How to improve your English ???
Learning English (or any language for that matter) is a process. You are continually improving your English and the following “How to” de-scribes a strategy to make sure that you continue to improve effectively.
o1. Remember that learning a language is a gradual process – it does not happen overnight.
o2. Define your learning objectives early: What do you want to learn and why?
o3. Make learning a habit. Try to learn something every day. It is much better to study… (or read, or listen to English news, etc.) 10 minutes each day than to study for 2 hours once a week.
o4. Remember to make learning a habit! If you study each day for 10 minutes English will be constantly in your head. If you study once a week, English will not be as present in your mind.
o5. Choose your materials well. You will need reading, grammar, writing, speaking and listening materials.
o6. Vary your learning routine. It is best to do different things each day to help keep the various relationships between each area ac-tive. In other words, don’t just study grammar.
o7. Find friends to study and speak with. Learning English together can be very encouraging.
o8. Choose listening and reading materials that relate to what you are interested in. Being interested in the subject will make learning more enjoyable – thus more effective.
o9. Relate grammar to practical usage. Grammar by itself does not help you USE the language. You should practice what you are learning by employing it actively.
10. Move your mouth! Understanding something doesn’t mean the muscles of your mouth can produce the sounds. Practice speaking what you are learning aloud. It may seem strange, but it is very effective.
11. Be patient with yourself. Remember learning is a process – speaking a language well takes time. It is not a computer that is either on or off!
12. Communicate ! There is nothing like communicating in English and being successful. Grammar exercises are good – having your friend on the other side of the world understand your email is fantastic !
13. Use the Internet. The Internet is the most exciting, unlimited English resource that anyone could imagine and it is right at your finger tips.
o1. Remember that English learning is a Process
o2. Be patient with yourself.
o3. Practice, practice, practice
Setting your objectives.People learn English for many and extremely varied reasons.
When a student understands his/her reasons for learning English well, he/she can then better plan the learning strategy as to find learning materials based on a better knowledge of what his/her objectives are.Let’s take a look at two of the more common reasons for learning English and what might work well for achieving learning goals.Goal One : I’d like to improve my English in order to find a better job.In this case, it is important to ask yourself the questions:
o1. Will a certificate help the chances of getting a job?
o2. Is job specific English required?
o3. Who will I be speaking English with, native speakers or other English as a second language speakers?Details and considerations for each question:Point 01: This is very important as the need for a certificate will dictate what is required learning: grammar, functional English, writing, listening, etc.
If a certificate is required, the student should focus on improving specifics points required by the examination.
For example, Cambridge’s First Certificate exam will require the skill of sentence transformation, while the TOEFL requires the skill of understanding US test taking skills.
Point o2: If job specific English is required, tasks should be more real-world orientated. If possible, tasks should also be based on the exact type of English required in the specific profession.
For example: computer terminology for programming, presentation skills for management, etc.
Point o3: This is extremely important, as students who will be expected to speak English only with other non-native speakers should not have to worry as much about listening skills as those who will be expected to communicate principally with native speakers.
An understanding of the culture (British, American, etc) might be important if the learner will be traveling and communicating in these countries.
Goal Two: I’d like to improve my English as a hobby or self improvement.
In this case, it is important to ask yourself the questions:
o1. How will you be using the English? Communication, reading, using the internet, etc.?
o2. Do you enjoy typical task type activities? Or do you prefer real-world activities?
o3. How much do you want to improve your English? Do you want to just be able to travel and be understood? Do you want to be able to read J. K. Rowling?
Details and considerations for each question:
Point 01: This is of the utmost importance when deciding what type of activities should be pursued. If communication is most important, functional English will be preferable to grammar exercises.
If reading Rolling Stone magazine is important, idiomatic language study will be required.
(An idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words, which can make idioms hard to understand).
Point o2: This is basically a question of learning style and is very important. Involved students will always learn more in the long run than those who are passive.
Point o3: Understanding the desired language proficiency goal is probably one of the most important aspects of learning well. If the student desires to communicate basic needs while traveling, focusing on the correct use of the third conditional is beside the point.
On the other hand, if students strive to higher levels of grammatical understanding, role-play games might not always be the best activity.
These are just a few of the most important questions that need to be asked when planning a learning strategy. This pragmatic approach to English learning is probably most effective way to teach adult learners, as there are generally no imposed goals.
When curriculum requirements are imposed, it is important to construct a syllabus with an eye towards such requirements.
By the way…thanks for Mr. Redwings for the article’s.
to be continue…