Autora: Jimena González Sanz
Welcome to this section in our digital magazine where we are going to approach and make a little closer the study of Shakespeare´s language. It is highly probable you know that English is still one of the most studied and used language across the world. And maybe because in Spain we are still at the bottom of foreign language learning, we pretend from now on to help you with its acquisition in a different way. In this section and along the following articles we will propose some tools, advises and resources that can be helpful in this task. The majority of them will be online and free.
From here, and before starting with the proposal we bring today, we do also want to invite you to share any questions you might have about the subject matter to address them in future articles. By now, we want to offer a small preview about the topics we are going to tackle here, that are going to be mostly related to the four linguistic skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, besides some vocabulary learning and the cultural consciousness related to the target language.
Today, we would like to start with the first one: the listening skill. It is fundamental in the study of almost any language, and we dare to say that is even more important in the English language learning, where the consistency between what it is written and its pronounciation is not exactly the same, as it happen in Spanish. And it can certainly be a problem when it is not adequately acquired because it is going to be essential to the later development of a good pronounciation.
We also want to point out the fact that active listening is a skill that can be developed as any other but, it requires of time, dedication and effort. In order to make it a little more enjoyable here we bring you the next proposal. It is lyricstraining a web where you can improve your listening skill while entertain yourself. It is going to be thanks to your favourite songs. You can choose from a wide range of possibilities like pop, rock, indie, etc. Nevertheless, it also offers the possibility to choose movie scenes, Teded lectures and internet or TV programs.
Once you have selected the song, movie section, etc., they will ask you to select the level of difficulty to play. There are four: beginners, intermediate advance and expert. According to the level selected you will need to fill in the gaps of a certain number of words (that will change every time you try to do it-e.g. if you want to improve your score) in a certain amount of time, while you listen to the selected audio (it includes the video by the way). At the end, they will provide you the total number of correct answers and errors, your score and the ranking of registered players (though it is not needed to sign up to make use of it.)
Well that is all for today! We expect you enjoy it and you share any of your experiences and proposals to help you in the task of English learning. Best Wishes!
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