120 TOPIK #20 – TOPIK Reading Strategies

Inspiration Since I posted last time about Extensive Reading using familiar texts, here’s some helpful advice I found recently about how to effectively read UNfamiliar texts, like on TOPIK. Reading passages. THREE stratgies: Read to find information (charts/graphs/images) Basic comprehension (gist/main idea) Reading to learn (details) Question types on TOPIK (in increasing difficulty): Read the […]

LWT #1 – Learning with Texts is Awesome!

There are already a great deal of excellent webposts discussing the benefits, usage, and installation of Learning with Texts. So, with this post I hope to merely introduce the use of the software in action and convince any non-believers of its usefulness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXHFktejxBo What is Learning with Texts? Learning with Texts is basically: a piece of website […]

30-Day Challenge: Day #29 – Why reading aloud and dramatizing your speech can improve your Korean

← Day #28 30-Day Challenge Home Base Day #30 → Inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGvEVU5PTac The above video looks like it features the current head of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO): Charm Lee. Mr. Lee is fluent in at least 3 languages – as he was born in Germany in 1954, became a naturalized Korean citizen in 1986, […]

30-Day Challenge: Day #14 – Use Dictation to improve not only your Listening, but also your Reading, Writing, AND Speaking

← Day #13 30-Day Challenge Home Base Day #15 → Inspiration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZUaGmEeULU Listening should be an engaging, methodic, and sustained activity. Another good video today from Dr. Vakunta: the seven habits of Highly Effective Listeners: Combine active and passive listening Hybrid listening Paraphrase what you hear Skim listening Repetition cycle Shadowing Dictation Details about each […]

30-Day Challenge: Day #13 – Proper spelling enhances vocabulary, memory, and reading ability

← Day #12 30-Day Challenge Home Base Day #14 → Inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNStNUizxhE The above video shows the importance of spelling in English. But you know, learning how to spell is also important in a foreign language you’re studying. Chinese might be the singular exception to this rule, but even in Chinese, there are stroke radicals […]

30-Day Challenge: Day #9 – Abraham Lincoln’s reading method can boost your memory and confidence in a foreign language

← Day #8 30-Day Challenge Home Base Day #10 → Inspiration: Abraham Lincoln Source: arolemodel.com Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th US President, had an interesting method for studying and remembering the important news of the day. Lord Charnwood writes of this in his biography on the President: His method of study was as odd as […]