Fun Easy English Classroom 2019
 
 
 
 
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A lesson for every day of the year.
GOOD LUCK with your English language studies in 2019.

Howie Hayman....YOUR English Teacher
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January Lessons

Happy New Year - Welcome to the Fun Easy English classroom. Begin with the January 1 lesson and then continue every day. At the end of the year you will see a dramatic improvement in your English ability.
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February Lessons

Love and Relationship Month - This month in the classroom we will focus on love and relationships, along with the usual pronunciation and grammar lessons. Lots of fun lessons, surveys, and activities.
February Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
March Lessons

Spring Has Arrived - Grammar this month focuses on nouns and pronouns. Pronunciation lessons continue with vowels. Learn a few new reductions.
March Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
April Lessons

Getting Warmer Now - Hey time to take your pc, iphone, tablet, or whatever, outside and enjoy the sun while studying with Fun Easy English. Grammar this month focuses mainly on pronouns. Pronunciation of English vowels continues. Yup more reductions.
April Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
May Lessons

Heading Towards Summer - Temperatures continue to get warmer. This month in the classroom grammar focuses mainly on articles and verbs. Pronunciation lessons include the last few vowels sounds. And of course you will be learning some new slang, idioms, and reductions.
May Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
June Lessons

Summer Has Arrived - This month in the classroom you will begin learning English consonant pronunciation. Grammar continues with verbs and then on to adverbs.
June Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July Lessons

Independence Day - This month celebrate an important American holiday, Independence Day. Learn all about this holiday with fun lessons and activities. Grammar focus is on adjectives.
July Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
August Lessons

Hot Summer - Grammar in the classroom this month focuses on prepositions and conjunctions. Pronunciation of consonants continues.
August Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
September Lessons

Autumn Has Arrived - This month Fun Easy English Classroom celebrates another American holiday, Labor Day. Learn all about this holiday which is the unofficial end of Summer in the United States. Grammar focus this month is on clauses and sentences.
September Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
October Lessons

Happy Halloween - Celebrate Halloween and learn all about this holiday. Grammar focus is on punctuation.
October Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
November Lessons

Happy Thanksgiving - This month in the classroom celebrate Thanksgiving. Learn all about this holiday. Grammar focus continues with punctuation.
November Quick Links - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
December Lessons

Happy Holidays - Hey congratulations for completing a full year of English lessons in the Fun Easy English classroom. Even if your English is perfect now, come back again next year for more Fun Easy English lessons. Please ask your friends to join you. GOOD LUCK with your English language studies in 2020. Thank you for joining the Fun Easy English Classroom.
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Study Tips
Avoid Ineffective Study Methods

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Avoid Ineffective Study Methods
Imagine you have a test in school. It could be for a class in history or mathematics. Even worse, you could have an English test. How should you prepare for this terrible event? What can you do before the big day to help you do better?

Should you reread your history or math books? What about underlining important words or sentences?

If you are like many students, you probably use both rereading and underlining. But are these truly the best methods?

Today, on our Education Report, we will explore effective and ineffective ways to study for tests. You might learn that some study habits you used in the past might not be the best methods.

Are rereading and highlighting effective?

Rereading and highlighting are common strategies that you will see in schools around the world.

Students look at information they have already read in an effort to remember what is important.

Students often combine rereading with highlighting. They underline important information in what they read with a writing instrument such as a marker.

American Mary Pyc is a cognitive scientist. She studies the human mind and its processes.

Pyc says that both rereading and highlighting are ineffective study tools. While better than not studying at all, she believes they are not as useful as other habits.

"For example, with rereading, it's maybe not as effective because you are not trying to actively retrieve the information. You are not seeing "what do I actually know about what I read?" With rereading what is going to happen is that it is going to feel like you already know the information because you've already read it. So, you have this sense of fluency that is leading you to think "Ok, yes, I know the information."

The problem with highlighting, Pyc says, is that students have a false sense of understanding - similar to when they reread information. Also, there is a second problem that comes with highlighting.

"Students aren't always aware of what the most important information is. So it's possible that they are maybe highlighting details that aren't as important as the higher level concepts."

What can you do?

So what should you do if rereading and highlighting are not the best ways to study for a test?

One idea is to test yourself. We have discussed self-testing strategies in other education stories. Simple flashcards and practice exams can help when you want to make sure that you have learned something.

Another strategy is what education experts have called “spaced practice.” This means to practice remembering the new information over time, instead of doing everything all at once. We will discuss spaced practice in a future Education Tips story.

Regardless of which strategy you chose, you should know that effective learning takes time and it takes effort.

The next time you have a test coming, try to plan for the big day so that you can give yourself time to engage in different study habits. And remember, rereading and highlighting are better than not studying at all, but there are better methods out there!

I'm John Russell.

John Russell wrote this story for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

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  • ineffectiveadj. not producing or having the effect you want; not effective
  • engagev. to get and keep; to ask someone to perform a service
  • regardlessadv. without being stopped by trouble, difficulty
  • flashcardn. one of a set of cards carrying information, such as words, numbers or other information
  • practicev. to perform or work at repeatedly so you become better at something
  • highlightv. to mark something in color for detail
  • strategyn. a careful plan or method
  • habitn. a way of doing something; a custom
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