I haven’t met all of you yet so I will give a quick introduction. My name is Janene Santo and I have recently started as a volunteer for the Skillfill program. My background is in Literacy Education and I am a certified Reading Specialist. I am running sessions on Tuesday mornings to work on English enunciation, pronunciation and various questions that people have regarding English. Please join me on Tuesday at 10:00 to practice and improve your English and please bring your resumes along.
Below is a list of English language resources I have compiled. I’ve written a brief description with each but many of these sites are very extensive. I hope that you find something helpful.
Tables of time and place prepositions with usage and examples http://www.englishlanguageguide.com/english/grammar/preposition.asp
business English section, audio, lots of levels, http://www.eslgold.net/speaking.html
Great resource for writing in English. Be sure to check out the Job search writing section and the Grammar > Spelling section for tips on common spelling errors in English. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Conditional Mood/Tense http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/conditional0.htm
Strategies for pronouncing long, unfamiliar words:
Learn common prefixes and suffixes. See http://www.prefixsuffix.com/rootchart.php?navblks=1011000
Ask someone how to pronounce the word.
Use rules of phonics to guess.
Use a standard or audio dictionary.
There is no set of rules that will guarantee the proper pronunciation of a word that you haven’t heard; even if you’ve heard it, the pronunciation can vary regionally.
Tons of resources on this site! Conversational English, business, grammar, idioms and various levels of English proficiency. Spend some time on this website. http://www.eslgold.net/grammar/preposition_collocations_be.html
Phrasal verbs or verb and preposition collocations with audio, I think the audio is in a US accent. http://www.eslgold.net/grammar/verb_preposition_collocations.html
University of Victoria grammar site with practice exercises http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/grammar.htm
Australian English dictionary with audio. Unfortunately this site wants paid subscriptions but will allow a free one month trial. I just signed up and it looks like it could be helpful with pronunciation. http://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/anonymous@9c9FFC32148102/-/p/dict/index.html
Merriam Webster Dictionary online with audio in a US accent. http://www.merriam-webster.com/
This is the website from our group session which, has diagrams for forming the mouth when making specific English sounds, video and audio. This could be a good resource if you need to hear a sound pronounced again or if you need a reminder of mouth formation in making a specific sound. http://www.soundsofenglish.org/
Link for Australian slang. You can probably find many sites and Youtube videos on Aussie slang if you search. http://www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html
Ideas for listening to more Australian English:
-join your local library and borrow books on tape or CD
-join an English conversation group, check with your library or local city council
-watch TV and listen to talk radio
-search YouTube for Australian videos, “Australian accent” turns up lots of results but I haven’t viewed any of the videos
-read as much as you can in English and ask people about words, phrases, usage or grammar that are unfamiliar
More ideas from Project Australia: Land that Engineering Job in Australia by Ian Little 2008
-Carry a notebook at all times to jot down words or phrases that you don’t understand. Either ask the person who you heard the word from or try and look up the definition later. Practice using the word in a sentence.
-read Australian technical literature http://www.standards.org.au/, http://www.engaust.com.au/
-find a volunteer position http://www.volunteeringaustralia.com/
-subscribe to podcasts
-to set up podcasts visit http://www.abc.net.au/services/podcasting/help.htm
-search for engineering podcasts on iTunes
– Melbourne Uni podcasts http://www.upclose.unimelb.edu.au/
– Engineering http://www.designnews.com/podcast/
Although this is a US based podcast for professionals I believe that many of the cultural customs would apply here. They cover things as simple as how to shake hands and more complicated like how to have a successful interview. http://www.manager-tools.com/