Tips for Learning English
You might think that there is only one way to learn English but actually you can learn English in different ways.
I always have said that if you keep trying, someday you will be proficient enough to communicate in any type of context.
Having said that, there are ways that would certainly lead you to failure.
In less than ten years of teaching, I have seen people making different mistakes in English Language Lessons.
Take these Tips for Learning English and avoid getting lost on your quest for proficiency
10 Tips for Learning English
- Don’t you dare to think that you are learning based on the fact that you are passing classes: passing a class is not an indicator that you are learning. Most universities don’t certify the levels of the students who graduate so you will see students getting a degree being proficient, others being independent users of the language and even basic users of the language.
- Stop building upon the sand: As mentioned in the previous point, sometimes learners pass a class because they were lucky enough to have a teacher who didn’t care to help them or to fail them, and that’s why you see students pretending that they understand the passive voice even when they have issues with the simple present. When they finish their courses, they end up learning a little bit about something with huge gaps of knowledge here and there.
- Stop blaming others. We all know somebody who thinks that his/her lack of competence and proficiency is the result of others not doing their jobs. Of course, we all desire to have teachers who are proficient, passionate about teaching and who have an expertise in the subject matter they teach, but you must remember that you go to classes for three hours a week and a week is made up 168 hours, so try to spend some time studying on your own.
- You don’t need a teachers for everything. There are many resources avaialble in the palm of your hand to learn English, don’t you think that you have to start your car, drive for an hour and sit through a lesson to learn English. You can do a lot of work by yourself. Universities and Language Institutes don’t have the teaching and learning monopoly.
- Worry about results: When you start workiing out, you expect to see results after a few weeks of training, if you are studying by yourself or attending classes, you should have the same mindset that you have when you start working out. You need to be able to see some results. Attending a class for several weeks, months and years and not being able to see results that you are happy with doesn’t pay off.
- Pay attention to others: There are people who have succeeded in learning a language, why not ask them about what they did to achieve that success? I can tell you that it is awesome to know somebody who knows more than you about something because that means that you can see clearly where you are headed.
- Identify what you know and you don’t know. The best way to know if you are learning or not is making a list of what you know and you don’t know. If you are worried about your grammar, just open a grammar books and check the index. When you have identified your strenghts and weaknesses, make sure to make plans to move some topic from one colum to the other.
- Enjoy learning. Sometimes I see students complaining too much about learning English, when you do that, it means that you aren’t in love with the language and that you are trying to force something that is not your thing. Study English for the right reasons.
- English is a mean of communication: You don’t learn English sitting quitely in a corner while other classmates do all the talking. Using your receptive skills is awesome but we have to see the results, the only way to see if the classes are paying off is when you dare to write or say something in English.
- Take action, You have plenty of resources to succeed in learning a language. Here it is explained how you can learn Emglish by Yourself