Things You Can Do To Improve Your English

There are many ways to improve your English
Hester is a teacher at Langports’ Gold Coast campus who has strong beliefs about education. She has set up her own website and blog to help her students, Her blog is a list of 100 things you can do to improve your English. Have a read of the below list and we are sure you will find a lot of helpful tips to improve your English!

1- Practice every day. Make yourself a study plan.

2- Practise the 4 core skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. They all need to be worked on for you to improve

3- Surround yourself in English. Put yourself in an all English speaking environment where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking.

4- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be confident. People can only correct your mistakes when they hear you make them.

5- You will find words easier to remember if you try to remember an example sentence using that word rather the word on its own.

6- Keep a notebook of new words you learn. Use them in sentences and try to say them at least 3 times when you speak.

7- Get help! If you don’t understand something you’ve got to ask someone. Ask your teacher, classmates or friends for help.

8- Don’t be in such a hurry to move up a level. Concentrate on the level you are at now

9- Watching TV only gives you the chance to hear something correctly first time. This is better for high level students. It can be great practice for speaking to native English speakers so you don’t have to ask them to repeat themselves!

10- When you learn a new word, think of all its other forms: Beautiful (adjective),beauty (noun), beautifully (adverb).

11- Learn prefixes (dis-, un-, re-) and suffixes (-ly, -ment, -ful), these will help you to figure out the meaning of words and build your vocabulary.

12- Don’t translate into English from your own language. Think in English to improve your fluency. Talk to yourself…but not on the bus otherwise people will think you have gone crazy!

13- Keep an eye on your punctuation as it can totally change what you’re trying to say. Check out the difference in meaning between these two sentences: “A woman without her man is nothing” and “A woman: without her, man is nothing

14- Don’t give up! Stay positive! Sometimes you will feel that you aren’t learning quickly enough. Everyone feels like this, don’t worry about it. You’ll get there in the end.

15- Enjoy it! We learn more when we are having fun!

16- You are never too young or too old to start learning English. Don’t make excuses not to learn. What are you waiting for?

17- Remember that as long as you have tried your hardest, you have succeeded!

18- Remember, the way we write English is not the same as how it’s pronounced. For example ‘Ough’ has over 6 pronunciations. Familiarise yourself the Phonetic Alphabet. It will help you correctly pronounce words in the dictionary.

19- Unlearn your mistakes. You probably make the same grammar mistakes over and over again. Use English tests results as a study tool. Go over your mistakes and choose one or two that you want to focus on. Use your favourite grammar book to check rules.

20- Find a comfortable, peaceful place for quiet study. You need somewhere where you can focus 100%.

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