Learn something new
There are four levels of cards
1 : black
2 : green
3 : brown
4 : purple
(On your first day, Annie will talk to you and let you know where you should start)
Each envelope contains some cards. On each card are examples of one
pattern. Your task is to ::
find the pattern
figure out why the pattern is used
Join a group already working in your colour, or start your own group. The cards in each colour can be done in any order, so it's easy to join in.
There are hints in the examples, in words and meanings. Some sets also contain clue cards, to help you in the right direction. Talk with your group! Different people see the same problem in different ways. This is a good thing! By cooperating, you can see the question from many different angles. Working together, you CAN figure it out.
(it sounds a lot harder than it is. the number one problem people have is thinking "this is too easy, it can't be correct")
When you think your group has the solution, tell your friendly neighborhood english guide. If you're right, great! If not, she'll ask some questions to help you all find the answer on your own.
Still not sure how it will work?
Once you've learned something new, use it!
After each card, make some sentences. Three is usually a good number.
When you're done with all the cards in the envelope, put your new knowledge to use. There are games for many of the card sets. Or you can play any game you like, making sure to use the pattern. The important thing is to USE what you just learned.
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When you don't want to work on new patterns, there's still a lot you can do ::
Sometimes it's good just to refresh what you already know. Join a group already playing a game, or start one of your own. Some people come to Angol, na? just to practice what they learned before but are already forgetting, so you won't be alone.
Learn New words
Expand your vocabulary. The prefix and suffix cards in the white envelopes have examples you can use to figure out what happens when you add something to the beginning or end of a word. Or pick up the word list and use the example sentences to puzzle out the meanings.
When we read, we notice the patterns we already know, reinforcing them. We also notice new patterns, and find new and useful words. Our library has books for all levels, or we're happy to suggest books you might like to buy on your own.
Sitting around talking is perfectly fine too, as long as it's in English ; ) We don't have a coffee machine yet so we can't sell you anything; do feel free to bring beverages of your own.
- A Suggestion -
Bring a little book with you. Something you can carry in your pocket. When you figure out a pattern, write it down. Learn a new word, write it down. The writing helps you to remember. But you can also pull it out anytime you want to use your English, to keep the things you worked so hard to learn ; )