Our students have plenty of chances to use English while playing games. We notice a lot of improvement because they get to practice a lot in front of teachers!
This is no doubt the best scone recipe ever. I often adapt recipes to make them better or more interesting but this recipe is already perfection. Its one of the few recipes I follow exactly!
You can add about a 1/2 cup of currents (or whatever dried fruit you like) to it. For cheese scones add 1 cup shredded cheese after butter has been cut in.
Be aware that the type of flour or butter that you use may change the recipe a bit, but that’s part of the fun. Once you get the idea of how the scone dough should feel you can add or reduce the amount of flour you use. Remember not to overwork the dough if you want to get flaky scones.
Making scones is a great way to get confidence about baking or eventually making pie crust etc. Its hard to mess up scones so just enjoy baking and coming up with new variations.
21/4 cups flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
21/2 baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg (for brushing on scone)
1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2.Using fingers cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
3.Stir in dried fruit etc.
4. Add butter milk and make into ball
5.Pat out dough on lightly floured surface until about 2 cm thick.
6.Cut into pieces
7.Brush top of scones with egg (this can be skipped)
8.Bake at 425 F for 12 to 15 mins
1/2 cup butter
1/2 Parkay Margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp heavy cream
21/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup caramel bits
For icing: 1 cup icing sugar, 2 Tbsp lemon rind, lemon juice (Slowly add enough juice to icing sugar until a thick icing is made.
- Melt butter over med heat. Keep stirring until the butter has browned and has a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn it. Cool to room temperature.
- Beat margarine, white and brown sugar together. Add cooled browned butter, mix well. Add egg and cream.
- Mix in flour, baking powder and soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon and caramel bits.
- Cool batter in fridge for 30 mins.
- Using a spoon, scoop a small amount of batter and roll into a ball about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
- Evenly space balls on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10 mins at 350F
- Cool on cookie sheet before putting on cookie racks.
- Once cool, drizzle lemon icing on cookies.
If you want to learn math, science, history or literature, we have to memorize information or formulas so that we can get a good score on a test. When you attended school, your teacher probably told you learning English was difficult and takes many years.
The bad news is that your teacher was right; if you study a new language the way you study for your science test, it will take a looooooong time to learn English (or any language).
DO NOT LEARN LANGUAGE LIKE A SCHOOL SUBJECT!
Learning English is like learning to play soccer, or any sport; you can study the game, but if you want to play it, you have to play it. This means that you should practice some skills by repeating over and over again, like pronunciation. Soccer players do not memorize therules of the game, they remember that they can or cannot do something because they tried it in a game or practice and were told “Sorry, you can’t do that”.
Learn English this way.
Make more mistakes.
This is a difficult question to answer because so many people think they have the correct answer. My opinion about this changes for every student I meet. After spending a few minutes communicating with students from beginner to advanced levels, I am usually able to give them advice on what I think they need to focus on. However…There is something that I think ALL students need to understand before they learn to communicate in any new language. There is only one way to learn to improve.
MAKE AS MANY MISTAKES AS POSSIBLE!!!
You are afraid to make mistakes because you have taken so many tests! Life is not a test, so do not be afraid of it!
If you want a teacher or friend to help you improve your English, you must make mistakes. In order to make mistakes you have to speak, write, communicate as much as possible. Nobody expects you to be perfect, or even good. Here in Canada, most Canadians speak more than one language, or at least they have studied french in school. In our classrooms there are almost always English language learners and in our businesses, community centres, schools and government offices, Canadians spend more time listening to people speak English with an accent.
Canadians are very good at listening and understanding you when you are speaking! So please do not think that pronunciation or vocabulary problems are reasons you should not speak. It is exactly the opposite; if you have problems, show us what they are and we will help you to fix them!
A classroom is a safe place to make mistakes, but the test is outside of the school when you order food, visit the doctor’s office, or visit your child’s school. And the score is 100% if the people you talk to are able to understand what you want!
Get out there and practice and get in to REV and get help!