Learn English Online with Dimi

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clip_image003My name is Dimi. I teach online via Skype. All my classes are student-centered and personalized according to my students’ level as well as their interests, goals and learning style. I have wide experience in teaching all levels of English from beginners to advanced users.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.

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"A few minutes a day can really make a difference. Do something today for a few minutes to change your life!"
Whatever you water will grow stronger. If e.g. you water the seeds of learning and improving your English every day, it will grow stronger.
My idea in my classes is, to get inspired and to learn. I think when you enjoy doing something, when you have fun, it is much easier to remember the things and if we add to that a little bit of inspiration, I believe the results will be great.

Johnson’s family – speaking practice

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Betty – speaking practice – mind mapping

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Mind Mapping – Practice – part 1

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Ukraine – part 2 – Speaking Discussion

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1.    Merkel says Russia failing to keep Ukraine pledge

2.    Sweden pledges urgent loans to Ukraine

3. Ukraine’s interim president pledges ‘large-scale’ anti-terror operation against pro-Russia forces

4.    Protest expands in eastern Ukraine as Kiev threatens military op

5.    in the eastern city of Slavyansk, Donetsk region - Gunfire broke out there on Sunday

6.   “And now what, the US will endorse the realization of this criminal order to use armed forces?” Churkin said

7.    clashes between

8.    on brink of civil war

9.    holding a national referendum

10. Police buildings seized in Ukraine

11. Ukraine gunmen seize buildings in Sloviansk

12. Obama has limited leverage over Putin in Ukraine crisis

13. Russia still has plenty of leverage in Ukraine

14. The Donetsk police chief stepped down on Saturday - "In accordance with your demands I am stepping down," police chief Kostyantyn Pozhydayev told the protesters.  

15. withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine's eastern border

16. Kerry left no doubt that he believed Russia was behind the assaults


Dee Boersma: Pay attention to penguins

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Dee Boersma: Pay attention to penguins 

Speaking Discussion:

1. sentinel

2. diligent

3. census

4. bray

5. plaintive

6. plight

7. composite

8. fledgling

9. ballast

10. distil

11. cutting edge

12. speckled

13. cattle

14. smack

15. rifle

16. bush

17. enzyme

Practice these words with quizzes: http://quizlet.com/4916918/study

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Questions:

1. Are penguins endangered? (Their number fluctuate with …)

2. Does global warming affect penguins? (drawback of being in the middle of the food chain)

3. Why do penguins have a white belly and black back?

4. Are there any albino penguins? (albinism is a hindrance for penguins)

5. What do penguins eat? (stay submerged for 5 minutes…)

6. How do penguins drink? (A special gland near the beak can remove …)

7. How are penguins able to regurgitate food for their young long after having eaten? (There are 3 different ways …)

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Read more about the penguins: http://www.gdargaud.net/Antarctica/PenguinFAQ.html

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Discussing pros and cons

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Using animals in circus acts

 

Pain and suffering - mental anguish, self-mutilating, swaying, pacing, bar-biting, lash out

Animal abuse - harsh treatment has spawned protests

 

Useful phrases:

 

On the whole, I’m in favor of/not in favor of …

One benefit/ drawback is that …

What’s more, …

On the other hand, …

Another argument in favor of/against … is …

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Homework: Poaching threatened species (see page 19) and Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul

Ugly Betty - part 1

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1.    thought-provoking

2.    prejudice

3.    unglamorous woman

4.    fidget

5.    to get rid of 

6.    braces

7.    to land a job

8.    HR

9.    slamming the door in her face

10. harsh treatment 

11. outrageous tasks

12. cut out for work in the fashion world

13. outrageous-looking outfits

14. industrious

15. naive

16. sincere, frank

17. to dump

18. to get a discount on

19. mock/ humiliate someone/ something

20. awkward nature

21. lack of something

22. count on someone

23. allies

24. a person whose face is partially wrapped up

25. sinister plans

26. to take over

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