Learning English as a second language can be quite fun and challenging for a lot of international students. It can also be quite frustrating and disappointing for some, especially trying to learn a language with high expectations. Fear not, learning the English Language is a process that takes time, practice and mostly patient. Here are some tips that I am sure you will find very interesting.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes Many students are afraid to speak or to participate in class due to fears of making mistakes in classes. This makes it difficult for your teacher or other people to help you especially when they can’t hear you make mistakes and give you helpful advice.
Surround yourself in English It is so easy for you to speak your own language so, being more discipline and put yourself in all English speaking environments where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking.
Practice the 4 core skills: Reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all need to be worked on for you to improve.
Keep a notebook of new words you learn Use them in sentences and try to say them at least 3 times when you speak. Using new words as much as you can to speak will help you remember. Memorization of words is only short term because you are not able to retain the information. You will find words are easier to remember if you try to remember an example sentence using that word rather the word on its own.
Don’t be in such a hurry to move up a level Focus on the level you are at now. Try to comprehend well the level that you are in before you go to the next level. What good is it to move to the next level when you don’t understand the level that you are at now? Learning a language is a step by step process. You need to learn to walk before you can run.
Watch DVD’s rather than TV It is better to be able to use something that you can watch over and over. The TV only gives you one chance hear something correctly the first time. DVD’s allow you to catch information you might have missed the first time.
Read, Read, Read Reading is only a great way to learn new vocabulary but also, a great way to recognize grammar construction. Children books have easier words and are a good alternative to graded readers. Newspapers are a good place to find passive constructs. Read through an article and see if you can find the passive sentences. Read for general meaning first. Don’t worry about understanding every word, then go back over it and look up new words.
Keep a diary A diary, or Journal is a great way to practice your writing skills. Start by writing a few sentences a day and then get into the habit of writing more. Online blogs are a great way for higher levels to share writing, opinions and stories with the rest of the world.
Sing your heart out! Show the world your beautiful voice! Learn English songs and sing along with them to improve fluency and intonation… anyone for Karaoke?
Facebook, Instagram, and other social website creating an English only group online is a great way for you and your friends to practice English texting to one another. This is the next best thing when you can’t speak English to someone face to face.
There are so many things that you can do to better your English, but you need to find what works well for you. Remember the key to improving your English language skills is by doing.
Which tips did you find really interesting? Which tips will you try doing?
Did you find these tips very helpful? It was written by one of our amazing instructors Stan Howe from our Toronto Campus. If you want to know more ways of improving your English you should contact us today! SSLC can help you achieve your English dreams!