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Top 10 'online' activities to redefine your English
The following online activities are aimed at foreign learners of all age groups and proficiency levels. It is recommended that an ideal learner spends at least two hours a day for a continuous 90 days on these activities for optimum results.

However, success depends on one's perseverance and conscious effort put in on a regular basis.

The activities recommended here are chosen from an exhaustive list of Language Immersion Techniques adopted by highly successful TEFL practitioners all over the world.

Remember that all these exercises are to be carried out on the Internet and you need a good quality net-connected multimedia device, preferably a computer.

Traditional televisions and radio are also helpful devices, but they are not as much interactive for full immersion as a net-enabled device.

In 90 days, I can assure you, if you were not already into it, you will be at least 2 points up on a proficiency scale of 0 to 10.

  1. Watch BBC News everyday for 15 minutes each in the morning and before going to bed. Watch when you watch. No snacks, no drinks, no chats, no distractions. Observe the reader's lip movements, characteristic mannerisms, and gestures, how they employ their secondary speech organs to pronounce different words, their accent (mostly native), the pitch (intonation), and choice of words (diction). Then you try to imitate them, aloud and confident.

  1. Watch 'Peppa Pig', the children's cartoon series, everyday for 15 minutes. Do not waste your time on watching English cartoons which employ funny language, dialects, and sounds.

  1. Read articles on topics of your interest on New York Times digital edition for half an hour everyday. Skim through an article for a general idea and then scan (during a second reading) for a better understanding of the passage, the way the sentences are constructed, how various words are employed to logically express the idea. Create a folder for listing the new words you have found and their lexical definition.

  1. On Facebook, befriend people who regularly post in English, and you write comments to their posts as much as possible. Always try to use the best English with all necessary punctuations and grammatical accuracies. A good writer always tries to write in good language. Stop writing your message in your native, non-English language. The more often you use English, the better your chances are to be a more proficient user.

  1. Create a Facebook Page for yourself, whatever you study or do for a living. A Facebook Page provides ample opportunities for its owner to write and edit about their own life and activities of interest that they love to share with their friends. Instead of spending much time on your profile page and timeline, go to your Page where you have a lot of creative things to do. ("Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man."- Francis Bacon)

  1. Log on to your LinkedIn account everyday and spend at least 15 minutes on improvising your CV as well as expanding your professional network across your spectrum, even when you are just a sophomore or housewife. Professional networking doesn't mean you to be a professional, but your networking needs to be professional.

  1. Make Google Chrome your default browser and bookmark all the essential websites that enable your language improving activities, including thesaurus.com and dictionary.com, and tools like grammarly.com.

  1. Set up a small studio (a good quality smartphone will do the job) at home to record your daily talk on various subjects of your interest or research, and upload well-recorded ones on Youtube. Your Youtube videos can be as short as 30 seconds and as long as 15 minutes. Always make sure that you read out well-written scripts or talk to the camera in the best possible English. Owning a Youtube channel for yourself is a smart way to hit multiple targets of your communication skills. Remember, your communication skills are essentially performance skills where your inspiration, aspiration and perfection are drawn on your audience's appreciation.

  1. Facebook Live is another platform for testing your instant speaking skills, a live session in which your friends as well as wellwishers could watch you and make their live comments. You need a tough skin, especially when your listeners have better English, but it pays dividends. Once you are into it, the Live gives you the threshold you need to perform and fine-tune your skills. Be Live everyday.

  1. Pinterest is a huge resource for language learners. No account? Register yourself today. Pin your interests on the boards. Get relevant links to all those resources people of your passion or pursuit share on the Internet. Access websites that inspire your mission and improve your English.

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