25 fun ways to practice your English in December

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 12-16-2014 Categories - Blog, English Self Study, ESL, ESL Activities, Tags - English, Los Angeles, practice your English,

1. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater with a funny phrase. 2. Watch movies like: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Elf, The Grinch, and Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. 3. Go ice skating. You can go ice skating in Pershing Square if you are in Los Angeles.   Click here for more information about times and prices:  http://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com/ 4. Go to see a live performance of The Nutcracker. 5. Learn the words to a Christmas song. The most popular songs are: Silent Night, White Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, I”l Be Home for Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, Twelve Days  of Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.  Spotify has many  Christmas and holiday playlists to help you practice your English. 6. Write a letter to Santa. Read some sample letters to Santa to get some ideas. 7. Make a Christmas list. Making lists is a great way to warm up to practice your  English. 8. Send Christmas cards. Make them yourself.  Common phrases on Christmas cards are listed on this site: http://www.homemade­gifts­made­easy.com/christmas­card­messages.html#nonreligious 9. Try eggnog, then describe how it is made or how it tastes to a friend. 10. Make a gingerbread house.  Step­ by­ step instructions can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C071lKTa8e0 11. Shop for and decorate a Christmas tree. 12. Make a Christmas ornament (include the year on the ornament).  Here are some suggestions for simple ornaments you can make at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c2ermQkGao 13. Put up Christmas lights.  Here’s a unique idea for decorating your room or apartment with lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urn056uEi8w 14. Say “Happy Holidays”or “Merry Christmas” to strangers 15. Take holiday photos and write captions (caption= a short description of what’s happening in the picture). 16. Write about the first time you saw snow.  You can watch one man’s experience here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWdguqn3zJ8 17. Learn how to make a snowman or snowwoman.  Here’s an instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=206yVUMtQBs 18. Make snowflakes from paper.   There’s a helpful video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AfT­w5vH2w 19. Learn about the history of Santa Claus.  Here is one of the cutest videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbUVKXdu4lQ 20. Learn about the history of Hanukkah.  You can watch a cartoon about Hanukkah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tws_uMAEOs 21. Learn about the history of Kwanzaa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j9VWLKarpw … Continued

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Top 5 Bookstores in Los Angeles

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-17-2014 Categories - American Culture, Blog, English Self Study, ESL, Explore ESL, Exploring Los Angles, Making American Friends, Reading & Writing, Tags - American books, American culture, Bookstores Los Angeles, Columbia West Collge, ESL, ESL Los Angeles, LA Bookstores,

Exploring Los Angeles Through Books: The Top 5 Bookstores in Los Angeles Bookstores are great places to find new books, study, meet new people, and get involved in your community. Many of L.A.’s bookstores do more than just sell books. Most of them also have coffee shops with indoor and outdoor seating. They advertise local concerts, talks, … Continued

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American Culture Through Books: Explore ESL

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-13-2014 Categories - Blog, English Self Study, ESL, Explore ESL, Reading & Writing, Tags - American books, American culture, Columbia West College, English books, ESL, ESL books,

Explore American Culture Through Books America has a rich literary tradition. You can learn much about American culture through books. The kinds of books Americans enjoy reading say a lot about their values and interests. The New York Times Best Sellers List shows which books are most popular in America. According to their list, the most popular subjects … Continued

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Top 5 American TV Shows

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-10-2014 Categories - American Culture, Blog, English Self Study, ESL, Explore ESL, Listening & Speaking, Tags - American TV, Columbia West College, English TV, ESL, ESL Television, ESL TV, top american tv shows,

The Top 5 TV  American Shows for Exploring American Culture   By watching the top 5 American TV shows, you can practice English and learn about American culture. America has many different cultures and communities. Americans share some values andtraditions. But, there are differences among people who live in cities and people who live in the suburbs of … Continued

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Favorite American TV: Explore ESL

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-08-2014 Categories - American Culture, Blog, English Self Study, ESL, Explore ESL, Tags - American TV, Columbia West College, ESL, ESL TV, Explore ESL,

Exploring American TV: Favorites Americans like to watch a wide variety of TV shows. Popular shows follow the lives of famous people, performers who are trying to become famous, and ordinary people put into interesting situations. Americans also enjoy playing games. Watching shows where people play games and answer questions to win money and prizes … Continued

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American TV: Explore ESL

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-06-2014 Categories - American Culture, Blog, English Self Study, ESL, Explore ESL, Tags - American Television, American TV, Columbia West College, ESL, ESL TV,

Explore ESL Discover American Culture Through American TV Watching American TV shows can help you understand American culture while improving your listening skills. American TV shows are made in a series. Each series is made up of several seasons. A season of TV shows is made up of any number of episodes. An episode is a half-hour to an … Continued

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