Improve your English- learning outside the classroom.

Mar 15, 2012

Hi guys,

Today we’re going to look at ways of improving your English outside of classes.

First of all, whatever you learn in class needs to be revised. Many English students learn things in class, and then forget it the next day. A good rule to follow is if you spend an hour learning something, you should spend another revising, and another practising. People often forget what they learnt yesterday!

Also, it’s important to keep a record of everything you learn. I would keep a book for the classroom, and a vocabulary book as a minimum. It’s also a good idea to have a little book for the mistakes you make, or maybe different books for different types of English. You could have a book especially for slang for example.

Of course it’s good to read outside of the class. Newspapers, books, e.t.c. are good. Again keep a record of what you learn so that you don’t forget. Should you learn every word? It depends on your level of English and your ambition. If you’re a lower level learner then you could perhaps try one of the special level books we keep in the school. But always be aware of the type of thing you are reading and adapt your learning to that. If it’s a technical book, don’t learn all the English, but choose words which you think you will need.

Then we have listening. When you are studying listening you have to worry about two things- the vocabulary and your ear. You need to learn words of course, and by doing this you’ll improve your passive vocabulary. Generally, words which you hear are more important than words which you read. This is because we use a greater variety of words when we read than when we write. When you watch a dvd or do any kind of listening, keep an internet dictionary on your computer so that you can easily look words up. Internet dictionaries are great for this purpose. I recommend using BBC iplayer.

Socialise. It can’t always be easy making native English speaker friends, but it is possible. Try to share interests and do things like sports with English speakers. However, it’s also very easy to make friends with other students, and some (but not all) will want to speak English a lot like you. For this you can use the ICE social programme. Avoid staying in groups of one nationality because they usually don’t want to speak English. Of course one of the best things you can do for your English is find a native English speaker as a lover!

Buy a grammar book. I recommend the Blue Murphy book. It’s called intermediate but it’s quite advanced. The green book is really for proficient learners.

Remember- a bit of English every day is better than a lot on one day.

Thanks for reading. See you next week.

Good luck with your English!

Click here to enrol for English courses in London.


Tags:
Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List


Tag List

Sport Journalism Course (1)
english review (1)
mini-saga (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Events in London (1)
exams (1)
future tenses efl (1)
Christmas in London (3)
english grammar tips (1)
Beautiful London (8)
London (5)
london events (1)
Francais (2)
English grammar (4)
grammar (1)
FCE (4)
english school online (1)
Vocabulary (11)
Places to see in London (4)
Learn english online (12)
past modals (1)
Attractions in London (1)
defining relative clauses (1)
New language (7)
Business English (1)
pronuciation (3)
Journalism Course London (1)
English food (3)
Listening in English (2)
Journalist Course London (1)
future tenses english (1)
saga (1)
Islington Centre for English (6)
reading tips (1)
english as a foreign language (3)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Learning tips (10)
Field day (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
writing a mini-saga (1)
Hello from Ally (1)
student study tips (1)
Things to see in London (4)
Learn English (15)
Fun (1)
New vocabulary (4)
Free english lessons (10)
Peaceful London (2)
Tweed (1)
Relaxing London (4)
english grammar online (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
Insider info London (14)
Students (2)
english school london (12)
english study tips (1)
Polite questions (1)
Idiom (3)
Barney Ronay (1)
ICE (5)
New blog (1)
ILEC (1)
study english (1)
Victoria park (1)
Reading in English (1)
Journalism evening course London (1)
silent disco (1)
London Summer (7)
things to do london (1)
Social programme (1)
Shopping in London (4)
spelling (1)
Cycling (1)
Things to do in London (6)
grammar tips (1)
english course london (12)
Historic moment (1)
Halloween (2)
the people's tower (1)
London Marathon (1)
making predictions (1)
Winter in London (6)
music festival London (1)
efl (4)
english grammar help (1)
English vocabulary (3)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
study english onlline (1)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
IELTS (2)
Somewhere to go London (3)
CAE (3)
narrative voice (2)
London markets (4)
Recording vocabulary (3)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
Adjective (2)
Covent Garden (1)
music festivals uk (1)
Where to visit London (3)
the shard (1)
study tips (9)
english courses london (1)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
english school (2)
English tips (4)
free english grammar (2)
past modal verbs (1)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
English (1)
Journalism classes London (1)
Tourist tips (5)

Tag Cloud

past modal verbsIELTSstudent study tipsVocabulary notebookEvents in LondonSomewhere to go LondonRelaxing Londonstudy tipsTweedthings to do londonSomewhere to visitImprove your vocabularyEnglishThings to do in LondonSport Journalism CourseICETourist tipsVocabularyReading in Englishthe shardenglish as a foreign languageJournalism classes LondonSomewhere to visit LondonFunChristmas in LondonHalloweenmaking predictionsIdiomEnglish foodThings to see in Londoneflfuture tenses englishPlaces to see in LondonCyclingCovent GardenWhere to visit LondonAttractions in LondonFree english lessonsSocial programmeListening in EnglishLondonstudy english onllinemusic festival Londonenglish school onlineAdjectiveField dayJournalism Course LondonEnglish tipsenglish grammar tipsWorld Naked Bike RideLondon SummerBusiness Englishdefining relative clausesNew vocabularyJournalism evening course LondonNew languageILECLearn english onlinegrammar tipsBeautiful LondonIslington Centre for Englishsilent discomusic festivals ukLondon marketsInsider info Londonthe people's towerFrancaisenglish grammar onlinegrammarenglish grammar helpCool as a cucumberreading tipsFCEenglish courses londonspellingNew blognarrative voiceLearn EnglishEnglish grammarLearning tipsVictoria parkCambridge Exam PreparationexamsHello from Allymini-sagaCAEfree english grammarsagawriting a mini-sagaShopping in Londonstudy englishenglish reviewenglish schoolStudentspast modalsJournalist Course LondonpronuciationRecording vocabularyenglish study tipsBasic English mistakesenglish school londonPolite questionsLondon Marathonlondon eventsenglish course londonBarney RonayWinter in LondonPeaceful Londonwriting a mini sagafuture tenses eflJournalism MasterclassEnglish vocabularyHistoric moment


Archive