7 key ways to improve your English-no need to travel!
The very best way to IMPROVE your English (or any foreign language) is to live where that language is spoken, so you can immerse yourself in the language and the culture 24/7. There is NO better way.
However, due to the current pandemic situation, most people cannot travel to a foreign country to experience the ‘real thing’, and some people are prevented anyway due to work or personal reasons.
Fortunately, we live in a digital world and by using online tools we have access to a wide range of great material and live stimulus, which can be fantastic ways to improve at a foreign language.
It’s important to bear in mind that for most people, language acquisition does not come easy! I always say to my students that it’s like learning to play a musical instrument - it requires hard work and consistency. The more you practice, the better you get!
Here some methods you can use to learn and improve a foreign language:
It can be very helpful to read as much as possible to expand your vocabulary. For me, reading aloud was very helpful in improving my English language pronunciation and
Listening Don’t underestimate how enjoying songs, videos, blogs and/or anything with subtitles helps, especially if the language level you’re trying to achieve is challenging.
Reading and writing Simple reading and writing exercises will help you improve your grammar and flow.
Speaking out loud Speak in the foreign language as often as you can. Read aloud. Video chat with native speakers of the foreign language you are studying. As much as possible, have face-to-face conversations.
Lessons with a native-speaking teacher Dedicated lessons, either in a group or on a 1-to-1 basis, can be highly motivating especially because you want to stick to the time and financial commitments. During good quality language lessons all the above points will be covered, and you can receive immediate feedback and answers to any questions you have.
Involve all your senses! We recommend incorporating all of these learning components into your language-learning method. However, focus on speaking and involve as many senses as possible in the learning process. If you can hear it, say it, feel it and write it, then you will likely remember it.
What’s your favourite way to improve your English? Have you got any tips to share? We’d love to know!