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Three English tips that could help to ensure that you get the most out of your studies!

09.08.2017

Hi Everyone! My name is Jane and I am a teacher at Langports Brisbane.

I have a corporate background but have been a teacher for a number of years. In that time, I have taught English in Australia and overseas and have been lucky enough to teach almost every level from Beginner to Advanced.

What can I do to improve my English?

This is a question I get from students at every level and it is possible that if you are reading this blog, you have the same question. Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer but there are some things that I think could help to ensure that you get the most out of your studies. Here are my top 3 tips:

1. Communicate

Learning a language is more than simply memorizing lists of vocabulary and grammar rules. For you to learn most effectively, you need to use a range of skills at the same time! Communication with other learners and native speakers gives you the opportunity to do this. In my experience, students who actively participate in class, do better and progress faster than those who do not.

 

One of the benefits of studying English at Langports is that you practice Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening skills alongside grammar and vocabulary. Moreover, living in Australia you are constantly in contact with native English speakers which allows you to practice your English in real and useful ways.

My tips: Speak often. Ask a lot of questions. Don’t be shy!

  

 

2. Read

I have always been a big reader and love nothing more than curling up on the sofa to read a good book. In my experience, students who read for fun have a deeper understanding of grammar and bigger vocabularies. Don’t believe me?

 

These students see new language in real and authentic contexts so they have great examples of relevant language that they can use themselves. Even more importantly, when you choose a topic that you are interested in, you are having fun while you learn. 

My tips: Read real texts like books, news articles and graphic novels. Read about topics that you are interested in. 

  

 

3. Be a lifelong learner

Learning is a journey, not a destination. I am an English teacher and even I sometimes learn new things about this crazy language. You will find new words, expressions and idioms long after you finish your English Language courses. In my experience, students who do well after school is over are the students who are open to new ideas, ask lots of questions and practice in and out of the classroom.

 

 

My tips: Use technology! There are literally hundreds of mobile apps, websites and resources that you can use (a lot of which are free) to study English. Think of yourself as a lifelong learner rather than a short term student. Get in the habit of practicing Every Day!

  

 

I hope that this article has been helpful to you. If you see me around Langports, don’t be afraid to say hello or ask me for book recommendations!

Thank you!

Jane Arens

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