American English by the S4 Speaking Pro
929 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

The World Course | Avenues - Private School in New York City

The World Course | Avenues - Private School in New York City | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it

The World Course of global studies, offered in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, will infuse a series of topics throughout the Avenues curriculum to ensure every student obtains a global vision. Every student will study demography, environmental sustainability, world geography, economic trade, world religions and more. For these courses, Avenues will both draw on its own talent and partner with a team of global studies experts...

Ben Piscopo's insight:

Avenues held its first classes in Fall 2012. It looks like it's planning for agressive expansion around the world. This course "The World Course" looks particularly interesting because it has been designed with the goal of guiding students toward 'Global Competence.'

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

10 tips for improving IELTS Scores | IELTS Learning Tips

10 tips for improving IELTS Scores | IELTS Learning Tips | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
I wanted to pass on to you my top 10 tips for improving your IELTS exam results. This is what I give my own students who are preparing for this test. (NEW!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

IELTS Vocabulary: Precision Words by The Speaking Pro | S4 Speaking Pro

IELTS Vocabulary: Precision Words by The Speaking Pro | S4 Speaking Pro | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Expressing your ideas accurately is crucial to higher scores not only for IELTS speaking but for writing as well.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

Listening to Different Accents in the IELTS Speaking Test | S4 Speaking Pro

There are a few questions that Brits and Americans ask differently, or find comfortable asking in different ways. Although most of what examiners ask you is from a script, there might be a tendency for 10% to be asked in their own way.
Ben Piscopo's insight:

An attempt at bridging the gap between US and UK accents.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ben Piscopo from Listen to English! Speak English!
Scoop.it!

EnglishCentral.com

EnglishCentral.com | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it

Really cool and easy to use site which helps you to improve your pronunciation, your listening and your vocabulary whilst watching video clips.  You can watch almost anything from serious videos on things such as 'How to make a telephone call' to more fun things like interviews with Lady Gaga and even the 'Rapping Flight Attendent'!   Speech recognition records your voice and provides instant feedback on pronunciation. TRY IT!


Via Jo Timerick
Ben Piscopo's insight:

An amazing web app... I'm speechless!

more...
Embassy English's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:37 AM

Visit the academic office to borrow headphones with a microphone to record and listen back to your speaking.  The website will give you instant feedback on your pronunciation accuracy.  How cool is that?!

Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

The Many Ways to Speak “American” | IIP Digital

The Many Ways to Speak “American” | IIP Digital | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
The General American accent taught in English-language classes is actually only one of a wide variety of ways that Americans actually speak. American accents reflect how their country was settled by English speakers and when.
Ben Piscopo's insight:

Interesting take on the American accent(s)

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ben Piscopo from The world of IELTS
Scoop.it!

IELTS Advice: how to improve - ielts-simon.com

IELTS Advice: how to improve - ielts-simon.com | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Many people ask me how they can improve their IELTS scores. In my experience, improvements tend to happen in the following way: Here's my explanation of the graph above: When a student first starts taking IELTS lessons, ...

Via Berni Wall
Ben Piscopo's insight:

Interesting way to graph the stages of improvement on IELTS.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

Use Redundant Phrases in Native English

Use Redundant Phrases in Native English | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
All students learning English will eventually get to a point when they need to build longer, more complicated sentences to demonstrate an advanced level of English. One simple way to do that is to use redundant language.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

4 Steps to Create Rules for Spoken English

4 Steps to Create Rules for Spoken English | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Over the course of 8 years teaching English to non-native students, mostly at the university level, I have found students are the most concerned about speaking and their pronunciation.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

IELTS 7: Put Teeth in your Writing

IELTS 7: Put Teeth in your Writing | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Aside from error density in grammar and improperly used vocabulary, IELTS Task 2 essays tend to lose points by also lacking imagery.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

IELTS 6+ Basic Skill: Paraphrasing

IELTS 6+ Basic Skill: Paraphrasing | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Perhaps you were hoping to wow the examiner with an uncommon word or phrase, but when it was time to deliver all you could think of was “uhhhhhh”… After our lesson today you won’t have to worry about lacking vocabulary because you will be able to...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

Twitter / madeinargentina: British vs American English ...

RT @madeinargentina: British vs American English http://t.co/ZuUXQ2hCPD
Ben Piscopo's insight:

Clever! ;)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

#5 Education- The ULTIMATE Speaking Vocab Guide

#5 Education- The ULTIMATE Speaking Vocab Guide | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Not sure how to read S4 Phonetics? Learn about S4 for Beginners here. assignment n. əsai‛nm‛nt My highschool teacher consistently gave us written assignments everyday. mai haisguu‛l tiitʃ‛r k‛nsisdə‛n‛•lii geiv-as ri•‛n əsai‛nm‛nts-evriidei.
Ben Piscopo's insight:

Talking about Education in standard American English (with S4)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

How To Prepare For A Job Interview: The Art of the First Interview | Matt Eventoff

How To Prepare For A Job Interview: The Art of the First Interview | Matt Eventoff | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
In this day and age, when it seems every candidate has straight A's, perfect test scores and has saved millions of lives in remote lands (all exaggerations!) the pressure to be someone you are not is great.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ben Piscopo from IELTS throughout the Net
Scoop.it!

American English Pronunciation Podcasts

American English Pronunciation Podcast

Via HighPoint IELTS Prep
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

The 20 Most Common Words in IELTS Speaking 2013 | S4 Speaking Pro

The 20 Most Common Words in IELTS Speaking 2013 | S4 Speaking Pro | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
The following list comes from practice topics available among various free sources online. Listen to both the US and UK accents by clicking the S4 phonetic equivalent after each word.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

US Accent Word List for æ | S4 Speaking Pro

US Accent Word List for æ | S4 Speaking Pro | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Students studying my American accent and IELTS pronunciation courses are given special training with word lists. I suggest reviewing and repeating these words daily in the first week.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

Get a 0.5 Boost with the IELTS Speaking CODE Framework | S4 Speaking Pro

Get a 0.5 Boost with the IELTS Speaking CODE Framework | S4 Speaking Pro | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Examiners of IELTS speaking grade you based on your Vocabulary and Grammar, which is your content; along with your Fluency (coherence) and Pronunciation, which is your delivery.
Ben Piscopo's insight:

This is a systematic approach to helping students improve their IELTS score quickly. They usually can't put their finger on the problem.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Ben Piscopo from The world of IELTS
Scoop.it!

A strategy for planning your IELTS task 1

A strategy for planning your IELTS task 1 | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
A strategy for planning your answer in academic task 1 by following a simple 5 step process
The post A strategy for planning your IELTS task 1 appeared first on Dominic Cole's IELTS and Beyond.

Via Berni Wall
Ben Piscopo's insight:

Thoughtful strategy. I also suggest planning your writing through "mini-outlines". 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

IELTS 7: Mini-Tasks for Writing

IELTS 7: Mini-Tasks for Writing | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Today we’ll practice writing what I call “Mini-Tasks”. Mini-Tasks are basically shorter versions of Task 2 and only take about 50 words to complete. Your writing will be one paragraph with a topic sentence, a point, and a supporting detail.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

Recycle Vocabulary and Increase Confidence Part 2

Recycle Vocabulary and Increase Confidence Part 2 | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
This is lesson 2 of a two-part series on Recycling Vocabulary (Collocations) The BIGGEST challenge when learning new vocabulary is deciding when to use it appropriately.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

IELTS Key Speaking Structures

IELTS Key Speaking Structures | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
If you haven’t read about the requirements of the IELTS Speaking test before, let me remind you of what examiners are looking for… Examples of Fluent Speaking.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Ben Piscopo
Scoop.it!

5 Steps for Mini-Outlines in IELTS Writing Task 2

5 Steps for Mini-Outlines in IELTS Writing Task 2 | American English by the S4 Speaking Pro | Scoop.it
Mini-outlines are part of an exercise I do regularly with Chinese students preparing for the IELTS exam. Although they are all quite intelligent, they find it extremely difficult to come up with vivid examples to support their views.
more...
No comment yet.