The process of learning English is different for every student. If you’re stuck at a certain level and want to progress and ask how to move forward more effectively, every teacher will give a different answer. However, there are some key tips and techniques that can help any student master the English language. Try these ideas to kick-start your English studies – some of them may surprise you.
Warm Up Your Brain
Just as you would warm up your muscles before you go for a run, warm up your brain before you start studying. Think quickly about the subject you are going to be studying, paying attention to any items of vocabulary or phrases that come into your mind. For example, if you are studying the workplace, think about the last place you worked or what you want to do when you get older. Sometimes it helps to step into a different physical space when you are starting to learn English, in order to separate your languages and focus on English.
Type in English
Activate your brain and concentrate on English by typing a short passage, quickly, before you study. It often helps the learning process if you do so through physical activity. You can type anything – describe your friend, write what you had for dinner, or discuss the weather. If you want to extend the exercise then pick an image and activate your vocabulary by describing the photo or writing about what it means to you.
Sing a Song
Singing a song to yourself (or to others if you are brave) in English is a good way to relax and also to help your brain focus on learning English. Keep the song short and make sure you know all the words.
To really give your English a boost, combine travel with learning by attending one of the English summer schools the UK has to offer. A summer school is the ideal environment to learn English as you are surrounded by native speakers and you get to practice your English all day with people from around the world. If you can’t travel to England, find some friends to study with and make sure you only speak in English when you are together.
Study Every Day
Keep English fresh in your brain by studying a little every day. Half an hour each day is easier and than trying to do a four hour session only one time a week as it helps to focus your mind and keeps information current. Set aside a particular time every day to practice your English. You can find apps and websites that help you set goals and send you reminders when it is time for English.
Pick Your Own Topic
Don’t think you have to study exactly what it says in the book. If you like football, read books or articles about football. Look up online fashion sites if you are into style, or watch TV news programmes for learning about current events. Combine this with studying grammar and formal learning in a classroom and you’ll soon be speaking fluently.