Happy new year dear Ponders! This week (and next week) is exciting because we get to introduce or re-introduce ourselves to you, our listeners, and invite you to learn a little more about us! Whether you’re a long time listener, or a new friend - we know you’ll probably learn something new about your hosts.
Notice the use of the reflexive pronoun “ourselves” above? Our language focus will go into more detail on that as we kick off the new year with a common and helpful grammar point.
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The study plan makes sure you get the very best out of our podcasts by providing you with vocabulary, explanations and activities every week. Each study plan includes;
1 “Listening For…” Exercise
This is an active listening exercise, one that you can accomplish when you listen to the conversation and understand the vocabulary we are asking you to listen for.
2 Gap-Fill Exercise
In this activity, you write in the missing words from a part of the transcript text as you listen.
3 Comprehension Questions
10 comprehension questions for you to answer based on our conversation.
All the language you need from this week’s episode to improve your vocabulary skills.
5 Language Focus:
Based on the language focus in the episode including extra practice.
6 Writing Prompt
Reply a question based on this week’s episode and we will correct it and give you advice.
7 Speaking Practice
You have the opportunity to improve your speaking by SPEAKING! Leave a spoken message related to the topic every week for us to give you feedback.
8 The Transcript
The transcript is an amazing learning resource. The combination of being able to both listen to and read what we say provides you with so many learning opportunities.
9 Answer Key
Don’t look here first before trying to do the exercises :)