LLV’s International Foundation Year Programme

In our earlier post, Tips for Success in Foreign Universities, we talked about how important it is for students to develop skills that will help them succeed when they study abroad. This is what Language Link Vietnam’s International Foundation Year (IFY) Programme is designed to do!

In this video, Todd Lando, LLV’s IFY Programme Manager, tells students how they can enter the program and develop the academic skills they need to study abroad.

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Best Websites For Learning English: Australia Network

Australia Network Learning English - brought to you by Language Link Vietnam
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an entire television station producing high-quality video programs designed to help you learn English? Well, I have news for you: there is! It’s the Australia Network, and whatever your English level, you can find professionally produced and entertaining programs to help you build your skills.

The Australia Network is Australia’s international television service. It streams Australian programs all over the world, via television and the Internet. Along with news, sports, and entertainment, the Australia Network also produces a number of video programs designed for English language learners. You can find all these videos online at http://australianetwork.com/learningenglish/. And best of all: they’re free!

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What’s Your Learning Style?

Knowing your learning style will help you identify effective study methodsConsider the following learning situations, and decide which one YOU would prefer:

  • You record a university professor giving a lecture. Later, you listen to the lecture again at home.
  • Your teacher draws a lot of words and diagrams on the white board. You copy those words and diagrams in your notebook.
  • Your teacher asks you to work on the computer. He doesn’t give you a lot of explanation; he lets you figure things out on your own, but is willing to answer questions.

All three examples represent good teaching and studying techniques, but if you prefer one situation over the others, it may tell you something about your learning style.

What is a learning style? Your learning style is how you, personally, like to learn. By understanding your learning style, you can find study strategies that will help you learn best.

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Tips For Success In Foreign Universities

Language Link Vietnam prepares you for university success
During my first year at university in the United States, I had to:

  • Read about 1,000 pages per week
  • Participate in class seminars (discussions) nearly every day
  • Write one 3-5 page paper every two weeks
  • Write a 15-20 page independent research paper twice per semester
  • Give a large, public presentation with a group of students

I did not take a single test my entire first year. I was judged entirely on my written and spoken work. My question for students who are planning to study abroad:

Are you ready for this?

The fact is, many Vietnamese students struggle during their first year in foreign universities. Why? Because even though they scored 7.0 or above on the IELTS, they have not prepared themselves with the foundation they need to succeed in a foreign academic environment.

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An Introduction to Punctuation

Watch this humorous introduction to English punctuation. Learn the most important punctuation marks, and see how they can help improve your writing. Make sure you have your speakers turned on so you can hear the audio!

Download the PDF: Simple Rules for Effective Punctuation

Key Points

  • Punctuation marks give rhythm and meaning to text
  • Do you know the names of all the punctuation marks? Learn them in this video
  • Just a couple of punctuation differences can change the entire meaning of a text
  • Look at a passage and decide how to punctuate it effectively
  • What if punctuation marks had sounds? Watch James Bond save the day…with the help of punctuation!

What Do You Think?
Do you know how to use punctuation correctly? Do you have any advice to add, or questions you’d like to ask? Let us know in the comments section below!

Note-Taking Tips for IELTS and Academic Success

Learn to take effective notes at Language Link VietnamSometimes, my students make me laugh.

Not long ago, I was teaching a TOEFL preparation class, and I asked my students to listen to a lecture and take notes.

I pressed PLAY on the CD player…and immediately they all began writing so quickly, I couldn’t see their hands! Their pens moved so fast, they began fanning the room!

I stopped the activity. “No! No! No!” I cried. “Don’t try to write down EVERY word!” They all looked up, confused.

Then I told them what I am going to tell you now:

The key to good note-taking isn’t writing MORE notes, it’s writing more EFFECTIVE notes.

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