In this section we have a range articles giving advice on how tech tools can help you become a better learner of English (if you aren’t already the best) and information about privacy. Also we want to interview you and hear your voice on how you relate to and use technology in learning a language. For a bit of fun, follow our friendly Grammarian Gorilla on a tour of the tenses and aspects that populate the wonderful language that is English.

Study Tip of the Iceberg: Memrise

 

The key to learning another language is vocabulary – and a lot of it! After you find a new word you need to remember it: you will forget most of this post five minutes after you read it. To remember new words, you need a system. Your system should include as many connections as possible, such as collocations, pronunciation, word forms, example sentences and mems. Also, to keep the words in your brain spaced revision is a must. You can do this with physical...

Students Talking Tech: Fuse

TEC² wants your opinions about using technology to learn a language. If you are interested send an email, via the icon above. After that, we will post your responses on the Study page with your first name, nationality and a badly drawn picture of you. 

1. What technology do you use to learn English when you’re not in school, if any? (social media, websites, apps, etc)

Macmillan Dictionary web site, Come Again Listening tool, Newsela for reading...

Study Tip of the Iceberg: How to Speak English App

 

Do you ever get the pronunciation blues? When you have great vocabulary, but people still have trouble understanding you. Don't worry you can fix this problem; it just takes time and effort. There are two steps to improve your pronunciation at the sound level. First, find out what your problem sounds are – this can be a teacher or application; And then, create a new muscle memory for the sound you are trying to say correctly – this usually takes a...

Students Talking Tech: Nuch

TEC² wants your opinions about using technology to learn a language. If you are interested send an email, via the icon above, and we will post your responses on the Study page with your first name, nationality and a badly drawn picture of you. 

1. What technology do you use to learn English when you’re not in school, if any? (social media, websites, apps, etc)

I sometimes use Facebook. I follow English learning pages about idioms and how to...

Study Tip of the Iceberg: Lyrics Training

When studying English it is important to have a range of activities to keep you interested in learning. One fun website that can be added to your rotations is Lyrics Training. This website has a variety of songs selected from YouTube which can be used to improve your listening in a fun and meaningful way. Remember it's better to do a little bit of English every day rather than once a week. Lyrics Training is a...

Students Talking Tech: Carlos

We want your opinions about using technology to learn a language. If you are interested in participating send us an email, on the tab above, and we will send you the survey. When you respond we will post it up on Tecsquared with your first name, nationality and a badly drawn picture of you. 

1. What technology do you use to learn English when you’re not in school? (social media, websites, apps, etc)  

BBC Learning English, Podcast ( 6 Min...

Students Talking Tech: J

We want your opinions about using technology to learn a language. If you are interested in particpating send us an email, on the tab above, and we will send you the survey. When you respond we will post it up on Tecsquared with your first name, nationality and a badly drawn picture of you. 

1. Apart from textbooks, what do you use outside of class time to help you learn English?

At high school they...

Study Tip of the Iceberg: The Pomodoro Method

 

Who has a smartphone? If you said yes then you are probably aware of the thousands of distractions it can cause you. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube they all really want your time but sometimes you just have to say no. So here is a challenge to help you say no, decide on an English language task you want to do (alright have you got one?). Now get a timer and set it to 25 minutes. During that time you can only focus on that task for 25 minutes,...

Study Tip of the Iceberg: Vocabulary

How good are you at remembering new words? I sometimes feel like my brain has a big hole in it and the important words get lost all of the time. But now you don’t need to only use your own brain but you can borrow your smart phone’s brain to help you remember difficult words. Follow these steps and watch your memory of new words improve.

Step 1
Record interesting new words in your smartphone. You can type the word in, take a photo or...