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This is an advanced course in English pronunciation and conversation for non-native speakers of English. In the Computer Assisted Language Lab, you will practice pronunciation of reduced forms of words, sentence-level intonation patters, and word stress. You will also work on “trouble spots” in your own pronunciation as well as listen for main ideas while guessing meaning from context, making inferences, and taking notes.
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Prepare and warm up yourself
It’s important to prepare yourself before the small talk, just as a football player does the warm up before an important match OR a lawyer jots down important points before appearing for a court hearing. If you are a shy person this is the most essential step to master small talks. What you can do is shortlist hot topics and your experience related to it, this would help you to talk about these topics confidently and would never be short of words.
Be the first one
Are you one of those who is hung back when it comes to starting a conversation. Well, then be the first one , just be confident and start the conversation. To begin the conversation, start with a smile, make an eye contact, this gives a positive signal to the other person and creates a positive energy. Now then just hit the nail and start the conversation.
Listening actively helps you to pick up facts in a conversation and build a mental picture and continue the conversation gracefully. Listening actively gives you the time to construct phrases to keep the conversation moving.
Avoid unpleasant topics
Small talks are causal conversations, so avoid topics such as recession, layoffs etc. These are very sensitive topics and create an argument. Unpleasant topics don’t create a positive image about you. So always stick to lighter topics such as movies, shopping, life in the city etc., and avoid unpleasant topics.
End the conversation gracefully
As you start the conversation positively, you need to end it well. Never end the conversation abruptly and move by just saying ‘Bye’. Appreciate the conversation you had with the person and end it gracefully. This shows you value the other persons time.
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A free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation.
Learn and practice your skills in math, science, English language arts, and social studies. Practice and improve test taking skills. Note: GED Academy is offered to all TCC students for free. You must contact Debbye Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a user name and password. With this resource you’ll be ready to go, learn, and practice!
- Math – Quantitative & algebraic problem solving
- Science – Life science, physical science, earth and space science
- Social Studies – Civics and government, U.S. history, economics, geography and the world
- Reasoning Through Language Arts – Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written text
46 videos on a variety of topics within the field of chemistry. This includes the electron, water and solutions, the periodic table, the nucleus, and much more. These videos have been vetting and approved by the tutors of the Tacoma Community College Writing and Tutoring Center.
40 Biology videos (Over 7 hours!) covering topics such as water, membranes, molecules, photosynthesis, and many more topics in biology. These topics cover human, plant, and animal biology. These videos have been vetting and approved by the tutors of the Tacoma Community College Writing and Tutoring Center.
ABEweb allows you to study and improve your skills in English, transitions, GED, college prep, ELL, geography, job searching, math, social studies, and technology. ABE web is a large website that can help adults with their basic education. The website is very easy to navigate and offers many activities that are both visual and interactive.
Blue Histology has information on human anatomy (including Epithelia and Glands, Connective Tissues, Nervous Tissue, Urinary System, Reproductive System, Accessory Digestive Glands, and much more), images, original source material + additional links and sources, and several quizzes to test your knowledge. Overall, this website contains a ton of information about anatomy and human biology, but expect a less than stellar user interface.
The Selecting Statistic website is very easy to use. The website will ask you questions to determine the facts about the equation, then it provides a method on how to calculate the statistic problem.
The 50 Wise Speakers website allows you to study public speaking. The website allows you to select transcripts of speeches based on categories (such as business, education, or government), questions (such as delivery, stage fright, and humor), or based on the speaker themselves.
The Quick MBA Statistics website offers brief informative explanations on statistics. It introduces topics such as: Central Tendency, Dispersion, Standard Deviation and Variance, Probability, Permutations and Combinations. It also provides a link to The StatSoft Electronic Statistics Textbook.
Learn Genetics: Molecules of Inheritance webpage provides a thorough overview of information about the Molecule of Inheritance (M.I). It includes lesson categories defining and explaining DNA & Genes, the Central Dogma (coding processes), RNA, and Proteins. The lesson pieces are marked with little colored labels including “Tour” with visual slides and audio; “Interactive Explore” with an interactive learning activity; “Explore” with large colorful images and text information; and “Learn More” with extended informative text and images.
The CodingBat website contains dozens of lessons in both Java and Python, allowing the user to learn at their own pace. Most of the website consists of coding exercises automatically checked by the server, giving the student immediate feedback and stats on their coding. There are also videos, links to relevant internal and external sites, and the ability to save progress with optional account creation. The website mostly focuses on logical rearrangement of data abstractly.
The eAnthro website provides several interactive pages related to human evolutionary biology, including 3D printables of bones, a lab page with collaborative lab data collection and comparison, a skeleton page showing comparisons of the bones of various species, and a page on fossils, and a page dedicated to the Lucy fossil. Each page has interactive activities to play with.
The Anatomy and Physiology Text and Laboratory Workbook Videos website provides brief information, colorful pictures and videos about cell transport including Brownian movement, Osmosis, Elodea Osmosis, Blood Isotonic, Paramecium Contractile Vacuole, Bulk Transport, Endocytosis and Exocytosis. All the videos are in .wmv format and download to open in a local video player.
The UEFAP website provides extensive information on writing, reading, vocabulary, listening and note taking skills for academic English learners. Each section has a text teaching and then an interactive exercises to practice! Lots of great content here.
The Hunter College Reading/Writing Center website provides handouts and links about reading and writing. It includes topics on: Portfolios, Literature, Poems, Resumes, Business letters, Outlines, MLA, APA, Writing about Arts and Science, Health Science and Social Work.
The Dartmouth website explores study habits and learning skills. It offers resources through learning links, videos and handouts.
Concordia University’s Learning Support website provides handouts & resources to help students improve their essential study skills including problem solving, writing, memory & concentration, time management, reading, note-taking, exams, oral presentations, ESL, graduate studies, and online learning.
Rocket languages: Spanish provides information and interactivity on Spanish numbers and time, culture, grammar, phrases, pronunciation, questions, and travel vocabulary that are free and easy to follow. The free lessons provided are a means of showing the user how Rocket Languages is like if you were to decide to purchase their full language learning program. However, without purchase, all the basic topics in the right sidebar on the website are available for study and practice.
The Mental Health website provides information on mental disorders, self diagnoses, discussions, medications, journals, new research and therapies. Some of the journal links are no longer working, but nonetheless this website has a wealth of useful information and videos about mental health and some great journal links for further study.
Learn Java by typing code solutions to posed problems. Practice-It is the University of Washington’s partially-open access (with an account that must be created before first use) practice system for Java. It contains introductory and advanced lessons that come from the textbook used for the courses offered there. The user attempts to solve coding problems by typing their solutions which are then checked to see if they produce the correct result.
Learn Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and culture. Spanish.about.com provides grammar lessons and up-to-date articles on the grammar of the Spanish language. The site also offers information on Spanish culture, which is sorted by Regions and Holiday categories.
Learn about the human body with interactive activities and audio-visually presented information. Virtual Body provides information and interactive activities to help students learn about the human body, including specifically the brain, skeleton, heart, and digestive tract. Each of the 4 body sections includes a narrated ‘tour’ of that area of the human body, a visual diagram where you can hover over parts and see the name and definition, and an activity to practice putting together all the parts.
Neuroscience for Kids provides good basic information on the brain that is relevant for any age student! On the Explore page, you can find listed topics with information pages and visuals on brain basics, higher functions, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, the neuron, the sensory systems, methods and techniques, drug effects, and neurological & mental disorders.
Learn about determining blood types and compatibility for transfusion by playing a game. The Blood Typing Game from Nobelprize.org provides an interactive and fun way for students to learn about blood groups, blood types, and compatible blood transfusions.
The Public Speaking Project website provides an online textbook, video slide presentations on various public speaking topics and handouts. The content on this site has been contributed by various speech professionals. The site intends to add and update content regularly and states that activities will soon be added for further practice and engagement of the content by students. Also, the site is in the process of creating a space for instructors called ‘Faculty Lounge’ to access and share syllabai, manuals, and class activities for public speaking.
These crash course videos give brief and interesting overviews on topics addressed in TCC’s HD 116 course on Life choices. Learn about Adult growth and development, emotional health, and prejudice & discrimination
The Self Creation website provides thought-provoking questions and compelling exercises in self-awareness to help you get to know yourself better. Under self-esteem, the site provides info and exercises to help you feel better about yourself and help you strengthen your approach to life. The self-empowerment section encourages you to create a life you are passionate about pursuing. And lastly there is information on how to form and change your beliefs and happiness with your life.
The Not For Ourselves Alone Resource page is connected with the PBS Documentary Film called “Not For Ourselves Alone”. It is a documentary about Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, two primary figures in gaining rights for women in the United States. The resources page provides excellent articles, essays, historical documents, and links to other resources about these two women and the happenings for women during this era of change.
The Understanding Prejudice website was established in 2002 with funding from the National Science Foundation and McGraw-Hill Higher Education. The purpose of the site is to offer educational resources and information on prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism, and diversity, with the ultimate goal of reducing the level of intolerance and bias in contemporary society. All pages and features of the site are freely available to teachers, students, and other visitors.
Project Implicit provides consulting, education and training services on implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, leadership, applying science to practice, and innovation.” “[It] was founded as a multi-university research collaboration in 1998 by three scientists – Tony Greenwald (University of Washington), Mahzarin Banaji (Harvard University), and Brian Nosek (University of Virginia), and was incorporated as a non-profit in 2001 to foster dissemination and application of implicit social cognition. Project Implicit supports a collaborative network of researchers interested in basic and applied research concerning thoughts and feelings that occur outside of conscious awareness or control. Project Implicit expanded into a substantial web-based infrastructure for supporting behavioral research and education that is available to other laboratories.
Learn about culture and how it affects values, beliefs, and behavior. The What’s Up With Culture training site provides information and interactive exercises that focus on the concept of culture and how it impacts one’s ability to understand and function in unfamiliar environments. It concentrates on the skills, attitudes, and behaviors which anyone can find useful for relating with people from various cultural backgrounds or entering a culturally different environment.
The Quandary game provides a framework for how to approach ethical decision-making without telling players what to think. Quandary presents engaging situations where players must make difficult decisions when there are no clear right or wrong answers but significant consequences. Through interactions with other settlers in the colony, players must consider facts, opinions and solutions, just like in real life. The skills players develop while playing Quandary – such as critical thinking, perspective-taking and decision-making – will help them recognize ethical issues and deal with challenging situations in their own lives.
The WOIS Career Information System provides detailed information on many careers and educational programs broadly available. There are also several assessments you can take to learn more about your personal work interests, skills, and values. For more specifically local career information and educational options at Tacoma Community College, take a look at Career Coach.
The Career Coach site provides the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training you can obtain at Tacoma Community College to pursue your career dreams. You can also take a short or long assessment to evaluate your personality strengths and what career fields and jobs match with your strengths! This is a great tool for learning more about yourself, learning what types of great careers are out there waiting for you and how to practically go about pursuing them.
The Understanding Algebra site provides a full algebra textbook by James W. Brennan for free online. It has nine chapters covering: Numbers of Arithmetic, Intro to Algebra, Word Problems, Graphing and Straight Lines, Systems of Linear Equations, Polynomials, Rational Expressions, Exponents and Roots, and Quadratic Equations.
Khan Academy: Arithmetic provides series of videos for each of the concepts of arithmetic mathematics. When you click on the topic, a series of videos will appear. After a set of a few videos, it will give you an interactive exercise to practice what you learned. Each video has a play icon next to it and each interactive exercise has a star icon next to it. This is a great tool for brushing up on your math skills before taking the ACCUPLACER or other math placement exams.
Khan Academy provides a collection of videos in Organic Chemistry that starts with a general review of dot structures and hybridization and moves through organic structures, acids and bases, alkanes and cycloalkanes, stereochemistry, substitution and elimination reactions, alkenes and alkynes, alcohols, ethers, epoxides, and sulfides, aromatic compounds and more.
Learn about bond hybridization in organic chemistry. AdiChemistry – Valence Bond Theory & Hybridization provides good information and sufficient images to explain bond hybridization. It discusses all of the different types of hybridizations.
Search an alphabetical treasury of explanations for all kinds of organic chemistry with visual models. OChemPal is an A-to-Z guide to vocabulary and processes of organic chemistry created by the department of Chemistry at Utah Valley University. The site is designed for undergraduate students studying organic chemistry, and is intended to complement lectures and text. The home page also provides links to “Symbols and Abbreviations” and “Acronyms of Common Reagents and Solvents”.
Learn about bond hybridization in organic chemistry. OChemPal – Hybridization provides an in-depth discussion on the organic chemistry side of bond hybridization and provides helpful image models to show the process. The site only discusses up to sp3 hybridization.
Practice beginner Spanish vocabulary while playing games. Pimsleur’s Spanish Games site provides four great interactive and visually appealing games for practicing beginner Spanish vocabulary.
The 123 Teach Me’s Spanish Interactive Exercises site has several options for interactively practicing all kinds of vocabulary with words and pictures or in a sentence. The only option that is not freely accessible is the “700 Fill-in-the-blank Quizzes”, which requires a subscription. But all the others are accessible and useful for vocabulary and correct usage of vocabulary practice.
Find step-by-step explanations and practice problems and solutions for Algebra and Calculus. Paul’s Online Math Notes provides very helpful tutorials and lots of sample problems to work through. The site shows step-by-step how to solve problems. It also provides links to “cheat sheets” for Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Limits, Derivatives, Integrals, and Laplace Transforms. There is also a great section on ‘How to Study Math’ and ‘Common Errors in Mathematics’.
MDCT’s Gray’s Anatomy Online site provides PowerPoint’s teaching the various parts of the human body as listed. You are able to click on any of the body areas or systems listed and download the actual PowerPoint which gives information and images to teach you. There are also other resources on the MDCT site which you can find in the quick links side menu or in the main top menu.
Learn about the systems of the brain through a collection of teaching videos from Khan Academy. The Executive Systems of the Brain collection of teaching videos from Khan Academy takes a student through several main areas of psychology including: Cognition, Attention and Language, Sleep and Consciousness, Memory, and Emotion.