Learning English in London, outside the classroom

Jan 24, 2012

At the Islington Centre for English, we always tell our students that their English courses do not stop when they leave the course or the classroom.  Indeed, much of the best vocabulary comes to students in their daily lives in London.  A typical English course takes 15 or 20 hours of your time per week only.  Don't waste the rest of your day!

Here are a few useful tips to build your English vocabulary from Tim Shoben, ICE Director:

  1. Carry a notebook with you and jot (quickly note) down any new words you see or need during the day.  Go back to the words at the end of the day and revise at the end of each week testing yourself by covering up the words and rewriting them.

  2. Watch TV with the subtitles on so you can read and listen at the same time.

  3. Listen to BBC Radio 4.  In our opinion, this is the best talk-only radio station and is particularly useful for those students studying for a Cambridge Exam or IELTS as there is a great deal of formal language.

  4. Download podcasts and listen to them more than once so you can pick up on words that you didn't get the first time.  I recommend learning passages by heart.

  5. Making English friends can be difficult when English is your second language, so why not join a club in your area?  If you are good at sport or music, this is a great opportunity to make friends with real English people!

  6. Subscribe to an English Language Learning Twitter feed such as ours.

  7. Offer free language exchange lessons in a cafe with an English person.  There are many English people who want to learn or improve a second language and you will get good, focused practice as a result.

There are, of course, many other ways, but these are some of the easiest and quickest.

Best of luck with your English language!


Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

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

Category List

Tag List

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

Tag Cloud

IELTSdefining relative clausesEnglish foodSocial programmeenglish schoolSomewhere to go LondonEnglishLondonthe shardlondon eventsCyclingLondon Marathonenglish as a foreign languageEnglish tipsStudentsNew blogpast modalsHalloweenJournalist Course Londonstudy englishThings to see in LondonAttractions in Londonwriting a mini-sagapast modal verbsRecording vocabularyCovent GardenThings to do in LondonAdjectivefuture tenses englishFree english lessonsIslington Centre for EnglishLearn Englishgrammar tipsLondon SummerHello from Allythings to do londonFCEmini-sagaFrancaisFunReading in Englishthe people's towerICEspellingWinter in LondonTweedChristmas in Londonsilent discoenglish grammar helpPlaces to see in Londonfuture tenses eflenglish grammar onlineIdiomJournalism evening course LondonVocabularyPolite questionsstudy english onllineCool as a cucumberSomewhere to visitHistoric momentsagaLearning tipsVocabulary notebookRelaxing LondonJournalism classes LondonILECWhere to visit Londonstudent study tipspronuciationenglish school londonVictoria parkImprove your vocabularyenglish study tipswriting a mini sagaexamsenglish courses londonNew vocabularyShopping in LondonEnglish vocabularyBasic English mistakesenglish school onlineSomewhere to visit LondonLearn english onlineeflLondon marketsmusic festivals ukTourist tipsJournalism MasterclassJournalism Course Londonenglish course londonInsider info Londonnarrative voicePeaceful LondonNew languagemaking predictionsenglish reviewBarney Ronayfree english grammarCambridge Exam PreparationSport Journalism CourseBeautiful LondonEnglish grammarWorld Naked Bike Ridestudy tipsBusiness Englishreading tipsCAEenglish grammar tipsgrammarmusic festival LondonEvents in LondonListening in EnglishField day