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:
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.
Watch TV with the subtitles on so you can read and listen at the same time.
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.
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.
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!
Our Cambridge advanced exam evening courses run from 6:30 to 8:30 every Tuesday and Thursday. Our courses are designed to help students study the grammar, language skills and exam techniques required for the CAE exam.
Our Cambridge first certificate evening courses run from 6:30 to 8:30 every Tuesday and Thursday. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are extensively rehearsed in each lesson to help prepare students for the FCE exam.
Our business English evening courses run from 6:30 to 8:30 every Tuesday and Thursday. The course is aim at students who are experienced working people looking to improve their language skills for business purposes.