Learning English does not always have to be just sitting in the classroom and studying various aspects of grammar and textbooks. In fact, several English language teachers encourage their students to do plenty of extra learning other than the school curriculum. There are plenty of ways to improve your understanding of the language, most of which can actually be a lot of fun.
It is also a well-known fact that different people respond to different learning techniques. Sometimes just sitting in the classroom or reading a coursebook is not enough or right for you. It can be beneficial to do some extra work.
So, if you are keen to improve your English or in that case any other second language then consider some of the handy tips that you would get on your way. Not everything will work according to you but, if you add a few of the following ideas to your daily language learning, you’ll definitely see some improvement.
Through this blog, Ms. Sonu Goel, Founder of Café Converse, providers of Delhi’s best English classes for school kids to help them build a strong foundation for the English language at an early age, shares some excellent and top tips to improve your English if you are a school student.
Watch English Movies and TV Shows
The UK and the USA produce some of the finest TV shows and movies in the world and you can learn English while watching them. If you are still getting to terms with the language at any level from beginner till upper intermediate, then it is worth putting the English subtitles on so that you can read while listening at the same time.
You can also listen to English songs and find plenty of listening sources over the internet.
Read English Newspapers and Books
Reading is an excellent way of practicing your English as per your convenience. You can take a word at a time at your own speed, without your teacher looking over your shoulder. If you are studying at a beginner to intermediate level, grab a children’s book where the language will be simpler than an adult book.
Newspapers are also quite worth reading. It not just improve your English but you will get your hands on local and national information too, which could be handy while communicating with native speakers.
Make Notes Containing New Vocabulary
Every time you learn a new word, be it in the classroom or when you are out, ensure that you make a note of it. Whenever you have any spare time, you can practice what you have learned. You can even do this using your phone, so you need not carry around a notebook with you.
It is also useful making a note of the translation in your own language and any abnormal phonological aspects of the word.
Find Out the Best Time to Learn
You know well whether you are a morning or an afternoon person? If you can find out when your brain is at its best then you should go for your language learning at that particular time. Certain people work best first thing in the morning and switch off post lunchtime, while for others it takes some time to get going every day.
Think about when you work best and plan your learning to suit this. For instance, there’s no point taking lessons that goes late into the night when you are likely to lose focus easily.
Practice Whenever You Can
It’s quite important that you do not leave your English learning only inside the classroom. Make an attempt to go to the library and study your notes, read and write in English, and speak to English speakers.
When you’re at home at night, look over your English notes from the day and try to memorize some vocabulary as you are falling asleep. The first thing you do in the morning while you are eating your breakfast could be to learn at least a couple of new words. Make sure you never avoid learning.
Get Yourself a Good Bilingual Dictionary
A bilingual dictionary is your best ally while you are learning English. But, beware because there are plenty of dictionaries out there that have several mistakes and mistranslations. Do some good research and if possible, spend a bit of extra money on getting the best dictionary.
It is also worth bearing in your mind that a number of online translators and electronic dictionaries on smartphones can be erratic too. So, act wisely while choosing them.
Learn Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
There are a variety of aspects in the English language that you’re not always going to get in an academic coursebook. Things such as idioms and phrasal verbs are quite common in everyday English conversations.
If you master to learn these then you’ll find it much simpler to talk and understand conversations with native speakers. Although this is not the form of language, you’re likely to use in a school essay, it is arguably just as vital to you.
Writing is a top way of using new vocabulary and getting your hand on grammar. Try and write something daily, using new words and grammar that you have learned. Even if it is just a few sentences, it’s very crucial to get into the habit of doing this.
This is also a good way of comparing your progress of the English language. If you have a few English speaking friends or a teacher, you can ask them to look over your writing and give you some inputs.
Happy Learning !!
Ms Sonu Goel is a professionally acclaimed certified ESL trainer from British Council having 15 years of strong background for teaching English language in both online and physical classes. She is dedicated to the teaching of English in an interactive and practical way, whereby learners feel enriched with knowledge and experience the language hands-on. She uses creative ideas and aids to let the learning happen as organically and efficiently as possible. Ms Goel has travelled various European countries and experienced an array of cultures and linguistic skills for the English language.