Extra English Exercises for Advanced English Users

Hello Business Students!

As you only have four hours of English classes per week, and they are focused on Business Communication Skills, it’s useful for your language development to take a couple of hours out of your free time each week to self-study.

The question is, what activities could help you, as high level English users who live and work in Scotland?!

Based on your individual requests, I’ve put together some resources to get you started.  We can add to these and vary them as time goes on, and increase or decrease the challenge:)

So then, here are some activities for those of you wanting to practise:

listening skills

tricky exercises to stretch your language skills and vocabulary(!) (parts 1-4)

reading skills (parts 5-8)

If you’d like some authentic listening practice, listen to a short radio programme or podcast from the following suggestions, take notes on it then write up a summary, plus your commentary, to show to me (Lorna):

BBC Radio Four (e.g. Woman’s Hour)

This American Life

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff to Blow Your Mind

If you fancy doing the same kind of language exercise with something visual, try:

Ted Talks (podcasts also available!)

And, finally, for those of you wanting speaking practice, I strongly suggest being as social as possible!  Invite people for coffee or a pint, and join fun groups of locals and/or internationals!  You’ll find your pronunciation comes on leaps and bounds too:)

Best of luck! x