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Lesson 0: It's Just Around the Corner


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General instructions

All of the study materials you will need for this course are here. You do not have to get any books or other material. Of course you can use other online or printed materials as well – that’s up to you. Considering the theme of ENA4, it would be most beneficial to take some time to read and listen to the news in English as well as listen to some other radio programs or podcasts broadcast in English-speaking countries.

The course and its materials have been designed with the idea that you study the lessons in the given order.

Some of the lessons include making audio/video recordings. There are different ways you can make those. You can use online tools such as

If you choose to submit an audio file, make sure its format is wma or MP3.

If making a recording presents a problem, contact your teacher to do the task on the phone, via Skype or something similar.

It would be good to learn to use some online English-English dictionary or dictionaries or a pronunciation dictionary such as howjsay.com.

Here are some dictionaries – there are some differences between them, see which one(s) you like.

In this course, just like in all other English courses, you need to keep a learner diary. The minimum number of entries is 10. Write all of them in English. It would be best to write at least something every time you have worked on the course materials. Here are some suggestions.
You can start your journal with these:

  • Your expectations for this course
  • How familiar you are with the theme of this course and related vocabulary
  • Your goals for the course and your English skills in general
  • Skills areas you need to develop the most (listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary)
  • Intended schedule

During the course you can write

  • How much time each lesson took
  • If the lesson or task was easy or difficult and why
  • How well you worked / your level of effort
  • An ongoing self-assessment of your skills

Once you have completed all of the exercises

  • Your overall impression
  • What you learned
  • What you need to work on
  • Any suggestions on how to develop the course

Make sure you do all of the tasks in all of the lessons. If you have any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to email your teacher. When everything is done, send in your evaluation request.

Now, let’s get going. Start with the vocabulary list below and do Exercise 0.1.


Key Vocabulary

Listen and practice pronouncing the words.


society urban territory
social suburb politics
inhabitant suburban policy
resident area authorities
residential district civic
industrial region civil
rural regional reform










Exercise 0.1 Determining personal goals

What are your goals for this course? Do you have any concerns? Which skills areas do you need to develop the most – listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar or vocabulary? What are you good at?

Submit your assessment below and copy it into your learner diary.

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