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

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

Tag Cloud

english grammar helpLondon marketsWhere to visit LondonICEEvents in LondonEnglish grammarpronuciationStudentsJournalism MasterclassNew blogHello from AllyHalloweenexamsThings to see in LondonCool as a cucumberenglish grammar tipsfree english grammarenglish as a foreign languagesilent discoPeaceful Londonthings to do londonHistoric momentPolite questionsmini-sagaVictoria parkAttractions in LondonLearning tipsenglish school onlineCambridge Exam Preparationpast modalsgrammarenglish course londonmusic festivals ukdefining relative clausesFunBarney RonayFrancaisstudy englishCAEInsider info Londonmusic festival Londonreading tipsspellingenglish grammar onlineImprove your vocabularyListening in Englishfuture tenses englishLearn EnglishThings to do in Londongrammar tipsIELTSEnglishLondon MarathonReading in EnglishLondon SummersagaTweedenglish courses londonBeautiful LondonNew languageSomewhere to visitWorld Naked Bike RideField dayBusiness EnglishFree english lessonsNew vocabularythe people's towerpast modal verbsCyclingWinter in LondonIdiomVocabularyeflAdjectiveFCESomewhere to go Londonthe shardnarrative voicestudy tipsJournalism evening course Londonenglish schoolJournalist Course LondonBasic English mistakesRecording vocabularySport Journalism CourseLearn english onlineShopping in Londonwriting a mini-sagaenglish study tipsRelaxing LondonChristmas in Londonmaking predictionsCovent GardenEnglish vocabularyILECwriting a mini sagaTourist tipsPlaces to see in Londonenglish reviewLondonJournalism Course LondonJournalism classes Londonfuture tenses eflstudent study tipsSocial programmeSomewhere to visit LondonEnglish foodEnglish tipslondon eventsVocabulary notebookstudy english onllineIslington Centre for Englishenglish school london


Archive