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					Ideas for your independent work in the SLSC
The SLSC has many computer programs that you can use to improve your English in your
own time. Here is a list of some of these programs, their levels and how they can help you.


Beginning

                    Title                                         Skill areas and activities

                                                  Examples of activities:
                                                      Writing numbers and letters
                                                      Simple Grammar
Choice Words
                                                           o Homophones
                                                           o Make/ do
                                                           o Plurals


                                                   Using the alphabet and spelling
                                                       Writing capital and small letters
The Alphabet
                                                       Spelling exercises
                                                       Using the keyboard


                                                  Vocabulary and Spelling
                                                  Learn a wide range of words and how to spell them.
                                                  Topics:
                                                      Verbs and verb tenses
                                                      The House
Interactive Picture Dictionary                        Places
                                                      Food
                                                      People & Family
                                                      Shapes
                                                      Colours
                                                      Animals & Plants


                                                  Vocabulary and Spelling
                                                  Listen to the story and type what you hear. Some story
Storyboard                                        titles:
Level 1 stories                                         A letter
                                                        A visit to the zoo
                                                        At the restaurant
                                                        Kim meets Tony


                                                  Reading and Listening
                                                  Essential facts about Australia:
Welcome to Australia                                  States and capital cities
                                                      Governments and services
                                                      Basic form filling


Suggested learning Activities for Independent Learning
September 2009
Medium

                    Title                                            Skill areas and activities

                                                  Listening & speaking
                                                  Pronunciation
                                                  Spelling
                                                  Vocabulary
That’s Life                                       Topics:
                                                      Home & work
                                                      Free time
                                                      Health & emergencies
                                                      Around town


                                                  Listening & speaking
                                                  Vocabulary
                                                  Writing
Issues in English and Issues                      Topics include:
in English 2                                          Animal rights
Levels 1 & 2                                          Discrimination
                                                      Euthanasia
                                                      Environment
                                                      Public transport


                                                  Grammar practice
                                                  Examples:
                                                      Comparatives
Tense Buster
                                                      Simple present and simple past
Lower Intermediate
                                                      Present continuous
                                                      Prepositions
                                                      Vocabulary


                                                            Reading & writing
Click into English                                          Comprehension
Intermediate level
                                                            Grammar


Virtual ILC                                       Listen to a news story and complete an activity. Activities
                                                  are offered at 3 different levels. Topics include:
                                                            Balancing life and work
                                                            Unusual stories in the news
                                                            New technologies
                                                            Employment and the economy


Suggested learning Activities for Independent Learning
September 2009
Online Dictionary                                 Investigate the online dictionaries available. Find one that
                                                  suits you and challenge yourself to learn some new
                                                  words. Make a note of their meanings and memorise
                                                  them for later use.


                                                  Grammar - 2 sets of 4 tests
                                                            Verb tenses
                                                            Pronouns
                                                            Countable nouns
Test your English
                                                  Vocabulary – tests at 4 levels
                                                            Pronouns
                                                            Infinitives
                                                            Indirect questions


                                                  Vocabulary and Spelling
                                                  Listen to the story and type what you hear. Some story
                                                  titles:
                                                        Application letters
Storyboard                                              Baby Heart Operation
Levels 2 & 3 stories
                                                        Bush fires
                                                        Crooked cop
                                                        Culture shock
                                                        Fresh water




Suggested learning Activities for Independent Learning
September 2009
High

                    Title                                            Skill areas and activities

                                                  Grammar practice
                                                  Examples:
                                                      Present perfect
Tense Buster                                          Must, might, can’t
Upper Intermediate                                    Past continuous
                                                      Conditional
                                                      The future
                                                      Vocabulary


                                                  Upper Intermediate level
                                                  Advanced level
Click into English                                          Reading & writing
                                                            Comprehension
                                                            Grammar


                                                  Vocabulary and Spelling
                                                  Listen to the story and type what you hear. Some story
                                                  titles:
                                                        Greenhouse
Storyboard                                              Firearms
Level 4 & special topics
                                                        Magpies
                                                        Solar Energy
                                                        Australia
                                                        Business


                                                  Listening & speaking
                                                  Vocabulary
                                                  Writing
                                                  Topics include:
Issues in English
                                                      Media
Levels 3 & 4
                                                      Languages
                                                      Technology
                                                      Immigration
                                                      Wilderness




Suggested learning Activities for Independent Learning
September 2009
                                                  Listen to a story and complete some comprehension
                                                  exercises. Topics include:
                                                            Working in a supermarket
                                                            Playing music
Connected Speech
                                                            Gardening
Levels 1 - 3
                                                            A boat trip
                                                            Bushfires
                                                            Learning a language
                                                            Being a migrant


                                                  Grammar - 2 sets of 4 tests
                                                            Verb tenses
                                                            Pronouns
                                                            Countable nouns
Test your English
                                                  Vocabulary – tests at 4 levels
                                                            Pronouns
                                                            Infinitives
                                                  Indirect questions


                                                  Listen to a news story and complete an activity. Activities
                                                  are offered at 3 different levels. Topics include:
                                                            Renting a house of flat

Virtual ILC                                                 Balancing life and work
                                                            Unusual stories in the news
                                                            New technologies
                                                            Employment and the economy


                                                  Watch and listen to stories from the news (on DVD or
                                                  video) – Australian and international stories.
Behind the News (BTN)
                                                  Complete a series of questions and listening exercises at
                                                  http://www.inthenews.com.au/



Learning and Support                              Visit the website at http://tls.vu.edu.au/langstudies/ index.htm
website
                                                  You will find many materials and links for improving
                                                  English language and literacy skills.




Suggested learning Activities for Independent Learning
September 2009

				
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