Daniel’s questions and leave your comments here

We’ve added transcripts and vocabulary to all the current films, so you can read along and understand the more difficult words as you watch:

Site of the Month Award
EnglishClub Site of the Month
Word Champ is a Language Learning Network for learners of many different languages. English learners will find a selection of free features on this site, including a helpful webreader and many activities, flashcards and drills to learn English at a safe and challenging pace. Learners can track…
Learn more…

This Month’s Lesson Lesson

50 Difficult Words to Pronounce

50 Difficult Words to Pronounce

Recently we asked our EnglishClub Facebook fans, tweeters, and chatters to share the English words they find most difficult to pronounce. We posted the first 25 most difficult words along with audio practice right here on ESL Magazine.

Some of you loved the first 25 words and enjoyed practising these with us. A handful of you felt the words were not difficult enough. Many of you shared other words that you (or your students) find difficult.

Here is the second batch (compiled based on comments from learners and teachers via EC, Facebook EC, and MyEC).

50 Difficult Words to Pronounce

Talking Point ico-tp.gif
The United Nations

The United Nations Organisation is ultimately the result of a meeting held in 1941 between the then US President F.D.Roosevelt and the British statesman Winston Churchill in which they outlined their ideas for the world once the Second World War had ended. They envisaged a better world in which countries would all be able to benefit from global peace and prosperity and they suggested a worldwide system of security.

On January 1st 1942 the name was used officially for the first time in the "Declaration by the United Nations" but this was not the UN as we know it today. During the Second World War the term was used to refer to the Allies.

The United Nations we know today began to take shape as World War Two drew to a close. In 1944, at Dumbarton Oaks near Washington D.C. representatives from the UK, the US, the USSR, France and China held discussions and debates to establish the purpose of the United Nations. The original aims of the organisation included preventing future wars by maintaining world peace and increasing trade between nations…

Read on…

Each month we have a new Talking Point and invite your views and opinions. Just follow the link below to say what you think.

This month’s Talking Point is:

Who should coordinate relief efforts in disaster zones?

Quick Quiz Quiz
If someone is furious, they

a) are very angry
b) have a lot of fur
c) feel confused

See end of newsletter for answer

Word Up ESL board game
Answer to Quick Quizwu-dice.gif

a) are very angry

This is a level 3 question and answer from Word Up, the ESL board game that’s fun to play at home or at school.

Learn more about Word Up
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In This Issue
Learner News
This Month’s Lesson
Talking Point
Quick Quiz
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