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VIU ESL Welcome to the English Language Program at Virginia International University!

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to prepare students for academic success. Our students learn the skills necessary to become confident writers, fluent speakers, effective listeners, strong readers, and savvy TOEFL takers. In addition to the traditional language classes and TOEFL preparation, we offer courses in business English, academic vocabulary, and various aspects of American culture. Our students have an opportunity to make lifelong friends with people from all over the world while attending classes, going on field trips, and having fun at our parties, contests, and other social events. This fall, VIU ESL will start to offer the ONLINE ESL program. Are you planning to enroll in one of VIU’s academic programs, but don’t feel as though you are well-equipped with academic English? Or are you currently in an academic program and would like to be better at giving presentations or writing research papers? Join our ESL Online program. Check out the website for more information! Link to the ESL Online website: http://online.viu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=142&Itemid=413

Mission: The School of Language Studies, through its English as a Second Language (ESL) program, empowers students with linguistic, academic, and intercultural skills to achieve their goals.

What's the difference between their, there, and they're?Their  is the possessive form of the pronoun they.There is an ad...
05/13/2019

What's the difference between their, there, and they're?
Their is the possessive form of the pronoun they.
There is an adverb that means “in or at that place.”
They’re is a contraction of the words they and are.

Happy Mother's Day from VIU!
05/10/2019

Happy Mother's Day from VIU!

Did you know that this week in 1858 Minnesota became a state?  Minnesota is the home of many famous people.  One of them...
05/09/2019

Did you know that this week in 1858 Minnesota became a state? Minnesota is the home of many famous people. One of them is cartoonist Charles Shulz. Mr. Shulz created the comic “Peanuts” which includes Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

Idiom:  once in a blue moonMeaning:  very rarely Example:  Carl visits once in a blue moon now because he lives so far a...
05/08/2019

Idiom: once in a blue moon
Meaning: very rarely
Example: Carl visits once in a blue moon now because he lives so far away.

Would you like to practice all four language skills at once?  Check out www.npr.org.  On this website, you have the abil...
05/07/2019

Would you like to practice all four language skills at once? Check out www.npr.org. On this website, you have the ability to read an article and listen to the audio version of the text. This is a great way to learn English via current events. What will be your first activity?

What is an adverb?  An adverb is a part of speech that describes or modifies a verb, an adjective, another adverb, claus...
05/06/2019

What is an adverb? An adverb is a part of speech that describes or modifies a verb, an adjective, another adverb, clause, or sentence. Do you have adverbs in your native language?

The Loch Ness Monster’s modern legend began this day in 1933.  It was started after some people claimed to have seen a...
05/02/2019

The Loch Ness Monster’s modern legend began this day in 1933. It was started after some people claimed to have seen a large animal in the area. Are there legends like the Loch Ness Monster in your native culture?

05/01/2019

Idiom: hit the nail on the head
Meaning: If you hit the nail on the head, you describe the exact nature of something such as a problem, a solution, or a situation.
Example: You really hit the nail on the head when you said that Bob needs to stop worrying about making mistakes when he speaks English.

Its or It's?The word it’s is short for ‘it is’.Example:  It's cold.The word its means ‘belonging to it’.Exampl...
04/29/2019

Its or It's?
The word it’s is short for ‘it is’.
Example: It's cold.

The word its means ‘belonging to it’.
Example: The puppy went to its bed.

Did you know that the Library of Congress was established this week in 1800? The library has over 17 million books. Addi...
04/25/2019

Did you know that the Library of Congress was established this week in 1800? The library has over 17 million books. Additionally, it has many other artifacts. Do you have a favorite book?

Idiom:  to have a sweet toothMeaning:  to like sugary and sweet foodsExample:  Bob has a sweet tooth and never misses de...
04/25/2019

Idiom: to have a sweet tooth
Meaning: to like sugary and sweet foods
Example: Bob has a sweet tooth and never misses dessert.

What’s the difference between to, too, and two?  • To is a preposition with several meanings, including “toward”...
04/22/2019

What’s the difference between to, too, and two?
• To is a preposition with several meanings, including “toward” and “until.”
• Too is an adverb that can mean “overly” or “additionally.”
• Two is pronounced the same as to and too. It is the number between one and three.

This month marks the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë.  She is most remembered for her literary maste...
04/18/2019

This month marks the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. She is most remembered for her literary masterpiece Jane Eyre.

Idiom:  keep your eye on the ball Meaning:  keep paying attention Example:  To do well in English, you'll have to keep y...
04/17/2019

Idiom: keep your eye on the ball
Meaning: keep paying attention
Example: To do well in English, you'll have to keep your eye on the ball and study hard.

We had a great time at out Potluck Celebration!
04/16/2019

We had a great time at out Potluck Celebration!

Coordinating conjunctions are easy to remember.  Just use FANBOYS!ForAndNorButOrYetSo
04/15/2019

Coordinating conjunctions are easy to remember. Just use FANBOYS!

For
And
Nor
But
Or
Yet
So

Idiom:  A flash in the panMeaning:  A person or thing that had brief success; however, the success was not repeated.   E...
04/11/2019

Idiom: A flash in the pan
Meaning: A person or thing that had brief success; however, the success was not repeated.
Example: She hit a lot of home runs early but has not since then. She was a flash in the pan.

We had a great time at the Freer/Sackler Museum!  Where should we go next term?
04/10/2019

We had a great time at the Freer/Sackler Museum! Where should we go next term?

If you are looking for a great resource for all aspects of learning English, use this website.  https://www.esl-lounge.c...
04/09/2019

If you are looking for a great resource for all aspects of learning English, use this website. https://www.esl-lounge.com/

Adjectives describe nouns and pronouns.  Do you have adjectives in your native language?
04/09/2019

Adjectives describe nouns and pronouns. Do you have adjectives in your native language?

On this day in 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft.  At first, the company was in Albuquerque, New Mexico;...
04/04/2019

On this day in 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen started Microsoft. At first, the company was in Albuquerque, New Mexico; however, it moved to Washington State in 1979. Since that time, Microsoft has become one of the most successful companies in the world.

Idiom: to throw someone a curve ball Meaning:  to confuse someone by doing something tricky or unexpected. Example:  The...
04/03/2019

Idiom: to throw someone a curve ball
Meaning: to confuse someone by doing something tricky or unexpected.
Example: The teacher threw a curve ball when he gave the students an unexpected test.

Lay vs LieTo lay:  to put or place something downTo lie:  to rest or reclineYes, lie has another meaning, but we are not...
04/01/2019

Lay vs Lie
To lay: to put or place something down
To lie: to rest or recline
Yes, lie has another meaning, but we are not focusing on that today.

Did you know that this week in 1912 Japanese cherry trees were first planted in Washington, D.C.?  The cherry trees were...
03/28/2019

Did you know that this week in 1912 Japanese cherry trees were first planted in Washington, D.C.? The cherry trees were a gift from the Japanese government to the United States government.

Idiom:  hit a home run Meaning:  If you hit a home run, you do something that is very successful. Example:  Bob is a sma...
03/27/2019

Idiom: hit a home run
Meaning: If you hit a home run, you do something that is very successful.
Example: Bob is a smart person; if anyone could hit a home run, he could do it.

Affect versus EffectAffect is a verb meaning "to change."Effect is a noun meaning "a result."
03/25/2019

Affect versus Effect
Affect is a verb meaning "to change."
Effect is a noun meaning "a result."

On this day in 1965, Martin Luther King Jr began his march from Selma to Montgomery.  He did this in the support of Afri...
03/21/2019

On this day in 1965, Martin Luther King Jr began his march from Selma to Montgomery. He did this in the support of African-American voting rights. How does his memory live on in your home country?

Idiom:  to cry over spilled milkMeaning:  Being upset over something that has already happened and cannot be changed.Exa...
03/20/2019

Idiom: to cry over spilled milk

Meaning: Being upset over something that has already happened and cannot be changed.

Example: “It’s no use crying over spilled milk – you did poorly on the test because you didn’t study. You made a bad choice, and now there’s nothing you can do about it.

Do you have any questions about grammar?  If you do, send your questions to us and let us answer them for you!
03/18/2019

Do you have any questions about grammar? If you do, send your questions to us and let us answer them for you!

This week in 1933, President Roosevelt broadcast his first fireside chat.  He gave 30 more during his time in office.
03/14/2019

This week in 1933, President Roosevelt broadcast his first fireside chat. He gave 30 more during his time in office.

An adverb clause is a group of words with a subject and a verb that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
03/12/2019

An adverb clause is a group of words with a subject and a verb that modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.

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