This is short guide on how to do the online vocabulary exercises on Blair English. In addition, it will show you the extra features there are on each exercise (like extra information, word/phrase audio recordings and the pronunciation speaking test) and how to use them.
Most of the exercises starts with a text (sometimes with an image as well) where some of its vocabulary is highlighted in bold. For example:
These highlighted words/phrases in the text are what you are going to learn. So when you read the text, work out from the context the meaning or use of each.
To make sure that you have worked out the right meaning, each text is followed by a quiz/test. Simply answer each question in the quiz with one of the highlighted words/phrases from the text and press the 'Check answers' button at the end to see if you are right.
Some of the exercises have a quiz where you have to write the answer yourself in the answer box, while others have a quiz where you select the answer from a list in the answer box.
When an answer is correct, a button/icon called 'info' () will appear next to the question after you press the 'Check answers' button.
This 'info' box contains more information about the word/phrase you have correctly answered (e.g. extra information, how to use it correctly etc...). The 'info' button/icon also contains a Spanish translation of the word/phrase. For example:
To see the extra information, just click/press the 'info' button/icon.
Because we know that pronunciation is one of the most difficult areas of English for learners, in the quiz part of each exercise (apart from emails/letters) you can listen to the pronunciation of each highlighted word/phrase from the text.
To make sure that you understand the meaning of the word/phrase first, you can only listen to the pronunciation when you have correctly placed the word/phrase in the right question in the exercise's quiz and pressed 'Check answers' at the end of the quiz.
When you do this, a button/icon called 'listen' () will appear at the end of the question. To listen to the pronunciation simply press/click the 'listen' button/icon and below it a box will appear with an audio player. To listen to the pronunciation, press play on the audio player.
To make sure that you say each word/phrase from the exercises correctly, in each exercise (apart from emails/letters) there is a 'pronunciation speaking test' for every highlighted word/phrase from the text. This test is contained in the 'listen' box (see above) which is shown in the quiz after a question is answered correctly.
To do this 'pronunciation speaking test', simply press/click the 'listen' button/icon and then press on the microphone icon () at the bottom of the box. After this, you will have to press on the 'allow' button which appears in the browser. Then just say the word/phrase. This test will then show you if you are saying the word/phrase correctly or not.
At the moment, this 'pronunciation speaking test' only works on the chrome browser on either desktops/laptops computers or on android mobile phones (it doesn't work on the chrome browesr on iPads, iPhones or iPods). Also, if you want do this speaking test on a desktop/laptop computer, make sure that you have a microphone connected.
Now you know how to do all the features on the exercises, so please go and start learning some English.