{July 6, 2009}   Teens and English

Now that I started talking about my private students, one of the things that surprises me most is the progress made by teen students when activities fit their interests.

I have 2 teen students, coming to private classes twice a week. Each of them has particular interests and hobbies, and their interest in learning English is different, too. One of them is finishing her high school studies, the other one, started university this year. Their 2 years’ difference make them really different students.

The first one, loves working orally, specially on topics she chooses (fashion, make up, nightlife, etc). She finds really difficult to concentrate on written activities and she gets distracted every 5 minutes. The second one is the exact opposite. She loves written activities and does them with no effort, but finds really difficult to produce oral pieces of discourse.

They both like working on their computers, so I selected a few links they – and you too –  may find useful:


HowJSay -> a very useful tool when you don’t know how to pronounce a certain word.

The Visual Dictionary -> a picture dictionary for everyone!

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

One Look Reverse Dictionary -> provide the definition… it will give you the word!


English Club

English the Easy Way

OM Grammar



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