Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 149 | Study Skills | Checking your Reading Speed

Welcome back to another podcast and today we’re going to talk about reading speed. Now, I do think this is completely irrelevant because if you don’t pick up what you’re actually reading, the speed doesn’t matter. However, smart reading is more like it. So let’s go over some techniques that can help you.

  • Find something familiar to read.
  • Set the alarm for ten minutes.
  • Read for ten minutes at a speed that allows you to understand what you ready.
  • Count how many words you read.
  • Divide this number by ten, to find out how many words you read in one minute.
  • Do this using different texts. If you read fewer than 200-250 words per minute, even with material that is clear and interesting, it is worth trying to increase your speed.

Tips for improving your reading speed.

  • Keep your eyes moving forward to avoid re-reading parts of the text
  • Avoid moving your mouth or using your fingers to follow the lines.
  • Read with a clear purpose to keep you motivated and on track.
  • Practice reading academic material more often.
  • Actively improve your reading speed through practice.
  • Change your reading speed according to what you are reading. Slow down for sections with unknown technical words and speed up for sections with more familiar language.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 132 – Study Skills – Effective Note-Taking

How do you usually make notes on audio programs you listen to? Videos on YouTube? Or even in classrooms? Do you review your notes after the lesson? If so, how do you do it? If not, why not?

Note-Taking Skills

Note-taking skills are essential, but not everyone knows how to do it. It’s not simply a case of writing down everything the teacher says. Good note-taking requires students to evaluate, organize and summarize information and is a key life skill for students to learn. Students who take notes are seven times more likely to remember information one week after a lesson than those who simply listen. There are different ways to record information, and it’s best to find the system that suits your learning style, but here are some suggestions to help.

Before the lesson

– Start by reviewing the notes from the previous lesson and look at the major ideas or specific facts that you were taught. Think of questions you would like to ask the teacher. This will help refresh your memory and get you ready for the lesson to come.

– Start a new page, and write the date.

– Organize your page in a way that suits you best. One way to do this is to draw a line down the center of the page, leaving about two thirds of the width to the right, and a third to the left. The right-hand section is where you will write your notes during the lesson, and the left-hand side is for reviewing and organizing later.

During the Lesson

– Don’t try to write down everything the teacher says. The average student writes only 1/3 of a word per second, while the average teacher says 2-3 words. Keep your notes brief. Write an outline of the key concepts, with supporting facts and examples using short phrases or sentences only.

– Develop your own system of abbreviations, such as w/for ‘with’ or use mathematical symbols, e.g. <, =, Aim to be consistent with these so that you recognize them easily when you re-read your notes.

– Listen for clues from the teacher about how to organize your notes. Often a lesson will begin with a summary of the points that will be covered. Then the teacher will use phrases to signal what’s important, e.g. ‘There are two points of view…, “The third reason is….’The lesson may then also end with a summary of what has been said.

– Organize the main point son the page in a way that suits you best, for example using bullet points, or a mind map.

After the Lesson

– As soon as the lesson finishes, take a moment to look over your notes. Use this time to highlight in color, or underline key concepts, or to write questions if anything isn’t clear.

– Within 24 hours, look at your notes again to help transfer information from your short – to long-term memory. If you’ve left a margin on the left of the page, write here key words that summarize the main ideas of the lesson. If the notes are clear, you won’t need to waste time writing everything up again.

– Regularly reviewing, reciting and practicing your notes is the best way to learn and remember them.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 62 – Vocabulary – Adjective Suffixes

We’re back with some more suffixes! Hope you guys like this one, but it’s a bit difficult, so brace yourself!

Which of these words are noun and adjectives: Aristocracy, aristocratic, care, careful, careless, comfort, comfortable, fame, famous, luck, lucky, science, scientific, terrible, terror, uncomfortable.

Turn these words into adjectives and write them in a columns that look like this on a sheet of paper: Artist, danger, enjoy, help, hunger, mystery, nature, office, sense, use

-y -ic: artistic -able -ible
-ful -less -al -ous

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 61 – Grammar – Modal Verbs of Speculation & Deduction (Present)

Oh! Back into the modal verbs! Love these like no tomorrow and of course, so happy to be back at them. Let’s dive into it.

  1. This must be a conspiracy theory.
  2. It might explain the words in his most famous speech ‘I have a dream.’
  3. It could explain why she always wore lots of makeup.
  4. Some scientists are indicating that global warming can’t happen this quickly.
  5. Some people think it may be true.
  6. It might not be just a story.

Task – Country Flags & General

1. It’s a republic.

It must/can’t be the UK because they have a royal family.

2. They speak Spanish there.

It must/might be Mexico because they speak Spanish there.

3. The capital city is Lima.

It must/may be Peru.

 

4. The currency is the Euro.

It could/can’t be lots of countries because 18 countries or more use Euros.

5. It’s a republic which has a president and a prime minister.

It may/can’t be a France or Italy because they both have a president and a prime minister.

6. Their national anthem is sometimes called “Fratelli d’Italia.’

It could/must be Italy.

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 53 – Vocabulary Skills – Suffixes -ful & -less

Welcome back to another ESL podcast! I’m back with some more vocabulary today, and of course, your favorite type of skill….

SUFFIXES!

Two common suffixes you can add to words to make adjectives are -ful and -less. The suffix -ful means “full of” (fearful = full of fear, cheerful = full of cheer) and -less means “without” (fearless = without fear). For some words, either suffix can be added. For others, you can use on suffix but not the other.

-ful -ful and -less -less
successful painful/painless priceless
beautiful hopeful/hopeless sleepless
stressful thoughtful/thoughtless jobless
  useful/useless homeless

Task

Look at these word roots. which can take -ful and which can take -less? Which can take either? Make a diagram like the one above.

Words: harm, truth, power, point, beauty, care, help, worth

-ful -ful and less -less

2. Match the root word and correct suffix -ful or -less to complete these sentences.

Words: stress, home, fear, harm, wonder, point, success, power

  1. It’s _____________ to have come here. I’m so glad you invited me to come to this speaking engagement.
  2. A phobia is more than merely being _______________of something, like heights.
  3. You probably fear failure because it may be ____________ to your image.
  4. You feel ____________ when you’re in situations that you cannot control.
  5. Traveling can be very _____________ for a lot of us.
  6. After a lot of hard work, he was ___________in finally establishing himself as the CEO of the company.
  7. Her friends tried to reason with her, but it was _____________. She wouldn’t listen.
  8. In America, 1 million government workers are fearful that they may become _______________.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 49 – Developing Vocabulary – Collocations Related to Work

This is a two-episode week of developing vocabulary, which I think a lot of you may be looking forward to. Today we’re going over some regular collations with work.

So, to break it down, some verbs and nouns naturally go together. There are verb/noun collocations that are related to work, such as solve a problem, earn money, and schedule a meeting.

  1. Complete the sentences down below with the following words: earn money, go to a meeting, meet a client, schedule a meeting, send an e-mail, wear a uniform.

A. I’m going to _____________ at dinnertime. His name is Andrew.

B. Can you ____________ for 12.00 pm? I have great news for the coordinators.

C. Nurses in Thailand have to _______________; they’re an off blue.

D. I have to _________ in the afternoon at the United Center.

E. I need to _________________ to my client. Do you have his email?

F. We work because we need to _______________, but we like our jobs.

 

Cross out the word that doesn’t form a collocation.

  1. Ask for: Time off, fire, 
  2. Get: a meeting, paid, promoted
  3. Make: a phone call, a colleague, money
  4. Take: a day off, notes, a meeting
  5. Work: overtime, from home, boss
  6. Write: a vacation, report, an email

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 18 – Grammar – Ever, Never, For, Since, Just, Already, Yet

Yes! The big SHABAAM is here! This could be super difficult for a lot of you, but to put this all on one blog will help the majority of you out there who seemingly don’t understand the concept of the words above.  I’m your guardian angel today in showing you the light!

These words are frequently used with the present perfect tense: ever, never, for, since, just, already, yet — so let’s go over the rules and then do some exercises to help you!

  1. We can use ________________ in questions with the present perfect.  It means ‘at any time in your life.”
  2. We use _____________ with the present perfect to talk about very recent activities.
  3. We use _____________ with the present perfect to say that something has happened, possibly earlier than we thought.
  4. We can use _________________ to make negative sentences in the present perfect.  It means ‘at no time in your life.’
  5. We use ______________ and _______________ with the present perfect to talk about things that started in the past and continue in the present.  We use _________ with periods of time, and ____________ with specific moments in time.
  6. We use _________ with the present perfect to say that something has not happened, but we think it is going to happen soon.  We use it in negative sentences and questions.

Answers

  1. ever
  2. just
  3. already
  4. never
  5. for and since: for, since
  6. yet

 

Task

Complete these sentences with the present perfect form of the verbs. 

already/visit, ever/live, have/for, just/buy, love/since, never/travel, not sell/yet

  1. They haven’t sold their car yet. 
  2. I _______________ to Mongolia before, but I would love to.
  3. I ____________________ Vietnam.  I went there for a holiday 2 years ago.
  4. We ______________ this particular home ______________ ten years.
  5. Hey, I ____________________ dinner, so you don’t have to worry about making anything.
  6. I _____________ this country _______________ the day I first visited back in 2012.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Text Completion – Adverb and Adjective Endings

Guys, welcome back to another TOEIC language building podcast/YouTube and I’m proud to be bringing you today a very informative blog on adjectives and adverbs.  There are some differences between the two, so I want to break them down as easy (not easily) as possible.

Language building: adjective and adverb endings

You basically have “ly” versus everything else in these sentences.  Let’s check them out.

  1. We chose this condominium because the rooms are fully furnished and____________(comfortable/comfortably).
  2. We have ______________ problems with the pipes below our home. (serious/seriously)
  3. You are expected to listen _____________ while listening for the exact words in order to become a great transcriptor. (attentive/attentively)
  4. Our sales have been ____________ good in the last three months. (consistent/consistently)
  5. The response to the new layout of the office has been __________. (wonderful/wonderfully)
  6. The contract ____________stated that you could be replaced if you don’t meet our demands. (specific/specifically)

Adjectives – write down five in each category down below.

-able –

-ous –

-ive –

-ent –

-ful –

-ic –

Adverbs

-ly –

Now make sentences with two of the words from each category and post them on my Facebook wall. 

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: International Guest Speaker – Eliza of India!

So grateful for having a wonderful friend from India on!  Full of energy and laughs, Eliza came on to talk about different locations around India and living in China! Tune in!

 

Things we discussed:

  • Introduction.
  • Where Eliza is from.
  • What the differences are of other regions in India.
  • Talking about Bollywood and slums in India based on the movie of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
  • Northern India and International Schools.
  • Mumbai and schools in the region.
  • Punjab region.
  • World Heritage sites in India? Recommendations by the guest.
  • Cultural barriers. How was it for the guest?
  • The different regions in China.
  • Chinese cuisine.
  • Where has she traveled in China and what has she learned.
  • Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
  • English usage in China and India. Which places use English more as their mode of communication?
  • The guest’s advice for English language learners.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Reading – Finding the Answers

Hello, everyone! If this is your second time tuning in, this was part of the TOEIC live coaching I did last weekend. However, because Facebook live stinks, I’m not able to show you exactly how I found the answers, and more just talking.  However, I will have the YouTube video down below (coming soon) so you can see how I find the answers.  Also, this is in podcast form, if you want to listen to this without the video.

The PDF is down below for you guys, too!

With that being said, today we’re going over a test tactic (from the book Tactics for TOEIC) and the goal is to locate information in double text questions.  So, towards the latter stages of the TOEIC exam, you will get these double passages. If you’re not looking in the right places, you will lose, quickly.  So my goal is to show you guys this in bulk (YouTube) and have the podcast down below, too.

 

Questions

 

Where did Kelvin Adams see the ad?

  1. On the internet
  2. In the newspaper
  3. In a shop

 

What feature probably attracted Kelvin to this apartment?

  1. The central heating
  2. The price
  3. The location

 

How many rooms are there in the apartment?

  1. 2
  2. 5
  3. 6

 

What does Kelvin request?

  1. Directions to the apartment
  2. Pictures of the apartment
  3. An appointment in March

 

Which of the following is likely to be a problem?

  1. The availability date
  2. The policy on pets
  3. The apartment size

 

 

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Apartment for rent

  • Modern downtown studio apartment located 10 minutes from shops and public transportation
  • 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living/dining room, bathroom, balcony
  • Centrally heated (gas)
  • Suit young couple or professional
  • Part furnishing can be arranged
  • Rent $985 per month plus utilities
  • Deposit + 1 month’s rent in advance
  • No pets
  • Available mid-March

Contact Karim Patel 555 2345 Email: karim98@s_mail.com

 

To: karim98@s_mail.com

Cc:
From: Kelvin Adams (kelheart2@s_mail.com)

Dear Mr. Patel

I saw your advertisement in the local newspaper. I’m very interested in the apartment for my family. We are currently living in Westside, but are looking to move closer to the town center, by the end of February so this apartment would be ideal. I was hoping to be able to arrange a visit sometime next week. Monday would be the best day for us, if this is convenient for you.

In the ad, you mentioned that the place could be part-furnished. We have a small amount of furniture ourselves, but probably not enough for a two-bedroom place. Could you possibly tell us what inventory is likely to be included with the apartment?

I would also really appreciate it if you could possibly send us a couple of pictures of the bedroom and living/dining room, as well as some directions as to how to get there. Thank you very much in advance.

Yours

Kelvin Adams

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