This article is for students who study English as a Second Language (ESOL) who dream about perfecting their language skills and becoming genuinely bilingual.
You will have to be very intentional about how you learn when you learn and even where you learn. To truly achieve the highest level of language proficiency. Your English language development and your learning environment will have to be finely tweaked. This takes preparation, an understanding of academic language teaching strategies and a language training plan that you stick to until you reach your goal.
Of course, you may just want to be able to communicate in English and not be too concerned about achieving full proficiency. In which case is focusing on improving your basic skills in the ESL classroom is suitable. Speaking with the language teacher of tutor will help you come up with a plan of action to succeed. Remember the English teacher is there to help you to learn English, any certified teacher will know that you will need more than ESL classes and coursework to achieve your goal quickly.
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Your Teacher should be able to help you with the content area that you should focus on in your own time to support your progress. Even a short language assessment with a language tutor will give you the insight into where your weaknesses are. A with lesson plans to complete in your own time you should be able to become fluent. But as mentioned a prerequisite is that you dedicate yourself to your personal development.
No matter what your target is for your new language, continuing to practice and improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills on a regular basis will be instrumental to you reaching your goal. Let’s take a look at some tools and ideas that can help you on the journey.
When you are learning anything in life, you are likely to make mistakes. This is because trial and error are part of the process to get better at anything. Without mistakes to teach us what we are doing wrong or what we can do better we tend to remain stagnant. Having a realistic attitude when you are studying is essential. For example, when you are learning a language, you are going to make a lot of mistakes it is part of the process.
When you were learning to speak your first language you made many mistakes. You have to be willing to make mistakes and take risks with your communication. This is the only way that you will get better, and you consciously focus on having an excellent attitude to mistakes as shame and embarrassment will only limit you and your progress.
There are so many errors that can be regularly made but once made mistakes are easily overcome.
While it can be challenging for the teacher to help English learners to overcome academic challenges. English language learners with limited English will struggle the most. While following a lesson plan and language instruction can help to lay a foundational knowledge of English and grammar and vocabulary. It is a practice that will help you to succeed and improve your fluency in English. Your speaking skills and listening skills are a primary requirement for this and your reading skills, writing skills are also fundamental.
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Weird, odd and Unusual are often not words that are used to describe the English language. But there are so many oddities about the English language that we could fill a book. Studying the weird and fun side of English can be precisely what you need to get through a study session when you are feeling a bit worn out. So welcome to the wacky world of English words and phrases.
The English language is full of fun nuggets like this, whenever you feel that you are losing the energy to keep studying. Take a read of the hundreds of weird, usual and funny English Idioms and phrases.
How about super long words? Yes that’s right English has some very long words, but thankfully you don’t have to learn them because hardly anyone can read them let alone say them.
It is a safe bet that these long words are for fun despite being real words they are not at all useful. Anything that needs to be said can be said with more helpful vocabulary. However, if you keep these words in your phone, you can use them as a talking point in the pub or ask locals to read it and make fun of their poor English skills. This will earn you a few laughs and be a fun cross cultural exchange for everyone.
English is spoken so far and widely, and it has become the unofficial global language. A diverse number of people learn English as their first foreign language every year. Because English is being chosen as such a popular option for second language development. More and more Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) courses are taken every year by English speaking people who want to become a teacher.
For teachers who work in language education, your language learning success is their pride. They want you to master English. Let’s have a look at some Complex English rules and how to overcome it.
A fun exercise to practice your pronunciation are tongue twisters. They use words that start with a single letter and create a short poem that you should practice reading quickly.
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Betty Botter had some butter – But, she said, this butter’s bitter – If I bake this bitter butter – it would make my batter bitter – But a bit of better butter– that would make my batter better – So she bought a bit of butter – better than her bitter butter -, and she baked it in her batter – and the batter was not bitter – So it was better Betty Botter – bought a bit of better butter.
Have you ever heard of the FBI or the CIA or do you know what ESOL stands for? Well, these are all English abbreviations, and they are very useful and are heavily used in the English language. To make sure that you understand what LOL means when your new English speaking friend texts you. Read on!
Acronyms are when the shortened word or phrase is read as if it were a new word. An example of this is NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) as you can see the first letter of each word is taken, Capitalized and used to create a new and much easier word. NASA and National Aeronautics and Space Administration mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably. But why would you choose to say National Aeronautics and Space Administration when NASA is easier and faster to say.
Initialisms are when the shortened texts are spelt out. An example of this is the USA or US, this abbreviation is not read as a word but spelled out. It is said the U.S.A, in this case, the pronunciation of the word as you would the alphabet or if you prefer the letters are spelt out. The United States of America is used interchangeably with the USA, and they both have the same meaning. The even shorter version of this is the U.S which stands for the United States Which you spell out in the same way.
There are real challenges when learning English, but the real Secret to learning English and the most accurate challenge of the language is that you never stop learning it. I hope this article helped you to see that you are not alone in your language learning struggles and ongoing learning.