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Dogs Don’t Speak English

Ashley sitting in a chair with a light gray blanket over her legs. She is leaning over to give a pointy-eared merle dog a kiss

By Guide Dog Mobility Instructor Ashley Nunnelly

Wouldn’t it be nice if they did? If I found a magic lamp, one of my three wishes would be to be able to talk to my dogs. Even if it was for only 10 minutes. I would explain a few things:

  • It’s for your own good that I am cutting your nails, I promise! If you sit still, it will be easier for both of us.
  • I put the blankets on the couch over your favorite lying down spots for a reason. Would you kindly choose to aim for them when you lie down on the couch to catch all of your hair instead of lying directly beside them?
  • I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, and being with you makes me happy.

I haven’t found a magic lamp yet, so in the meantime I will continue to shape my skills at communicating with my dogs without English. How do I do this? Let’s talk training!

We’ll start with the basics.

All organisms do what works. Behavior serves a function.

Ashley's back is to the camera. There is a golden retriever puppy peeking over her shoulder, looking at the camera. Ashley has her head turned toward the puppy.What does this mean? Think about the things that you do throughout your day. Last night you probably set an alarm. Why? You have been rewarded for waking up on time to go to work—perhaps by feeling calm while getting ready in the morning or by being praised in your employee review for always being punctual. Or perhaps you have been punished by your boss having a talk with you about being late for the third time in a row.

You do what works. You set that alarm. You’re hungry, so you make breakfast. You filled your gas tank yesterday, so you got to work right on time—smooth sailing. Think about every tiny choice you make throughout the day. Most likely there is some sort of an outcome for you that makes you happy or serves some sort of function.

Here is what to know about a behavior and the function that it serves:

Antecedent Behavior  Consequence

Let me explain.

Antecedent: This is what prompts a behavior to happen. Example: my stomach growls.

Behavior: This is what the learner (we’re ALWAYS learning) does. Example: I say “Tom, [my boyfriend] I’m hungry.”

Consequence: Consequence has a negative connotation, but let me assure you that in this context, it just means something happens! That thing could be good or bad. In my example’s case: Tom replies, “Well, what are you hungry for?” Then he suggests a few options.

Ashley stands in an airport seating area with a man standing next to her. He is holding up a black lab in Leader Dog harness. The dog is giving Ashley a kiss.In this example, I received a positive outcome. My partner helped me decide what to eat and suggested his willingness to help find food. But think about it—maybe Tom’s behavior is driven by previous experience too. He has learned in the past that I am happy when he responds in this manner, and he has learned that he has a finite amount of time before I get truly “hangry” and the consequences of his choice of response turn unpleasant (if you’re reading this, Tom, I am sorry and I love you!).

All behaviors serve a function to determine what the consequence of the behavior is. And we, as trainers, partners, pet owners and parents, have the ability to manipulate both the antecedent and the consequence—therefore changing the learner’s behavior.

Science has shown that by far, positive reinforcement changes behavior the fastest and with the most permanent outcomes. Why? Because learners do what works for them! If the outcome for me opening the freezer is receiving chocolate gelato, by George, I’m going to do it a lot.

So, think about all the things I listed above that I want to tell my dogs.

  • Sit still for your nails and it won’t be so bad! – How can I change this? Is making my dog stay still earning him a really fantastic “consequence”? I’m going to start slow and give him a positive consequence each time. Elliott (my dog) lets me touch his paw—he gets a piece of hot dog. Elliott lets me close my hand around his paw—hot dog. Elliott lets me lift his paw—hot dog. Elliott lets me hold the clippers near his lifted up paw—hot dog. Elliott lets me clip a nail while holding clippers with his lifted paw—HOT DOG! Every step of the process into clipping the nail, I told my learner, “This WORKS for you!” He doesn’t understand that I may accidentally cut too short if he squirms. He just knows that squirming gets him away faster. But I can manipulate the behavior by manipulating the consequence and teach him to be happy to give me his paw—because he’s going to earn himself a hot dog!
  • Aim for the blanket when you jump on the couch. – There are a lot of ways I can approach this point. My first choice would be to use a clicker to capture and reinforce the behavior “aim for blanket” (I’ll be talking about clicker training in a future post!). Another thing that I could do is make sure that his attempts to aim for the blanket are reinforced. How? Cuddles happen when you’re on the blanket. Treats happen when you’re on the blanket. Pets and praise happen when you’re on the blanket. Sure, you are still comfortable and happy on the couch if you are off the blanket. But if you are on the blanket, even BETTER things happen! So why would you not aim for that jackpot every time?
  • I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, and being with you makes me happy. – They know. And I know they know. I know this because when I am doing a training session with my dogs and I have been carefully choosing which behavior to reinforce, they have played my silly human game. They played with me to guess which tiny movement they did this time earned them that treat. When we have a breakthrough and I smile at them and laugh and cheer, in response they wag their tail and do a doggie smile and squint their eyes at me. I know that the two of us are playing and enjoying the learning together! How silly is it that we humans like it when they put their butt on the ground after we make the weird, human sound “sit”? “Okay, my nice human. Whatever makes you happy, weirdo.” Consequence of doing what I say=treat! Or praise or a belly rub where we two are just enjoying each other’s company.

Ashley appears to be sitting on a gray carpeted floor, speaking to a yellow lab in Leader Dog harness. The dog's tongue is hanging out and its tail is blurry from wagging.I work hard with my home dogs (spoiled rotten) and my work dogs (Leader Dogs in training) to make all training a game. I want to see my dogs WANT to do what they are doing. I accomplish this by making the behavior that I want have a positive consequence for my dogs. I make sure that the “good” (I say good in quotes because the human definition of good varies greatly from if your genie asked a dog what their definition was) behaviors have really positive outcomes! Food, play, cuddles just how they want it; whatever the motivating consequence that drives that learner is, I make it happen.

Behavior—what ALL of us organisms do, whether person or dog—is always a choice.

And do you know what job is completely full of choices? Being a Leader Dog. Those dogs make hundreds to thousands of choices every day.

For the next step in creating those choices, check back for my next blog!

Cover photo by Andrea Beltran

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Ministry of Education Mandate to Learn English in Universities and Colleges in Peru is Driving Growth for Lingo Media | Lingo Media – changing the way the world learns english

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aug 19 2Peru is the third largest country in South America, rich in mineral resources and now with a renewed focus on education to revive an economy that has been vulnerable for the last decade. According to a whitepaper published in July 2014 by the Ministry of Education (MoE) in Peru, amongst other initiatives, teaching a foreign language, preferably English, is no longer optional, but a mandatory requirement for undergraduate students for a minimum duration of 5 years.

According to the British Council of Education Intelligence, President Ollanta Humala announced that bilingual education was a priority and set the goal of achieving bilingualism, with English as the priority language by 2021. Funding has been allocated to meet this goal with initial aims of English language reform to include more resources, increasing English lesson time at the higher education levels and prioritizing teacher training and professional development through online and face-to-face training. Additionally, in order to create a bilingual nation more resources have been marshaled for both student learning and teacher training. In 2016 alone, the goal is to equip 280,000 teachers with dual language skills.

Ultimately, growth in the amount of Peruvians that can speak English will improve employment. For example, foreign investors are showing increasing interest in Peru’s mineral wealth. The countries ability to boost English levels reflects its goal of expanding and globalizing the economy further.

Lingo Media’s ELL Technologies’ virtual English-language teaching platform is currently being deployed to students in the Universidad de San Martin de Porres and CERTUS, a leading educational Institution in Peru.  The Universidad de San Martin has over 20,000 students over two main campuses in Lima and Chiclayo, Peru. The software platform has the ability to monitor and manage the progress of the student, assign activities, train pronunciation and the general spoken skills, interact with users, and save the information. This initiative is aimed to contribute to the digital transformation of English language learning in Peru.

Through Lingo Media’s distribution agreement with Telefónica Educación Digital, its English language learning portfolio of products is assertively being promoted and delivered to universities, colleges and vocational schools in Peru.  Gali Bar-Ziv, COO of Lingo Media, commented on Telefonica and its recent contract with CERTUS, “Our partnership with Telefónica in Peru is based on their commitment to promoting and advancing the digital transformation of education in Peru. This contract is a resounding example of what this partnership can achieve and it is a strong endorsement of our software, to be adopted by CERTUS, a leader in Peru’s education sector.”

There are more than 80 Universities in Peru with over 500,000 students of which 18 were listed in the top 300 in Latin America. Furthermore, in all of Latin America there are approximately 1,300 Universities, creating immense opportunity for growth for Lingo Media as it deploys its software and helps ‘Change the Way the World Learns English’.

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Assemblywoman Joyner passes major housing legislation for those who speak English as a second language

Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner has won passage of state legislation that will enhance access to New York City’s housing for those with limited English language skills.

This measure is particularly important as New York’s housing courts are reopening and many tenants face the possibility of eviction.

Titled the Housing Court Equity Act of 2020, it will level the playing field for tenants who are more comfortable using languages other than English.

“The use of English-only documents in our city’s housing courts has proven to be a barrier for a growing number of New Yorkers and often leads to landlords having the upper hand as tenants have the deck stacked against them,” Assemblywoman Joyner said. “The result has left many tenants facing an uphill battle as they strive to keep their homes and avoid the tragedy of homelessness. Unscrupulous landlords exploit circumstances as tenants struggle to understand documents that are written in a language that they may not fully understand — and the dire consequences impact far too many families throughout our city.”

The bill requires that key housing court documents not just be provided to tenants in English, but in Spanish and the six other most common languages in New York City. Litigants in housing court will also be advised that they have the right to have all court proceedings and any settlements interpreted for them orally so they can understand a settlement before agreeing to it.

“Landlords have been able to exploit the fact that an increasing number of tenants have limited English language skills and that’s truly troubling in a city that’s home to so many immigrants from all over the world,” Joyner said. “A majority of residents in my Bronx community speak Spanish or have families that immigrated from the African continent where English is not commonly spoken. We need to ensure that they’re able to fully exercise their rights in housing court and don’t face undue barriers.”

Joyner added, “My district is not alone with statistics showing that there are 5.5 million New Yorkers who are not-native English speakers and 2.5 million New Yorkers with limited English proficiency,” she continued. “As a result, millions of New Yorkers are finding that the scales of justice are tilted against them each and every day. The Housing Court Equity Act of 2020 levels the playing field and balances the scales of justice for many New Yorkers faced with language barriers.”

The bill has has passed both houses of the state legislature and will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for signature later this year.

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Conservative talk radio host fired for demanding workers speak English

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A conservative radio show host lost her job after she filmed herself telling landscapers to speak English.

Dianna Ploss, a supporter of Donald Trump and conservative talk radio host in New Hampshire, filmed herself berating a man for speaking Spanish while he was working.

Ms Ploss was on the way to her radio station when she overheard a landscaper speaking Spanish. She began filming herself and started harassing the workers.

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“It’s America. You should be speaking English,” Ms Ploss said. “Is anybody here illegal? Are these guys illegal?”

She continued to berate the workers, and claimed the local government was engaged in “communism”.

“Your tax dollars up here in New Hampshire, that’s what’s going on here,” Ms Ploss said. “So now they have people who don’t speak English who are putting in this stuff that taxpayers are paying for and look what they’re doing. This is communism.”

At one point during the video, a man stops to ask Ms Ploss why she’s harassing the workers. Ms Ploss calls him a “social justice warrior” for wearing a face mask and directs her response towards her viewers.

“He’s a black man, and he’s going to protect the brown man from this white woman who’s practising white privilege because she happened to walk by and heard this guy talking to all of these guys doing this work in Spanish,” she said.

The broadcasting company Ms Ploss worked for issued a statement on Sunday announcing she was no longer associated with the company.

“Dianna Ploss is no longer associated or affiliated in any way with WSMN or Bartis-Russell Broadcasting, LLC. We at WSMN value freedom of speech, freedom of expression and assembly.

“We will not tolerate discrimination, racism or hatred. We continue to present and offer on-air opportunities for discussion, education and the exchange of opinions and ideas,” the statement said.

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Siegfried White raises his hand as he protests outside a burned Wendy’s restaurant on the third day following Rayshard Brooks death. The black man was shot by police in the car park in Atlanta. The mayor ordered immediate police reforms on Monday after the fatal shooting by a white officer

45/50 14 June 2020

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest march in central Tokyo

46/50 13 June 2020

Protesters raise their fists during a demonstration against police brutality and racism in Paris, France. The march was organised by supporters of Assa Traore, whose brother Adama died in police custody in 2016, in circumstances that remain unclear

47/50 12 June 2020

A pro-democracy supporter shouts at riot police during an anti-national security law rally in Mongkok district in Hong Kong, China. Protesters heeded online calls to gather as the city marks the one-year anniversary of the major clashes between police and pro-democracy demonstrators over the controversial extradition bill

48/50 11 June 2020

A section of the River Spree next to the Reichstag building coloured green by activists from “Extinction Rebellion” to protest the German government’s coal policies in Berlin

49/50 10 June 2020

A woman poses in front of a decapitated statue of Christopher Columbus at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston Massachusetts. The statue’s head, damaged overnight, was recovered by the Boston Police Department, as a movement to remove statues commemorating slavers and colonisers continues to sweep across the US

50/50 9 June 2020

Ivy McGregor, left, reads a resolution during the funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston. George Floyd is being laid to rest in his hometown, the culmination of a long farewell to the 46-year-old African American whose death in custody ignited global protests against police brutality and racism

Ms Ploss recorded a new harangue after losing her job. In the footage captured on Monday, she stood in front of a cardboard cut-out of Mr Trump and a poster that read “MA 4 Trump 2020” while she made ominous promises and referred to herself in the third-person.

“You have not silenced Dianna Ploss. I am not going away,” Ms Ploss said. “Patriots, we have a country to save.” The radio host lamented the “commies” and “leftists” who were trying to “shut us down” and “destroy our country” during her response.

She tried to paint her situation as ridiculous and cast herself as the victim of leftist mob mentality gone mad.

“So, if you want people in America to speak English, that makes you a racist,” she said, apparently incredulous.

The men harassed by Ms Ploss posted a statement on their company’s Facebook page thanking the community for supporting them after the video was shared widely online.

“The numerous phone calls, social posts, emails, voice messages and overall kind words are extremely encouraging and heartfelt,” Tom Morin, the owner of the landscaping company, wrote. “I believe that we can all take immense pride in how quickly the community rallied to demonstrate that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

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Out on ‘Welly-town’ to learn English and Kiwi culture

Free travel and tickets inspired a ‘post-Covid lockdown’ trip to the capital

Two English Language Partners Palmerston North classes jumped on the comfy ‘Capital Connection’ bound for Wellington.

The train ride was a first for many, and everyone managed to make the 6.15 am departure time!

Catching the bus from Wellington central to Zealandia involved a practical and useful everyday task: learning to read street bus timetables.

At Zealandia, people were captivated by the huge Takahe walking freely, Kereru perching and brown teal swimming in the lake.

The wildlife is protected from predators, and the eco-sanctuary is rich in native trees, leaving native birds free to fly wild in the serene, beautiful environment.

Learners captured the display of beauty with their cameras and enjoyed the unique sounds of singing Tui, ‘skraark-ing’ Kaka and trilling Riroriro.

The classes returned to the city to picnic near the waterfront, then explored Te Papa’s exhibitions, where learner Dhana Pati made notes for a future class presentation.

‘Gallipoli – The Scale of Our War’ brought ANZAC Day to life as everyone had studied how Kiwis remember their fallen soldiers. Each enormous sculpture highlighted a personal story of life during wartime, and class members wrote messages on paper poppies, leaving them in front of the giant ‘fallen soldier’.

Learners also explored nature – but indoors at Te Taiao | the Nature Room, which further opened eyes about New Zealand’s wildlife and the ways we’re protecting our natural taonga.

To experience our shaky lands first-hand, learners tried standing in the ‘Earthquake House’. Curious Te Papa staff chatted before the classes left, providing an opportunity for some useful ‘English in the real world’ exchanges before walking along the waterfront to catch the train home.

The well-deserved outing was extra special for all after the hardships of the last three months.

English Language Partners thanks the Capital Connection, Wellington buses and Zealandia for the free rides and entry!


Wellington’s eco-sanctuary, Zealandia https://www.visitzealandia.com/

Te Papa https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/


ENGLISH LANGUAGE GROUPS

  • 2-4 hours per week
  • Learn Kiwi English in a class
  • Learn about New Zealand culture
  • Go on day trips
  • Meet other people in your community
  • Qualified teachers
  • Fees may apply. Ask at your centre.

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Learning English outside the classroom – Part 3: How to learn English with YouTube – Espresso English

This is a guest post series by Alastair Budge, the founder of Leonardo English and the host of the podcast, a podcast for intermediate English learners and curious minds. The podcast comes with subtitles, a transcript, and key vocabulary, and is trusted by 100,000 students in 157 countries.

This is Part 3 of our series on learning English outside the classroom. Check out Part 1 – Learning English with Podcasts and Part 2 – Learning English with Netflix.

This is Part 3 of our series on learning English outside the classroom. Check out Part 1 – Learning English with Podcasts and Part 2 – Learning English with Netflix.

YouTube has boomed in recent years, and almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day.

, and I’m sure you use it already.

It is also full of videos about learning English, and there is a lot of great content that’s available for you.

It can be overwhelming though, as there is a lot to choose from. Here are our tips on how to use YouTube effectively to learn English.

Before you start

It has never been easier for anyone to start a YouTube channel. All you need is a smartphone and an internet connection.

This is great in terms of the amount of content that’s available, but it means that it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

YouTube does a pretty good job of showing you the best content, but remember, unlike Netflix, you will often find some quite amateur videos. 

The good news about this is that if you come across something that you don’t like, or that you don’t think is valuable, just hit ‘back’ and find another video. 

How to use YouTube effectively

If you just search ‘’ on YouTube, you would be presented with a wall of hundreds of thousands of results. 

It can be overwhelming, and before you do that, you should think about your goals.

Are you looking for tips on vocabulary and grammar?

If so, then you should probably check out channels like the

These kinds of channels explain words, and phrases, and recreate a classroom-style environment – there is a teacher, and the teacher explains things to you that you can then put into practice.

This can be a great way to self-study. If there are particular areas that you find hard or things that you know you need to work on, then this is content that can be very helpful to you.

Pro tip: Use the ‘watch later’ button to save videos that you don’t have time to watch right now. You can create your own playlist, then watch videos when it suits you, whether that’s on the metro, on the sofa, or just killing time waiting for a friend.

But you shouldn’t limit yourself to just content that is aimed at English learners, especially if you’re at an Intermediate level or above.

From amazing nature series like to comedies like , from documentary channels like to , you could spend years just watching YouTube videos.

So don’t limit yourself to just content about learning English. Not only is it always good to have a change, much like Netflix, sometimes it’s good to have a bit of a break and watch something that’s a little bit lighter and is entertaining.

Pro tip: You can turn on subtitles on YouTube, but these are often ‘auto-generated’, so they aren’t 100% correct. , but can also be unhelpful if you’re actually trying to learn English. So we’d advise you to not do this unless you really can’t understand anything.

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download app Learn English through short movies

ABA English .. Learn English through short movies
ABA English application is a valuable treasure for English learners on a smartphone! It is based on principles of the natural method that relies on learning through full immersion in the language, which makes it a complete educational system that simulates the same learning process that you will experience if you travel abroad to study English. The application contains 6 educational levels, from beginner to the language used for business, divided into 144 amazing free lessons in video clips that will help you to know everything you need about English!
The lessons are based on teaching English by watching short films that took place London and New York. First you will listen to what is said, understand it well, study the dialogues between the characters, and learn from them. After that, you start talking in order to play the role of one of the characters in the movie from the written script available in the application. All this will be done in a natural and spontaneous way that makes you feel like you are going through a realistic scenario. In the end of every lesson, a basic grammar will be studied in order to consolidate your knowledge with English grammar, with some practical exercise so you can understand grammars and gain new vocabulary and expressions gradually without feeling.

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The app provides many unique features, such as:
– Progress feature; this enables you to easily measure your progress through the evaluation presented in the end of each level.
– Tutor feature – only for paid packages – that allows students to communicate with the tutors, so they help you reaching a better level in English by providing instructions and advice according to your progress pace.
– Certificates feature – only for paid packages -, which enables you to obtain an official certificate from the application once you complete your educational level.
The application has more than 35 million learners all over the world, as it suits both Android and Apple devices, the number of its users only on Android devices is more than 5 million users! The app got a total rating of 4.4 on the “Google Play” by nearly 94,000 users, while ranked 97th among the best educational applications on “App Store” with a rating of 4.6 by 4 thousand users.

For Android phone users, you can download the application from:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abaenglish.videoclass

Apple phones users download of from:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/learn-english-films-aba-english/id859243872

Go to the application’s website from:
https://www.abaenglish.com/en/

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How to Learn English the English Discoveries Way – Interactive Learning

English is a global language, familiar to people all over the world, regardless of where they live. Popular television programs from English-speaking countries that have been exported to every corner of the globe have familiarized audiences with English phrases, expressions and clever comments.
Songs with catchy tunes are heard in locations thousands of miles away from the studios where the songs were originally recorded. However, the English that might be heard at a party isn’t the same level of English that would be used when making a professional presentation in one’s field of employment. People hoping to learn English are often stumped by the dilemma of learning the appropriate styles of English to suit a variety of settings.

Edusoft, Ltd., a company that develops cutting-edge English learning solutions used by schools around the world, solves the problem of how to learn English for any occasion. Edusoft is a subsidiary of Educational Testing Services, (ETS), the developers of the TOFEL® and TOEIC® exams. Together, they make a winning team: the experience of Edusoft when it comes to English language learning plus the assessment leadership of ETS which is renowned worldwide, deliver the most effective English learning solutions that are available.

How to Learn English the English Discoveries Way

How to Learn English with an Effective Student- and Teacher-Centric Platform
Secondary and high school students are often uncertain when learning a new language, so the first step is to instill confidence in them.  That’s where Edusoft’s expertise makes the difference.

Edusoft’s flagship product,  has been selected by educational leaders all over the world who recognize its distinguished leadership and field-proven pedagogical approaches that are based upon the most current and comprehensive academic research. Boards of education, prestigious schools, and parent-teacher associations praise its thorough approach to the learning process.

What Makes English Discoveries So Different?
English Discoveries offers 10 CEFR-aligned general English courses to assist students in meeting standard, advanced, and elite-level requirements. The unique language reinforcement of the program’s state-of-the-art, video-based speaking and listening activities, which provide automated speech and writing feedback, optimizes learning outcomes. Students, who were once hesitant at the prospect of learning English, benefit from modern methods that transform their lessons into an interactive platform that helps them in their mastery of the English language.

Satisfied Clients Praise Edusoft Products
Thanks to Edusoft’s data-driven learning environment, educators are able to monitor the progress of the class as a whole and the individual student as well, maximizing effectiveness and ensuring student success. Real-time reports are generated that track the completion of the tasks, the test scores, and also the amount of time that the students spent on the tasks. These tools, and the Teacher Dashboard, allow customization so that instructors can create lessons from existing content with the option, if they choose, to develop and deliver their own content.

Winning results have made believers in both the corporate and academic fields. Is there any industry in today’s competitive market which is more global than travel, particularly the airlines? In order to provide service to all passengers, from seasoned, multilingual world travelers to inexperienced students making their way to a foreign country for the first time, airline employees must be able to communicate effectively.

When seeking to improve the English proficiency of its employees, COPA Airlines sought a reliable and practical program that answered the question of how to learn English. They found that solution in English Discoveries. In the words of Dominik Rus, Corporate Training Director for COPA, Edusoft’s customized blended learning solution has helped improve the English proficiency of COPA Airlines employees.” Rus goes on to note that, thanks to English Discoveries, COPA personnel, including pilots, mechanics, flight attendants , and administrative and passenger service employees were able to practice and improve their English-speaking skills using language functions that were related to their jobs.

Whether in flight or on the ground, Edusoft solves the dilemma of how to learn English.

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Learning English outside the classroom – Part 2: How to learn English with Netflix – Espresso English

This is a guest post series by Alastair Budge, the founder of Leonardo English and the host of the podcast, a podcast for intermediate English learners and curious minds. The podcast comes with subtitles, a transcript, and key vocabulary, and is trusted by 100,000 students in 157 countries.

This is Part 2 of our series on learning English outside the classroom. Check out Part 1 – Learning English with Podcasts and Part 3 – Learning English with YouTube.

Netflix needs no introduction. 

It’s watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world and is a collection of some of the best TV shows and movies out there.

You may already watch it in your native language, but you have probably watched some English language films too. Perhaps you’ve watched them with subtitles, or maybe you’ve thrown yourself in at the deep end and watched them without subtitles.

Here’s how you can use Netflix to help you learn English outside the classroom.

Before you start

Watching films, for most people, is an enjoyable activity. We watch films for fun, and so you might think that you can just start watching films in English and it’ll count as your ‘learning English activity’.

So instead of spending an hour reading a book or listening to podcasts, you switch on .

This is one of the

Netflix and TV can be great, but they are very passive language learning activities. showed that your brain can actually be more active when you are asleep than when you watch TV. 

So don’t make the mistake of thinking that all of these activities are equal. Watching Netflix can be very enjoyable, but it shouldn’t replace the more ‘active’ learning activities that you do (such as listening actively to podcasts).

How to use Netflix effectively

For all the doom and gloom around watching Netflix being a passive learning activity, there certainly still is a place for it.

Firstly, it’s fun. You enjoy it, and this means that it’s easier to do larger amounts of it.

Learning English isn’t a sprint, and if you mix ‘intensive’ activities (such as shadowing a podcast) with lower stress activities (such as watching Netflix), this is an excellent way to keep yourself surrounded by English but to not burn out.

We can’t all learn at 100% all the time (Pat from is a great person to follow if you like this kind of philosophy), and language learning should be an enjoyable journey.

Here are a few tips that should help you get started with Netflix:

1. Use English subtitles

Unlike with podcasts, you have video to help you understand. There really isn’t any excuse to use subtitles in your native language, even if you are a beginner.

You will be able to understand a lot through context, even if it’s tough at the beginning.

When I was 18 I lived in Perugia, in Italy, while I was learning Italian. 

I lived with a German guy, who couldn’t speak English or Italian, and I couldn’t speak German.

We always used to watch the German soap operas . When I started, I couldn’t understand a word of it. But after a few weeks, I quickly picked things up. 

If you are an Intermediate or above speaker, and you still feel that you need the crutch of the subtitles, then at least try not to look at them. It can be tempting but keep your eyes on the top of the screen, and only look down at the subtitles if there’s something that you really didn’t understand. 

If you are always just reading the subtitles, then you aren’t forcing your brain to actually listen, and you’ll be disappointed with how slowly you progress.

2. Turn off the English subtitles

If you feel that you can understand 80% of what is going on in a film or TV series, then turn off the subtitles. 

It might make watching it just slightly less fun, but from a learning perspective, you will improve so much faster. You’ll force yourself to understand the meaning, and you won’t just default to reading the subtitles.

Note, for beginners, that allows you to have two subtitles at the same time – the English, and your native language. Although this might be tempting, it’s easy to get complacent when using it. 

If you’re really looking to improve your English, and you do need some form of subtitles, then we’d recommend just sticking to English. It might feel a little uncomfortable to start, but it will help you progress 10 times faster.

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I can’t speak English fluently even though I read a lot — Doing English

I can’t speak English even though I read all the time: why? In this article, I explain the 5 elements of fluency, and why you can’t speak.

“Why is it so hard for me to speak fluently even though I read all the time?”

This is a common question.

And one I get a lot from students on the A course.

There are two things to consider:

This video explains both points in detail:

So, as you see, “fluency” in English is more complicated than people think: and speaking is much more complex than reading.

What actually is fluency?

Fluency is simply how efficiently English is being processed in your brain, and if we look at what’s going on there are roughly 5 key elements to fluency:

That’s a pretty quick ‘n’ dirty summary. For more detail (and how to use the ‘shadowing’ exercise to develop them), go here.

Basically, fluency is the result of all 5 of these elements working smoothly together. And that’s why it’s perfectly possible to be fluent in some topics but not others, be able to understand but not say it well, why you can know something but fail to remember it when you need it… and on and on.

I can’t speak English fluently… about just some topics

This is an extreme example, but I had a client who could use English all day at work but struggled to order a coffee in Starbucks. Another of my clients said she could understand conversation, but not the news (others say the opposite).

There’s a video here about this:

The point is, we never get “fluent” in English, exactly. We get fluent in topics, but not others if we don’t learn to be fluent in them.

Reading Fluency and Spoken Fluency are Different

The second part of this problem is that reading only uses some of these 5 elements of fluency – but not all.

Encoding and organisation (to an extent), yes. And while reading will help with “activation”, it’ll do little to nothing to develop motor skills (see here for an exercise that will), for example.

You get good at what you do.

So if you want to get good at speaking, you’ll need to:

The 5 Changes Improve in English Fast

If what I’ve said here resonates with you, and you’re stuck of saying “I can’t speak English!” there’s a free training here that will teach you the nuts-and-bolts of how to improve as a higher-level learner.

Best,
Julian Northbrook

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