What is extensive reading and why should you do it?

If you could do one thing everyday that would improve your English language vocabulary knowledge, your reading and writing ability, and even your speaking and listening skills, wouldn’t you do it? According to many studies, you’d also experience increases in motivation, and […]

10 Tips for Writing Effective English Summaries

People summarize all the time in their day to day lives. You might summarize something interesting that you read in the news. You might summarize what happened at a party that your friend missed because she was sick. You might […]

How Long does it Take to Learn English?

How long does it take to learn English? As an English teacher, this is a question I get asked over and over. My answer is always the same: It depends. More specifically, it depends on these four main factors: How […]

60 strategies to improve your English

This is a hodgepodge (a mixture) of strategies I often share with my students in Japan to encourage them to become more accountable for their own learning. Good language learners are very proactive. Do you use all these strategies? Are they any you think you should use more?