Language Learning Ideas- Adverbs of Frequency Discussion


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Language Learning Ideas- Adverbs of Frequency Discussion
Choose a good or bad language learning idea from below and ask your partner “How often
should I…?” They should give a whole sentence expression with “You should..”, “You
can…” or “You could…” and a frequency expression like “very often” or “never”, using
exact expressions like “
at least twice a day” and “as often as you can” if they can. Discuss
if you agree with their idea and what your opinion is, then do the same with other
sentences from below.

You can…
You could…
You should…

ask someone to explain something another way

ask someone to repeat

ask your teacher questions which are about English but aren’t in the course

choose one or two things in English that you want to use as much as possible

correct yourself while you are speaking

do karaoke in English

do your homework just after the last English class

do your homework just before the next English class

get a little drunk before speaking English

have English radio on even when you aren’t listening carefully

interrupt people if they have misunderstood you

learn a famous speech or poem in English by heart

learn lists of English vocabulary

learn whole pages of vocabulary from the dictionary

listen to English while you are sleeping

listen to the news in English

listen, read and speak at the same time (= shadow reading)

memorise new English words that you find in your textbook

memorise new English words that you see in things made for native speakers like

newspapers and movies

play language learning apps on your mobile phone or tablet

practice a conversation that you are going to have in English beforehand

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press the “memory” button on your electronic dictionary to remember what words you

have looked up

put English subtitles on when you watch a film in your own language

read English language children’s books

read English language classics like Dickens and Shakespeare

read English newspapers

read and listen at the same time (for example with a graded reader and its CD or mp3


read authentic texts (= texts written for native speakers such as novels)

read graded texts (= texts written for language learners such as Intermediate-level

easy readers)

read in English about something you are going to watch before watching it

record your own voice

revise (= review) what you have studied in past classes

speak to your own friends in English (instead of your own language)

speak while you are thinking of what to say

study for language exams such as TOEIC

study from a grammar book

take Skype lessons with Filipino teachers

translate in your head into English from your own language

try to pronounce exactly like native speakers

try to start conversations with foreign people in trains and stations

use a bilingual dictionary (e.g. English-Japanese)

use a dictionary

use a monolingual dictionary (= an English-English dictionary)

use automatic translation

use new words that you have learnt

use words in your own language such as names of traditional foods and then explain

their meaning in English

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watch English comedies

watch different episodes of the same English language series

watch something dubbed into your own language before you watch it in English

watch something in English that you have already seen

watch something in English which you already know the story of

watch something in English with English subtitles

watch something in English with no subtitles

watch something in English with subtitles in your own language

write in English even when no one will look at what you have written

write in your own language first and then translate it into English

write new vocabulary on flashcards or in a vocabulary textbook

write the pronunciation of English words using your own language (e.g. Japanese

katakana script)

Ask the class about any topics above which you weren’t sure about or had different
opinions on.

Brainstorm as many possible answers to “How often…?” questions as you can.

Find cards in the pack that are given that could be answers to “How often…?” questions.
What would the question be for the other cards?

Try to make statements about language learning using as many of those cards as you

Make other statements with “should” and the frequency expression cards and see if your
partner agrees.

Possible topics:

Doing your job well

Being “green” (= environmentally friendly)

Being healthy

Improving your appearance

Being a good wife or husband

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