Hello everyone. In this slide, I’m going to introduce to you an extremely powerful online english learning platform – englishtown. It is powered by education first, the world-leading and by far the largest private education company. EF has over500 branches across the globe and there’re more than 1 million englishtown users worldwide. englishtown offers comprehensive training for EFL learners. At the heart of this is the so-called Efecta system, which is developed by education specialists and education technologists. Okeylet’s take a look at what it really looks like.
One feature of englishtown is its ability to personalise individual learning experience. There’re a wide range of courses you can choose from, classic english, biz english, esp, english for special purpose english… there’re also tailor-made courses and 1 on 1 vip courses. Preparation courses for language tests such as toefl and toioc are also available. Whatever you wanna learn, there’s always a course for you. Another great feature of englishtown is the flexibility in choosing your start level. There’re courses running form beginner level to upper advanced level. No matter whether you’re a college student or you wanna polish your skills, you can go to the right level. If you are unsure which level you belong, there’s a placement test available once you sign up for the course, and it can find the right level and right course for you. Once you set up your level and the types of course you wanna pursue, the next step is to determine how much time and effort you can put in learning english everyday. You probably have a very flexible study plan, say, 1 hour a day, and by choosing your start level and the time you can allocate to your study, englishtown will generate a pregress prediction,. And by this you’ll have a clear idea how long it will take for you to reach the next level.Okey, now let’s look at some of the specific features of each lesson.
This is the course overview. As you can see, you can learn all the four skills in one integrated unit. Listening, speaking, reading and writing. What’s so interesting is that you’re free to choose the part you wanna begin with. The progress bar on the right gives you a direct view of the modules and sections you’ve completed, so it’s essay to start again at any point. in each module, you’ll be able to practice all of your skills. And once you finished all the sections, you can proceed to the next unit.
In each module, the lesson is delivered not through plain text, but real-life movies or lectures, which are accompanied by subtitles that you can switch on or off at any point during the playback.
Practice is important, but they also tend to be very boring. Here in englishtown, you can do you practices in a more interesting way. This is just one of the many interactive practices. Here you can actually drag and drop your answers to the pad. Don’t worry if you give the wrong answer to the questions, you always have a chance to try that again.
The online conversation class is the highlight of englishtown. Here, you can devote yourself to the real-time teacher-led class and talk with classmates from all over the world. The class is on every hour, so you can start anytime during the day. The average size of the class is only 6 students so you will have tons of opportunity to speak out.
Here is what it roughly looks like. On the left are the avatars of teacher and students, and chat window, and a list of things you can do in the class. If you wanna say sth, just raise you hand, and after your talk, you can always expect smiling faces and big hands from your classmates and teacher. On the right side is the window where the course slides will be placed. Of course, buy yourself a good-quality microphone so that everybody can hear you clearly during the class.
And all these are made possible by adobe connect. You can explore a bit by yourself how this software works on the adobe website.
Apart from the courses, there’re also a Varity of study tools you can use to enhance your learning. The popular flashcards are a good way to review the vocabulary you’ve learnt during the day, podcast is a good way to practice your listening.
As you learning goes on, you wanna check from time to time where you’re going, and you can easily access your progress report from the menm. Feedbacks are important, so after each class, the teacher will give you comments on your performance and suggestions about the aspects you need you improve in your study.
In englishtown, it’s not that you fight alone, there’re learners from all over the world joining in this rich and diverse community. Here you can make friends with people from other countries and share you opinions, creating your own webspace and blogs, and do some cools things such as social netting working. The interface is very user-friendly, it looks pretty much like your facebook. You can also chat or join in different interest groups. There’re tons of fun stuff in here for you to explore.