ESL: Idioms Usage, Pronunciation, and Intonation
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ESL: Idioms Usage, Pronunciation, and Intonation

Learning meanings and pronunciation of Idioms and collocations is key to unlocking fluency in English Language.
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Created by K Marcel
Last updated 1/2015
Price: $40
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  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand and Use Phrasal Verbs, Idioms, and Collocations
  • Mimic Native Pronunciation and Intonation
  • Better Understand Sentence Structure
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  • Essential Idioms in English: Phrasal Verbs and Collocations (ISBN-13: 978-0131411760 ISBN-10: 0131411764) 5th Edition, by Robert J. Dixson is recommended
  • A free comprehensive course pack including exercises, tests, and answer keys is included with the course.

This course, Idioms Usage, Pronunciation and Intonation, will teach you to hear, understand, and use English phrasal verbs, idioms, and collocations. It will also help improve your intonation and pronunciation through a practice called "shadowing".

This is a complete course, approximately the equivalent of what you would learn in a college-level speaking and listening class over the course of a semester (10-15 weeks). We will complete 13 lessons, each covering about a dozen expressions taken from the textbook Essential Idioms in English: Phrasal Verbs and Collocations (fifth edition) by Robert J. Dixson (ISBN 0-13-141176-4). While the textbook is not required, it is highly recommended. Each lesson includes:

* A video lesson

*Text exercises and answers (also on video)

*A sentence scramble exercise and answers (also on video)

*A dictation exercise and answers (also on video)

*A shadowing exercise on video

*A lesson test and answers

If you want to understand the English around you, the English that is spoken every day, in every interaction, and you want to USE the English that will allow you to sound more natural and connected to the language, this is the course for you!

This course includes about 10 hours of video which are broken down into sections so that you can study at your own pace.

Included in this course is a very complete course pack that will allow you to practice what you learn in the lessons. And, it's free!

Don't let idioms "hold you back"! "Jump in" and "get to it" "right away"!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for high-beginner to intermediate ESL students; it is not intended for native speakers of English.
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Curriculum For This Course
110 Lectures
Lesson 1: "get in" through "at first"
10 Lectures 59:59

Introduction to Instructor, and course. After the lecture, students should be able to define an Idiom and know what makes it different from slang.

Preview 06:32

Discussion of suggested text book. Be sure to check supplemental materials.

Preview 01:24

Discussion about Phrasal Verbs. Course material "A Note About Phrasal Verbs" is available for download in supplementary materials.

Lesson 1 Phrasal Verbs Lecture

Lesson 1 idioms includes get on/get in, get out of/get off, put on, take off, turn on, turn off, right away, pick up, sooner of later, get up, come up with and at first.

Lesson 1 from Essential Idioms

Pronunciation Exercise

Exercises A and B

Answers to Exercise B

Sentence Scramble

Dictation Exercise

Shadowing Exercise with Demonstration
Lesson 2: "dress up" through "never mind"
8 Lectures 44:21
Introduction to Section 2

Lesson 2 idioms includes dress up, at last, as usual, find out, look at, look for, all right, all along, little by little/step by step, tire out/wear out, spend time, and never mind.

Preview 16:08

Lesson 2 Pronunciation Exercise

Lesson 2 Exercise A

Lesson 2 Exercise B and Sentence Scramble

Lesson 2 Dictation

Lesson 2 Shadowing Exercises
Lesson 3:"pick out" through "go out with"
9 Lectures 40:15
Introduction to Lesson 3

Lesson 3 idioms includes pick out, take one's time' talk over, lie down, stand up, sit down/take a seat/have a seat/ all (day, week, month, year) long, by oneself, on purpose, get along (with), make a difference (to), and take out/go out with.

Lesson 3: Idioms Part 1

Lesson 3 Idioms Part 2

Lesson 3 Exercise A

Lesson 3 Exercise B

Lesson 3 Sentence Scramble

Lesson 3 Shadowing Exercise
Lesson 4: "take part in" through "put away"
8 Lectures 27:33
Introduction to Lesson 4

Lesson 4 idioms includes take part in/be in on, at all/in the least, look up, wait on, at least, so far/up to now/as of yet, take a walk/hike, take a trip, try on, think over, take place, and put away.

Lesson 4: Idioms

Lesson 4 Pronunciation

Lesson 4 Exercise A

Lesson 4 Exercise B

Lesson 4 Sentence Scramble

Lesson 4 Dictation Exercise

Lesson 4 Shadowing Exercise
Lesson 5: "look out" through "in a rush"
8 Lectures 33:35
Introduction to Lesson 5

Lesson 5 idioms includes look out/watch out, shake hands, get back, catch cold, get over, make up one's mind, change one's mind, for the time being/for now, for good, call off, put off, and in a hurry/in a rush.

Lesson 5: Idioms

Lesson 5 Pronunciation Exercise

Lesson 5 Exercise A

Lesson 5 Exercise B

Lesson 5 Sentence Scramble

Lesson 5 Dictation Exercise

Lesson 5 Shadowing Exercise
Lesson 6: "hang out" through "ahead of time"
8 Lectures 29:54
Introduction to Lesson 6

Lesson 6 idioms includes hang out, hang up, count on, make friends, out of order, get to, look over/go over/read over/check over, have time off/take time off, go on/keep on, put out, all of a sudden/all at once, and ahead of time.

Lesson 6: Idioms

Lesson 6 Pronunciation Exercise

Lesson 6 Exercise A

Lesson 6 Exercise B

Lesson 6 Sentence Scramble

Lesson 6 Dictation

Lesson 6 Shadowing Exercises
Lesson 7: "point out" through "think of"
8 Lectures 33:00

Introduction with cultural lesson about time.

Introduction to Lesson 7

Lesson 7 idioms includes point out, be up, be over/be through, on time, in time to, get better/worse, get sick/well/tired/busy/wet, had better, would rather/would just as soon, call it a day/night, figure out, and think of.

Lesson 7 Idioms

Lesson 7 Pronunciation Exercises

Lesson 7 Exercise A

Lesson 7 Exercise B

Lesson 7 Sentence Scramble

Lesson 7 Dictation Exercises

Lesson 7 Shadowing Exercises
Lesson 8: "be about to" through "break up (with)"
8 Lectures 32:35
Introduction to Lesson 8

Lesson 8 idioms incudes be about to, turn around, take turns, pay attention (to), brush up on, over and over (again)/time after time/ time and again, wear out, throw away, fall in love, go out (with), go out/step out, and break up (with).

Lesson 8 Idioms

Lesson 8 Pronunciation Exercises

Lesson 8 Exercise A

Lesson 8 Exercise B

Lesson 8 Sentence Scramble

Lesson 8 Dictation Exercise

Lesson 8 Shadowing Exercises
Lesson 9: "wake up" through "back and forth"
9 Lectures 36:38
Introduction to Lesson 9

Lesson 9 idioms includes wake up, be in charge of, as soon as, have a good time, in no time, cut down on/cut back on, crack down on, quite a few, used to, be used to, get used to, and back and forth.

Lesson 9 Idioms

Lesson 9 Pronunciation Exercise

Lesson 9 Exercise A

Lesson 9 Exercise B

Lesson 9 Sentence Scramble Exercise

Lesson 9 Dictation Exercise

Lesson 9 Shadowing Exercises
Lesson 10: "make sure" through "by heart"
8 Lectures 34:09
Introduction to Lesson 10

Lesson 10 idioms includes make sure/make certain, now and then/from time to time/once in a while, get rid of, every other (one), go with/go together, first-rate, come from, make good time, mix up, see about/attend to/see to, make an impression/leave an impression, and by heart.

Lesson 10 Idioms

Lesson 10 Pronunciation Exercise

Lesson 10 Exercise A

Lesson 10 Exercise B

Lesson 10 Sentence Scramble

Lesson 10 Dictation Exercise

Lesson 10 Shadowing Exercises
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About the Instructor
K Marcel
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Linguist and ESL Instructor


I am your instructor, Joyce Marcel. I am a native speaker of American English, and I have been teaching English as a Second Language for over 20 years. I have taught students from ages 4 to 64, from Ukraine to Brazil, in elementary school, secondary school, in corporate settings, and in the college classroom. I have also lived abroad and had to master a foreign language myself, so I understand the challenges and rewards in language and culture study.

My academic credentials include: a Bachelor’s degree in English (with a minor in French) and a Master’s degree in Linguistics (with an endorsement in TESOL). Because my graduate degree is in Linguistics, you will see that my approach to teaching and learning language is quite different from other, TESOL, instructors. I focus heavily on learning to recognize patterns—in all areas of the language, including sound systems, syntax, use of tenses, and writing conventions—so that my students learn not only HOW to use the language like a native, but also WHY we use it the way that we do. My specialization is syntax, sentence structure, so you will see that put into use whether you are studying a grammar class or an idioms class with me. In other words, with me, you will not only learn to understand meanings; you will acquire the material and make it part of your own linguistic stock.