The website DifferenceBetween.net explains the difference between two similar words. It includes explanations of words often confusing to English learners, such as Before vs Ago, or Long vs Short Vowels, and Await vs Wait.
Classic movies, international movies, educational movies (including learning English), and lots of movies for kids too. All you need is a Framingham library card. If you don’t live in Framingham, you can check here if your library also has this service. Or – you can check to see at your own library if they have Kanopy, or other services with movies, such as Hoopla or Overdrive.
Practicing dictation can help improve your:
- English listening skills
- Writing and Punctuation
- Speaking and pronunciation (if you speak the words you hear – out loud – while you’re writing it)
The EnglishClub website has a good collection of dictation exercises, at 3 different levels of difficulty. Here’s an example:
1. Listen to the dictation at normal speed (just listen; don’t try to write it).
2. Listen again at slow speed and try to write/type what your hear (with a smartphone, you need to use paper).
Include capitalization and punctuation.
3. Listen again at slow speed if you need to.
4. Listen at normal speed for a last check.
5. When you’re ready, click/press Show Answer and compare the answer to your writing.
(The mailbox is just behind the big water fountain.)
Framingham Adult ESL will have a limited number of spaces for morning and evening classes for the Fall 2018 semester.
- If you are interested in taking a MORNING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
St. Tarcisius School (BRACE building)
560 Waverly Street, Framingham
Thursday, August 16th, 8:45 – 10:00 AM
- If you are interested in taking an EVENING English class at Framingham Adult ESL you must come in person to
Fuller Middle School Cafeteria
31 Flagg Drive, Framingham
Thursday, August 16th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
- Come on August 16th to submit an entry card (with your name, address, etc). Everyone who submits a card will have their name included in the lottery.
- The lottery will be on Monday, August 20th. Don’t come to the school on Aug 20th. You can watch the lottery online (Facebook Live) on your phone, tablet, or computer.
- If you are one of the winners of the lottery, you will be asked to come back on a different day for testing.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- If I want to participate in the English class lottery, do I have to come to the school?
YES – You must come to the school on Thursday August 16th to submit an entry card. BUT, this should not take too long because there will be no lottery or testing on that day.
- Will there be 2 separate lotteries?
YES – If you come in the morning of Aug 16th (to St. Tarcisius), your name will be part of the lottery for MORNING classes. If you come in the evening of Aug 16th (to Fuller School), your name will be part of the lottery for EVENING classes.
- On August 16th do I need to arrive at the school before 6:30PM (or before 8:45 AM for morning classes)?
NO – You can come any time between 6:30 and 8:00PM (or between 8:45 and 10:00AM for morning classes). ALL the names collected during that time will have an equal chance in the lottery.
- Do I need to watch the lottery (on Facebook Live) on August 20th?
NO – When you come to the school on August 16th, you will submit an entry card with information (phone, email) on how to contact you. If your name is selected in the lottery, the school will contact you.
- If my name is selected in the lottery, what happens next?
You will be asked to come to the school for testing. After testing, you will be assigned to one of these:
- a regular English class (6 hours each week)
- or – a volunteer-led, once-a-week prep class (2 hours)
If you stay in prep class with good attendance, you will automatically be on a priority list for a regular class and will not need to participate in any more lotteries.
- or – a waiting list
(You get a space in class as soon as possible and do not need to participate in more lotteries)
- When are the classes?
- Regular morning classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45
- Regular evening classes are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30
- Prep classes are on one of those mornings, or evenings, each week
- I can’t come on August 16th. Can I come on the 15th (or some other day)? Or can someone else come to submit an entry card for me?
NO – Unfortunately, the only day you can come to submit your name for the lottery is on August 16th, and you must come in-person.
Are there words – or groups of words – that are are especially difficult for you to pronounce, or understand, in English? “uncomfortable”; “sixth”; “how much does this cost”; “what are you going to do”?
On YouGlish.com you can type in those words, and then listen to how they are said – as part of conversation – by many different people in YouTube videos. Try it below. (Press the button to go to the next video.)
Reading books and listening to audiobooks is an excellent and enjoyable way to improve your English. Did you know that you can borrow eBooks and audiobooks (with thousands of choices) – for free – right on your phone or tablet? All you need is a library card from your local library, and the new Libby app from OverDrive.
If you live in Massachusetts, you don’t even need to visit the library to get a card. You can get a free eCard from the Boston Public Library.
After you enter your library card number in the app, you can borrow ebooks or audiobooks. There are also some “Read Along” books (mostly kids’ books) that you can listen to while you read.
There are SO many videos on YouTube that can help you improve your English grammar (and much more!). Search for a video lesson about anything you want to study. You can start by searching for: beginner English grammar.
- How much time the video takes – 5 minutes? 30 minutes? 2 hours?
- How many people watched (viewed) the video
(1.3M = 1.3 Million = 1,300,000)
(14K = 14 Thousand = 14,000)
- When was the video put on YouTube – 2 weeks ago? 8 years ago?
If you have a problem with something specific, watch some lessons on that. On YouTube, search for English past tense (or ESL past tense); or ESL verb to be; or ESL auxiliary verbs; or quoted and reported speech (direct and indirect speech).
When you find a video you like, you can look for more videos by the same people. Many people have a “channel” – a group of their videos – that you can go to on YouTube. Examples of some good YouTube channels for English learners are: Jennifer ESL, EngVid, and Rachel’s English.
There are more summer word videos like this on Vidtionary.com