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Friday, 30 May 2008

4 Tips How to Succes To Learn English

1. Set goals
If you know why you want to study, setting goals is easy. For example, maybe you want to travel to an English-speaking country. Great. Your goal might be to learn "Survival English". Perhaps you already know many useful phrases, but you want to improve your listening skills and pronunciation. Whatever your goals are, write them down.

2. Make an agenda
How long do you need to study to achieve your goals? This answer is different for every student. The important thing is to be realistic. If you work 60 hours per week, don't plan on spending another 40 hours a week studying English. Start off slow, but study regularly. Use material that is challenging, but not too difficult. Find out what works for you. After you have studied for a few weeks, adjust your study schedule accordingly. Do you study best at night, or on the bus on your way to work? Do you like to study alone in a quiet place, or with friends and background music?

3. Make a commitment
Learning English requires a lot of motivation. Nobody is going to take your attendance when you aren't in class. If you are sure you are ready to begin studying, make a commitment.

4. Have fun learning English!
The things we do best in life are the things we enjoy doing. If you aren't having fun learning English, you're not studying the right way! You can be a serious student who has fun at the same time. Make up your own rewards program to give yourself incentives to stay on task.





Source : www.englishclub.com




Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Introduction of TOEIC

Test of English for International Communication

TOEIC is a standardized test that measures your listening and reading skills. Unlike other tests, the TOEIC evaluates your ability to function in the business world rather than in an academic setting. The test consists of 200 multiple-choice questions. Some students take the TOEIC because they want to improve their English. Other students take the TOEIC because they want to apply for a job that requires a TOEIC score. Your score will range from 10-990. Every institution expects a different standard of proficiency from its employees. Many companies expect entry level applicants to score at least 600 on the TOEIC. Management positions may require a score of 800. You can take the TOEIC as many times as you want in order to achieve your goal.
Here is a general proficiency table:

TOEIC Scores
Below 400 : Beginner
400-600 : Intermediate
600-700 : High Intermediate
800-900 : Advanced

Here are some of the topics on the TOEIC:
Typical TOEIC Topics
Banking

Entertainment
Health
Housing
Industry
Jobs
Offices
Restaurants
Transportation
Travel

Here is the format of the TOEIC:

TOEIC Format
Section 1: Listening Comprehension100 questions, 45 minutes

Part I: Photographs (10 questions)
Part II: Question-Response (30 questions)
Part III: Short Conversations (30 questions)
Part IV: Short Talks (30 questions)

Section 2: Reading100 questions, 75 minutes
Part V: Incomplete Sentences (40 questions)
Part VI: Text completion (12 questions)
Part VII: Reading Comprehension-Single Passages (28 questions) Double Passages (20 questions)

The TOEIC is developed in the United States, but is used throughout the world. The test developers use American language and spelling. The voices in the listening section are American, European countries or Australian accents.


Source : ESL

7 Tips How to Learn English for Beginners

Here are 7 Tips and ideas on the best ways to learn English faster, especially for beginner :
1. You are like a new baby
Babies learn their language slowly.First they learn to listen.Then they learn to talk.Finally, they can read and write.

2. Listen to English every day
Listen to English radio.Watch English TV.Go to English movies.Use online lessons.

3. Make an English/ESL friend
Make up conversations.Practise dialogues.Use beginner textbooks.

4. Read English stories
Start with children's storybooks.Try ESL readers.Read advertisements, signs and labels.Try EnglishClub.com for Young Learners.

5. Write down new words
Start a vocabulary (new word) notebook.Write words in alphabetical order (A...B...C...).Make example sentences.Always use an English-English dictionary first.

6. Keep an English diary
Start with one sentence.How do you feel?How is the weather?What did you do today?Write another sentence tomorrow.

7. Visit an English speaking country
Learn English more quickly.Stay with an English family.Hear native speakers talk. Have a fun experience.




Source : www.englishclub.com




Monday, 26 May 2008

Tips for Interviewing for a New Job

The job interview in English contains specific questions and appropriate answers. It also requires certain flexibility in your usage of tenses. This feature provides tips on job interview questions and answers in English. When you walk in the room the very first impression you make on the interviewer can have a great influence on the rest of the interview. It is important that you introduce yourself, shake hands, and are friendly. The first question is often a "breaking the ice" (establish a rapport) type of question. Don't be surprised if the interviewer asks you something like:
- How do you do?
- Did you have any matter finding us?
- What do you think about weather today?
Don't be surprised by the friendly tone. The interviewer wants to put you at ease (help you relax). Answer the question without going into too much detail. The language you use should be simple but polite, for example;
- How do you do?
GOOD
I'm fine thank you, and you?
I'm well thank you.
What is most important? Talking about your experience and credentials (qualifications) is the most important part of any job interview. Your qualifications include your education from High School on and any special training you may have done in the past. Your experience is any work that you have done that is directly or indirectly related to the job you are applying for.
1. Education
Remember that your education took place in the past. Therefore you need to use the past tenses, for example:I attended the University of Indonesia from 1999 to 2004.I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.Etc.If you are currently a student you should use the following present tenses:
- I am currently studying at the University of Indonesia and will graduate with a degree in Mechanical in the end of this year.
- I am studying English at the International English Course.

Remember to include any training you may have had when talking about your education. This includes any computer training, correspondence courses, etc. Make sure to mention your English studies. This is very important as English is not your first language and the employer may be concerned about this fact. Assure the employer that you are continuing to improve your English skills by any courses you may be taking, or by saying that you study a certain number of hours a week to improve your skills.

2. Experience and Qualifications
Work experience is by far the most important topic of any job interview. Therefore, it is important to explain what experience you have in detail. Generally, employers want to know exactly what you did and how well you accomplished your tasks. This is not the time to be modest. Be confident, and talk freely about your accomplishments in past employment.The tenses you should use are the following:When talking about current employment be careful to use the present perfect or present perfect continuous. This signals that you are still performing these tasks at your current job, for example:
- Smith and Co. have employed me for the last 3 years as a Technical Engineering.
- I have been creating customer contacts for 6 months.
Etc
When talking about past employers use the past tenses to signal that you are no longer working for that company, for example:
- I was employed by Jackson's from 1989 to 1992 as a clerk.
- I worked as a receptionist at the Ritz while I was living in New York.
Etc.

3. Talking about Responsibilities
Most importantly, you will need to demonstrate your qualifications and skills, which are required for the job you are applying for. The job skills that you have acquired in the past may not have been for the same exact job. Therefore, it is important to show how the capabilities you do have relate to the job you are applying for.
I remember a wonderful example of adapting skills to fit the job desired. I had a student from Moscow who had worked as the manager of an important theater in Moscow. Unfortunately, he had to start from the beginning in New York and therefore wanted to get a job as a rodent exterminator (someone who kills rats!). When asked what kind of experience he had, he replied that, as the manager of the theater, he had had to make sure that the theater was always rodent free and was therefore capable of doing the job well! This is a fantastic example of the type of adaptability most employers in the United States are looking for.

4. Use the Right Word
Below is a list of great verbs to help you express just exactly what you did with impressive vocabulary. These verbs are used to express responsibilities and tasks performed: acted, accomplished, adapted, administered, advanced, advised, allocated, analyzed, applied, approved, arbitrated, arranged, assisted, attained, blended, brought, built, carried out, catalogued, changed, classified, collaborated, compared, completed, computed, conceived, conducted, constructed, consulted, contracted, controlled, cooperated, coordinated, corrected, counseled, created, dealt, decided, decreased, defined, delegated, derived, designated, detected, developed, devised, directed, discovered, distributed, documented, doubled, edited, encouraged, engineered, enlarged, escalated, established, estimated, evaluated, examined, expanded, experienced, explored, facilitated, finalized, formulated, founded, functioned, governed, grouped, guided, handled, harmonized, harnessed, headed, identified, implemented, improved, increased, indexed, initiated, inspected, installed, instituted, interpreted, introduced, invented, investigated, justified, led, localized, located, made, managed, maintained, mechanized, merged, moderated, motivated, negotiated, opened, operated, organized, originated, overcame, perceived, performed, pioneered, planned, prepared, presented, presided, processed, programmed, promoted, provided, purchased, raised, recommended, recorded, recruited, rectified, redesigned, repaired, replaced, restored, reversed, reviewed, revised, saved, screened, selected, serviced, set up, solved, sorted, sparked, specified, started, stimulated, strengthened, summarized, supervised, supported, systematized, tested, trained, transacted, transcribed, transformed, tripled, upgraded, validated, varied, verified, vitalized, won, wrote
To describe your skills the following adjectives are usefulaccurate, active, adaptable, adept, broad-minded, competent, conscientious, creative, dependable, determined, diplomatic, discreet, efficient, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, experienced, fair, firm, genuine, honest, innovative, logical, loyal, mature, methodical, motivated, objective, outgoing, personable, pleasant, positive, practical, productive, reliable, resourceful, self disciplined, sense of humor, sensitive, sincere, successful, tactful, trustworthyUse these verbs and adjectives and really sell yourself. You only have a few minutes to show how good you really are. By using this precise vocabulary and being confident can help you make the best impression possible


Source : FEC/Subhan

Introduction to Part of Speech

Grammar terdiri dari 8 hal, yang dikenal dengan: “The Eight Parts of Speech”. Delapan hal itu terdiri atas:
1. Noun
Noun atau Kata Benda adalah kata yang digunakan untuk mewakili seseorang atau sebuah benda.
Contoh: Wiwid is our teacher
There is a table in the office
I saw a man in the room

2. Pronoun
Pronoun adalah kata yang digunakan untuk menggantikan Noun.
Contoh: I am an employee at PT. Freeport Indonesia
You are studying English
That is Mr. Gilbert, He is our Finance Director
I know Nuri and Dewi, They are the receptionists at our office.

3. Adjective
Adjective adalah kata yang digunakan untuk memberi sifat pada Noun.
Contoh: This book is good
Mr. Andi is diligent
She is a pretty girl
It is a serious problem

4. Verb
Verb adalah kata yang digunakan untuk mendeskripsikan perbuatan, keadaan dan membentuk bagian utama dari predikat sebuah kalimat.
Contoh: I read Arabic grammar
Workers go to their office
We play badminton

5. Adverb
Adverb adalah kata yang digunakan untuk memberikan sifat pada makna verb, adjective atau adverb lainnya.
Contoh: You speak English fluently – Adverb
My room is very clean – (Adverb untuk) Adjective
Farid arrived at school too late – Adverb lainnya.

6. Preposition
Preposition adalah kata yang diletakkan sebelum Noun atau Pronoun untuk menunjukkan hubungannya dengan kata-kata lainnya dalam sebuah kalimat.
Contoh: I put the book on the table
He walks to the factory
My boss waits for me to finish my work

7. Conjunction
Conjunction adalah kata yang digunakan untuk menggabungkan satu kata dengan kata lainnya atau satu kalimat dengan kalimat lainnya.
Contoh: Donald and Daisy married on January 2006
He is poor but honest
I have breakfast before I go to work

8. Interjection
Interjection adalah kata yang diletakkan dalam kalimat untuk menunjukkan emosi atau perasaan yang tiba-tiba.
Contoh: Oh My God!! What Happen?
Yay!!! I passed the TOEIC Test!!
Bravo!! That is a brilliant idea!!!