Did you know that, according to the Federal Communications Commission, 97% of schools in the U.S. have an internet connection? Many schools, from the elementary schools to universities, are incorporating technology more and more into their learning structure. Are you trying to study for the TOEFL exam but having difficulty keeping up with other students in your class, or is your schedule too busy to meet with tutors and teachers? It is actually possible to participate in technology based learning for mastering English language proficiency. Here are three ways you can get the internet to help you learn. 1. Learning English Vocabulary Not the type of person to cut out dozens of index cards to use every week? No problem. There are dozens of sites available for computers and mobile devices for this purpose. Many language sites offer unique digital flashcards that help users retain information better by pairing words not just with written translations, but with sounds and images as well. You can also play pairing games that take off the stress of memorization and instead make it a sort of game where one can accrue points and attempt to beat previous scores. 2. TOEFL iBT Listening Practice During the TOEFL, you will need to listen to various excerpts and answer questions accordingly. Some of these excerpts will be delivered in a variety of regional accents. Most people realize that watching movies and television shows in English can help them gain better listening skills. What you should really look for, though, are videos that mimic the type of prompt you will receive in the TOEFL. For this reason, look for websites that specifically cater to TOEFL students. When you come across a phrase you find difficult, stop the film and repeat it to yourself. 3. Dealing with Irregularities through Technology in Learning One of the difficult parts of English, and Toefl practice online, is the number of irregularities it contains. One helpful tool you can look up online is a poem called “The Chaos” by Gerald Nolst Trenite. This poem is a classic English composition, and it contains approximately 800 of the worst pronunciation and spelling irregularities. One line, for example, reads “petal, panel, and canal.” For more practice, consider participating in online chats with native speakers so that you can get a feel for the way irregulars play out in common speech and writing. Have you used technology in learning? Let us know Read this for more: www.teachingsolutions.org
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