English writing practice – Winter Olympics! What are your feelings?

The 22nd Winter Olympics will start today in Sochi Russia! Do you like the Olympics? Does your country participate? What is your favorite event? Why? What do you do during the Olympics? How do you celebrate? Do you go to Olympics parties? Do you think the Olympics are not so important? What is your favorite non- Olympic winter activity? This …

English practice – Share your opinion of yesterday’s Van Damme story (or any story!)

Yesterday we practiced asking some basic questions to get information. Telling others what we need, want, or think is another major reason to communicate. In September I posted some blogs giving example sentences to help share your opinion. http://808english.blogspot.jp/2013/09/giving-your-opinion-in-english.html http://808english.blogspot.jp/2013/09/giving-your-opinion-in-english_23.html http://808english.blogspot.jp/2013/09/giving-your-opinion-in-english_24.html Sharing your opinion Use the news story from yesterday’s blog and practice giving your opinion. If that story is …

Who – What – Where – When – Why – How

Who – What – Where – When – Why – How When we have a conversation we are always answering these questions. How was your day? When did Frank arrive? Why is there a stain on the carpet? What happened? A great way to practice communication is to practice changing information into questions. Here is an example news story from …