learning-literacymemory-abilities-improvement-success-schooling-studiesmemory-mapping-academic-abilities-learn-remember-alan-mcmahon-learning1Due to my studies at ŠKODA AUTO University (SAVS) , I have found a very simple method  for the developing my english skills, by watching funny videos. It is necessary to be able to relax, when learning the foreign language as well, as taking grammar classes. Because human thinking base on Implicit memory. In daily life, people rely on implicit memory in the form of procedural memory, the type of memory that allows people to remember how to tie their shoes or speak without consciously thinking about these activities.[1] 

The first link that I would like to present is “Equals Three”. While at Columbia, Ray William Johnson started his formatted show, Equals Three, as a way to combine two popular video styles: watching viral videos and video bloggers.[2]. Equals Three is one of the most subscribed channels on YouTube, having more than 10.6 million subscribers in December 2013, and has been recognized by Guinness World Records.[3]

The strengths of “Equals Three„ are that you can improve your speed of speaking and thinking, vocabulary, you will discover ways of sentence creation in many situations and paraphrasing. Also you will know different cultures, because many videos are from around the world. Definitely Ray is such a great actor. It is possible to see how he developed artistry week by week. In my opinion it is useful to enhance presentation skills for beginners.

The weaknesses of “Equals Three”.   Our hero Ray does not use academic language in his channel episodes. Sometimes filthy language.  And there are no subtitles for these episodes.

Therefore I recommend this YouTube channel to people over 18 years old with a low and middle level of English. Subscribe to the channel and enjoy.

The next source, which is TED (Technology Entertainment Design) shocked my imagination. It is a private non-profit foundation which has held annual conferences since 1984, in California, USA .The mission of the conference is to disseminate unique ideas («ideas worth spreading»). The lectures are available on the conference website. The topics of lectures are varied: science, art, design, politics, culture, business, global issues, technology and entertainment.

The strengths of “TED”. In case of developing yourself performances of residents are extremely helpful for improving presentation skills at the highest level and to discover vocabulary. The topics of lectures are varied: science, art, design, politics, culture, business, global issues, technology and entertainment. Subtitles are available in 22 languages for each presentation

The weaknesses of “TED”. All speakers use beautiful academic language and most of them have English as native language. Some of them have quite a difficult accent for understanding. Therefore I do not recommend these conferences for beginners.

 

And finally my last recommendation is “Extr@” – a soap opera on British TV for learning foreign languages taken in the period from 2002 to 2004.

Story of “Extr@” is simple. Two girls rent a room in a major city. One of them – is a successful and athletic, and the other – similar to the „English rose“ (modest, kind and, elegant) and loves animals. They have a neighbor, just a copy of the first girl, but in the mean’s appearance. The first girl has a visitor from abroad who is a good pen pal. Naturally, he has weak foreign language skills.

The strengths of “Extr@”are in the simulation of real abroad life situations. Versions have been released in English, German, French and Spanish languages. In each language the soap opera has little bit different plot and actors.

The weaknesses of “Extr@”are subtitles. Because it is quite complicated to find subtitles in a particular language. In addition it is not so useful for people with a high level of the foreign language. Chcek the links below:

Extr@ English

Extra@ Deutsch

Extr@ French

Extr@ Español

In conclusion I want to thank my professor Paula Gibson for aid in writing and I suggest sharing your fun study materials to improve language in the comment session below. I hope everyone know some useful TV shows, series and cartoons etc.


[1] Schacter, D. L. (1987).„Implicit memory: history and current status“. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 13, 501-518.

[3] Marc Hustvedt (June 28, 2011). „Ray William Johnson Now #1 Most Subscribed on YouTube“. Tubefilter. Retrieved October 6, 2012

Ilya Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk

I am a student of ŠKODA AUTO Vysoká škola. I had bachelor degree graduation in Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI). Now my full-time form master program is Marketing Management in the Global Environment. For me journalistic experience has most important role in future carrier. Public Relations is exactly what I would like to develop till profession level. Also, I try to study culture, language and behavior of foreigners thought sport, games, and formal events. I am such a happy person. Because I have great opportunities discover the World.

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