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It pays to improve your Word Power!

When you learn a new language, you need to know so many new WORDS –  here are some tips to help you remember them :

  • Keep an organised vocabulary notebook.
  • Look at the words again after 24 hours, after one week and after one month.
  • Read, read, read. …
  • Use the new words. …
  • Do word puzzles and games like crosswords, anagrams and wordsearches.
  • Make word cards and take them with you.

See if you can work out these simple anagrams? (An anagram means changing the way letters are arranged to make a new word. EG:  RAT – TAR)

CAT  –

EAT  –

STATE –

NIGHT –

SILENT –

 

Can you think of other words? Write your own list and test your friends (or your homestay when you visit). :)

 

Find the answers when we do our next tip!

By |2020-11-22T23:03:51+00:00November 22nd, 2020|English Tips|Comments Off on It pays to improve your Word Power!

Real Stories. Real Families. The Jacksons

Have you ever wondered why people choose to host an international student?   The Jackson family started hosting over 15 years ago, when their eldest daughter was in Prep.  We decided to ask them for their story.

When did you start hosting?
We first started hosting when Dana (eldest child) was in Prep.   That was about 15 years ago.  Over the years we have hosted so many students and each one was a great experience for the family!

Why did you decide to host?
I (Jenni – host mother) was an exchange student when I was in high school, and I wanted other teenagers to have that same experience.  It’s a way of giving back to the community.  The first time we hosted was through my children’s school and we just kept hosting from then on.

What was one of your best memories of hosting?
One time, my children and the student who we were hosting, put on a show for our extended family.  There was singing and dancing, and the student did some traditional games and songs from Japan.  It was a real turning point in the relationship we had with that student – he came out of his shell and really started communicating with us

What is something your family has learned from another culture?
For the children, it would have to be Origami – they loved it.   During one hosting, a student gave the children an Origami book, and they still pull it out from time to time and enjoy making Origami.   We also learned that kids are kids, no matter where they come from.

What kind of activities do you do with your students, and what do they most enjoy?
Every student we host is given the experience of a cookout – BBQ and billy tea.   We encourage them to help with the BBQ cooking.   For many students it is their first experience of outdoor cooking, and they love it.   Apart from that, we like to take them to the beach, or into the city.  Students also seem to enjoy visits to the local markets.  Look in your local area – there are often special events and free activities for you to enjoy with your student.

What advice do you have for future host families?
Encourage your student to come out of their room and join the family.   If they say they have homework, ask them to do it at the dining table – that way you can see what they are learning in class, and help them.  It also works as a way to encourage communication.   Involve them in games such as Uno.  Often students will come out of their room if you ask them to play!  Another good way to involve them in family life and have fun.

Would you recommend hosting?
Absolutely!  For families with young children in particular – give it a try, your children will love it and international students love spending time with the younger children.

By |2020-11-02T03:51:52+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Host Family Stories, News|Comments Off on Real Stories. Real Families. The Jacksons

Make English a part of each day !

A diary is a great way to record your day to day life – why not write an English diary?  Some ideas are:

   Hello Diary,

Let me tell you about today!

Today, the weather was …..

I woke up and …….

I felt ……….

Today was ….

Here is an example:

   Hello Diary,

Let me tell you about today!

    Today the weather was perfect.  It was bright and sunny.

   I woke up early and went for a walk with my dog.

   I felt really happy today.

   Today was a busy day as I went to school and also had my music lessons but it was all fun.

By |2020-11-23T00:23:01+00:00October 20th, 2020|English Tips|Comments Off on Make English a part of each day !