Read the paragraph and choose the most suitable answer for each of the gaps.
I started English when I was 14 years old after five years of studying Russian. In the , I encountered some difficulties learning the language, but I tried my to overcome them. Firstly, my English pronunciation was by the way I spoke Russian. To solve this problem, I practiced by listening to tapes in English every day. I played the tape, stopped after each sentence, and the sentence several times. At school, I joined an English speaking club was organized by a teacher from Britain. She understood my difficulty and helped me very much in improving my pronunciation. Secondly, I found it really hard to learn English vocabulary. In Russian, the way you write the word is the way you pronounce it. However, English spelling is often from its pronunciation. To get over this difficulty I started using the dictionary. Whenever I learned a new word, I looked it carefully in the dictionary. Then I tried to remember the way to read and write the word. After that, I wrote the word down several in a notebook. Gradually, I got to the spelling system of the language. Now I'm confident that my English has become much better.
Fill each of the blanks with an appropriate word to complete the passage.
It is not easy for adult students of English to improve their pronunciation. Unlike children, adults often find it hard to the way they speak. This is why adult students have more difficulties in developing speaking than children.
First of all, don't worry about not a native-English accent. It's more important to be able to speak so that people can understand you. Then there are several things that international students of English can do to improve pronunciation and to learn English well. An English helps you a lot in that it shows you the phonetic pronunciation of every word, which part of the word is stressed. You also join an English pronunciation class, or practice speaking and to native-English speakers as much as possible. Watching TV programmes in English is another way of improving your pronunciation. Above all, the best way to improve your pronunciation is to learn English in an English-speaking country where you can learn the as well as its culture.
Read the following passage and write some words to complete the sentences about it.
Today English is considered a global language or lingua franca. It is said that if you do not know and cannot use it well, you may meet lots of difficulties in the modern world. More and more people are learning English for several reasons.
Firstly, they want to improve their knowledge. It is obvious that most of the important sources of information are now in English. We can easily find websites, journals, newspapers, and encyclopedias in English everywhere. If we know English well, we can attend quite a lot of online courses or go abroad to study. Many universities in different countries offer courses in English even though it is not the native language.
Secondly, it is easier to get a well-paid job if you can use English. Most multinational companies require a certain degree of English proficiency from potential employees. Therefore, in order to get a position with a top company, more and more people are learning English. Even local companies now require their staff to know English. The reason for that is they may have business relationships with companies in other countries which use English as their working language.
These two reasons are the most common ones explaining why people like to, and need to, study English.
English is considered a global language or in the world today.
If people cannot use English well, they may in the modern world.
To improve our knowledge in English, we can from different sources and if we know English, we can courses or study abroad.
Many universities in the countries where English is not their native language courses in the language.
Employees are learning English because they want to with a top company, or their companies them to do so.