Back to school

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First days of school…

It’s the first full week of September, and that means school is back in session. The beginning of school means something different to all of us. For most people, it probably brings back memories of our own first days of school – a combination of excitement about seeing friends again and reluctance to say good-bye to summer. For parents, it might mean seeing your child go off to school for the first time, or moving up to a higher grade.

For us teachers at GoEnglishGo, the beginning of the school year is an exciting chance to meet new students, and a challenge to help our students meet their learning goals!

What does the beginning of school mean to you? Let us know by leaving a comment for this blog. We’ll be happy to hear from you.

And we hope you’ll join us at GoEnglishGo when we begin our online courses in October!

Computers for babies

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A company (you can visit their website here) is offering a new product called the Vinci Tab: a tablet computer specially designed for babies and children. The tablet comes with videos, games, stories and a diary for parents to record important milestones in a child’s development.

The company says that the computer allows young children to be introduced to technology, which they will need for the rest of their lives at the same time as engaging with other learning activities, such as learning numbers and sorting pictures into categories.

Have a look at the company’s website, and then tell us what you think. Is this a good thing, or not? If you have a child, would you think of buying it for them? Why or why not?

Summer means holidays!



What do you want in a holiday?

It’s summer, and that means time to take a holiday! I hope you have a chance this summer to do whatever it is that you enjoy on holiday: sightseeing, relaxing on the beach or perhaps a more active holiday, like climbing. Personally, I love going to new countries and sightseeing, trying new food and seeing a little bit of a different culture.

The video in this post shows some places to visit in Turkey. One of my favorite holidays was a few years ago, when I traveled across Turkey with a friend. The landscapes were amazing, the food was great and we met lots of Turkish people who wanted to talk with us – some invited us to their homes for tea.

We’d love to hear what you think makes a great holiday – where do you go, how do you travel, what accommodation do you get, and what do you like to do most? Also, if you’ve been somewhere very interesting, let us know! Maybe you can give someone a recommendation where to go next. Just leave your comment in the form below.

Summer Films

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Three Films for this Summer

It’s summer, and so it’s one of the times in the year when big, blockbuster films are released. In fact, the latest Harry Potter film has just been released.  I hope you enjoy it, if you’re a Harry Potter fan.  I must admit that I haven’t read any of the books or seen any of the films.  But I do love to watch films and I’m sure a lot of you do, too.

Here are trailers from three films that are coming out this summer.  After watching the trailers, leave a comment telling us which you think you would like to watch, and why.

Larry Crowne

Starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, the film is about a man who has to go back to college when he loses his job because he doesn’t have a degree.  Click here to see the trailer.

The Conspirator

Directed by Robert Redford, this film is based on a true story.  After the end of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.  This film tells the story of the only woman charged in the conspiracy as her lawyer tries to save her life during her trial.  Click here to see the trailer.

One Day

A man and a woman reunite for one day every year after a brief romance on their last day of university.  Based on a popular novel by David Nicholls.  Click here to see the trailer.

Let us know which one (or ones) you’d like to see, and why.

Why are you learning English?

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A Billion People, A Billion Reasons?

If there are a billion people in the world learning English, are there also a billion different reasons why they are learning?  Not exactly.  Even though no two people’s reasons for learning English are exactly the same, there are a few main reasons why most people learn English.  Understanding your motivation for learning English will help you focus your learning, help us provide activities that are most useful and interesting for you, and help unite you with other learners with similar interests.

Here is a list of typical reasons why people take an English course.  Leave a comment saying which are most important to you, and why.

Why are you learning English?

Are you learning because:

you need English for your job / career

you need English to communicate with your friends / for social reasons

you need English for school or your studies

you need English for travel

you need or want to pass an English exam (such the FCE, CAE, CPE or IELTS)

you enjoy being part of a group with your teacher and a group of learners

you enjoy the challenge and feeling of achievement from learning

perhaps another reason?

Let us know why you’re learning English.  We’re always happy to hear from you.

Learning English Online

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There’s a good chance that using English is important to you.  Most people need to use English in their career, and you probably also use English to keep in touch with some of your friends who come from other countries.

You also obviously use the Internet - that’s how you got here.  You use it to get news, communicate with friends and share messages and photos with people in your life. But have you thought of taking advantage of the Internet to take an English course online?

Learning Online vs. a Traditional Classroom

Learning is moving online, too.  You can connect with your teacher online, and there’s no need for you to spend your time travelling to a traditional school. An online course at GoEnglishGo.com has lots of opportunities for you to practice communicating in English:  discussion forums, text and voice chat, wikis, blogs and voice discussion boards are some of the communicative online tools that you’ll use at GoEnglishGo.com.  And besides that, we offer interactive exercises to build your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

What can online learning do for you?  Well, just compare learning online with learning in a traditional classroom.  Both offer contact with a teacher, but with an online course there’s no need for you to travel from your home or office.  Both offer a chance to practice communicating in English, but with an online course you have more variety of ways to communicate, and you don’t have to stop practicing when the lesson ends.  And both offer materials, but instead of photocopies, in our online courses, you work with engaging multimedia activities that give you instant feedback.

A Good Choice

If you’re wondering whether learning online can be as effective as learning in a traditional classroom – we think the answer is clear.  For a lot of people, learning online is the better choice. 

Contact us today at info@goenglishgo.com to find out more about learning English with us.